From Democracy Now!

President Obama hosted a White House summit Thursday on reforming healthcare. While President Obama said every idea must be considered, the idea of creating a single-payer national health insurance program appears to have already been rejected. We speak to Harper’s senior editor Luke Mitchell, author of the article “Sick in the Head: Why America Won’t Get the Health-Care System It Needs.”

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3 Comments

  1. joseph nyerere on March 10, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Change we can live with.
    Mr. Obama are you caving in to the insurance industry?
    what i mean by that question is another question.
    Mr. Obama you should make health care available to everyone who needs health care without them needing to be concerned for how they are going to pay for the health care. Everyone who is working or not working should pay for health care whether they need health care the same as they pay for anyother service from which they benefit and dont use. example: un toll bridges and highways and street useage. garbage collection. Everyone receive those benefits and at the time of useage they dont pay.

    Taxes on every citizen should be collected and everyone needing health care should receive it whether pay taxes or not pay taxes.
    example: everyone gets freedom without paying. Our protection is direct and the pay for the service is indirect. soldier fight wars to protect everyone else whether they go to fight or not fight.

    FREE HEALTH CARE FOR ALL IS A RIGHT as YOU SAID IN YOUR CAMPAIGN TALKS. FREE HEALTH CARE FOR ALL
    JOSEPH NYERERE



  2. Maggie Metcalfe on March 10, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Between my cost and my employer’s contribution, nearly $700.00 per month goes to cover myself and my son for health insurance. My take home pay is about $2000.00 per month and it’s not enough to live on. I grew up in Canada where everyone was covered and everyone had access to the same care, you couldn’t buy more than your neighbor and no-one had to live with substandard care.

    Single payer is the only way to provide equity in health care to everyone in the country, to relieve families and businesses from the burdens of enriching the insurance industry. We must demand it now, and loudly, because the media will not report this movement, it does not profit them.



  3. Kathy Mullins on March 10, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Speak loud and often to get HR 676 passed. It took pressure and actions from people to get the president to include single payer supporters in the health care forum that he recently had. Keep up the actions, letters and calls!