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Canadian social conservative Joseph Ben-Ami warns against Obamacare

My friend Andrew e-mails this article from Joseph Ben-Ami.

He talks about what Obamacare policies do today in Canada.

You cannot pay doctors directly:

… in Canada today… most doctors and nurses… aren’t government employees – they’re private contractors who bill the government for the services they provide to patients.In Ontario, like other provinces, fees are set by the government – in consultation with doctors – in order to keep overall costs to the system down. The total amount that individual doctors can bill the government plan each year is also capped to keep them from “cheating” the system by setting up a volume practice; that is, encouraging, and then charging for, “unnecessary” appointments by patients. It seems not to have occurred to the “experts” that the number of “unnecessary” appointments may have more to do with patients not having to pay for their visits than it does with doctors’ greed. In any event, an unintended (and bizarre) by-product of this cap is that new patients are regularly turned away by doctors who have “too many” already.

The number of doctors is restricted:

To make matters worse, because doctors’ and nurses’ education in Canada is heavily subsidized by taxpayers, government gets to decide – in consultation with experts – how many will be trained each year. The number of students that medical schools can accept each year depends on the amount of money available in the budget for training, not the actual demand.

Is it any wonder that there’s a shortage of doctors and nurses in Canada?

There are caps on medical service provision:

Most Canadian cities have fewer MRI machines than many individual American hospitals, and according to a report released last year by the Cancer Advocacy Coalition of Canada, Ontario – the country’s wealthiest and most populous province – boasted a grand total of just nine PET scanners for the whole province, and some of these were sitting idle because hospitals couldn’t hire the technicians to run them without exceeding the limits placed on their spending. This is the real legacy of government-run health insurance in Canada, and it’s what awaits Americans too if they travel down the same path.

I like this guy. He thinks like an American! He loves freedom! Wow!

By the way, this is the same Joseph Ben-Ami that Rebekah (Miss Marprelate) wrote about in her event-blogging of that social conservatism conference that she attended last Monday. He gave several of the sessions. So now you’ve got a social conservative guru arguing that government should be limited in order to strengthen the free market which gives people the best medical care. I LOVE IT!

Michele Bachmann

As a follow-up to my previous two posts on Obama’s mad advisers, here is Michele Bachmann on the floor of the House, educating the old fools about what the Health Care bill actually does.

Just do what she says, you Democrat fools! She’s a grown-up! You’re children!

To make up for the fact that you can’t see Michele really well in this video, here is another one where she is calling for an audit of the Federal Reserve, and another one where she is talking about the impact of Obamacare on small businesses.

Miss Marprelate live-blogs Canadian conference on social conservatism

Rebekah actually looks like this!
Rebekah actually looks like this!

Wow, looks like Rebekah stayed up most of Tuesday night summarizing the sessions at a Canadian conference on social conservatism. Her dispatches give insight into the struggles of social conservatives in a country where objective moral values and duties are pretty much dead, thanks to secularism.

Here is the (cached) conference page.

She has a summary of each of the sessions: (click the links to go read her summaries)

Running Right: Lessons from the Hillier Campaign
Tristan Emmanuel
The recently concluded campaign for the leadership of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party featured the emergence of Randy Hillier as a leading voice for conservatism in Canada. Listen to Hillier Campaign Manager Tristan Emmanuel as he shares the highs and lows of the campaign and discusses what comes next.

In Search of Unity: Fiscal Conservatives & Social Conservatives – Myths & Facts
Joseph C. Ben-Ami
The media and academic elites like to portray the Conservative Movement as being divided between Social Conservatives and Fiscal Conservatives, each with their own agenda that is incompatible with that of the other. Joseph C. Ben-Ami shows that this is wrong and self-serving and explains how both branches of conservatism can and must work together to achieve their shared goals.

Reaching the Young
Faytene Kryskow
It’s taken for granted by pundits and pollsters that Canada’s youth have no interest in conservative causes. Faytene Kryskow has spent the past few years proving them wrong. As Director of My Canada, Faytene has been mobilizing young Canadians, teaching them about the democratic process and encouraging them to get involved. Learn about this exciting movement and how the energy and enthusiasm of young Canadians can be harnessed to bring about positive change.

Communication Essentials for Social Conservatives
Joseph C. Ben-Ami
You’ve heard about it time and time again: the liberal bias of the main stream media. How real is it and how should conservatives deal with it? What are the tools and techniques that make for effective communications? How do you motivate and inspire?

The Power of One: How to be a Catalyst for Change
Tristan Emmanuel
One of greatest impediments to change is the belief that one person cannot make a difference. As former head of the influential ECP Centre, Tristan Emmanuel spent his days proving how mistaken this belief is. Learn how one motivated individual can lead meaningful change in their communities and inspire others to do so in theirs.

