Setting The Record Straight… At Least Some Of It!

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Late last night, when i got home from my awesome gig with my band Laurel Canyon, I was amp’d up as usual after a good gig, and roamed the intertubes for a bit.  I came across this Huff-Po bit concerning every liberals favorite punching bag, Sarah Palin:

Palin Crossed Border For Canadian Health Care

I bit, and shared it on my page, with the simple caption of “Oh My”.

Though I didn’t specifically criticize Palin or claim to know the details behind this story, I still posted the piece as a newsworthy item. A very good friend who is a conservative cried foul…. And yep, he was right to protest, though maybe not for the reasons he stated. He said:

I just found the article she was between 1 & 5 years old and this was in the 60’s the nearest Dr was in Canada and this at the time was the second least populated state next to So Dakota, this was not a very researched blog.

Here is the whole Huff-Po article:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — who has gone to great lengths to hype the supposed dangers of a big government takeover of American health care — admitted over the weekend that she used to get her treatment in Canada’s single-payer system.

“We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada,” Palin said in her first Canadian appearance since stepping down as governor of Alaska. “And I think now, isn’t that ironic?”

The irony, one guesses, is that Palin now views Canada’s health care system as revolting: with its government-run administration and ‘death-panel’-like rationing. Clearly, however, she and her family once found it more alluring than, at the very least, the coverage available in rural Alaska. Up to the age of six, Palin lived in a remote town near the closest Canadian city, Whitehorse.

Officials at several hospitals in that area declined to give out information on patient visits.

Sounds pretty damming…. Until you, you know, actually DO just the littlest bit of, you know, journalism. As my friend stated, Sarah was indeed quite young when this happened: in fact, the Palin family in question is actually the Heath family, her parents, and took place in the late 60’s and early 70’s, when little Sarah Louise Heath was around six or so. She was a kid, and her parents took her and the family apparently because the medical facility in Yukon was closer than the next facility in the Untied States.

Sounds reasonable to me.

She was a kid. It’s not like she had any say in the matter of where to go to get medical treatment..

And here’s the more damming part… This is old news. Not only was it covered in a 2010 Politico article, but the reason why it became a newsworthy tidbit then is because Palin herself wrote about it in her 2010 book Going Rogue.

This Huff-Po piece is completely devoid of any journalistic effort or merit. Yes… It’s fun to make fun of FOX News when they screw up… But the Huffington Post, which often does quite a bit of that piling on, isn’t any better. The Huffington Post, at the end of the day, is a political rag. They are as much a liberal mouthpiece, willing to feed those with Palin-Derangement-Syndrome as FOX is eager to do the same for those with the Obama obsession. Sometimes both do good work. But often, their political leanings take precedent over better judgment, accuracy, and quality control.

NOTE: There are some who are saying the Canadian system was not single payer during the period in question, that it only became “socialist” in the 1980’s. Though the entire system came under singular control of the Canadian Fed in 84, the entire country’s health care was, in fact, under state or regional control during the late 60’s – Details are here. But, again…. Sarah Heath was a kid.

And on that note, I wrote this:

The Palin family in question is actually the Heath family, her parents, and took place in the late 60’s and early 70’s, when little Sarah Louise Heath was around six or so. She was a kid, and her parents took her and the family apparently because the medical facility in Yukon was closer than the next facility in the Untied States.

She absolutely deserves a pass because it was her parents who did this action.

But this should give Conservatives a point to ponder. If Sarah Palin doesn’t deserve to be punished because of the actions of her parents, why do children who were brought to this country illegally by their parents, with no say of their own, have to suffer undue hardships, perhaps even get deported even though this is the only country they know, because of our out-dated big government draconian immigration rules and regulations, much were written to placate the xenophobic fears of the lawmakers of the day.

Lets get this fixed and install a more humane set of immigration rules that doesn’t leave out the human factor in the immigration equation.

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