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The Health Care Debate In Canada

They’re having an election in Canada, so naturally a big issue is health care. The opposition Liberal Party is running an add slamming incumbent Prime Minister Stephen Harper as being “open to American-style, private for-profit health care.”

It’s a potentially damaging charge because even though Harper’s been in office for years, the Conservatives haven’t enjoyed an actual majority in parliament. Consequently trying to convince people that Harper has a secret hard-right “hidden agenda” is a potentially damaging allegation. But Harper is pushing back, insisting that he stands fully behind socialism:

Contrast this with the American debate, or the debate in the UK, and what you see is how dominated health care politics are by status quo bias. Three countries that have pretty similar political cultures but that adopted very different health care schemes in the 1945–65 period and are all pretty deeply attached to their current methods.

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