Why does this not surprise me?
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- who has gone to great lengths to hype the supposed dangers of a big government takeover of American health care -- admitted over the weekend that she used to get her treatment in Canada's single-payer system.Actually that's not irony, it's cold hard reality juxtaposed to an inflexible ideology. As I've said, America has the best health care system in the world: as long as you're rich, which Palin's new found fame and notoriety have clearly now made her. But if you're not (Palin's father was a science teacher and her mother was a school secretary) then a socialized health care system would benefit you much more than the American system currently being run by insurers and health care providers. And frankly, I'm getting pretty tired of millionaires telling me how great our health care system is but that's the team she plays for now.
"We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada," Palin said in her first Canadian appearance since stepping down as governor of Alaska. "And I think now, isn't that ironic?"
The irony, one guesses, is that Palin now views Canada's health care system as revolting: with its government-run administration and 'death-panel'-like rationing. Clearly, however, she and her family once found it more alluring than, at the very least, the coverage available in rural Alaska. Up to the age of six, Palin lived in a remote town near the closest Canadian city, Whitehorse.