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Ralph Klein has gone and it is time to retire Ralph's World. Thanks to all of you who have supported this venture by contributing material and through your comments. It has been fun.

Should we get another blog underway? Let me know your thoughts by e-mailing me at johnnyslow@gmail.com.

John Slow
January 1, 2007

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

SENSIBLE HEALTHCARE #6 

(SUPERFICIAL DIAGNOSIS/SHODDY TREATMENT)

The most sensible thing a responsible health practitioner does when preparing to treat a patient is to listen with great care to what the ill person is experiencing.

In Ralph Klein’s Alberta, unprofessional politicians prescribed treatment for our health care system over a decade ago. That politically prescribed treatment was forced on this province’s health care professionals and all supporting services despite being based on a shamefully superficial pretense at listening to the patient.

Today, after a decade of treatment by the Klein government, the prognosis is bleak. Impossible burdens placed on health care workers make it increasingly difficult for them to provide quality care to the very citizens they are trying to serve.

Instead of accepting responsibility for a cheap diagnosis leading to a “crappy” treatment outcome, the Premier’s propaganda machine types up press releases and rehearses sound bites designed to sell more of the same medicine to an under informed and emotionally overwhelmed public.

They manipulate numbers, distort Supreme Court’s decisions, ignore the massive research behind the Romanow and Kirby reports in favor of their own flimsy Mazankowski report that tells them what they told him to tell them.

The only way to understand how our Premier and Minister of Health continue to behave as if findings like those of the Romanow and Kirby reports,, are “crap” is to look again at Klein’s politically created myth about the nature of “severely normal Albertans”.

A recent book by a teacher named George Lakoff and entitled simply, “don’t think of an elephant,” provides great insight.

Once enough people, many of them highly intelligent, begin to believe the half truths embodied in a myth (he calls it a frame) they become unwilling or unable to allow in any evidence that challenges what they believe to be true, no matter how illogical and poorly researched their myth is.

IN KLEIN’S POLITICALLY CREATED MYTH, TRUE ALBERTANS ARE RUGGED INDIVIDUALS WHO WORK HARD TO PUSH THEMSELVES FINANCIALLY UPWARD TO THE POINT WHERE THEY NEED NOT DEPEND ON ANYONE ELSE AND ARE ENTITLED TO USE THEIR MONEY TO BUY PRIVILEGES THAT OTHERS CAN’T AFFORD.

Conversely, TRUE ALBERTANS RESENT PAYING MONEY TO THEIR GOVERNMENT TO FUND PROGRAMS THAT ARE THERE TO HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE UNABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES; THESE ARE NOT ENTITLED TO THE SAME PRIVILEGES.

Strangely, however, according to this myth, true Albertans believe every corporation whether small or large is entitled to make a profit so they willingly pay, or have their government pay, more to a corporation for the same service their government really owes them and could provide more efficiently.

One possible way of exploding this myth and exposing the lies it contains is to replace the label “Albertan” with language that speaks of people as fellow humans with minds of their own.

The Albertan myth teaches teaches that we belong to a tribe who band together for protection against whatever enemy our political leaders decide we need to battle against.

The Albertan myth teaches that the government always knows more than we do about what “Albertans” think. So, when we protest to them, they pretend to appreciate our questions and then go on to flood us with propaganda designed to prove how great they are and how small our concern us in the light of their largess.

We need language that describes us as CITIZENS of a democracy capable of seeing through the sham and pretense of politicians who actually look down on us and treat us with contempt when we don’t swallow their cheap diagnoses and “crappy” treatment plans.

Thinking CITIZENS won’t buy the Klein government’s phony pretense of providing us with choices when, in fact, they simply want to sell what belongs to us to corporations and enterprises. Then we will have no option but to pay the money they demand for the services, and services won’t be offered unless they can make a profit.

Probably there are better words besides CITIZEN to encourage others to reject the politically created myth that Klein and his sales force have used to silence dissent and elicit unthinking and irrational support from too many for far too long.


Blair McPherson

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