This Healthcare Post Has 22 Minutes

Via Think Progress, Mary Walsh from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's comedy series "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" punks Sarah Palin at one of her book signings:

Canadian comedian Mary Walsh
(playing the character of Marg Delahunty) attended a Sarah Palin book
signing in the Midwest and asked the “thriller from Wasilla, the
Alaskan Aphrodite” if she had “any words of encouragement for the Canadian conservatives
who have worked so hard to try to diminish that kind of socialized
medicine we have up there.” “Keep the faith and that common-sense
conservatism, it needs to be plugged into Canadian policies too. Keep
the faith!,” Palin called out to Walsh as four security guards pushed
her out of the store.

After the event, Walsh staked out Palin in the loading dock of the
Borders bookstore “close to where Palin’s bus was parked.” Palin came
over and energetically encouraged Walsh to “keep the faith” and
suggested that Canada needs to reform its health care system to “let the private sector take over“:

WALSH: Ms. Palin, I tried to ask you a question inside, but I didn’t hear your answer! The Canadians! Ms. Palin!

PALIN: Well, my answer was too keep the faith. My answer was to keep
the faith. Cause that common sense conservatism can be plugged-in there
in Canada too. In fact Canada needs to reform its health care
system and let the private sector take over some of what the government
has absorbed. So thank you, keep the faith.

Watch it:

In Canada, “the private sector” is already “a crucial part
of the Canadian health care system. The federal government finances the
basic health care plan, (through a “Medicaid-like arrangement in which
Canada’s 10 provinces and 2 territories jointly fund” the system), but
care is independently organized and managed by each province or
territory. Canadians spend billions on private supplemental coverage
and physicians work in private practices. Everyone has access to care
and patients “can see any doctor they want anywhere in the country with
no copays or deductibles.”

While the system has longer waiting periods for certain elective
surgeries, research suggests that Canadians do enjoy better access to
care and “superior
health outcomes compared to Americans. According to a Commonwealth Fund
of deaths that could have been prevented “with access to quality
medical care in the leading 19 industrialized countries,” the United States ranked last and Canada came in sixth.

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