In 2017, States can Adopt Single-Payer Healthcare. Let’s Do It!

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I entered the health care debate in response to a statement in the United States press in summer 2009 which claimed the National Health Service in Great Britain would have killed me off, were I a British citizen. I felt compelled to make a statement to explain the error. I am British, I live in Cambridge, England, and the National Health Service has taken great care of me for over 40 years. I have received excellent medical attention in Britain, and I felt it was important to set the record straight. I believe in universal health care.

– Stephen Hawking ( NY Times, May 9, 2011)

 Single payer rally signs

Many people in the United States with chronic illnesses have rejoiced over the changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  More of us can afford health insurance. We are no longer denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. There are no more annual or life-time caps on insurance payments. And there is now a limit on our out-of-pocket fees.

While the ACA has made important strides, serious healthcare problems remain (More…)

Imagine if Education were provided like Health Care in America (Throw out the Universal Education System and bring in the Education Companies!)

Our education system in the U.S. isn’t perfect—it’s got its problems. And yet it is an impressive achievement that we are able to provide a free education to every child. While a few people may grumble about paying taxes, we all share the cost of education, and we’ve gotten used to the idea that every child has a right to go to school. Our economy, living standard, and quality of life are more prosperous because of universal education.

It’s unfortunate we didn’t see the wisdom of providing universal health care in the U.S. as well. (more…)