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In his book, America Alone, Merk Steyn offers the following quip about Canada’s system of socialized medicine:
They’re now pioneering the ultimate expression of government health care: the ten-month waiting list for the maternity ward.
He goes on to tell the story of a woman who was forced to have her baby in Alberta because there were no maternity beds available where she lives in British Columbia. Well, it appears that the wondrous Canadian health care system has now perfected its ten-month strategy.
It turns out that the rare identical quadruplets recently born in Montana were delivered in the U.S. because the Canadian health care system had (you guessed it) no available maternity beds. The AP describes what the parents had to go through in order to find a hospital bed:
The Jepps drove 325 miles to Great Falls for the births because hospitals in Calgary were at capacity.
This is like being forced to drive from Boston to Philadelphia to find a hospital bed! Are there really people out there who actually believe it would be a good idea for the U.S. to emulate such a system?