How Ideas become Public Policy
Joseph C. Ben-Ami
Whether you’re a grassroots organizer or an elected official, nothing is more important to effective advocacy than understanding how ideas become policy and laws are made. Get to know the basics of the legislative and regulatory process and learn where and when to have the maximum impact on its outcome.

Winning as a Pro-Life Candidate
Rod Bruinooge, MP
One of the most strongly held views in Canadian politics today is that it’s impossible to win an election as an explicitly pro-life candidate or party. Is this true? Learn from the experience of Rod Bruinooge, a Conservative MP from Winnipeg and Chair of the Parliamentary Pro-Life Caucus.

Here are some of the parts of her posts that I liked best:

Even many religious conservatives are shilling for liberal-socialism.

(from part one)

I think this was a great point, because many Christians in Canada advocate for socialist policies such as single-payer health care quite earnestly. Government redistributing wealth and equalizing outcomes is considered “good for the poor”. They do not understand that free market capitalism is the ground of liberty – and they are surprised when the socialism they advocate results in taxpayer subsidies for abortions, drug needles, and even sex-changes. When health care is rationed in single-payer systems using waiting lists, the secular worldview of the government administrators determines who is treated and who is not.

Our common goal is to restrain government. While we have different concerns this is our point of intersection. Socons are concerned with the moral conscience of a nation. They may be susceptible to believing that the state should be proactive in this role but thoughtful conservatives believe that the moral conscience of the nation should be church and family. The state should be limited so that it doesn’t encroach. We shouldn’t change the government so much as limit it so it doesn’t limit us.

Socons should be more interested in fiscal conservativism because a big government is related to having money to spend.

Fiscal conservatives should be interested in socon because the erosion of the natural family is related to issues like demographics which has an impact on social programs. Conservatives should be interested in matters of healthcare and social security. The purely economic consequences of the breakdown of the family is incalculable.

The character of the nation is formed in the family which has an impact on economics because that is where they learn things about hard work and money sense.

We have a symbiotic relationship so we should cooperate instead of snipping at each other.

To summarize, there is much room for diversity within the conservative movement. But within that diversity there is much philosophical unity. Belief in small government, low taxes, personal accountability, liberty. Liberty is not an American copyright. The American revolution was a revolution because they didn’t have their rights as Englishmen, which is our common heritage.
(from part two)

Well, this is half of my case here on the Wintery Knight blog, (the other half is defending Christianity). I had butterflies in my stomach when I read this.

Another problem is that we tend to evaluate things by intention, not results, because we believe that everything is just going to get worse. If our heart is in the right place we can be unprofessional and ineffective but it doesn’t matter. Intentions are good, but in business they are irrelevant, unless you are the Toronto Maple Leafs. How often have we given organizations a passing grade when they fail because they have a good heart? How everything falls out is God’s business, we just need to engage.

(from part five)

Well, this is another major roadblock with social conservatism, that leads to their being tempted to sympathize with “compassion” big-government socialism. Remember Jay Richards and his lecture on the eight myths Christians believe about economics? Pretty much every one of the myths can be reduced to Christians being lazy, ignorant and cowardly about understanding the actual effects of the nice-sounding policies of the left. Things like rent control and higher minimum wage sounds so good to Christians. But a little training in economics from Thomas Sowell will quickly cure that misunderstanding.

You can learn more about the synergy between fiscal conservatism and social conservatism from these resources:

Here is an audio lecture by Jay Richards on the “Myths Christians Believe about Wealth and Poverty“. His new book is called “Money, Greed and God: Why Capitalism is the Solution and Not the Problem”. To understand what capitalism is, you can watch this lecture about the book. Here is a series of 4 sermons by Wayne Grudem on the relationship between Christianity and economics?.(a PDF outline is here)

Here’s another point from part five that needs emphasis:

Second point, we are puritanical in our ideas. We believe in all or nothing. I am not calling people to violate their consciences, but in this fallible world where our ideals will never be fully realized it is important that we not be petulant. The pro-life movement has not been able to get one piece of legislation through. Is this perhaps because our all or nothing attitude too often gets us nothing?

Wow. I have friends in the pro-life movement and this all-or-nothing mindset is a serious problem. We need to look for incremental victories. We can start with preventing sex-selection abortions, mandatory ultrasounds, requiring parental consent, born-alive protections, unborn victims of violence, etc.

The last part I thought was interesting was the presentation by the aboriginal pro-life Conservative Member of Parliament:

Pro-Choice What is it?
Informed consent – No
Laws against partner coercion – No
Prevention of Female Selection abortions – No
Acknowledge credible science on unborn – No

Pro-life messaging is important. Saying that I’m pro-life and women should have access to all information is an incremental message.

Saying that you disagree with the fact that the unborn child has no legal worth in Canada even in the final stages of pregnancy is acceptable.

This is where pro-lifers need to make their play.