Single-payer health care, once lauded by President Barack Obama for its ability to keep health care expenditures down by rationing care, has become prohibitively expensive and inefficient in Canada, according to a new study. A 2011 report by the Fraser Institute concluded that Canada’s health care system is spending at an unsustainable rate. Six of ten Canadian provinces are on track to spend half of their revenues on health care, according to the institute. “We conclude that Canada’s health system produces rates of growth in health spending that are not sustainable solely through redistributive public financing,” the report concluded. In 2011, health care spending consumed 50 percent of revenues in Canada’s two largest provinces, Ontario and Quebec. By 2017, four more provinces — Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and New Brunswick — will spend half of their revenues on health care, according to the institute. Total federal, provincial … [Read more...] about Report: Canadian health care spending unsustainable
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Universal, government-funded pre-K may do more harm than good. Elizabeth Warren, one of the — what is it now, 211 candidates for president? — seems intent on proving that having been a Harvard law professor is no bar to fatuous policy prescriptions. She has endorsed the farrago of foolishness called the Green New Deal, promises to tax the rich to “make the economy work for us,” and recently proposed a shiny new policy idea fresh from 1971: government-funded, universal pre-school. Decade after decade, this old chestnut is trotted out as a pro-family, pro-middle-class reform, and every time, assumptions about government’s competence to perform this task are blithely assumed. Any sentence that begins “In the wealthiest country on Earth . . .” is bound to introduce a massive government program of some sort, and Warren’s recent pronouncement is no exception. She urges that “affordable and high-quality child care and early education … [Read more...] about Elizabeth Warren’s Flawed Child-Care Plan
In a speech on changing the tax code, President Trump offered some political spin on the facts. • Trump claimed “anywhere from $3 trillion to $5 trillion” of profits are left overseas by U.S. companies to avoid U.S. taxes. But his own press office cites an estimate of $2.6 trillion in a fact sheet posted online the day of his speech. The group that published that number told us $5 trillion “seems impossibly high.” • The president compared apples to oranges in saying the U.S. just had a 3% growth rate in gross domestic product — that’s for the quarter — while “on a yearly basis” under the Obama administration, growth “never hit 3%.” Quarterly GDP growth exceeded 3% eight times under President Obama. • Trump said the U.S. was “dead last” in terms of business taxes. The U.S. has the highest statutory corporate tax rate among developed countries, but the rate isn’t the highest by other … [Read more...] about Fact check: In speech on changing tax code, Trump spins the facts
RICHMOND, British Columbia — Melody Bai arrived in Vancouver from China in the late stages of pregnancy with one goal: to give birth to a Canadian baby. Awaiting her was an elaborate ecosystem catering to pregnant women from China, including a spacious “baby house” where she spent four months, attended to by a Mandarin-speaking housekeeper. Caregivers offered free breast massages to promote lactation, outings to the mall, lectures on childbirth with other Chinese mothers-to-be and excursions for high tea. “It’s an investment in my child’s education,” Ms. Bai, a 28-year-old flight attendant, said by phone from Shanghai, months after returning to China with her newborn and passport in hand. “We chose Canada because of its better natural and social environment.” Ms. Bai is part of a growing phenomenon in Canada known as birth tourism, which is not only generating political opposition, but mobilizing self-appointed vigilantes … [Read more...] about ‘Birth Tourism’ Is Legal in Canada. A Lawmaker Calls it Unscrupulous.
Story highlights Ben Carson and Donald Trump have identified with Democrats in the past That history isn't hurting them as they lead the polls for the GOP presidential nomination Washington (CNN)Here's how topsy-turvy the Republican presidential race is becoming: The two candidates on top of the field are former Democrats. The front-runner, Donald Trump, has already had to explain his past support for abortion and to deny he wants to raise taxes on the rich. Ben Carson, meanwhile, admitted on CNN's "State of the Union" last week he was once a "pretty left-wing Democrat." JUST WATCHED Dr. Ben Carson on State of the Union: Full Interview Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Dr. Ben Carson on State of the Union: Full Interview 09:20 Despite that liberal past, which would almost certainly doom any other Republican presidential hopeful, Trump and Carson are leading polls nationally and in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa. Their success is raising … [Read more...] about Donald Trump, Ben Carson defy Democratic past to lead GOP