Single Payer Health Care
Here's an eye-opening letter to the editor of The Economist, Jan 22, 2009 issue:
People here in the US don't hear such things because there is a Media Blackout on Single-Payer Healthcare (3/6/2009) The AARP represents insurance companies more than it does seniors. Media is a problem that may need to be fixed before healthcare.
More than 60 lawmakers have co-sponsored H.R. 676, the single-payer bill in Congress, but media never talks about it. Given the high level of popular support the policy enjoys, that's all the more reason it should be front and center in the public debate about the future of healthcare.
The Republicans on talk radio, when they are not considering rebellion, call this socialism. Bear in mind that they are dispensing cool-aid for the corporate elite and the last thing that they would tolerate is a thoughtful discussion of optimal division of responsibilities between the public and private sectors.