06 July 2007

Archimedes Project isn't single-payer

I met with Liz Baxter of the Archimedes Project yesterday in Portland, Ore. She's smart, savvy, and obviously well intentioned. She and former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber run the Archimedes Project, which I had thought was single-payer — especially since they couldn't get it through the Oregon senate.

Nope — it's just an effort to get a dialog started on what our healthcare reform should look like, with 15 priorities, some of which would make it almost impossible for health insurance companies to stay in the game.

I think its defeat may show that we might as well go straight out for single-payer, rather than dancing around it.

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