WSJ editorial corrected

I hear she plays the ukulele!

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Hey, if you think this is bad you guys need to check out Australia’s new Minister for the Environment who quotes Wikipedia as a source explaining why bush fires are not related to climate change.

Our government are fucking anti-science rednecks and I despise Australians for being stupid enough to vote them in.

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And it took 10 seconds to check the wiki on Canadian healthcare and see that you’re in good company and 91% of Canadians sensibly prefer their system to ours. Does neither the WSJ or Sommers know that you can look up information on the internet?



“But I think that rain is wet, so who am I to judge?”

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Four years ago Ms Somers was [touting a list of cancer charlatans][1] – starting with such luminaries as Burzynski and Gonzalez, then getting even scammier – and advising her audience to opt out of the conventional health system and instead go to them for cancer treatment.

So after doing her best to drive readers into the arms of the Alt-Med snake-oil industry, she is now concerned that the PPACA will degrade the US health system that she hates so much. Also, the WSJ regard her as an Expert on health. I am impressed.


But Ms Somers is not going to accept the level of care that the everyday person makes do with. She has spent decades searching out the best and brightest, and is quite happy comparing them to a single anecdote.

Murdoch, in a word.

This is a delicious burn.

Women should be advised that in subscribing to a hormone therapy advocated by the evolutionary and socio-biological expert Suzanne Somers and the author-cum-clinical-protocol-creator T.S. Wiley, you are entering into something that is controversial and are going against the advice of nearly every medical authority in the United States, despite what Oprah and the ladies on “The View” say.
Note also that part of the reason why Somers looks at least marginally younger than some others at age 67 is likely the combination of hair dye (presumably natural dyes), botox (among the most toxic, natural substances known), collagen fillers (yes, natural), and, quite possibly, according to plastic surgeon and blogger Tony Youn, a stem-cell face-lift, explaining her puffy lower face.
This is the state of science and health information on television talk shows.


While we are getting opinions from sitcom actors, I’d be interested in Henry Winkler’s ideas on health care. Only, I am afraid it would be a… (wait for it) … Fonzie scheme…


Ha, her sister in law must not have been using the cure-all supplements that Somers hawks.


I was waiting for someone to mention ‘The Experts’. Poynter’s Regret the Error had had a piece about this WSJ piece and its corrections. From the tail end of the article:
“The Experts describes itself as “an exclusive group of industry, academic and cultural thought leaders who weigh in on the latest debates in The Journal Report.” Along with Somers, the roster of bloggers about retirement includes fellow ’80s luminaries Pat Sajak and Morgan Fairchild.”



The biggest boobs were the people who thought it would be a good idea to publish this.

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Technically those spreading the horror stories are offering an alternative plan. They’re suggesting we should stick with the status quo, because we all know how well that’s worked.

To clarify I’m being sarcastic, and should not be taken seriously. Ms. Somers’ editorial also should have included this clarification.

She’s a big fat liar. It’s not even ignorance at play. She tried to assert that she healed herself from cancer with food and whatnot when she underwent a lumpectomy and radiation. She is the worst kind of snake oil salesman. She is selling the public’s health down the drain for her own profit.


I’d like to hear Sajak’s spin…pa-rum-pom.


Well I hate to disappoint you, but if you total up both taxes and health care spending, we pay way more than you guys do. Can’t you socialists get anything right? Sheesh!


This does not follow the right-wing horror-story narrative about socialist Canadian health care.

Therefore, it cannot be true and I will refuse to listen to it.


Whats the problem with just going to the ER every time I’m ill, and then declaring bankruptcy after those first couple visits?

I really dont see a problem.


I lived in Nova Scotia for a few years. If you are a wealthier American the US system is generally better (though not by any huge difference), otherwise the Canadian system is better than the US system on all fronts. I have good health insurance but I’d be happy if the US copied the Canadian system since the current system is so broken, and so deeply unfair to most Americans.

The Obamacare approach was a compromise to the right, it left the private insurers in place without universal healthcare or a public option. Better than what we had, but hopefully an interim step towards universal healthcare. The idea of having healthcare tied to employment is simply wrong-headed.