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Post-SOTU analysis: Izvestia actually gives space to single payer advocates

Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein:

[T]he Democrats’ efforts to appease insurers and pay off the pharmaceutical industry made covering the uninsured unaffordable. Once they’d rejected single payer (and its savings on useless bureaucracy), the Democrats could only offer unpalatable funding options; stick consumers with ever-higher health costs, raise taxes, or drain money from care. In the end, the Democrats chose all three. ...

During his campaign, President Obama declaimed that he’d back single payer -– if we were starting from scratch. One thing’s clear from the recent Massachusetts election upset: it’s time to start from scratch.

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