Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) isn’t content to fight attempts at government-run health care here — he wants to destroy it in other countries, too.
The central Louisiana newspaper The Town Talk reports that Vitter was asked at a town hall meeting about the fact that he opposes government health care, but supports re-importing prescription drugs from, as a constituent said, “countries that have socialized medicine.” Vitter has campaigned in the past on re-importing drugs from Canada.
“My ultimate goal,” Vitter explained, “is to use that (re-importation) to cause that (pricing) system to collapse.”Now Vitter does have a point, in that if the whole United States attempted to free-ride on Canada’s prescription subsidies — with that country having less than a tenth of our population — then Canada’s system would potentially be overwhelmed. More likely, their government would very quickly crack down on re-importation, cutting off the supply to the Yankees.
But who knew Vitter was deliberately trying to destroy Canada’s social welfare system, in order to free up their market? This gives a whole new meaning to “Vive le QuÃ©bec libre.”