National Post’s Medicare “Crisis” Editorial Ignores Tax Cut Trigger


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The National Post is consistent in its criticism of the “usual outrage” of people who still believe in public healthcare. In today’s editorial they normalize marketized solutions to the healthcare crisis. Then they blame universalists for wanting to create misery. There is one glaring problem with their editorial line, though:

Change will come. Governments can help facilitate it, or continue to enforce delays to everyone’s detriment.

via National Post editorial board: Finding ways to health-care innovation | Full Comment | National Post.

Why is there a funding crisis in healthcare?

Neoliberal governments have done more than facilitate it, they have caused it.

Thirty years of continental, national and provincial neoliberalism, particularly in tax cuts and privatization, have defunded governments’ ability to fund healthcare properly.

Then in proper Shock Doctrine style, the right wing media asserts the crisis, calls on the market to solve it, then criticizes people who think it’s a human right for all to have the best healthcare possible as stodgy.

Then they use rhetorical spin to make it sound like government policy is to perpetuate delays: “continue to enforce delays to everyone’s detriment.”

All the media has to do is neglect to mention the massive tax cuts, largely to the rich, that have created the problem in the first place.

It’s called the Shock Doctrine. Naomi Klein wrote about it. Gordon Campbell worships it with his golden straightjacket fiscal knives, and even after he “resigned” he will steer that policy until the very last day he is in charge.

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2 thoughts on “National Post’s Medicare “Crisis” Editorial Ignores Tax Cut Trigger”

  1. Canadians are so far behind the curveball that we will reside in a full-blown fascist state before we catch on. I have little hope we will ever act in our own best interests when voting rather than vetoing our own representation in favour of corporate rule. We make excuses so we can continue to reside in our hologram of excess, rather than see the world with some honesty.

    1. yeah.

      frogs and pots of water.

      and the matrix.

      never underestimate our allegiance to our own narcissism and comfort.

      the right knows that we are all susceptible to the marketing towards our own selfishness.

      civilization depends on our ability to rise above that individualism and consumerism.

      the degree of our civilization, measured in things like BC leading Canada in child poverty for 6 years, asserts how well we’re doing at rising above our baser selves.

      that’s why we need to build community as a tonic for political cynicism, which is currently inflamed in BC:
      http://politicsrespun.org/2010/07/building-community-as-a-tonic-for-political-cyncism/

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