Barron of Blog Wife, Kids, and the Pursuit of Happiness

30Jul/090

Health Care in Canada: The Tale of Shona Holmes

Shona Holmes has become the darling of conservatives and the stop-public-health-care movement in the United States. She's testified before Congress, been on Fox TV as well as CNN, and her story is retold on hundreds of right wing blogs. Here's a video of her from CNN:

Shona is now doing a nasty TV ad for Patients United Now, a Republican-led group opposed to Obama's reforms. The group is spending almost $2 million on this ad, which you can see profiled on FOX here, to target politicians in Washington.

Pretty scary stuff, right? Well... it would be if it were true. Turns out that Shona Holmes didn't have a brain tumor... based on this article from the Ottowa Citizen she had benign cysts (a much less severe condition):

Holmes' "brain tumour" was actually a Rathke's Cleft Cyst on her pituitary gland. To quote an American source, the John Wayne Cancer Center, "Rathke's Cleft Cysts are not true tumors or neoplasms; instead they are benign cysts."

There's no doubt Holmes had a problem that needed treatment, and she was given appointments with the appropriate specialists in Ontario. She chose not to wait the few months to see them. But it's a far cry from the life-or-death picture portrayed by Holmes on the TV ads or by McConnell in his attacks

So the best example of bad socialized healthcare in a population of 34 million people is this woman's story? This is the worst horror story they could find? How about we hear from a Canadian who actually had a brain tumor:

Now I don't know the full details of the plan being hashed out in Washington back rooms; I doubt it would involve the sweeping changes necessary to bring our health care system even close to that of other more socialized nations. I also doubt that I will like all of the changes that will be proposed. But allowing this discussion of how to improve healthcare devolve into a fear-mongering, hyperbole-laden, truth-twisting partisan orgy is not the progress I was hoping both sides of the aisle would support.

(via crokksandliars)