"Medical bills underlie 60 percent of U.S. bankrupts: study," by Maggie Fox. Reuters. June 4, 2009.

When I went to read that, I didn't know it contained anything about single-payer. This is about the highest profile article I've seen on it in the mainstream media. Thomson bought Reuters, and Thomson is Canadian. Maybe that's part of why.

People are going belly up on account of medical costs even when they are covered at work. It really grabbed me that "Nationally, a quarter of firms cancel coverage immediately when an employee suffers a disabling illness; another quarter do so within a year." Wow, that's nasty.

Single-payer is building steam. The Senate is being pressed really hard to put it on the table. The conservative arguments against it aren't standing up the way they used to. Longevity stats and infant mortality are in favor of socialized medicine.

I'm not saying its likely soon though. Obama doesn't want it because he doesn't want to antagonize so many people all at once. He's spending his political capital on foreign-war policy. He's a Wall Streeter in community-organizer's clothing. He sees big dollars for his family just a few short years out. Making the insurance industry and Wall Street and the banksters mad is not his plan, obviously.


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    • "Baucus Rules Out Single-Payer Plan," by Dan Eggen. Washington Post. June 3, 2009.

      Read the comments on that page while it's still available. They are telling in terms of what the mainstream refuses to publish in its news articles.

    • Go to the site. Click on "Watch the Full Program Online." If you don't have Adobe Flash Player loaded and enabled in your browser, you'll probably be prompted. Most computers have Adobe Flash Player loaded, so you might want to just check into enabling before downloading and installing. If the site accesses correctly, I recommend selecting, "Continuous Play ON." Then click on chapter 1, "Great Britain...." With Continuous Play on, at the end of Chapter 1, Chapter 2 should begin automatically (a nice feature). You may always pause the play and also click anywhere on the dark grey bar (that gains a yellow border as play continues) at anytime to go to that part of the chapter. I also recommend clicking the FULL SCREEN option. Lastly, if you leave your cursor at the bottom of the screen, you'll see the controls fulltime. Move the cursor up to the top to better read the few subtitles in the video (not obscure them with the controls). The whole program streamed very will for me, and I have a fairly weak laptop but my bandwidth is decent.

      One thing the program didn't do is visit France, which according to the U.N., has the best healthcare in the world and is socialized.