07 April 2007

Study in contrasts

Dennis Kucinich, campaigning in New Hampshire, "was most passionate about his plan for universal health care, which would create a nonprofit single-payer system designed to keep the insurance companies from interfering with national policy, he said. The plan would put more control in the hands of doctors and help re-establish the doctor-patient relationship, he added."

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont) thinks that the U.S. health care system is on the "verge of collapse," and that it's "exciting and fun" to work on preventing that. Oh — and he doesn't consider single-payer a possibility. Baucus says he's pragmatic — that's probably why he brokered the the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and the Medicare prescription drug plan. Thanks Max.

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