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Montreal Simon: Are the Hudak Cons Trying to Steal the Ontario Election?

I guess it makes sense. Tim Hudak is incapable of coming up with an original idea, for obvious reasons.So he is always borrowing them from others.He borrowed his economic platform from the Koch brothers. Mike Harris' old gang is running his campaign.And now he's clearly taken his voter suppression idea from the Harper Cons. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Stealthy War on Medicare

On Monday the Health Accord between the provinces and the federal government will expire.There will be no longer be a signed agreement to enforce the five principles of the Canada Health Act.The Health Council of Canada, the independent agency charged with monitoring our healthcare system, will cease to exist.And although roughly the same amount of money will continue to be transferred to provinces until 2017, it will mark the beginning of a new stage in Stephen Harper stealthy war on medicare. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the War on Medicare Continued

As you probably know, there is nothing I fear more than what Stephen Harper is planning to do to our precious medicare system.Because he has always hated it, it represents everything he loathes about Canada, and its values.He went into politics with the support of an organization that was created to destroy it.

And now he's starting to put his monstrous plan into action.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Con War on Medicare

He has waited a long time to make his move. From the day he was first elected with the support of a group that was founded to kill medicare.He had to restrain himself for so many years. But it was always going to be the biggest, bloodiest, and most prized trophy in his skull rack.The one that told him the Canada he hated so much was dead at last.And now the Con War on Medicare has finally begun.Read more »

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Montreal Simon: Obamacare, the Koch Brothers, and the Harper Cons

It's a frightening and truly disturbing sight. The Republicans in the House of Representatives threatening to shut down the American government. Again. With one vote on Friday, the Republican-led House launched the latest spending battle in Congress — one that could bring a government shutdown in less than two weeks. By a 230-189 tally almost strictly on party lines, the House passed a short-term government spending plan that would eliminate all funding for Obamacare.Just to try to kill a bill that would provide millions of Americans with health care they otherwise couldn't afford.Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: The covert, corporate attacks against Canada’s healthcare system

Opponents of equitable, universal healthcare are using a corporate “communications” strategy known as Fear Uncertainty Doubt (FUD) to smear Canada’s “signature” social program, Medicare.

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Politics and its Discontents: A Timely Message Important To Everyone

The video that follows was made by Canadian Doctors For Medicare, who are advocating for a national pharmacare program, something that a country as rich as ours could well-afford. It is a logical and necessary extension of our national healthcare. In fact, according to an article in The National Post,

Canada is one of the few developed countries in the world without a universal pharmacare program, and we are the only country in the world with a universal medicare system that excludes prescription drugs (as if pharmaceuticals are not an essential element of medical treatment). Each year, a (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Sneaky Assault on Medicare

It may seem like just another federal-provincial disagreement, another argument in a fractious country.But there are very good reasons the premiers are united in opposing Stephen Harper's job training plan. For not only were they not consulted. Not only is the Con regime clawing back money from provincial programs. Not only is it spending millions on advertising claiming credit for a program that doesn't exist. It's also, as I have pointed out before, a sneaky attack on the future of medicare.Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Immigrants heavily subsidize Medicare’s Trust Fund: says study

Harvard Medical School and Hunter College School of Public Health researchers find immigrants generated surplus contributions of $115.2 billion in 2002-2009, $13.8 billion in 2009, and actually subsidize the health care of native-born Americans. The study concludes that reducing immigration would worsen Medicare’s financial health.

The post Immigrants heavily subsidize Medicare’s Trust Fund: says study appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper Begins his Assault on Medicare

He has always wanted to strangle it. He has had to restrain himself for so long. From the moment he entered politics, with the support of an organization that was founded to destroy medicare.But now at last his foul assault on our precious healthcare system has begun.And it's both stealthy and monstrous. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Great Con War on Crime and Medicare

Oh no. Remember how I said the other night that Jimbo Flaherty probably hated having to call his new budget Porky Action Plan 2013?Because there couldn't be a worse way to sell ANYTHING.Well forget that theory eh?Because there was Jimbo yesterday getting a Porky Action sign engraved on his new shoes. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Day of Infamy

It seemed like just another day in the Great Frozen North.A day when Canada looked liked it always does at this time of the year. But then I remembered it wasn't just another day. It was the seventh anniversary of the day Stephen Harper and his Cons came to power. The day of infamy, when everything changed, and the Canada I knew and loved started getting old and dying.Read more »

Eclectic Lip: Douglas, Deng and Diocletian

(originally written May 21, 2012. Part of Great Upload of 2013.)

Tommy Douglas

I read a bio of Tommy Douglas recently, figuring as a guy with sinister leanings (sinister in the original Latin sense of “left”, that is ) I might as well brush up on the father of Canadian Medicare, and reigning Greatest Canadian.

To me, the biggest surprise was the standing ovation he got from the NDP faithful after his farewell speech at their 1983 convention. Not the fact that he got one, mind you; the fact that it was twenty-three minutes long! Given

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The Ranting Canadian: Canadian provinces cooperate in order to save money

Canadian provinces cooperate in order to save money:

Canada’s provincial and territorial premiers have worked out a deal to buy six generic drugs in bulk, which will save us an estimated $100 million.

