March 25, 2009
-- by Dave Johnson
The plan for government-paid national health care for all is referred to by policy insiders as "single payer." Since no one knows what that means, and since that sounds like you're going to be on your own, by yourself expected to pay all your own medical bills, I prefer to call it "Medicare For All." Everyone knows what Medicare is, loves it, and wants it for themselves. So I figure you start out three steps ahead instead of in a deep hole by calling it something that people want instead of something that makes people run away from you.
ANYWAY, here is an interesting viewpoint on the current debate. Obama and HCAN Marginalize Single Payer Health Care | Center for Media and Democracy,
Most western democracies guarantee their citizens a right to medical services through their own version of government managed single payer health care. But such a system has been attacked in the US as "socialized medicine" since the 1950s especially by lobbyists for the insurance and drug industries who would see their profits decline. Although Barack Obama was elected on a health care reform platform, his version ignores single payer. Nor is single payer advocated by his allies in the well-funded coalition called Health Care for America Now, composed of MoveOn, USAction, ACORN, Americans United for Change, the unions SEIU and UFCW and other liberal heavy hitters.There are lots of links in the original, so go there and read the rest.
Posted by Dave Johnson at March 25, 2009 9:13 AM
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