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Old Mar 13th, 2006, 09:49 AM   #15001
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I didn't watch the Tommy show last night - for some reason, my eyes were all swollen shut - but I wish I could have watched it.

I was an oblivious teenager when Tommy brought medicare to the masses in Saskatchewan. I only knew that something momentous was happening, but didn't really understand what it was. I remember my father coming home from a trip to the poolroom (in our small town, the equivalent of coffee row) and being very upset because there were outsiders in town trying to cause trouble.

Who those "outsiders" were, I can only imagine, but my guess would be that they were sent to raise opposition to the medicare proposal.

My parents were all for medicare. We were poor and they had nearly lost my little sister because the local doctor refused to treat her even though she was in hospital. The nurse from the hospital risked her job by calling my Dad and telling him that he had better remove his daughter and take her to a neighbouring town for treatment because she had only hours to live.

The doctor's refusal to treat my sister had something to do with an earlier dispute over a bill. I don't recall the details, but as my Mom tells it, the "doctor" was the classic schoolyard bully, most of the frontier anesthetic went down his own gullet.

Did the movie make mention of the fact that there had been pockets of medicare in Saskatchewan long before Tommy made it universal?

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Old Mar 13th, 2006, 10:06 AM   #15002
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Margaret, first congrats on making post number 15,000 in The Shang!

Regarding the pockets of medicare, the movie did not mention it, but it is not far enough along that it still might.

I know this well having grown up in Health Region Number 1, ie: Swift Current.
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Old Mar 13th, 2006, 10:46 AM   #15003
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Morning all! Looks like another busy weekend here, as it took me quite a while to get throught all the posts (I did stop to take the geek test - 48%, and for a quick stroll through Chile though), to the point where I'm actually posting. I'm not even going to try to reply most of the discussions that happened since there were just too many, however, I do hope things go well with your dog Jeanne. We had to put our cats to sleep last year, and while for the best, it was still extremely tough.

My hard work over the last week and weekend paid off as the basement is now done to the point of mudding and taping. I actually get to take a week off now while the hired help comes in. Anyways, I'm supposed to be working, I'll check back in later.
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Old Mar 13th, 2006, 10:50 AM   #15004
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Uh, Sinc, I've got RevMatt doing the 15000 deed on my computer. Wonder why?
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Old Mar 13th, 2006, 11:00 AM   #15005
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Marc, That is a thought - her system doesn't like changes in food so I have
been careful there as changes give her the runs. It is bad enough cleaning
up the regular stuff when she doesn't make the back door.

bhil (sean?)- your and your family should take a vacation after all the hard work you have been doing. I commend you on your energy.

Margaret - congrats on 15,000 posts! Glad to have your company.

What is the Tommy show?
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Old Mar 13th, 2006, 11:03 AM   #15006
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Carex: Was it 2000 or 2001 that started the new millenium?
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Old Mar 13th, 2006, 11:13 AM   #15007
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Margaret, first congrats on making post number 15,000 in The Shang!
Looks like Matt snuck in there and got 15,000, but I'll settle for 15,001 - that's me, always a day late and a dollar short LOL

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Old Mar 13th, 2006, 11:19 AM   #15008
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Didn't mean to steal it I suspect the confusion is that when looking at the forum page, it tells you how many responses the initial post has had. Margaret had the 15000th response. While the post numbering includes the initial post, so I had post #15000 in the thread. Wish I'd noticed that, so I could have made it more pithy .

I'm in a foul mood now, as I've been told the iBook needs a screen replacement, and even a used one will be $200 plus labour. So I guess I'll just be keeping it essentially as a back up drive, at least for the foreseeable future. It still works, just doesn't have a screen.

So, that plus begging with doctors makes for a grumpy Matt.
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Old Mar 13th, 2006, 11:21 AM   #15009
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Uh, Sinc, I've got RevMatt doing the 15000 deed on my computer. Wonder why?
I dunno Carex, but my post was 15,001 and it was right after Margaret's. Odd, that.
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Old Mar 13th, 2006, 11:32 AM   #15010
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I have RevMatt at 15,000 too.

Hmm... very odd.
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