Palin endorses Canadian-style socialized medicine?

PALIN ENDORSES CANADIAN-STYLE SOCIALIZED MEDICINE?…. Maybe she was kidding. Perhaps there’s some elusive context that makes the remarks seem less remarkable. But at face value, it seems pretty amusing that Sarah Palin’s family used to rely on Canada’s health care system.

The former half-term Alaska governor was in Calgary over the weekend, and talked a bit about her family’s history with the country.

“My first five years of life we spent in Skagway, Alaska, right there by Whitehorse. Believe it or not — this was in the ’60s — we used to hustle on over the border for health care that we would receive in Whitehorse. I remember my brother, he burned his ankle in some little kid accident thing and my parents had to put him on a train and rush him over to Whitehorse and I think, isn’t that kind of ironic now. Zooming over the border, getting health care from Canada.”

Actually, yes, it is rather ironic. Palin now believes President Obama is trying to impose socialized-medicine, which would be dangerous for Americans in need of care. But Palin’s wrong on both counts — the White House plan isn’t socialized-medicine, and the concept couldn’t be too dangerous if it helped meet her own family’s needs.

Universal health care: good enough for Palin’s family, but not for yours?

Markos added, “Palin should reimburse Canada for the health care she stole without paying into their system.”

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