The Greatest American?
16 June, 2009
By Ron du Bois
President Obama could follow in the footsteps of the man who reformed Canada’s health care system
Barrack Obama has an auspicious historical opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Canada’s Premier Tommy Douglas, father of universal health care in Canada, recently voted “the greatest Canadian”. Forty seven years ago in the face of intense opposition, the most extreme from the Canadian Medical Association, he successfully steered single payer universal health care through the Saskatchewan legislative process. At that time the province of Saskatchewan had a population of one million, one third that of present day Oklahoma. In 1962 it was a poor province. Yet its spirit of community and need to help each other led the way to universal public healthcare for the whole nation. Private for profit healthcare was not ruled out, it simply could not compete.
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