Single Payer Healthcare
Our nation needs to have a single payer healthcare provider: the U.S. government. Every year, 22,000 people in our country die because they do not have access to healthcare.
There’s talk and speculation that Barack Obama might attempt to do something about this, but such talk might be optimism. A Harper’s article juxtaposed the Obama of the mid 1990s with the current Hope and Change President:
I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer health-care program,” Barack Obama said in 2003. “As all of us know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we have to take back the White House, we have to take back the Senate, we have to take back the House.” And yet as Democrats began to take all of those things back, Obama began to reconsider. In 2007, he recast the debate in terms that were more reflective than prescriptive. “If you’re starting from scratch,” he told The New Yorker, “then a single-payer system would probably make sense. But we’ve got all these legacy systems in place, and managing the transition, as well as adjusting the culture to a different system, would be difficult to pull off.” And now that Democrats have the White House, the Senate, and the House, it is clear that a single- payer program is not a part of their agenda.
I urge everyone to support Single Payer Action, a group dedicated to working toward a solution where all people in the United States will be taken care of.