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How was Bill Moyers on single payer?

Here's his article on single payer in Salon today. History doesn't always rhyme.

Often, it just repeats.

NOTE Nice to see this quote from Obama making the rounds. Because you have to ask, "What could possibly have changed?"

In 2003, a young Illinois state senator named Barack Obama told an AFL-CIO meeting, "I am a proponent of a single-payer universal healthcare program."

Single payer. Universal. That's health coverage, like Medicare, but for everyone who wants it. Single payer eliminates insurance companies as pricey middlemen. The government pays care providers directly. It's a system that polls consistently have shown the American people favoring by as much as 2-to-1.

There was only one thing standing in the way, Obama said six years ago: "All of you know we might not get there immediately because first we have to take back the White House, we have to take back the Senate and we have to take back the House."

And here we are!

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Submitted by hipparchia on

blog post POLL: Do You Support the Obama Administration’s Health Coverage Proposal?

blog post Single-Payer: Is Nationalized Health Coverage the Way to Go?

blog post Bill Moyers & Michael Winship: Rx and the Single Payer [this is basically the text of the essay in salon, and he also read it at the beginning of the second half of the show.]

i haven't a clue what part of the screen i clicked on to open the first post in the list, but once one post was opened, all the others were listed in the sidebar. i can see a comments box at the bottom of the screen for each post, but haven't tried commenting yet, so have no idea if it's visible but somehow blocked.

transcript of the show

Submitted by jawbone on

terrific. Her story of havng health insurance plus disability insurance, but the costs of two serious illnesses between her husband and herself leaving them bankrupt was one of those "There but for the grace of fate go I" moments.

The deductibles, the copays, the maxed out coverage, the gotchas.

Just heard again that Olympia Snowe said we should take single payer off the table for several years. What is wrong with that senator??? What is wrong with our representatives? I know, I know. Corporatist Capture.

Donna Smith said that the committee plan put forth by Baucus and Grassley has mandates beginning 2013, but insurance company reforms and requirements will be gradually put in force over the following 10 years. 2223 might see some Obama inspired Change....

They do not feel our pain. We are annoying little gnats to them.

Baucus at the end of the healthcare segment is infuriating. If you watch nothing else, do catch his facial expressions.

Submitted by jawbone on

Struck me yesterday: Who is coming up through the ranks who will be able to get on the MCM and it's public cousin on a regular basis with the kind of shows Moyers does?

Amy Goodman was on Charlie Rose once, early March 2003, said some things against the Iraq Invasion and how the MCM covered it: She's never been back on his show, altho' Charlie said he would invite her back.

Even in her niche of broadcasting, Pacifica Radio and the cable show, some public stations, who is coming up through the ranks who can replace her and add to the work she's done?

No one that I know of has in any way replaced Molly Ivens, other truly liberal media figures in newspaper reporting and commentary.

Paul Krugman is an important voice, but he is, iirc, the least syndicated of the NYTimes major op-ed writers.

Moyers was very good--elicited very good information, asked questions less involved viewers might have asked.

Depressing question.