Democracy Soup

Making sense out of the world of politics

Sarah Palin still can’t tell her own truth about Canada

with 2 comments

Sarah Palin’s relationship with Canada has been a mystery, sometimes even to herself. When Palin was originally asked what foreign countries she had been to, she mentioned Iraq, Kuwait, Germany, and Ireland. Of course, Ireland was a fueling stop, and Iraq, Kuwait, and Germany came only while she served as Alaska’s governor. (Later, it came out that Palin’s venture into Iraq consisted of a quarter mile.)

Palin did not mention Mexico or Canada, though later she mentioned that she went on a vacation with girlfriends to Mexico. Her relationship with Canada was more vague; though clearly she had been to Canada on business as Alaska’s governor, she forgot to mention this. Eventually, her campaign team admitted a 2007 trip to Canada, but didn’t say whether it was business or pleasure.

Of course, Palin was in Canada — Calgary — when she told the story about her family receiving hospital care from Canada as a child. Palin’s memory was either faulty during the campaign, or she didn’t want to reveal this element of her life. And there is a good deal to think about why that would be true.

Palin tells the story as ironic that her family went to Canada for hospital care when she was a child. Ironic, but since Palin has little in the way of a sense of humor about herself, but oh so much more.

“My first five years of life we spent in Skagway, Alaska, right there by Whitehorse. Believe it or not – this was in the ‘60s – we used to hustle on over the border for health care that we would receive in Whitehorse. I remember my brother, he burned his ankle in some little kid accident thing and my parents had to put him on a train and rush him over to Whitehorse and I think, isn’t that kind of ironic now. Zooming over the border, getting health care from Canada.”

Palin’s father admits that the family probably made two trips to Whitehorse, Yukon for medical treatment. He mentions one trip for a daughter for rheumatic fever and when his son, also Chuck, had an infection in his leg. Mr. Heath does not say which daughter — Sarah has two sisters, Heather and Molly (Molly was married to the state trooper that Sarah fired) — had the fever.

However, since Sarah remembers her brother’s accident, and assuming that Sarah wasn’t left behind with a babysitter while the parents rushed a sick child to the hospital, Sarah Palin had been to Canada as a child.

Why would this be so difficult to admit? Going to Canada isn’t shameful. Heck, there were conservatives who went after Obama for living in Indonesia as a child, and it wasn’t like Obama had much say in where the family lived between the ages of 4 and 10.

So the true irony is that Palin had been to Canada, and couldn’t admit it. That actually is irony.

What is also ironic is that Palin told the story of her brother’s injury and left the Canada part out of it. That is also ironic.

There has been confusion on whether the Heath family received Canadian-style health care, as if this is the only issue in front of us. Conservatives have noted that Yukon didn’t have the current system until 1972. However, Yukon created its hospital insurance plan with federal cost sharing in 1960, before Palin was born. And they admitted going to a hospital.

And all sides would agree that U.S. and Canadian insurance isn’t like it is today, getting worse for the U.S. and better for Canadians.

As much as we would like to make this only about health care — and that would be an unfair fight against Sarah Palin and in favor of Canada’s current system — there is another irony at stake.

Once again, Sarah Palin has been caught in a series of lies. And once again, the MSM doesn’t seem to notice or care. They seem to accept that she has a faulty memory, no matter how many lies she tells, and how many lies as a percentage of overall statements.

We should try to hold our politicians accountable, regardless of party. The MSM seems genuinely afraid of confronting Palin’s mendacity.


Written by democracysoup

March 9, 2010 at 4:22 pm

2 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. adequate Treatment for Canada’s failing health system firstly is criminal prosecution and jail for the bad doctors, bad nurses for failing to help the sick people adequately and having enforced, Real management, supervision of doctors, nurses, medical and hospital workers. It is still a criminal act now for any doctor, nurse, hospital administrators, medical supervisor not to provide medical care to any seniors. How many have been prosecuted for this in the last year? All Canadians are not getting value for their tax money placed in the health-care system and the health-care system needs to be “massively transformed,” as the underlying principles of the Canada Health Act ” which include universality and accessibility ” are not being met since they are not enforced by the federal or provincial governments. ”Our system of publicly funded health care is founded on the promise that all Canadians will receive needed medical care when and where they need it. Far too often the promise falls short,” Especially with its shortcomings, the present system will not be able to meet future needs.


    August 6, 2010 at 7:20 am

  2. I have had 5 major surgeries in Canada. All of them emergency. There was no waiting time and it did not cost me one penny.My post care was first rate. I see my family physican every 2 weeks and never have a problem getting an appt. I am new in my city so it’s not like I’ve had this Dr. for years. I understand the fear for Americans or any country for that matter when something that affects your life changes.But absolutely ridiculous untrue, almost laughable stories we hear are simply not true for anyone I have known my whole life.We don’t take the critisism seriously as we have no need to defend the accusations. However I do feel sorry for those who can not afford to pay for medical treatments they need no matter where they live.


    April 1, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: