Paid to make us sick, paid to make us well

It bothers me that the government appears to have an agenda that they did not discuss when they cancelled the premiums for Alberta Health Care.

It bothers me that the government appears to have an agenda that they did not discuss when they cancelled the premiums for Alberta Health Care. I wondered why this was such a big issue for them to be the hero on this when we had, an imperfect but still, a health care system that was the envy of many in the world.

It seems that now that they are paying the bill, they have assumed complete control and no longer feel accountable to the people. Delisting chiropractic care, reducing function of rural hospitals from full service to band-aid stations, Bill C51 that will disallow people to choose the type of care they want — holistic vs. traditional western medicine. I am wondering what they are thinking, yet pretty sure that they are not thinking at all.

This government seems focused on catering to big business in health care, and in agriculture catering to big chemical companies. Ironically, they are often the same organizations. And now another legal fight for farmers to protect the land they own because the Stelmach government sees fit to hand over whatever land corporations want!

The chemical companies that develop chemicals on our food are amazingly are able to come up with cures for the illnesses I suspect they are creating. Double dipping! Make money on making people sick, make money on making them well, cut out holistic therapy in between that they don’t make money on.

It makes me sick! The government is very carefully omitting much of the story every time they open their mouths. Another farmer turned politician who is doing nothing for farming, now we can add his intent to privatize health care to his resume. Why else is this going on? Big business beckons and coughs up some cash and politicians wilt at the knees.

I wonder how much food and how much health you can buy when there are no more farmers and no affordable health care facilities? I keep asking politicians the same question: what will Canada be eating in 25 years? So far not one of them has been able to answer it.

Margo Staniforth

Sylvan Lake

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