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Richard Burr continues to take heat after schooling by Canadian physician

Burr2Richard Burr’s ill-fated exchange with a sharp Canadian physician over the realities of health care in North America continues to rack up some great headlines for North Carolina’s senior senator.

The headline for the Los Angeles Times story is: “Watch an expert teach a smug U.S. senator about Canadian healthcare.”

At the national blog Talking Points Memo, it’s: “Canadian Health Care Expert Schools A Republican U.S. Senator.”

At Salon, it’s “Canadian doctor makes anti-Obamacare senator look like a buffoon.”

At Huffington Post, it’s: “Watch This Doctor Totally School An Anti-Obamacare Senator On Health Care.”

At the Canadian National Post, it’s: “Toronto doctor smacks down U.S. Senate question on Canadian waitlist deaths.”

In case you missed it the other day, here was the most-reported part of their exchange:

Burr: “On average, how many Canadian patients on a waiting list die each year? Do you know?”

Dr. Danielle Martin, vice president of Medical Affairs at Toronto’s Women’s College Hospital: “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.”

4 Comments


  1. mak

    March 14, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    That was so much fun to watch. After his initial spanking by Dr. Martin, Burr retreated to his homegirl, a Canadian conservative, to like his wounds. After she kissed the boo-boo and made it better, he tried again to gotcha Dr. Martin, and got schooled AGAIN.
    Sen. Burr is gonna need a skin graft (due to the burn, in case you are reading, Sen. Burr).

  2. Alan

    March 16, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I think Sen. Burr just received the Canadian Colonoscopy. I’m sure Burr still thinks the US has the #1 healthcare system in the world, even though we rank ~#36 or so.

  3. Mike

    March 17, 2014 at 8:17 am

    “Buffoon.” Perfect.

  4. LayintheSmakDown

    March 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Funny how you can call it a schooling when this Canadian woman was using faulty information the whole time. But I guess since she supported your eviceration, then it must have actually been true. And now in other news, up is down…..

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