Thursday, January 12, 2012


This is why I support respecting provincial rights!
Roy Romanow says the federal government's hands-off approach to health care will lead to provincial experimentation and a greater role for the private sector.

To which we can only say: yes, please.

In Romanow's mind, of course, those are bad things. His 2002 report on health care warned that letting provinces do their own thing "will inevitably produce 13 clearly separate health care systems, each with differing methods of payment, delivery and outcomes, coupled by an ever increasing volatile and debilitating debate surrounding our nation, its values and principles." Our health care system is not just a public good, says that report; it's also "a national symbol and a defining aspect of (Canadian) citizenship." So too much variation among the provinces, in Romanow's mind, undermines national unity.

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