White House Health Reform Traveling Circus: Dearborn, Michigan edition
"People from Canada are not flocking to Detroit for medical care."
- Medicare recipient and single payer advocate, speaking at the Michigan forum
I'm about 3/4 of the way through the video from the first Health Reform Forum, held in Michigan, and this gentleman is the fourth person [fifth? I'm losing track] to speak up for single payer and/or HR 676. His point is that other countries, Canada, for instance, are doing something right, we should look to them for ideas.
The moderator's answer, for at least the second time in this session, is that we have to get something done NOW NOW NOW [and it's not going to be single payer]. The President wants to get this done in his first term and apparently he doesn't think we can get single payer done in that time.
Great, do something, even if it's wrong.
The very next [supposedly random] person who was called on passionately and almost tearfully said "No, I don't want anything from another country! I want something Uniquely American!"
Lots of corporate types, all of whom want to keep private insurance, and, ack, a scary emphasis on your employer's [implied] right to take an inordinate amount of interest in and control over your health habits, such as what you eat, whether you smoke, etc. And people are worried about the government interfering in their lives.
I'm having trouble getting the video embed to work [lambert, why does the 'input format' thingy hate me? update: it only hates some of the time; got the video to embed finally]. It's also available here at healthreform.gov.
I like the guy near the end, the one who wants us to take the FDA back from the drug companies and give it back to the people.