Sarah Palin Admits Crossing Border for Canadian Health Care
Sarah Palin reveals in a speech given in Calgary, Canada that her family used to “hustle over the border” for health care.
Over the weekend, Sarah Palin gave a speech in Calgary, Canada, her first public appearance in the country since stepping down as governor of Alaska. In what was likely an attempt to build a rapport with her audience, Palin said the following, according to the Calgary Herald:
“My first five years of life we spent in Skagway, Alaska, right there by Whitehorse. Believe it or not – this was in the ‘60s – we used to hustle on over the border for health care that we would receive in Whitehorse. I remember my brother, he burned his ankle in some little kid accident thing and my parents had to put him on a train and rush him over to Whitehorse and I think, isn’t that kind of ironic now. Zooming over the border, getting health care from Canada.”
Palin’s admission that she used to seek out health care in Canada when she was little is ironic, given that she is so opposed to health care reform today in her own country, and now believes the single-player system in Canada is a terrible alternative.
The Huffington Post puts it best, “Clearly, however, she and her family once found [Canada’s health care] more alluring than, at the very least, the coverage available in rural Alaska.”