Thursday, April 20, 2006

Tory's retreat on Third Way

As expected, the two most egregious elements of the Third way were buried by the Tory Caucus today.

Private insurance que jumping and allowing doctors to double dip the public and private system were abandoned in the face of withering, overwhelming public opposition. One has to wonder if that wasn't the plan all along - throw out two over the top, nightmare proposals to act as lightning rods, maybe give the federal Tories a chance to play medicare defenders while the rest of the reform plan sails through.

Klein complained that his proposals failed to get past the public because of misinformation from Third Way critics, which shows a certain amount of contempt for the Alberta public who understood exactly what the proposals meant. That's why we opposed it in such large numbers.

One battle won, the war continues.

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