Filed under: Shocked? (Only if you are liberal!)

Headline: Soaring costs force Canada to reassess health model

By Claire Sibonney – Analysis Claire Sibonney – Analysis Mon May 31, 2:38 pm ET

TORONTO (Reuters) – Pressured by an aging population and the need to rein in budget deficits, Canada’s provinces are taking tough measures to curb healthcare costs, a trend that could erode the principles of the popular state-funded system.

Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, kicked off a fierce battle with drug companies and pharmacies when it said earlier this year it would halve generic drug prices and eliminate “incentive fees” to generic drug manufacturers.

British Columbia is replacing block grants to hospitals with fee-for-procedure payments and Quebec has a new flat health tax and a proposal for payments on each medical visit — an idea that critics say is an illegal user fee.

And a few provinces are also experimenting with private funding for procedures such as hip, knee and cataract surgery


Part Four: It Pays To Remember


While cherry-picking the cases because there are simply too many to enumerate, Laurence Duggan needs to be mentioned because he was one of those who famous people defended as innocent.

Laurence (graduate of Phillips Academy and Harvard) was the head of the State Department Office of the American Republics (South America) from 1935 to 1944, and then a representative to the United Nations, and subsequently headed the Institute for International Education. He was a close advisor to presidential candidate Henry Wallace.

Laurence was driven to commit suicide from a high building, the theory went, because he was being hounded as a Communist when in fact he was not one.

Eleanor Roosevelt defended him. Sumner Wells, Under Secretary of State defended him. Archibald Macleish, the Librarian of Congress defended him. The Attorney General (Tom Clark) defended him,. Famous radio newsmen of the day Drew Pearson and Edward R. Murrow defended him

Duggan was a firm member of the Washington establishment, much admired in the inner circle.

There was much concern when Duggan committed suicide, and the press blamed the anti-Communist crusaders for his death.

Just one problem. Duggan WAS a KGB agent!

The Venona decryptions of nine messages, and the files of the KGB made available in  Moscow in the late 1990’s confirmed the Duggan conspiratorial actions.

Other Communist spies simply left the United States when they were exposed.

Margaret Dodd Stern, daughter of an FDR Ambassador to Germany in the 30’s and who was a famous novelist, fled when she was exposed. In her youth she had numerous public affairs with such luminaries aw Carl Sandburg, and Thomas Wolfe, and had also bedded the head of the Nazi Gestapo in Berlin in her pro-Nazi days, and the First Secretary of the Russian Embassy (a KGB agent) in her subsequent pro-Communist days.

This from the NY Times:

“In the early 1950’s she and Mr. Stern became persistent targets of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy in his anti-Communist investigations. The couple moved to Mexico City in 1953, and four years later Boris Morros, an American counterspy, testified to the House Committee on Un-American Activities that the Sternses were part of a Soviet spy network.

When they were indicted on espionage charges in 1957, the couple fled to Prague, where they settled. They later traveled to the Soviet Union and other Eastern European countries and to Cuba but never returned to the United States. Mrs. Stern did translations of books and articles. Mr. Stern died four years ago at the age of 88. “

The cast of characters in the era of Communist infiltration of the US government is astonishing to consider.

Governing Against The People


Californians split on Arizona’s illegal immigration crackdown

Of the voters surveyed, 50% support Arizona’s law and 43% oppose it; there were sharp divides along lines of ethnicity and age. And since the BP spill, support for new oil drilling has diminished.,0,2177522.story