An article in the March 18 issue of the Toronto Star, a left-leaning publication, got my blood boiling! It is titled “Buying their way to the front of the health-care line.” That is followed, in large bold lettering, by the question, “Should the wealthy be allowed to buy their way to faster health care at private clinics?”
My question to the authors is: Who the hell are you to deny me better health care if I can pay for it?
Uncritical and shallow thinking readers of the Star article will immediately assume the “their” persons referred to in the intros must be bad people. And they will read on to find out how bad they really are, and perhaps learn what they can do to stop them. And stop them they must!
And why are they bad? Because they are getting an unfair advantage over others, so say the authors. It’s kinda like paying someone to arrive early and place themselves at the front of the line before tickets to a hot event are put on sale. The person who would pay someone to do that must be bad because they want the best seats available. They must be bad because they aren’t willing to sit in the bleachers like the common folk. And they can afford to hire someone to stand there in their stead. More bad. Imagine how bad those people sitting in expensive rink-side seats at Maple Leaf games must appear to those sitting in nose-bleed sections at Air Canada Center. Awful folks!
And it must be true because the Star wants it to be true. As a member of the major media they can’t be wrong. . . can they? Read on and you decide.
The beef being explored by the authors, and granted prime front page placement by the Star, is the so-called “two-tier” health care system mushrooming in Canada. The private fee-for-service clinics somehow insinuate the health care system provided by the government is lacking in some way(s). Horrors! Surely that can’t be true!
The critics selected by the authors, and cited in the article, claim the private clinics “encroach” on government services. It isn’t clearly explained how that happens, or if it happens, but “encroach” incites hostility. It’s a good word. Use it. In football, encroaching is a penalty offense committed by bad intent to gain an unfair advantage.
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