Spinning wingnuts

It’s always a bummer to discover that a sparkly golden idol is made of crude and common brass (or in this case, tinfoil), but wingnuts are spinning themselves stupid over the Palin/Yukon health care story.

They quickly went into astonished damage control mode and claimed that it was a non-story because the Yukon didn’t have “socialized medicine” at the time Palin’s family was availing themselves of it — a claim that is demonstrably false.   Hospital insurance with federal cost sharing (aka “government-subsidized health insurance”) came into effect in the Yukon in 1960:

…and Yukon’s own health insurance with federal cost-sharing in 1972:

Palin’s family likely paid out of pocket for these services, and no grifting was involved — a pretty routine scenario back in the day.  But so what?

The fact remains that  health care in the Yukon in the 1960s was still far closer to being “socialized medicine” than anything the Obama Administration has floated in its health care reform proposals.  Yet in spite of her personal experience with a system far more socialized than “Obamacare”, Palin’s spun US health care reform to mean socialist Baby-Trigg-and-Granny-killing-Death Panels.

It’s the hypocrisy and the dishonesty, stupid.

6 Responses to “Spinning wingnuts”


  1. 1 Torontonian Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Does Palin realise that she’s stated that the quality of health care in the Yukon–with a population of less than
    a part of Anchorage–is superior to what the entire
    state of Alaska has to offer?

    She’s also saying that she and her family would take the multi- hour trip to Whitehorse instead of driving from the suburbs of Anchorage to a hospital in that same city.
    —–
    Or, did she cross the border because the booze is better
    quality? Every try Seagrams 7 Crown? I never knew barbeque
    starter fluid came in flavours.

    Whatever! She’s the gift that keeps on giving. She’ll be a
    curiosity of politics set out at the curb for the next pickup
    before the 2012 GOP convention. You betcha.

  2. 2 J. A. Baker Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 7:53 am

    She’s also saying that she and her family would take the multi- hour trip to Whitehorse instead of driving from the suburbs of Anchorage to a hospital in that same city.

    Actually, the way I read it, she said that at the time she was living closer to the Canadian border.

  3. 3 Cornelius T.Zen Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Good morrow, all!
    Yes, she said that her family lived in Skagway, which is much closer to Whitehorse than any other place in AK.
    Every time I see a picture of Sarah and little Trig, a question pops up in mind:
    Which one again is the retarded one? – CTZen

  4. 4 Janus Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    “… 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…”

    Rush him? Did she say rush him to Whitehorse? By train? In the sixties?

    She might be able to look up her geography references, but I guess nobody told her that the only passenger train in or out of Whitehorse in the sixties was the White Pass $ Yukon Route:

    http://www.google.ca/#hl=en&source=hp&q=White+Pass+and+Yukon+Route&meta=&aq=f&oq=White+Pass+and+Yukon+Route&fp=e39cd6ca8eb6d31b

    I can’t find the old schedules, but I found modern ones. Even today, with all the modernization that can be applied, the trip from Skagway to Carcross — a distance of almost seventy miles (about two-thirds of the way to Whitehorse) takes more than six hours. Average about 11 miles per hour. It would have been much slower in the sixties.

    Did she actually say, “rush?”

    He’d have been much better for being dunked into one of Alaska’s many lakes to cool the burn and then have it wrapped in muskeg to heal.

  5. 5 Janus Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Oops;;;sorry ’bout that link. It needs a break:

    http://www.google.ca/search?
    hl=en&source=hp&q=White+Pass+and+Yukon+Route&meta=&aq=f&oq=
    White+Pass+and+Yukon+Route&cad=h

  6. 6 Cornelius T.Zen Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Good morrow, all!
    Actually, today, one can drive from Skagway to Whitehorse in about two hours and change. In the 60’s, you’re probably looking more at 8 hours by train. Truth to tell, Palin is probably shoveling it just for the sound bite. Juneau would be closer, and sooner, by ferry, than Whitehorse by train.
    Palin is probably one of them reptilian grays from the Roswell crash. She was probably the navigator, since she has no sense of direction to speak of.
    The truth is out there. And that’s where it’s staying – CTZen


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