Palin Admits Crossing Border for Canadian Health Care

Sarah Palin reveals in a speech given in Calgary, Canada about how her family used to "hustle over the border" for health care.

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.

-Faye Brennan

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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.”

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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.”

Was Palin even aware of the repercussions this admission might have on her own political campaign? (Calgary Herald, Huffington Post)

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  1. “Palin’s admission that she used to recieve [sic] health care in Canada when she was little is ironic ….”

    Isn’t the irony that Canadians now seek medical treatment in the US? The article does not say that she used to receive health care in Canada. She was approximately five years old then, which was before Canada had a single-payer system.

    “Was Palin even aware of the repurcussions [sic] this admission might have on her own political campaign?”

    What campaign?

    There is no balance on this website. And HuffPo is less than objective about Palin.

  2. “given that she is so opposed to health care reform today in her own country, and now believes the single-player [sic] system in Canada is a terrible alternative.”

    Palin favors health care reform in the US, just not the Democrat plans that are on the table.

    And again, Whitehorse, Canada, did not have a single-payer (“single-player,” as you call it) system or socialized medicine then. Even MSNBC admitted that … yesterday.

    PS There are real scandals out there surrounding Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and David Paterson (D-NY). Eliot Spitzer’s madam is running for governor, too.

  3. Note that the sections of this post that I accurately quoted have been changed and revised. I commented on the original article. Of course, the person who revised it failed to indicate that the article has been revised.

  4. i pretty much detest Sarah Palin, i can’t pretend otherwise, but even i can’t support this. Her parents choosing to take her, at any age below 18, to the nearest town (which happened to be across the border) for medical care – that’s got nothing to do with Sarah Palin, it wasn’t her decision, and to try to manipulate the words of this story to make her look bad is pointless. It’s unnecessary for one – she’ll make herself look bad with her own words. And for two – one of the main reasons i dislike her is her consistent lying and “manipulation” of the truth. But doing it back to her doesn’t make you look better – it makes you look the same as her.

    Not what you want.

  5. “Isn’t the irony that Canadians now seek medical treatment in the US?”

    Uh, what? Rarely, and I cannot stress ~rarely~ enough here, do Canadians go to the US for medical treatment. The only times I’ve ever heard/seen this, is when someone needs some experimental, or HIGHLY costly procedure done that is not available in Canada.

    And whenever this does happen, there is ~always~ a public fund raising event, in order to get said funds, to A) travel there and B) cover the INSANELY high costs of the procedure(s).

    Apparently your head needs to come out your ass, much like Palins.

  6. “Apparently your head needs to come out your ass, much like Palins.”

    Well, aren’t you civil?

    I was thinking of Danny Williams, premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, who came here for heart surgery last month. There was no public fundraising event, which you say “always” happens. There are many, many other examples.

    Stay classy.

  7. Its not just Huffington Post reporting this.
    If you read the Wash Post article –http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/03/palin-says-she-used-canadian-h.html?wpisrc=nl_pmpolitics
    it states that “Palin has also told an alternate version of the story that had her family traveling south by ferry to Juneau from Skagway for treatment of her brother’s burned foot, rather than to Canada” and gives the link back to the original story. Palin is obviously trying to score points–dont know with who or for what–but is not smart enough to be able to do anything but make a mockery of herself.

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