30 January 2007

Another endorsement

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has endorsed single-payer healthcare system for the United States. After describing the program in Massachusetts and the proposed program in California as exciting, the editorial board writes that "the closer you look at these ambitious plans, the more you see they are mere patchworks."
They say it's time to think about just making the leap to single-payer.
This radical notion would seem unthinkable, except that every other civilized nation already has thought about it and embraced it -- from conservative societies such as Japan and Australia to nanny states such as Germany and France. Every one of them covers more people, produces better medical outcomes, wastes less revenue on overhead and marketing, and spends less money than the United States.

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