In the United States, people over the age of 65 are enrolled in a government-run health insurance scheme called “Medicare.” Canadians over the age of 65 are enrolled in a very similar scheme that’s also called “Medicare.” But Americans under the age of 65 are enrolled in a variety of different insurance schemes that are quite different from Medicare, whereas Canadians under 65 are enrolled in Medicare, just like senior citizens on both sides of the border. Sarah Palin thinks Canada should change:
WALSH: Ms. Palin, I tried to ask you a question inside, but I didn’t hear your answer! The Canadians! Ms. Palin!
PALIN: Well, my answer was too keep the faith. My answer was to keep the faith. Cause that common sense conservatism can be plugged-in there in Canada too. In fact Canada needs to reform its health care system and let the private sector take over some of what the government has absorbed. So thank you, keep the faith.
This raises, in an especially pointed way, the perennial question for opponents of government-run health insurance—do they think we should do away with Medicare? Since Canadian Medicare doesn’t distinguish between seniors and non-seniors the way ours does, any steps to privatize Canadian Medicare would have an impact on Canadian seniors that’s identical to the impact privatizing American Medicare would have on American seniors. So does Palin think Medicare should be privatized? For that matter, do public option opponents like Joe Lieberman and Blanche Lincoln?