Editor: In the March 7 edition of the Outlook, an article by Paul Clarke brings focus to the upcoming election in Alberta.
The referenced quote is by UCP Banff-Kananaskis candidate, Miranda Rosin: “I think we need to look at a two-tiered system, so that we can get those who worked hard for their money out of the system if they would like to.” And “What we should be talking about is looking at the record of the past government, not talking about words that were said during a forum that have nothing to do with anything relevant to this election.”
We encourage you to look with fresh eyes at what our politicians are discussing and be alert to what they are presenting in their election policy platforms.
We believe Canadians firmly support and value the three pillars of our publicly funded health system: universal, portable and accessible.
We ask the question, why is there an ongoing and persistent fight to defend equitable access to health care for all Canadians regardless of the money in their pocket.
To quote the authors of Sustainability of Medicare Hugh Mackenzie and Michael Rachlif: “this issue is not how much we pay, but who pays how much. In other words, the drive for greater private financing is really a fight against the Canadian ideal of equitable access to health care.”
The threat to our remarkable universal health care system is as relevant today as ever it has been for decades.
Diane Cuts, Cathy Jones and Linda Walsh