Is The Fix (for a generation) In?

In the "when pigs fly" department, we have this promise from our health minister.

Paul Martin got a lot of mileage out of the "fix healthcare for a generation" remark. The result was a first ministers' meeting where he was bludgeoned into handing over a big fat cheque, with no strings attached. I'm not necessarily saying there should be "strings", but it was clear to anyone who cared to look that the premiers were not going to think of what Paul Martin wanted them to do with the money. They have enough problems in their respective home provinces (some of which are, in fairness, of their own making, and some of which are not).

Now, we have the Supreme Court of Canada saying that the health care system, as it is practiced in Quebec, is unconstitutional. While that decision is not necessarily binding when it comes to other provinces, and while it may in any event be overturned (thanks in part to the new judges who have recently joined the Court), it should send some danger signals to those who believe in the Canadian system, and only in the Canadian system.

We also have Jack Layton demanding some sort of "action" from the PM in exchange for propping up the government till next spring. In particular, Layton wants Martin to somehow put the brakes on private clinics and the like, while apparently not closing down the ones that already exist.

Long story short, I think we have a heck of a mess on our hands. Governments are spending more on the health care system than they ever have before. That cash is, arguably, enough to keep the system from collapsing in the immediate future. It may even be enough to keep the Supreme Court off of Martin's back. But what happens when more Canadians retire? What happens when there's more demand on the system, with fewer people to fund it through their income taxes?

If you're in your 30's, do you really think the system will be there, in anything close to its present form, when you're in your 60's, no matter how many deals are cut between the Liberals and the NDP? If you're raising your hand, I admire your confidence - you have more of it than I.

So, the problems are daunting. The solutions? Hey, if I had sure-thing solutions, I'd be running for office. But I do have some thoughts, which I'll cover shortly. Hopefully you do as well - and the comments section is open.

More later.


At 3:03 p.m., Blogger mike king said...

Mr Music said...

I want to tell you all a story 'bout a GTA urban wife

Who had a teenage daughter who attended Harper Valley Junior High

Well her daughter came home one afternoon and didn't even stop to play

She said Mom I got a note here from the Harper So-Cons in the G.T.A.

The note said Misses Urban Girl, you're wearing your dresses way too high

It's reported you've been talking to the youth and ethnics, women’s groups and gays

And we don't believe you ought to be a bringing up your little girl this way

It was signed by the secretary, Harper So-Cons GTA.

Well, it happened So-Cons G.T.A. were gonna meet that very afternoon

They were sure surprised when Misses Urban Girl wore her miniskirt into the room

And as she walked up to the blackboard I still recall the words she had to say

She said, I'd like to address this meeting of the Harper So-Cons G.T.A.

Well there's John Reynolds, sitting there and seven times he's asked me for a date

Messrs. Flaherty and Clement always missing that retirement is just 4 months away

And Mr. Capobianco can you tell us what your smokin’ that makes you blind

And shouldn't Peter Kent be reading news not playing with you wasting all his time

Well Mr Harper couldn't be here 'cause he’s filling sandbags for the bunker again

He may as well get ready cuz the writing’s on the wall – “you loser has-been”

Then you have the nerve to tell me you think that as a mother I'm not fit

Well this is just a little piece of urban Canada where none of you are ever gonna fit.

No, I wouldn't put you on because it really did, it happened just this way

The day my Mama socked it to the Harper So-Cons G.T.A.

At 5:08 p.m., Blogger Erin Airton said...

I thought you WERE running for office.


At 5:24 p.m., Blogger Jason Hickman said...

Mike: Cute. I presume we should mark you down as "undecided"?

Erin: Shh. Don't reveal the master plan just yet ...


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