MEDICAL BILLS ARE KILLING PEOPLE: SINGLE PAYER IS ON THE TABLE
"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.