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Report: US Republican Senator says he's trying to destroy Canada's healthcare system.

I knew that Republican Senators from the US South were generally rather extreme in their right-wing views, but this is just above and beyond regular wingnuttiness. Wow:

Vitter: My Goal On Drug Reimportation Is To Destroy Other Countries’ Health Care Systems

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) isn’t content to fight attempts at government-run health care here — he wants to destroy it in other countries, too. The central Louisiana newspaper The Town Talk reports that Vitter was asked at a town hall meeting about the fact that he opposes government health care, but supports re-importing prescription drugs from, as a constituent said, “countries that have socialized medicine.” Vitter has campaigned in the past on re-importing drugs from Canada. “My ultimate goal,” Vitter explained, “is to use that (re-importation) to cause that (pricing) system to collapse.”

who knew Vitter was deliberately trying to destroy Canada’s social welfare system, in order to free up their market? This gives a whole new meaning to “Vive le Québec libre.”

I think Senator Vitter is a wingnut, and this is a nutty idea of his that probably won’t work, but I think the Canadian government should consider responding to it. If it was a nut at a far right-wing American website (such as Free Republic) advocating it, then of course the government should ignore it as the ramblings of a lunatic, but this is an elected US Senator. I think it merits a response.

13 comments to Report: US Republican Senator says he’s trying to destroy Canada’s healthcare system.

  • slg

    Ricky Barnes – lighten up. The guy is a weirdo – okay? I guess it “Depends” on how you look at it.

    ……sigh……..

  • Al

    How does he feel about re-importing diapers?

  • slg

    The same “family values-right winger” who used prostitute and like to wear diapers during his sessions with them?

    Why would anyone in their “right” mind listen to this pervert.

    • @slg,

      I can see going after him for being a hypocrite, ie right wing value politics then running off to see his hooker and have her diaper him. But I disagree with nailing him for being a pervert as if being a pervert is a bad thing all the time.

      He could be nailed as a pervert if you were talking about him going against his “religion”. His religion says sex outside marriage is wrong so has been or acted perverted.

      In any event most people are “perverts” in the sexual sense as very few people stick to the missionary sexual act!

      Word Origin & History

      pervert (v.)
      c.1300 (trans.), “to turn someone aside from a right religious belief to a false or erroneous one,” from O.Fr. pervertir, from L. pervertere “corrupt, turn the wrong way, turn about,” from per- “away” + vertere “to turn” (see versus). The noun is 1661, from the verb. Replaced native froward, which embodies the same image. The noun is attested from 1661, “one who has forsaken a doctrine or system regarded as true, apostate;” psychological sense of “one who has a perversion of the sexual instinct” is attested from 1897 (Havelock Ellis), originally esp. of homosexuals. Perv, short for sexual pervert (n.), is first recorded 1944.
      definition

  • Not surprised at all. I will have a post and some history of this kind of manifest destiny talk later.

  • Christina Monroe

    Wow, what a nut job. I wonder if Harper’s people can take a break from trying to impress people in the North to respond?

  • Can someone explain the “…who knew Vitter was deliberately trying to destroy Canada’s social welfare system, in order to free up their market? This gives a whole new meaning to “Vive le Québec libre.””?

  • Jimmy

    I bet Iggy still does not defend the system and Jack will still be the only leader taking on this issue.

  • Reading the whole thing, I don’t think that’s what he meant. He seems to be saying that allowing re-importation of cheap drugs from Canada will cause drug companies in the US to lower their prices; the pricing system he seems to be referring to is the one in which drugs cost way more in the US than elsewhere. I really hate to appear to be defending a wingnut like Vitter, but it looks to me as if TPM is reading him incorrectly.

  • Vitter always was a wingnut but it looks like he’s getting worse. Ironically, I have to say the boy needs new meds.

  • Time to legalize AR-15s. 🙂

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