That #bcpoli continues to throttle testing is not some conspiracy. Since 2nd wave criteria has been restrictive, requiring specific symptoms or # of symptoms. And asymptomatic testing has never been allowed even asymptomatic spread is a fact. And now very few testing sites open.
This is the opposite approach to jurisdictions that have kept community transmission very low including Nova Scotia, NZ, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Australia, & some countries in Europe. To deny BC’s approach is at odds with effective testing strategies is to deny reality. #bcpoli
PHO argument has been to 'balance' health w/ lack of restrictive measures & economy. But 3x times now, we've seen that there is no 'balance' when the test & trace policies aren't structured to actually stop spread. This 'balance' is elusive; it ignores math of exponential growth.
Emphatically, not PHO's job to 'balance' anything beyond preventing infection, disease, and death. There are plenty of other institutional forces, dominated by $ short-term interests, pushing for end of certain measures. PH0 job isn't to focus on econ growth & pleasing biz lobby.

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7 Nov 20
Perhaps an unpopular opinion but I don’t think many of those 70m Trump voters want to be brought along. And what does bringing them along even look like?

To avoid civil war and repeating this period, there must be some honest talk about what the US looks like going forward.
I’m sure there will be lots of thoughtful takes on this very question in coming days and weeks. For me this is the big question. All the talk of coming together as one nation seems deeply naive and, frankly, dangerous.
My guess is establishment Dems won’t engage in this. It will be left up to progressive governors and state governments to begin these discussions.

I don’t think you can unfuck a nation that is so fucked.

Another Trump will return, have electoral success, & it’ll be repeated.
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30 Jul 20
In a new @NUPGE report, I analyze how Bill 30 (Alberta)—along with recent policy reforms—paves the way for primary/community care & acute care privatization—& the potential implications for Canadian Medicare.

Short thread below.

Report:… #abpoli #cdnpoli
In February 2020, the government-commissioned Ernst & Young review of Alberta Health Services (AHS) recommended contracting out surgeries, including those that require an overnight stay or longer. #abpoli
This recommendation received little attention: “AB Health could consider reviewing criteria for delivery of procedures in non-hospital surgical facilities to identify opportunities to deliver additional services, including potential those that require overnight stays.” #abpoli
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28 Jul 20
AB govt is determined to privatize public health care. An RFP just closed for a "Health Contracting Secretariat" that will use public $ to help attract corporations/reduce barriers to market entry. Part of the assault on public delivery & the non-partisan public service. #abpoli
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7 Mar 20
Alberta is paving the way for a for-profit hospital industry in Canada.

$400 million will be flowing into for-profit surgeries. That’s huge.

Private facilities currently perform 15% of AB’s surgeries, but will increase to 30%.

#bcpoli #abpoli #cdnpoli…
In @CCPA_BC report, we raised alarm re BC plan to outsource many more surgeries, including complex ones req’ing overnight stays. AHS review recommends outsourcing longer-stay surgeries. This would open door to a for-profit hospital sector. #abpoli #cdnpoli…
Once for-profit sector has built up infrastructure, they will be here to stay in Canada’s health care system. They will lobby to increase the outsourced volume of surgeries in order to satisfy shareholders. All provinces should be concerned. #bcpoli #abpoli #cdnpoli #cdnhealth
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4 Feb 20
This is a very concerning report. Advocate found that BC gov't is not getting good value for money by contracting with for-profit corporations. This report & int'l evidence indicate better value from non-profit & public delivery, & need to reduce reliance on for-profits. #bcpoli
In fact, for-profit companies failed to deliver funded hours they were contractually obligated to provide.

British Columbians have been take for a ride by corporations — at significant public expense. #bcpoli
If a biz failed to perform work that they were contracted to provide (and kept the money), a rational response would be to take legal action & never contract with them again.

But b/c BC has become reliant on for-profit companies/desperately needs beds, no consequences. #bcpoli
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