Friday, April 30, 2004

I never realized that universal health care was as practical as this makes it sound (though I need to check into their math a bit more)

"It's not that Americans don't want to cover the 41 million uninsured. And the cost, pegged by Kaiser Commission on Medicaid & the Uninsured at less than $69 billion a year, isn't insurmountable, adding just 6% to annual health spending.

It's just that no consensus exists -- in the public, among politicians, or in the health industries -- about how best to get the job done. And because the vast majority of voters have health insurance (85% of the population is insured, but 92% of those who participated in the 2000 election were covered), political leaders have little incentive to overcome that impasse. "

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