Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Quote of the Day


"You guys are evil... Canada's the best country in the world. We go to the doctor and we don't need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you're broke because of medical bills. My bodyguard's baby was premature, and now he has to pay for it. In Canada, if your baby's premature, he stays in the hospital as long as he needs to, and then you go home."

-- Justin Bieber on the U.S. healthcare system, in an interview with Rolling Stone (and no, this isn't satire)

I'm not even going to get into whether I agree or disagree with any of what he's saying, but dear God did this kid just open up a world of shit.

Tune in tonight at 5pm to see his perfectly coiffed little head right between George Soros and Mohamed ElBaradei on Glenn Beck's chalkboard with the words "Prince of the Coming Caliphate" scrawled overtop of it. Hell, Beck may even try playing Baby backward to see if it says, "I buried capitalism."

Either way, good luck dodging the fire, Biebs.

16 comments:

Jadine said...

Canada's health care system is not all it's cracked up to be. If you need an MRI, be prepared to wait for a couple of years. Last August I called my family doctor for an appointment, they were booking into the end of October at that point. We are fucking taxed to death in this country, for what? In Ontario, we pay 13% tax on almost everything we buy. We pay about $4 a gallon for fuel here, can't get a doctor's appointment when you need one, wait for months to see a specialist, and sometimes wait years for certain medical tests and procedures.

Give me a break Bieber.

And if Rolling Stone magazine wasn't already a parody of its former self, that cover just sealed the deal.

Mike said...

I dunno, I think it'd be kind of awesome if Beck and his ilk brought it up and Beiber just went on the offensive, calling them ignorant hacks or whatever. The shitton that would erupt abrupt would be amazing. The mass of shrieking Beiber tweens against the shrieking conservative insanity would be interesting; kind of like an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. And who knows, maybe we'd get lucky and they'd wipe each other out, like dueling cancers.

Dan said...

1. he's 16 and thinks he knows anything. who cares what he says (or sings, for that mater)?

2. has his bodyguard not heard of travel insurance (assuming his bodyguard is from Canada)?

3. if the bodyguard is from the US, why doesn't mr. richpants be a nice employer and offer medical benefits?

Anonymous said...

I wonder if he's paying any taxes in Canada right now. If he's "working" in the US, he may not be paying any. Paying a lower tax rate here and then going home for doctor visits...

Oh wait he's young he doesn't really have to go to the doctor. Wonder what it'll be like when he's a broke washed up drunk musician and taking advantage of the Canada's system after possibly not paying into theirs while "working" in the US.

I love the comment about paying for the bodyguard's healthcare. Touché.

Yeah I'm cynical.

L. said...

I'm obviously going to have to replace the framed copy of the first issue of Rolling Stone (stolen from my dad) that's on my family room wall with this one. I sure hope it fits in the frame.

Steve said...

Uh oh. Teen idol offers opinion.

Capt Aclow said...

LOL at the commenters attacking and wanting to debate the 16-year old's message as opposed to the topic at hand, which is that he naively announced that the United States is not the best country in the world at something to his rabid American fans.

Anonymous said...

jadine- in every published poll, a vast majority of canadians support the current healthcare system, even though there needs to be some reform.

but more importantly, jb also said that it's ok to have premarital sex and that abortion is wrong, even when a woman is raped.

thanks for encouraging the rise of teen motherhood, biebs.

Trixie said...

ok, baby Beibster aside, I would love to see some intelligent conversation on something that I see everyday in the hopital I work at. I work in a public hospital considered a "safetynet hospital". Our mission involves provided complex medica care to anyone who walks tgrough our doors, regardless of their ability to pay. Fine. Some may takw issue with that, most people are glad that hospitals like mine exist. There is an insidious side to this kindness, generosity or as I prefer to call it, human decency. People travel to my hospital from all over the world knowing we will not, nay, cannot say no. Say your a doctor practising in the US and know the score. Your mom/uncle/sister needs some complex procedure. Heart surgery, complex cancer operations, back surgery, the list goes on. The savvy Doc pops mom on a plane and directly to us. We operate because we are mandated to. Whether they can pay or not. We pay for their lengthly hospital stays, rehab stays, medications, you name it. These people often have poor medical care prior to arriving at our door and often omit the fact that they've had some disease that could greatly complicate the procedure we are doing to them. In my unit alone, I can tghink of dozens of such cases. A life saving surgery is performed but we find ot later they have advanced disease from say untreated malaria.. These patients stay MONTHS in our ICU's incurring million worth of medical bills they never intended to pay. This happens with a shocking regularity. Where are our senators and congresspeople when our hospitals are being raped? Or hospital must, by law care for all patients who come through the door. In years past, the state then reimbursed us 1 to 1 dollar for dollar for this care. Not anymore. http://mobile.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2010/09/14/bmc_will_cut_119_jobs_push_for_funds/ and it's only going to get uglier. As a healthcare provider, I'm torn. Yes, I was to see the I'll cured, pain alleviated, but I also cannot see how we can sustain healthcare at all with practices like this in place. (please pardon the multitude of typos as I'm using the itty bitty keyboard on my phone)

Le Penseur said...

Who DARES to question the wisdom of the One True Haircut?

ntx said...

Just to add a little perspective for grumpy Canadians on how long you have to wait to receive medical care: I just called my GP for an appointment to follow up on some blood test results to find out if I should start taking Lipitor. He can see me in late April.

My son recently suffered a hairline fracture in his wrist. Initial care was handled just fine (at exhorbitant cost, covered by insurance, in an emergency room). However, the soonest his pediatrician could schedule a follow-up appointment to see how it was healing was six weeks after the fracture happened. Needless to say, it would have fully healed by then, and then some. So after a month, we said, "Screw it!" and took off the soft cast. That was a little trepidatious, but my son's wrist is just fine. Damned if I was going to make him wear that thing for weeks longer than necessary.

Moral: If you suffer some major trauma or terrible disease, the U.S. is the place to do it. If it's just the garden variety injury or illness that constitutes 95% of the need for medical care, the U.S. health care system sucks.

Anonymous said...

In addition to that nugget of wisdom, we also get this from the article:

"I really don't believe in abortion," Bieber told the magazine. "It's like killing a baby?"

When asked about abortion in cases of incest or rape, he answered: "Um. Well, I think that's really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I guess I haven't been in that position, so I wouldn't be able to judge that."


Honestly, asking a 16 year old tween star those kinds of potentially provocative questions strikes me as little more than journalistic trolling.

Not that, with the exception of Matt Taibbi's always excellent material, I consider Rolling Stone to be journalism in any capacity...

Izar Talon said...

Now, I despise the music, and think it's a travesty that he's in Rolling Stone and was on the Grammys, but for a sixteen year old, I think that was a fair answer. He's still deeply in his (very religious) mother's influence, so he answered as she would have at first, but he then had the awareness to say that he'd never been in that situation so he really couldn't judge. I wouldn't jump all over judging him. This isn't something that many sixteen year olds think about. I don't think I really did.

Izar Talon said...

PS: trying to make him look like Sid Vicious? That HAS to be a joke.

Figgylicious said...

Like this little fuckwit knows the first damned thing about paying for anything. Think about that: he'll never have to pay for anything in his entire life. Shut the fuck up, Tiny Lesbian.

courtney said...

I honestly find his answer refreshing. no, Canada's health care system isn't perfect, but neither is ours.
He's sixteen. Christ, what I knew at sixteen could barely fill a thimble.