Monday, July 24, 2017

Elke Babiuk Edward Redshaw The Alberta Party like all other NEOLIBERAL Parties is in favor of privatization and deregulation which in the end will mean less service, longer lines, 2-tier health care, and lousy long-term care outlooks. There is no question that they will cut front-line health services just like the CON parties.



Very good day. And now it is done. Good night everyone. Tomorrow is a big day and it begins early so I am off to bed.
All of us have been through so many different experiences in life. I never imagined that I would be at the end of five years in the continuing care system like a pincushion full of pins. Most citizens are very innocent about the problems in the continuing care system for the reason that the GOA keeps folks innocent.
The set up is magnificent in terms of lack of transparency and no accountability.
You will never discover the bureaucratic and political expediency decisions made.
Some citizens are suffering and we're all complicit because we know and we shut up or we know and we don't care or we don't know and we don't ever want to face these horrors.
If you have family in the continuing care system and you see the hypocrisy of our hires with reference to these poor souls, well I guess you're reborn in a new sort of way. Sort of like into an insect form. Let me be a dragonfly.
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Jason Kenney realizes he's supposed to be uniting-the-right not dividing it, right?
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Edward Redshaw Join and Vote for THE AlBERTA PARTY.
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Elke Babiuk Yours is an uphill struggle but you have 2 years to organize
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 Elke Babiuk In the Sunday Sun, July 23, 2017, Lorne Gunter said "Meanwhile the vote totals also prove there just aren't that many disgruntled centrists around to form a new movement or party". I beg to differ. If Mr. Gunter had checked his facts he would have observed that: for the Wildrose 24,598 unity votes were cast 57.7% of members: for the Conservatives 27,060 unity votes were cast about the same percentage of members as the Wildrose. This means that there were about 40,000 party members who did not vote. Why? Are they not happy?
These are possibly potential Centrists. Taken together with many unhappy NDP and Liberal members these could be looking for a Centrist party. If The Alberta Party leader can develop the "charisma and public appeal" necessary these days to attract voters and develop a credible platform they have a great chance to make sizeable gains in 2019.
JOIN and VOTE for THE ALBERTA PARTY.
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Julie Ali Edward Redshaw I tend to agree with you. Some folks don't yap and just vote elsewhere.
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Edward Redshaw Thanks so much for the like. I am a former NDP member who ended up being disillusioned by what the party, especially Sarah Hoffman who has been totally a failure as Health Minister, has done.
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Elke Babiuk Edward Redshaw I haven't followed specifically what she has done which is?
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Edward Redshaw Elke Babiuk Sarah Hoffman is a total failure as Health Minister. An ineffective Board, An overpaid, invisible AHS CEO, A bloated, bureaucracy AHS, excessive wait times for specialists while people suffer, underfunded Long-Term Care with residents she treats as discardable, disposable liabilities, an aging in place program with isolated seniors and people with dementia having to be cared for by families. And the list goes on. 
She has a nerve commenting on the other parties while she herself is creating so much pain.
VOTE for THE ALBERTA PARTY.
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Elke Babiuk Edward Redshaw What you write about was put in place by the Conservative party. It takes more than 2 years to right a corrupt system that they changed starting with Klein. Moreover, it's impossible to fix without oil royalties, a sales tax, or higher personal taxes on the rich. You can complain all you want but the problems are structural now and are the CONS' fault, not the NDP's.
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Edward Redshaw Some of these might have started with the PC's but Sarah Hoffman has done nothing to fix anything. I have family in Long-Term Care for 11 years now so I have seen first hand the downward spiral of quality care. Further, Hoffman created the ineffective ...See More
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Elke Babiuk Edward Redshaw Without revenues, progressive change will not happen because it can't. She did NOT create the original Health Board. Moreover, she got rid of the CON appointee who was creating more problems within the system and the Health Board. Salaries must be competitive to the private market and to what other Provinces pay and they are so stop whining about their wages because they have set in motion that Board wages will be reviewed. 

She created a new board to govern Alberta Health Services with the goal to further stabilize Alberta’s health-care system because it was devastated by Klein and his CON followers. The organization has been without a board since 2013 FFS!

I don't know where you are getting your info, but your opinions are overly harsh of the NDP when the problems were created by Klein and CONs and the NDP are trying to fix the structural issues. 

"There was a certain irony in seeing a supposedly market-fundamentalist Conservative party hiring a single Soviet-style commissar to run the massive, 120,000-employee, $14-billion organization, but the place has been led by a series of single "administrators" ever since. Yesterday, the NDP restored normal business practices to AHS by naming a board."
http://rabble.ca/.../ndp-brings-to-end-alberta-pcs...
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Elke Babiuk Edward Redshaw More info on the Board which actually saves money from the previous one. 

"In addition to being a smaller group than the previous board, the new members will also be paid less.


Hughes will earn $50,000 a year as chair, the vice-chair will earn $30,000 and members will earn $15,000. There will also be entitled to meetings fees of up to $2,000 a month.

