Wente Watch

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Doctors should scrub floors

Margaret Wente has found the solution to Canada's health care funding crisis. Doctors should scrub floors! Why has no one thought of that before? That's just the thing to stop med school grads emigrating to the US!

I can see the recruiting posters now. Sign up for medical school and get your dream job scrubbing floors! We offer the newest and most exciting soaps, and the most technologically advanced mops in the world!

Maybe we could run ads in US medical journals aimed at Canadian emigrés. Bored with the best research labs in the world? Tired of all that fancy-ass medical technology? Come back to Canada and scrub floors!

That "bureaucratic" public health-care system wastes a mind-boggling $15 an hour on janitors. Free of "union costs" and "rigid work rules", the private clinics can hire doctors to do the job for as little as $200 an hour.

Isn't capitalism great?


  • So happy to find you, WW. This blog is definitely an idea whose time has come.

    By Blogger skdadl, at August 22, 2006 1:29 p.m.  

  • Let me second skdadl's sentiments, Tyrone. foryou to regularly read Wente's loathesome tripe is heroic beyond the call of duty. I thank you.

    By Blogger Tim, at August 22, 2006 3:19 p.m.  

  • Brian Day's photo op of himself scrubbing the floor was little more than a vicious slap at members of the Hospital Employees Union after Bill 29 stripped them of their collective bargaining rights and the BC Liberals sold their jobs to the lowest bidder.

    By Blogger bear604, at August 22, 2006 3:55 p.m.  

  • Glad you addressed today's column, which contained the usual mix of distortions and half-truths, like the claim that Burak's challenge is anti-democratic, even though her own newspaper reports today that it is allowed under CMA rules.

    Or the depiction (without evidence, naturally) of the Romanow report as belonging in the land of Tinkerbell, even as Wente herself flits off to the Never-Neverland where user fees that buy better service for the well-off will improve Canada's health-care system.

    Keep up the good work.

    By Blogger Stephen, at August 22, 2006 4:32 p.m.  

  • Finally, someone's keeping track of her.

    Good show.

    By Blogger Ti-Guy, at August 22, 2006 9:16 p.m.  

  • She is stupid even for a rightwinger.

    And thats saying something.

    By Blogger davidt, at August 23, 2006 11:58 a.m.  

  • Not a lot of facts here.

    Maybe we need a Watch the Wente Watch.

    As Chauncy Gardner said to Shirley MacLean in "Being There" - I like to watch.

    By Blogger nomdeblog, at August 23, 2006 1:22 p.m.  

  • Well done. Wente could have a big influence in destroying medicare.

    She is so naive and misleading about what would happen if her ideas were implimented.

    What does two tier mean?

    It means eventually some people are getting Cadillac Esplanade medical care and the rest of us are getting 78 Chevy pick up medical care. You know which one's in the passing lane on the 401 and the hip surgery waiting list.

    Oh, That's the whole point isn't it?

    John W

    By Anonymous John W, at August 23, 2006 5:38 p.m.  

  • I have a small collection of old cutouts from A1 Globe teasers on my wall.

    The hidden social tragedy of our times: Margaret Wente, A13

    When castration can be the better way: Margaret Wente, A19

    Why Ontarians are so cranky: Margaret Wente, A17

    By Anonymous liam ebolg, at August 23, 2006 5:44 p.m.  

  • Margaret Wente on medicare
    Globe and Mail - Canada
    ... Ms. Wente will be our guest tomorrow (Thursday) at 1 pm EDT to take your questions on that topic, or on any other of her recent columns.

    By Blogger toobusyliving, at August 23, 2006 8:24 p.m.  

  • If you're looking for more Wente debunkings, I've written a few over the years:

    On Transit: July 21, 2006 column
    Global Warming: May 04, 2006 column
    Global Warming, March 15, 2005 column
    Pacifists, March 26, 2006 column

    Take your pick.

    And here are a couple more good ones from others:

    On Transit: July 21, 2006 column
    Global Warming, March 15, 2005

    By Blogger Declan, at August 24, 2006 1:06 a.m.  

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