PIPES: A crummy Canadian import

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Just one year ago, Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams paid personally for minimally invasive heart-valve surgery at Miami’s Mount Sinai Medical Center. When journalists asked why he had left Canada for care, Mr. Williams replied, “This was my heart, my choice and my health.”

Former Liberal member of Parliament Belinda Stronach fought privatization of Canadian health care. But in June 2007, she traveled to California’s UCLA Medical Center for late-stage breast-cancer surgery. Quebec’s late Premier Robert Bourassa also trekked south, for skin-cancer therapy.

Canada also ships many of its less famous citizens to America for care, such as those whom Quebec routinely exports to Vermont for coronary attention.

From its mind-numbing rules to its mandate-fueled ethos to the new taxes that fund the entire maddening enterprise, Obamacare is slowly but surely making American medicine look more and more like its Canadian counterpart.

Of course, Canadians who are sick of Canadian medicine have always come to America. But where will Americans go once they grow sick of Obamacare?

Sally C. Pipes is president of the Pacific Research Institute. Her latest book is “The Truth About ObamaCare” (Regnery, 2010).

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