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Canadians Confirm: Socialized Medicine is Terrible

Posted By Conn Carroll On September 18, 2008 @ 3:13 pm In Obamacare | Comments Disabled

This past Tuesday night Intelligence Squared US [1] hosted a live debate at The Rockefeller University on health care. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman was among the participants and, not surprisingly he took the position that socialized medicine was awesome. Being in Manhattan, Krugman figured he probably had a sympathetic audience to help prove his point. Hilarity ensued [2]:

PAUL KRUGMAN:
Actually, can I just — I wanted to ask a question. And—

JOHN DONVAN:
Please—please do—

PAUL KRUGMAN:
—and I wanted to ask, actually two questions, to the audience. First, how many Canadians, would Canadians in the room please raise your hands. [ONE PERSON APPLAUDS, LAUGHTER]

JOHN DONVAN:
We have about seven hands going up—

PAUL KRUGMAN:
Okay, not as many as I thought. Okay, of those of you who are not on the panel who are Canadians, how many of you think you have a terrible health care system. [PAUSE] One, two—

JOHN DONVAN:
We see—almost all of the same hands going up. [LAUGHTER]

PAUL KRUGMAN:
Bad move on my part. [APPLAUSE]

Thanks to the Club [3] for finding this gem.


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[1] Intelligence Squared US: http://www.intelligencesquaredus.org/Index.aspx

[2] Hilarity ensued: http://intelligencesquaredus.org/Event.aspx?Event=30

[3] Club: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/2008/09/embarrassing_moment_for_paul_k.php

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