by CNA/NNOC - Shum Shum Preston
Fri Jan 05, 2007 at 11:31:56 AM PST
California gets much of the attention in today’s Single-Payer Update, as Schwarzenegger robs Peter to pay Paul in his upcoming health care bill, while bringing back George Bush’s failed Health Savings Account idea. Also Paul Krugman looks at the inefficiency of health care privatization, the Massachusetts Mandate hits a stumbling block, and blogger Avedon figures out how to make single-payer health care a reality.
Brought to you by the National Nurses Organizing Committee as we organize to make 2007 the Year of Single-Payer Healthcare.
"Moderate" politicians around the country (meaning those trying to protect their corporate healthcare donors) are hitting on a similar strategy to divert the public’s demands for genuine progress on our healthcare crisis: they are passing laws to force people to purchase health insurance, and sometimes coupling that with nominal expansions in programs that serve a few patients here and there.
None of this will solve the problems in our health care system, but they do raise a whole new set of problems: how to pay for even these "nibbling around the edges" reforms.