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Rachel Notley is now responding to Kenney’s “demonstration of pontification” and his ‘circuitous, ranty thing’ about the ‘justification of private funding’ and how it will lead to two-tiered health care and queue-jumping. #ableg
She says Kenney was blaming her government for the drop in the price of oil that was somehow NDP’s fault. UCP embarked on an economic strategy that was failing and losing jobs, but not at the gargantuan level we’re seeing now. She says UCP also doesn’t control oil prices. #ableg
She points out the massive contradictions in what Kenney said, talking about both wanting and NOT wanting doctors to make a profit and claiming to respect doctors. #ableg
She says that the government needs to respect contracts it has made, such as with doctors. A government that does this is not good for investor certainty. #ableg
Ms. Notley says it shouldn’t be a surprise that so many physicians, who are, as Kenney so frequently pointed out, small businesses, would feel investor uncertainty in Alberta and want to leave. #ableg
She says that during Kenney’s ‘lovely little sarcastic rant’ there were giggles about how NDP was being ‘Jaysplained’ and walked through he bill by Kenney, as though he was the only one who’s ever read it. #ableg
She says he should probably ‘get some legal advice before he tries to give anyone legal advice’. And—surprise—he’s wrong about a lot of what he was saying about the bill, which she has also read. #ableg
She says that what is fundamentally different about the bill is that it allows doctors to become salaried employees of corporations rather than AHS. That’s what the premier “failed to understand during his 45 minute amateur law professor lecture.” 😂 #ableg
NDP is not onside with having a coporation such as Telus billing Alberta Health Services for medical services or that corporations could provide uninsured services along side insured services and play games to market these extras. #ableg
These for profit corporations find other ways to charge patients for more, uninsured things. Or they could get patients to buy private insurance for the extras, which leads to two-tiered healthcare, and paying for queue-jumping #ableg
She is concerned that we are setting up the infrastructure for corporatized health care delivery. #ableg
Another fallacy in the premier’s argument is that they had to go after the doctors because they were ‘profiteering’ in the healthcare system and UCP can’t have that, even though, at the same time, they are all for profit as an incentive. #ableg
If he’s so worried about profit margins being something the government can’t control, why would we invite more of this into our system? Ms. Notley asks. #ableg
People who work in the healthcare system for a salary, rather than a profit margin, can and do sometimes receive 0% increases. The government controls it. The premier’s speech was ‘remarkably inconsistent.’ #ableg
He speaks with ‘great authority’ but then has to run around and walk it back later when someone checks the facts. #ableg
She mentions all the ‘evidence’ they used for their back to school plan, which is proving that UCP should do more for safety.
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