• The co-op thing is a scam - it's really a stalking horse for the public option. They have admitted it, I believe them.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:39 a.m.

  • From what I can see, the Healthcare Bill is massive and vague. If it passes, bureaucrats will interpret it and create the details.
    However, the Bill reduces Medicare spending by $500,000,000,000 and common sense tells me what that means.

    August 19, 2009 at 8:05 a.m.

  • For all those who have been praising the Canadian system of health care, read the following from the Vancouver Sun:

    "VANCOUVER — Vancouver patients needing neurosurgery, treatment for vascular diseases and other medically necessary procedures can expect to wait longer for care, NDP health critic Adrian Dix said Monday.

    Dix said a Vancouver Coastal Health Authority document shows it is considering chopping more than 6,000 surgeries in an effort to make up for a dramatic budgetary shortfall that could reach $200 million.

    “This hasn’t been announced by the health authority … but these cuts are coming,” Dix said, citing figures gleaned from a leaked executive summary of “proposed VCH surgical reductions.”

    The health authority confirmed the document is genuine, but said it represents ideas only.

    “It is a planning document. It has not been approved or implemented,” said spokeswoman Anna Marie D’Angelo.

    Dr. Brian Brodie, president of the BC Medical Association, called the proposed surgical cuts “a nightmare.”

    Yeah, it makes me look forward to change I can believe in.

    August 19, 2009 at 7:55 a.m.