Perfect Example Of Republican Confusion

Just read this on Huffington Post

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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.

"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.

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I think Sarah is confused over the word "ironic" in this case.

niceguyinhell niceguyinhell
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11 Responses Mar 8, 2010

Good point Eve

Even when she blunders, she finds a way to spin it, or has someone at Fox News do it for her.

Is it "nice" to continue to spread lies about death panels even after you've been corrected repeatedly by people on both the left and the right? Nice? As long as she isn't going to be a heartbeat away from the presidency, I can forgive her for being ignorant, but she has knowingly spread lies. I don't like her and what she represents.

You are so full of ****.

Well, folks, what do you want from a woman who touts "freedom" but bans books and hunts witches?! And both parties are a little more than confused! Rev. Naamah

That is a fair point to make, gryfynn – though I think we can’t dismiss the influence she still has.<br />
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For better or worse a lot of people really do like her, think she is well versed on subjects and are influenced by her.<br />
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If we were to completely ignore her, then I think we’d be doing ourselves a disservice because without adequately refuting her statements and positions the people who follow her will continue to do so.<br />
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I still believe she had a significant impact on the initial healthcare debates of the summer of 2009. That coupled with the complete and total inability of the Democrats to refute Palin and the other Republican hysterics like Michele Bachman and the rest severely crippled the reform movement and killed any chance we had of a public option.<br />
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I think you could make the case that the absence of Obama, Clinton and Biden during the summer 2009 and their absence in the overall national debate was a form of “ignoring” the critics like Palin and that strategy seriously backfired.

I certainly think to consider Sarah Palin eligible for any political office that entails serious responsibility would be obviously unwise. However, I think it's just plain silly to continue to pay any attention to her.

Your username explains where you are coming from "niceguyinhell". <br />
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What a contrast from a decent personality with a sense of value, Sarah Palin. When you are a "niceguyinhell", why would anybody expect something different?

Here's the quote ShadowofDoubt<br />
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"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 said a speech Saturday night, according to the Calgary Herald.<br />
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Here's a question: if Canada did not have "free" healthcare then why did her family bother to go there at all?<br />
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And why, pray tell, didn't she make a point of telling the interviewer they she only went there BEFORE Canada had universal healthcare?<br />
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Yes I bash her. Because a) she's really stupid and almost became VP of the United States b) millions of people in this country are being denied healthcare, going bankrupt and flat out dying because this uneducated person LIED about President Obama's creating "death panels" and told everyone that he wanted to kill the elderly and children with autism.<br />
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Is there really any difference between yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater and causing a riot which gets some people injured and yelling "Death panels!" on national TV and destroying healthcare reform which results in the continued denial of life saving care for millions of Americas?<br />
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People are going bankrupt and dyning and good old Sarah is laughing and joking around on TV about how "funny" it is that she got to use the Canadian system when she was a kid and now she's bashing it.<br />
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Ha ha?<br />
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Is that really funny to anyone but Sarah?<br />
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Yes, I am probably too harsh on Sarah...but it's not a merely academic debate. People really are dying right now in the US because they cannot afford the surgeries that will save their life and yes Sarah Palin played an significant -- significant! -- role in posioning the well so that the public option was killed and the entire healthcare reform movement was derailed.<br />
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And it is for that reason that I take the kid gloves off when I discuss her.<br />
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She is not some quiet little homebody meekly voicing an opinion. She is a very loud, vocal and powerful person who played a major, major role is whipping up the populace by telling lies.<br />
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"Obama is going to personally take razor blade and...and....and slit the throat of every baby born with autism! if you love America don't let Obama kill your children!"<br />
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So, yes, I freely admit I am very very harsh against Sarah. She's plays rough and she gets rough treatment in return.<br />
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So in that sense I do feel that I am very fair with her.

perfect example of believing everything you read and not checking anywhere else to corroborate the story, but i guess if the intent is to bash someone, what's there to check eh? <br />
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first off, she went there as a child (as if she controlled where her parents took them). secondly, they didn't get "free" universal health care in canada until the canada health act of 1984, clearly the care they received were not considered "socialized medicine". sarah palin is outrageous and crazy, at least have the decency to levy fair accusations against her.

Socialized medicine is the greatest evil on earth....except when SHE uses it for herself and her family.

I think she is just confused all together.