"If public healthcare is such a hot idea, why should Sarah Palin even have to raise money? Shouldn't public revenue be able to cover all the medical costs of running a hospital."As it so happens, government funding only covers the basics such as the salaries of physicians, specialists, nursing staff and other health care professionals, building maintenance and some administrative expenses. Every budget item approved by a hospital's board of directors and not covered by the provincial parameters must be covered by revenue generated from fundraising activities.
Thus the choice of Palin for this fundraiser as well as the brouhaha it's generating are guaranteed to nab the support of those who would shrieeekkk Socialism!! and Communism!!! if our taxes fully funded healthcare establishments like St. Peter's and the Juravinski Cancer Centre. These rightwing soCons, fundamentalist religious zealots and teabagger sympathizers are the target of the fundraiser. They're the ones who will descend upon Hamilton for the "pleasure" of hearing the Quitbull deliver a boilerplate speech. And also to fork over more money to be photographed with her? You betcha.
One rubber chicken plate: $200.
Sarah Palin's speaker fees: $200,000.
Delicious irony to be savoured: priceless
The photograph above was found here ; the blogpost is titled "American Evita".