Friday, January 22, 2010

Maybe he wants to trade in the UFC for an appearance on Jackass

"It was like a Third World country,” he said of Brandon Regional Hospital. “My wife saved me. She got me out of there and drove 100 miles per hour to get me down to Bismarck, N.D.” --Brock Lesnar, an former UFC champion, devoted hunter and apparent health care critic, offering up his critique of Canada's health care system


He may have won the first round of the bout, but it seems that Brock Lesnar have met his match with the CEO of the Brandon, Manitoba health authority.

Carmel Olson, provided a smack down on Lesnar's recent charges of Manitoba's "third world medical care status" outlining the level of care and diagnosis provided to the UFC star after a recent stop in Manitoba to tackle his suddenly flaring case of diverticulitis.

Lesnar made much of his decision to abandon health care in Manitoba weaving a tale of near death experience as his wife drove "100 miles an hour" to the safety of North Dakota and then a transfer to the famed Mayo Clinic.

As Lesnar told his tale a few days back, we were left with visions of a paint peeling establishment using outdated equipment staffed by stumbling, bumbling medical professionals.

He took time away from his recovery to outline for an eager American media the horrors of his health scare and the apparent warnings it provided about health care outside the US orbit.

However, it seems now that Mr. Lesnar had a wee bit of an agenda to work with, as the Globe and Mail so succinctly captures with a story posted on their website and from which the following paragraph tells us all we might need to know about Mr. Lesnar.

Towards the end of his press conference, Mr. Lesnar admitted that his comments were partly motivated by the ongoing political debate in the U.S. “The reason I'm saying that is because there's millions of people that don't want health care reform and I'm one of them,” he said. “I'm not a believer in socialism and I don't want that going on.”

Ah yes, that evil socialized medicine, the bogeyman that haunts Americans or at least those Americans that dwindling number of American's who can actually afford health care. While he's surely entitled to his opinions, bringing disdain and as it turns out factually incorrect information about the level of care in Manitoba is not exactly painting his cause (nor his ethics) in the best of lights.

While he back tracks on his attempt at some political fame outside of those UFC cages, he can go to bed confident that perhaps his nation's plans for health care reform may have been permanently sidelined, with many in Washington suggesting that the Obama health care plan is in peril.

As he ponders his next move both in his career and with his new found political activism, he may find that the welcome mat isn't going to be rolled out should he cross over the border again despite his sudden conversion to damage control.

From the Globe again, "Canadians, don’t get me wrong here. Listen I love Canada, some of the best people and best hunting in the world. I have family up there. But I wasn’t at the right facility. And it makes sense for me to say that.”

Up here in the third world we suspect that the next time he steps into the Octagon on Canadian soil, his rhetorical flourishes at Canada's expense will be provided with the appropriate response.

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