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CN Premier To Have Heart Surgery In US

From the Toronto Star:

Nfld. premier Danny Williams in U.S. for heart surgery

February 2, 2010

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. [Newfoundland/Labrador]—Premier Danny Williams of Newfoundland and Labrador is undergoing heart surgery in the United States later this week because the treatment he is seeking was not available in his home province, his deputy premier said Tuesday.

Williams decided to go to the U.S. for surgery after weeks of consultation with his doctors, Kathy Dunderdale said.

“Having the surgery done in the province was never an option,” Dunderdale said.

“Obviously, it’s taken some time to have the diagnosis, progress, consultation with a number of medical experts, so it has taken several weeks.”

She said couldn’t comment on whether the type of surgery Williams is having was available elsewhere in the country.

“Ultimately we have to be the gatekeepers of our own health and he has taken medical advice from a number of different sources,” she said. “He is doing what’s best for him.”

It will take anywhere from three to 12 weeks to recover and Williams will speak publicly about his condition once he is well enough to do so, Dunderdale added.

“He’s more than prepared to talk about this whole process … once he recovers.”

Dunderdale declined to reveal further details about Williams’s condition nor exactly when and where his surgery will take place. But she said the medical advice he has received is that the prognosis for a full recovery was “very good.”

His decision to go to the U.S. for health care has triggered a heated debate online, particularly in a province that has tried to restore public confidence in its health care services after a major scandal involving botched breast cancer tests

Dunderdale will serve as the province’s acting premier while Williams recovers.

And, as the article notes, Mr. Williams isn’t just any Canadian politician. He is a firebrand liberal, in our terminology.

(He has even ordered that all Canadian flags be removed from provincial government buildings.)

But where would Mr. Williams go if there were no US healthcare system? Would he die?

Isn’t irony ironic?

(Thanks to Margaret for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “CN Premier To Have Heart Surgery In US”

  1. proreason says:

    I can’t understand why anyone would have an issue with this.

    Mr. Williams, as an aristocrat, deserves to have a better life than the serfs in Canada.

    How could they live without his wisdom and guidance?

    Much like we in this country would struggle to survive without Obamy, Nancy, the Drooler, Charley Rangle and Chuckie Shummer. What would we do?

  2. U NO HOO says:

    Best wishes for a sucessful outcome for Mr. Williams.

    That’s all.

  3. tyroneshoelaces says:

    This is not an uncommon occurrence in our perfect socialist paradise to the north. Politicians and our elites will always prefer superior care rather than sit on the numerous waiting lists with the common folk.

    My wife required two surgeries which I gladly paid for in the US rather than have her wait 12 months for one and the second wasn’t even available in Canada.

    After all, the rules don’t apply to these people do they?

  4. canary says:

    Obama’s mom brought his step-father from Indonesia to LA America for treatment before his death, as she herself left Indonesia & came to America.

  5. JohnMG says:

    ……”where would Mr. Williams go if there were no US healthcare system?……”


    • proreason says:

      It’s surprising he didn’t decide to go to Cuba, or rather Haiti, since that’s were all the Cuban doctors are…..on a humantarian mission.

  6. joeblough says:

    You can’t parody this stuff.

  7. Fuzzlenutter says:

    Simply one more hypocritical uber-liberal government scumbag…

  8. 64dodger says:

    I sure wish someone would compile a list over the years of government officals that came to the US for medical treatment from socialist or communist countries

  9. CIV says:

    Well, treatment may not be “available” in Canada, but, gosh darn it, it’s FREE.

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