This was my heart, my choice and my health

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In this post I mentioned that the Premier of Newfoundland, Danny Williams, came to the US for heart surgery.  As the video above indicates, Williams is also an ardent support of Canadian Government Health Care, at least for everyone but himself.

Williams is unrepentant for not standing in line with other Canadians awaiting heart treatment.

In an interview with The Canadian Press, Williams said he went to Miami to have a “minimally invasive” surgery for an ailment first detected nearly a year ago, based on the advice of his doctors.

“This was my heart, my choice and my health,” Williams said late Monday from his condominium in Sarasota, Fla.

“I did not sign away my right to get the best possible health care for myself when I entered politics.”

Some people might say that Williams is a hypocrite.  If he is a hypocrite he is not alone.  Members of Congress, in all their votes on Obamacare, have made certain they will keep their current health care and not be subjected to it.  Members of Congress who vote for Obamacare are thereby implicitly saying:  “Obamacare, it’s good enough for the peasants.”

11 Responses to This was my heart, my choice and my health

  • Art Deco says:

    Dennis Broyles made the wry remark that the only way to abolish differentials in service is to abolish money. I think what differentiates the Democratic Caucus from their opponents is that the latter accept service differentials which result from social stratification which result from impersonal processes like the market. The latter wish to replace this with service differentials driven largely by politically-determined criteria, i.e. by people like themselves.

  • Jim says:

    I think this “above it all” attitude is indicative of the prevailing mindset of most government “servants” today. Capitalism for me – socialism for thee.

    Art is on to something there. The money flows in our “capitalist” economy largely flow one way – UP. Those at the top then get to decide how “we’re” going to fix things.

    http://tinyurl.com/ylbla49

    A perfect case in point is the famous (or should I say notorious) hedge fund short seller Jim Chanos or George Soros who make a living (more like a killing) off bets that companies, countries will fail then say “we” have to fix this financial system. That’s like putting an arsonist in charge of the fire brigade. The politicians are largely little more than sock puppets for these oligarchs.

  • Donald R. McClarey says:

    I want Congress Critters restrainedradical who supported a single payer system to have to live under such a system with no option for medical treatment from a free market system when they do not wish to stand in line with the common herd.

  • M.Z. says:

    A single payer system hasn’t been proposed. You also don’t seem to understand why he chose treatment here and not in Canada. It had nothing to do with standing in line.

  • Donald R. McClarey says:

    Actaully MZ that is what the man you voted for said he was in favor of during the campaign. A lot of very gullible people believed him. In Congress the liberals in the Democrat party pushed for a single payer system, but lacked the votes to pass it.

    Williams claimed the heart surgery was not available in Canada:

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100202/national/nl_premier_surgery

    He lied.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/williamss-heart-surgery-choice-was-based-on-ignorance/article1480937/

    His real reason is that the Newfoundland Health Care System is in crisis.

    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nlvotes2007/story/2007/09/27/hospital-williams.html

    Risk his precious hide on Newfoundland government medicine? Not on your life!

  • bobfromdistrict9 says:

    Please change the name of your blog to “An American Catholic”.

    You should not use “The American Catholic” unless your posts reflect the actual position of the Church. Yours do not.

    There is at least one false statement in your commentary, but I ascribe that to a failure to read carefully. He said the particular surgery he wanted was not available in his province, not in Canada.

    He consulted a graduate of a Newfoundland med school practicing in New Jersey, who sent him all the way to Florida for the surgery. Now the doctor in New Jersey is a renowned cardiac surgeon, so why did he send the premier to Florida? Could it be because the particular technique the premier wanted was uncommon, and the Florida surgeon did a lot of it?

    He could have gotten the normal operation in his own province, or from his consultant in New Jersey, but he wanted a more complicated procedure that left a much smaller and less obvious scar.

    Would your insurance pay for that? I doubt mine would, and I have very good insurance.

    IOW, a very rich man got what he wanted. And I’ll bet he got a discounted price. If you wanted that same surgery you might have to pay more. After all, he had bargaining leverage, do you?

    In Canada, if you need that condition, a leaking valve, treated, you get it treated, just not the way he did. In they US, if you need that condition treated, you get it treated, if you can pay for it. Otherwise, die vermin!

    And in the US you will most likely get the treatment preferred in Canada, not the one you can buy in Florida. Unless you can pay for it yourself, that is.

    The Catholic church is big on social justice, and universal health care. If you are not you can claim the perspective of a Catholic, but not “The” Catholic perspective.

  • Donald R. McClarey says:

    You confuse socialism with social justice, just as you confuse government medicine with universal health care. Danny Williams came to the US because he preferred the treatment available to him here to what he could receive for “free”, forgetting the taxes paid for it, in Canada. He had that option because he is rich. Other Canadians not as wealthy are beginning to flock to private clinics which are on the rise in Canada.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/06/30/canada-sees-boom-private-health-care-business/

  • Donald R. McClarey says:

    “In they US, if you need that condition treated, you get it treated, if you can pay for it. Otherwise, die vermin!”

    That is a lie. Everyone in the US receives treatment regardless of ability to pay. Most of the poor are covered by Medicaid. Those who are not still receive treatment.

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