Politics and its Discontents: Only A Start

A bane of the neoliberal agenda but salvation to countless Canadians, the vision of a national pharmacare program has made a baby step toward realization. The federal government has joined Canadian provinces and territories in a bulk-buying drug program that aims to lower the cost of prescription medications. Health Minister Jane Philpott says drug plans ...

Dead Wild Roses: Death Panels. Stupid Ideas Conservatives Dream Up.

Reactionary commentators are famous for making up bullshit ideas designed to scare ignorant people.  The American right has the trademark on this particular ploy as they fight to remain the last industrialized country without Universal Health care. I bet they have contests to see how many poor people they can bamboozle to fight against their ...

Dead Wild Roses: Death Panels. Stupid Ideas Conservatives Dream Up.

Reactionary commentators are famous for making up bullshit ideas designed to scare ignorant people.  The American right has the trademark on this particular ploy as they fight to remain the last industrialized country without Universal Health care. I bet they have contests to see how many poor people they can bamboozle to fight against their ...

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. The post The covert, corporate attacks against Canada’s healthcare system appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

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 ...

The Disaffected Lib: America the Sick

Let’s hope money can buy happiness because it sure isn’t buying Americans much in the way of health. A report from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences finds that, although Americans pay more for health care and services than anyone else, they’re less healthy and likely to die earlier than people of any other affluent ...

Eclectic Lip: Newsflash: Canadian PM’s American Idol supports Stephane Dion-esque carbon tax shift

Note: for non-Canadian readers (or, indeed for Canadian readers who don’t follow politics) Stephane Dion was the milquetoast who led the Liberal Party of Canada to its then-worst-ever federal election result in 2008.  He ran on a campaign of a carbon tax shift (“The Green Shift“), for which the Conservative Party mocked and savaged him. We’ll ...