Imagine that, politicians from across the country working together for the common good! In today’s divided and dysfunctional Canada! We need more of this national cooperation and national planning (and nationalization of key industries).

According to un-Canadian capitalist extremists, cooperation is weakness and tantamount to communism (and thus very bad). Conservatives promote a winner-take-all society based on brutal competition, greed and cheating. This, despite the

The Ranting Canadian: Margaret Thatcher, former British prime minister, close personal…

Margaret Thatcher, former British prime minister, close personal friend of murderous dictator Augusto Pinochet, and idol of capitalist extremists everywhere, was in hospital just before Christmas to have a growth removed from her bladder. Unfortunately her spokeswoman said she is doing “absolutely fine”, despite experiencing serious health problems in recent years.

Meanwhile, many of her fellow citizens — and citizens of other countries who have adopted her vicious agenda of slashing and privatizing healthcare — can’t access the treatments they need in an uncomplicated and timely manner.

Give it up, evil Baroness Thatcher. You’re almost 88 years old, you’re

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Stealth Attack on Medicare

Oh boy. Trying to keep up with Stephen Harper these days is like trying to keep up with a pickpocket working a crowded railway station.Or a pimp working a Republican convention.One moment he's selling us out to the Chinese Communist Capitalist Part… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Stealth Attack on Medicare

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Teabagger

Golly. Don't look now eh? But I hear that Stephen Harper has fallen hard for the new Republican heartthrob Paul Ryan.

You have to believe that the duo of Stephen Harper and Jim Flaherty are salivating at the chance to work with a Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan White House.

Ryan is a supporter of the Keystone XL pipeline and has praised the Tories' decision to cut Canada's corporate tax rate to 15 per cent, pointing to the U.S. rate of 35 per cent as increasingly noncompetitive…And yes, like Harper and Flaherty, Ryan has 'Tea Party' tendencies.

And I have

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OPSEU Diablogue: Economic downturn taking toll on health of Canadians – CMA report card

The economic downturn is taking a toll on the health of Canadians according to the Canadian Medical Association’s annual report card. The report card represents a poll of Canadians conducted in July by Ipsos Read Public Affairs. According to the … Continue reading →

False positive: private profit in Canada's health care: GlaxoSmithKline Sets Record with 3 Billion Dollar Fine

And the list goes on. It is no secret that many for-profit health companies in the United States are regularly fined for various forms of fraud, usually cheating Medicare or Medicaid, or jeopardizing patients’ health, or both. This is the second big one I have read about this week, the other being cardiac surgeons working for the hospital chain HCA performing unnecessary procedures on up 50% of patients.

The lower level of for-profit involvement in Canada’s health care system has meant less blatant fraud, though there have been prosecutions and legions of questionable practices involving private companies ‘bonusing’ doctors

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Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Medicare’s Orphans: Dr. Melvin DeLevie On Canada’s Archaic Approach To Autism Treatment

Medicare for Autism Now! is featuring a series of interviews in connection with the Medicare’s Orphans series.  Interview 3 features Dr.  Melvin DeLevie a practicing British Columbia physician with extensive experience with autistic children.  As summarized on the Medicare for Autism Now! web site:

“Dr. Melvin DeLevie, long-time Vancouver paediatrician with extensive experience dealing with children with autism. This 20 minute interview is a powerful indictment of Canada’s archaic approach to the treatment of autism which is in stark contrast to the treatment of children with any other disease or disorder. He gives examples of why social services personnel are . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Medicare’s Orphans: Dr. Melvin DeLevie On Canada’s Archaic Approach To Autism Treatment

Montreal Simon: Norman Bethune and the Ghastly Cons

I wasn't planning to write about this storm in the twittersphere.

Because what can you say eh? Except that it's obviously summer. Tony Clement is a shameless idiot. Ezra Levant is a freak of nature. And Norman Bethune is bigger than all of them.

But now that the grotesque Con Rob Anders has crawled out of his hole to dump on Bethune's legacy

I feel I need to say something.Read more »

OPSEU Diablogue: Giant umbrella part of Medicare protest July 18

Health care advocates are urging the Harper government to return to the table and negotiate a new 2014 health accord with the provinces. The message is part of a national day of action July 18 – a week before provincial … Continue reading →

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Council of Canadians: Today We Celebrate Canada

Below is a brief message to Canadians and other progressives around the world from Canada’s biggest progressive citizen’s organization. Founded in 1985, the Council of Canadians has members and chapters across Canada. It works “to protect Canadian independence by promoting progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, and other issues of social and economic concern to Canadians. The Council does not accept money from corporations or governments, and is sustained entirely by the volunteer energy and financial assistance of its members.

The message:

Friends,

Today is a day to celebrate this truly magnificent country of

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False positive: private profit in Canada's health care: Happy Birthday Saskatchewan Medicare from the U.S. Supreme Court

Fifty years ago, on July 1, 1962, Saskatchewan introduced the first universal health insurance program in North America. The United States Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a fitting birthday present. Even though the Act was passed two years ago it now has legs.

Granted the American plan may be better for the insurance companies and private hospital chains than the population. Nonetheless, it establishes that the Untied States can make health care accessible to all. It is a step towards a more functional, equitable, democratic and sustainable system.

Congratulations to

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