Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sarah Palin's Canadian Health Care Adventures

This sounded crazy to me. At first I thought it was from The Onion, but Sam Stein reports at the Huffington Post that Sarah Palin has jumped the Canadian Border before to get health care. More Palin hypocrisy?

Stein pulls his information from the Globe and Mail. I had to go read it for myself, but to make it clear, it sounds as though skipping over to Canada for health care is something the former governor did in her youth, perhaps when she was under her parents' charge.
The vocal opponent of health-care reform in the U.S. steered largely clear of the topic except to reveal a tidbit about her life growing up not far from Whitehorse.

“We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada,” she said. “And I think now, isn't that ironic?” (Globe and Mail)
The Globe and Mail also had this information:
A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll suggested that only 37 per cent of Americans had a favourable impression of Ms. Palin; of those who identified themselves as conservatives, fewer than half said she was qualified to serve as president.
I can't wait until 2011 when she runs for the presidency and tells us her visit to Canada proves she has foreign affairs experience the same way seeing Russia from her house does. Oh, wait! She's already claimed that.

The photo of Palin shows her with cheat notes on her hand. The irony there is that the camera caught her palm cheat sheet during her speech to a Tea Party group in which she made fun of President Barack Obama using a teleprompter. Defending herself later, she said God also wrote on his hand.

I think she wants to be seen as smart, and so she tried to avoid referring to index cards like normal people. Perhaps she wants to keep alive the rumor that she's brainy with a great memory. And yet, she forgot that if you hold your hands out, people can see your palms.

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