All told, that could add up to around $350,000 a year, far less than the $699,000 the former 10-member board collectively earned in 2011-12 or the $580,000 rate paid to two of the former official administrators."
http://edmontonjournal.com/.../albertas-health-minister...
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Edward Redshaw Elke Babiuk the Board has no Continuing Care representative. It is an ineffective "yes" Sarah Hoffman Board. Should never have been created and the money put to better use.
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Elke Babiuk Edward Redshaw LOL! What the CONs had before Hoffman took over was totally unworkable. The money needed to be spent period. Changes don't happen overnight. They usually take 1-2 full terms
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Elke Babiuk Edward Redshaw The Alberta Party like all other NEOLIBERAL Parties is in favor of privatization and deregulation which in the end will mean less service, longer lines, 2-tier health care, and lousy long-term care outlooks. There is no question that they will cut front-line health services just like the CON parties.
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Edward Redshaw Where did you get that? You have no idea. Wait and see the platform.
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Elke Babiuk Edward Redshaw They are Center-right and are right of Peter Lougheed. ALL Conservatives (even the Progressive ones today), and Liberals are NEOLIBERALS.
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Edward Redshaw Please publish for my information, not your suppositions, but actual published credible information to support your suppositions. Without that all you are saying is called hearsay or these days"fake news".
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Elke Babiuk The vote with WRP 95% of the time. They are right of center most of the time.
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Edward Redshaw How do you know this?
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Julie Ali Elke Babiuk Change has happened very fast in areas that benefit the NDP such as ending corporate donations. Why not similar speed in the continuing care system? We have asked for an independent auditing body for example. No move to do this. The AHS folks audit themselves. It's a farce. The NDP knew of these problems all the time they were in opposition and once in power they go back to a board system for what benefit? So they can have a board that does nothing to blame when things go wrong. I agree with Edward that Ms. Hoffman is not a productive health minister and has made poor decisions such as the dumb decision to give $4.2 million to the True North folks against the advice of her own department and AHS. It seems that we're stuck with poor performance in all the political parties simply because no one is willing to cut the fat in the top dogs. The ABCs (agencies, boards and commissions) alone cost us big bucks from every budget and what has the NDP folks done about cutting these boards? Nothing that I can detect. What has it done for big oil? Major loan money of over $260 million in a loan. We have the NDP folks as the PCs folks now and it's astonishing to me. Whats even worse is that they pretend to represent us. This health minister was the one who cut the long term care beds in Sundre until the folks there fought back. A bunch of hypocrites.http://www.friendsofmedicare.org/wodak_sundre Closure of the LTC beds was not an AHS decision. The LTC beds in the Sundre Hospital were registered as an Auxiliary Hospital. According to the OPERATION OF APPROVED HOSPITALS REGULATION Alberta Regulation 247/1990 “Every hospital shall require prior approval of the Minister for a) any proposed major change or termination of an existing service provided by the hospital ...”

This was a decision made without any consultation with the community, and the community is very concerned about the loss of the LTC beds. AHS is now planning consultations to determine future use of the hospital space

The current NDP government is on record over a long period of time, in 2012, NDP MLA David Eggen compared the closure of the long term care facility in Carmangay to “domestic abuse” at a rally to protest Premier Redford’s decision. Also in 2012, Premier Rachel Notley commented that the Tory plan to limit LTC beds and shift to supportive living “aims to force sick seniors to shoulder a larger share of their health-related costs and live in facilities that may offer them an inadequate level of care.

"It's unfair, but it's also absolutely penny wise and pound foolish," Notley said.

"These patients will end up in much more expensive ER and acute care beds because they are the last resort."

The 2015 NDP Election Platform promised to create 2,000 public long term care beds [not to close public beds and shifting to private supportive living], and to “end the PCs’ costly experiments in privatization, and redirect the funds to publicly delivered services. 

They are short-changing Alberta seniors by not creating enough long-term care beds and relying on expensive, for-profit delivery of inadequate assisted living and homecare.

Hansard records for Monday, March 14, 2016 and Tuesday March 15, 2016 show an interesting role reversal; the Wildrose protesting shutting down long-term care beds and laying off nurses in Sundre, and NDP Health Minister Hoffman explaining that they’re not really losing LTC beds, although there might be a slightly different level of care the number of beds is increasing from 15 to 40.

The Minister’s lines could have been written by any of the Tory Health Minsters in the last dozen years.
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Julie Ali Elke Babiuk Even if the PCs privatize maybe we will get better oversight of a failing continuing care system. It's a big fail right now.
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Elke Babiuk Privatization ends up costing the taxpayer much more. Who do you think would pay for their CEO bonuses?
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Julie Ali Elke Babiuk We're already paying big time for the CEO salaries.
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Julie Ali Edward Redshaw I agree Edward. The board at AHS is for show. And it does nothing productive. The appointed members are NDP picks who like the PC picks of the former boards are all obedient folks. Not one of them has even opened their yap to talk about continuing care.
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Edward Redshaw Thanks Julie; Uniformed, disillusioned people like Elke are just an annoyance. It is unfortunate that such people have no idea of the reality that people like us who have been victimized by the system know about.
One day they might experience the truth.
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Julie Ali Edward Redshaw I think Elke is very smart Edward. She just may not have the same experiences we have had which has lead to a loss of innocence on our parts. Until you get mangled in the continuing care system you really have no idea.
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