‘This just in: no one in the United States dies at all’

by Aaron Wherry

An hour before Barack Obama’s primetime press conference, Jack Layton addresses the nation.

The nation, if this “Ed” fellow is any indication, has no time for Mr. Layton’s Tommy Douglas stories. The nation just wants answers.




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‘This just in: no one in the United States dies at all’

  1. The arguments around this issue are the same as those from 50 years ago, when Canadian doctors ran anti-Medicare campaigns, much as we see today in the U.S.

  2. Jeez, MSNBC's as bad as they say. Not so much for their POV but for the relentlessly partisan nature of it all, if this fellow Ed's any indication. "The sinister and insane forces of opposition, some of whom have ended up in Congress owing no doubt to trickery … here to back us up is the leader of Canada's fourth most successful party."

  3. Well, "Ed" is simply the anti-thesis of "Hannity's America," so really, MSNBC has decided to be the counter to Fox and thus, be very much left to the center. When I compared news reports along with op-ed pieces, to be honest, despite the howls of its alleged "liberal bias," the only network that has been even handed to Canada is CNN, which from what I have seen, is losing ratings. How strange is that.

  4. I couldn't believe Jack Layton started out trying to campaign for the NDP. WHo can take this guy seriously? He just smiles blankly and rambles on about the amazing NDP. I could barely get through the interview. Dosanj did a much better job.

  5. I frankly will be shocked if Obama is able to wrangle any kind of reform on this matter.

  6. I watched the interview last night. Ed Shulctz really was bad. Talk about a hatchet job. Sorry Mr. Layton, if I could interrupt you for a minute. Could you please call the GOP names? Thanks.

  7. "Are you going to go on some type of truth-telling mission in the United States to straighten the record out?"

    LOL. Perhaps he could have started with some truth telling in this segment.

    Truth check #1: "The WHO has said that our health care system is one of the better ones in the world".

    Actually, in the last survey they ever did on ranking the world's health care systems, in 2000, Canada ranked 30th. The USA ranked 37th in the same survey.

    Truth check #2: "Not even the most right wing Conservative party in our country would come forward and suggest that we dismantle the system of health care we've got in Canada."

    Well, that didn't stop Layton from accusing them of doing just that in the last 2 election campaigns, did it?

    Truth check #3:: 85% of Canadians approve of Canada's health care system.

    Actually, satisfaction with the Canadian health care system is slipping, down to 62%

    And who is that Ed guy? Ed the Sock would have been an improvement.

    How can NBC allow their name and logo to be sullied by this propaganda outlet?

  8. "Are you going to go on some type of truth-telling mission in the United States to straighten the record out?"

    LOL. Perhaps he could have started with some truth telling in this segment.

    Truth check #1: "The WHO has said that our health care system is one of the better ones in the world".

    Actually, in the last survey they ever did on ranking the world's health care systems, in 2000, Canada ranked 30th. The USA ranked 37th in the same survey.

    Truth check #2: "Not even the most right wing Conservative party in our country would come forward and suggest that we dismantle the system of health care we've got in Canada."

    Well, that didn't stop Layton from accusing them of doing just that in the last 2 election campaigns, did it?

    Truth check #3:: 85% of Canadians approve of Canada's health care system.

    Actually, satisfaction with the Canadian health care system is slipping, down to 62%

    And who is that Ed guy? Ed the Sock would have been an improvement.

    How can NBC allow their name and logo to be sullied by this propaganda outlet?

    • There was a new poll (this month, it think) on health care, 70 percent of Canadians say the system is working well. Satisfaction must be rising. ;)

      If your interested… here is an interesting study on how effectiveness of health care systems. Spoiler, the US rates poorly.

    • I guess that puts us in the top 15.7% (if we're 30th out of the 190 countries listed – yay, we beat Myanmar!). I take your point though, and that is we don't fare nearly as well when only OECD countries are included.

      On your second point though, that's a pretty good one! Layton's just offered the Cons some insurance for the next election.

  9. MSNBC is always hilarious. You haven't lived until you've watched one of Keith Olberman's "Special Comments". It's the anti-Colbert.

  10. MSNBC is always hilarious. You haven't lived until you've watched one of Keith Olbermann's "Special Comments". It's the anti-Colbert.

  11. Don't knock MSNBC – or for that matter CNN…
    They all fall into the "NOT FOX" category – in the big scheme of things – that is ALMOST a compliment…
    Almost like the whiter shade of pale rainbow hue of polical parties here in Canada whose main claim to fame is – NOT the CPC…
    I'm blinded by the inspiration there…
    Come on Michael Ignatieff – release your platform – why dontcha?

  12. The combination of sanity and intelligence is so rare as to be basically one to a customer ..

    CNN has Jeffrey Toobin
    MSNBC has Rachel Maddow
    PBS has Bill Moyers
    Fox has ……. ,well, never mind.

  13. As one of the very few people who has used the health care system in both the U.S. and Canada, I think both systems are pretty good.

    However the U.S. system has a whopping big catch, which is that you pay for it with your after-tax dollars. And if you lose your job in the U.S., you are screwed. Like it would have cost me $13,000 a year to maintain my health insurance when I left my job screwed.

    That's the only point of the argument worth debating. Everything else is so much fluff.

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