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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Conservatives say “no” to private sector involvement in the delivery of universal healthcare

Steven Chase with the Globe and Mail has provided a list of passed and failed policy resolutions from today's voting at the Conservative policy convention in Winnipeg.

I’m shock to read that the very modest policy proposal to allow private sector involvement in the delivery of universal public healthcare has failed:

P-106: To encourage provinces and territories to “further experiment with different means of delivering universal health care utilizing both the public and private health sectors.” FAILED

In “Canada's health system: a problem of supply,” Western Standard blogger Hugh MacIntyre reports on a Fraser Institute study titled "The Hidden Costs of Single Payer Health Insurance." Here’s what MacIntyre reports:

Clearly there's a problem here.

Conservative party leader Stephen Harper is calling for a more pragmatic and less ideological approach to governing, but it is ideology – socialist ideology -- that is preventing even modest reforms to our broken government healthcare monopoly.

The opposition to private sector involvement in healthcare is a devastating setback for free market advocates within the party, and for the prospects of much needed market-based healthcare reform.

Does this policy decision mean that Harper will now joins Friends of Medicare in Alberta in their campaign to shut down the Copeman Healthcare Centre in Calgary? And will he ignore the Supreme Court Jacques Chaoulli decision that determined that our monopoly healthcare system -- with its deadly wait times for care -- violates basic charter rights?

Posted by Matthew Johnston on November 15, 2008 in Canadian Conservative Politics | Permalink


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Matthew, this is surprising a very disappointing. Harper is not only pushing the Liberals away from the center, he is pushing them away from the left.

Posted by: TM | 2008-11-15 9:38:20 PM

Canadians prefer everyone to suffer equally with poor health care rather than take the chance that someone might get better health care.

Posted by: Philanthropist | 2008-11-16 5:44:56 AM

The 2008 Conservative Party of Canada: ready to support dying industries, but not dying Canadians.

Posted by: Janet | 2008-11-16 6:56:34 AM

Nothing to see here folks. The spin doctors have leveraged the Conservatives into tenuous power with liberal lite support. The quid pro quo is that all liberal sacred cows are untouchable. As Mark Steyn has often pointed out, the current sad state of "conservatism" amounts to asking the voting public permission to periodically run a liberal government.

Posted by: John Chittick | 2008-11-16 11:20:03 AM

This isn't just Harper but the delegates, meaning average conservatives actually stubbornly continue to support Cuban styled Healthcare. The US may have fiscal problems but Universal Healthcare is Canada's fiscal iceberg. No wonder even Canadian conservatives support Obama. A conservative in Canada really is a Democrat in the US. I just can't believe conservatives think the status quo is fiscally tenable. Or they believe if they close their eyes and tap their dance shoes it will go away?

Posted by: Faramir | 2008-11-17 11:12:39 AM

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