Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Why is Single Payer getting the short shrift?

Detroit National Politics Examiner: Why is Single Payer getting the short shrift?
"...why go halfway? Insurance companies already oppose this part of the proposal and are prepared to fight tooth and nail to this threat to their racket. Obama should learn the lesson of Bill Clinton, who tried to play ball with the insurance companies but found that they don't want to change the way they do business.

A Single Payer proposal is already available in the form of HR 676, The United States National Health Insurance Act, introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), but it has been ignored by the Obama Administration. In fact, no Single Payer advocates were initially invited to a recent White House summit on health care. Conyers was brought in at the last minute in response to considerable pressure from HR 676 supporters.

The mainstream media has similarly paid little attention to Single Payer. As an example, a recent Time cover story told of the difficulties the brother of one of its reporters had in dealing with the health care system. But the author, who has written extensively on the issue, never mentioned Single Payer as a possible method to prevent such problems. She didn't even tell the readers that her brother would never have run into such a mess in any other industrialized country."

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