Defending our moderately well-regarded name


Ujjal Dosanjh, now pretty much a member of the Obama administration, keeps up his efforts to defend the nation, this time on NPR. The full discussion, including the former head of the Canadian Medical Association, can be found here. Dosanjh has uploaded his contribution to YouTube.


Defending our moderately well-regarded name

  1. Go Ujjal!

  2. It's unfortunate that, right at a time when Canada could be helping out the U.S. with its much-needed health care reform, we have a government that won't defend our health care system against attacks by GOP partisans.

    At any rate, it's good to see that Ujjal's on the job. I believe Conservative Senator Hugh Segal also defended our system in U.S. media recently. Good for him.

    And shame on Harper for showing us what he really thinks by refusing to stand up for our medicare system

    • Are we perhaps reading a bit too much in to our government's relative silence? Couldn't the Health Care debate in the U.S. be considered something of a grenade sans pin, and best avoided? I get that our system is being maligned, often in highly unfair and inaccurate terms in the U.S. media, but frankly, who cares? (Not that I don't think Dosanjh is doing a fine thing, and more power to him, but the actions of a citizen and the actions of a government have very different implications).

      I certainly hope the Americans get an improved health care system for themselves, but frankly I'm pretty happy with the system I've got (not that it couldn't be improved) so, all in all, it really doesn't matter to me what happens south of the border. I'm also not at all sure that a defense of our system by our government would actually help Obama (as the system he's proposing isn't really like our system at all, so comparisons to Canada only really muddy the waters and complicate an already complicated sell) and you just KNOW it wouldn't make the Republicans happy, so why bother?

      All in all, I don't care what the Americans think of our system, I care what Canadians think of our system, so, "Go Ujjal!" and all, but I'm not really peeved that the government's keeping their collective heads down on this.

      • While I agree that the Americans should handle their debate ultimately themselves, when so large a % of Canadians get their national news from American bleed over, I'm concerned about hearing American anti-health care fearmongering being repeated unchallenged up here and it's already happening.

        Recall how much effort it (still takes) took to dispel that '9/11 terrorists came from Canada' myth that even the current Secretary of State Mrs. Clinton trots out on occasion. Repeat a lie enough and the truth is drowned out.

        • Yeah, I get that and all, but I just don't sense a huge ground swell to chuck our system and adopt the clearly superior American health care system (/sarcasm off). Frankly, I think most Canadians will give up the universality of our system when you pry it from our cold dead hands, so to the extent that misinformation in the U.S. media makes us look more closely at our system and look for reforms, I think that could actually be a positive thing. Do you get the sense that all the rabble rousing down South really has Canadians up in arms about our system? I just think that if anything, it might make us look at those aspects of our system that really DO need improvement, and that's probably a good thing.

          Fear mongering may be enough to get people to avoid switching to a public health care system, but I'm quite confident it will never make people who HAVE a public health care system want to get rid of it. Now, I may be more open to reforms of our system than some, so maybe I'm overly sanguine from a certain perspective, but I'll raise holy Hell if there's a suggestion that the words "universal" or "single payer" be removed from our system, and I imagine I'll have about 90% or more of the population screaming with me, so I'm just not worried.

      • Excellent point, LKO.

  3. Classic Liberal hypocrisy… they spend the last session of question period attacking the Health Minister on a near-daily basis, then turn around and tell the American Media our system is great!

    I will qualify this by saying that I have never had a problem with our health-care system, nor I have criticized it on a near daily basis