"The Liberal rhetoric relative to me being the bad boy of health or the boogeyman of health is wrong. It's absolutely wrong. It's bad, it's bad politics and it's b.s. politics," he told reporters.
Klein urged all three federal parties to have an "open and honest debate" about the state of Canada's health-care system when an election is called.
Canadians deserve better access to a health-care system that properly meets their needs, he said.
"If the Canadian system is unsustainable, which it is, and the American system is unacceptable, which it is, let's find a third way," he added.
We'll never have serious health care reform if we're asked to make a false choice between two strawmen, the first being the divine revelation to Tommy Douglas as faithfully transcribed into the Canada Health Act, the second being the heartless capitalist snake pit where rich white are driven in luxury Lamborghini ambulances to five-star emergency suites for their tummy tucks while poor black car crash victims have their mangled bodies tossed by bouncers out the front door.
Besides, people no longer fear even limited private health care in Canada. Too many people have family and friends whose suffering or deaths they have witnessed because of long waiting lines.
Ralph Klein talking reform doesn't send even the CBC's bedwetters under the covers trembling in fear any more.