This Magazine

Progressive politics, ideas & culture


Friday FTW: Canadian doctor schools US senator

Simon Treanor

Earlier this week, Canadian doctor Danielle Martin battled the rather patriotic U.S. Republican Senator Richard Burr at a subcommittee meeting in Washington, D.C. to discuss different health care systems around the world.

Okay, maybe I’m being a little melodramatic here but it sure seemed like a battle—and Martin, the vice-president of the Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, effectively defeated the North Carolina senator every time he tried to point out flaws in Canadian health care, and by extension Obama-care.

The video, posted above, is filled with quips and ripostes between the two, but my personal favourite has to be the golden response Martin gave when Burr asked her how many Canadians died while on waiting lists: “I don’t, sir, but I know that there are 45,000 in America who die waiting because they don’t have insurance at all.”

Here’s hoping this becomes a new Canadian saying.

Show Comments