Michael Ignatieff Iffy on Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams US Heart Surgery – Moncton New Brunswick – February 23, 2010

Michael Ignatieff Iffy on Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams US Heart Surgery – Moncton New Brunswick – February 23, 2010

Liberal Hopeful Michael Ignatieff weighed into the Danny Williams surgery decision.     The Newfoundland premier chose to have heart surgery in the US which drew sharp criticism.

Mr. Ignatieff  interviewed in Moncton New Brunswick said that:

“…He would not have done it, but Michael Ignatieff feels Danny Williams’ decision to get health treatment in the US, is a personal decision.”

That’s pretty darn milquetoast if you ask me.  Either you stand behind medicare or you don’t.  Either you believe in its destruction or you don’t.  You either believe in a two tiered mess or you don’t.

It would be good to see a Federal leadership hopeful take a stand instead of poofting out non speak answers.

As I type this in Cornwall Ontario we’re facing cuts to services that we need in this city.   I for one want to support politicians that take tough and strong stands to protect medicare and to revitalize it.      It needs to be overhauled and saved; not personally chosen all willy nilly.

What do you think Cornwall and Canada?   Feel free to post your comments below.

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Ignatieff is a politician who will say anything he thinks Canadians would expect, having said that he is scared to death of Danny Williams and he don’t want to ruffle Danny’s feathers.

Eric
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A two tiered mess you say, how about the first tier mess. Each province has a big say in what services are “listed”. If someone drives past Ottawa to Gatineau, you can pay for an EMI and get it the same day, and that reduces the number of people waiting for service here then.
Sports teams have their own Doctors is that 2 tier?

I am all for a base service available to all, but also for buying something you need as well.

Destructo
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Destructo

We are short on doctor’s already. What happens when the rich folk are able to pay extra for top-notch service? Let’s be honest, doctor’s don’t becomes doctor’s for the love of helping people. That’s naive. They want get rich. So they will clearly go where the money is, leaving the working class to fight it out over the leftovers, waitng in line for 2nd class service. Private health care is an injustice to the working class, and now we have supposed “liberal” leaders rubbing our nose in it. All humans deserve the same level of service, regardless of personal income… Read more »

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The Ottawa hospital and Monfort are swamped because of Quebec residents not having the same access to helathcare in western Que, but Quebec pays less than Ontario, so you are right about lack of controls. Adding profit need not be a dirty word, staff in the clinics may not be paid the same and they often try to keep other costs lower leaving the total bill the same. Richer people already buy additional insurance, should that be stopped? Doctors and nurses are already going to the states, how do we lessen that? We have universal pensions as well, but are… Read more »

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Jamie, he broke no laws whatsoever, his going to the US does not amount to any threat to our Medicare system. In fact, instead of circumventing the line as some other politicians did, he did the right thing and went elsewhere for his care, and did not further burden an already slow working health system. I give him credit for that. And anyone that has had any sort of heart condition knows full well you want to get that taken care of as quickly as possible. Now had he have paid to get to the head of the line in… Read more »

PJ Robertson
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Eric: What’s an EMI? I know EMI as the Beatles’ recording company at Abbey Road. Do you mean MRI?

Destructo: The rich will always have superior choice in all things, and especially in matters of survival. Surely the point is that it’s up to the rest of us, and above all the politicians we elect, to make sure the healthcare available to us is the best it can be.

Stan
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Liberal Hopeful Michael Ignatieff Milquetoast continues to pooft-out non-speak answers. He still hasn’t got a clue! According to Danny Williams, the surgery he received in the U.S. was not available here in Canada were our surgical procedures seem to border on the neanderthal. So instead of having his sternum cracked open to have the valve repaired, he chose to have a minimally invasive operation in which surgeons went into his chest through the right side of his ribcage. The surgery left him with a two-to-three-inch scar. Why is it that surgeons seem to learn new ways of doing things in… Read more »

grimalot
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If they exit the country, and get a procedure done while out of country, if they are a Canadian Citizen, then as far as I am concerned, they should have access to the health care. Now, if for example, they have problems and attempt to circumvent the lineup, that I have a problem with. But if they go through normal channels, then no problem with that. Fact is, some people can be placed for years on a waiting list before getting the help they need. So what’s ethical? Leaving them on this waiting list for years where they will have… Read more »

Eric
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PJR

EMI – magnetic resonance imaging, google that or go to http://www.howstuffworks.com

PJ Robertson
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grimalot, your logic is right on. If we can’t make personal choices, what kind of society are we living in?

PJ Robertson
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PJ Robertson

Eric: Yes, Magnetic Resonance Imaging = MRI

Destructo
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I guess I was a little off topic,being more concerned about the privatization of our own system as opposed to going outside of it for care. My gripe was not so much about the current state of our sytem but with where it is headed. Our system undoubtedly needs a full revamp from top to bottom, and my biggest concern is equal treatment for all. If you get a private room, I get a private room. As far as “profit not being a dirty word” (Eric), I think it is when it comes to public services. The Americans live with… Read more »

grimalot
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PJR, we almost cannot make personal choices these days without someone thinking something about it. Especially with the government creeping more and more into our own homes and personal lives every day that goes on. We unfortunately are raising a society of idiots on that matter. You almost cannot take anything into your own hands anymore without someone stepping in on the matter. Take children for example, you cannot reprimand them for something without fear they will go and sick the CAS on you now. So what do we have? Out of control children that cannot take no for an… Read more »