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Sun Jul 1, 2012, 04:25 PM

1st: Protect Obama's Health Care Reform. 2nd: Move Toward a Public Option


from OnTheCommons.org:


1st: Protect Obama's Health Care Reform. 2nd: Move Toward a Public Option
Lessons from Canada in creating a health care commons step-by-step

June 28, 2012 | by David Morris


It’s relatively easy for Americans to understand that parks, sidewalks, the environment or the Internet are all part of the commons. That’s because no one owns them.

But it’s more of a stretch when it comes to elements of the commons that have traditionally been under private ownership. Access to health care, for instance, rightly belongs to all of us the same as air, water, sunshine or other things we depend upon for life. We are, after all, morally bound to help anyone who needs medical attention. And our tax money funds much of the research that results in new medicines and procedures.

Yet these simple truths are clouded by the fact that in the United States, even after the passage of President Obama’s health care reforms, a large share of health services is operated on a for-profit basis—a unique situation among wealthy nations, which means our health care is more expensive and many people are denied access.

If health care were more widely recognized as a commons, the idea of a public health care option—or even a single-payer system—would not seem so controversial to Congress members. In fact, a look right across the border at the Canadian health care programs shows how well a true health care commons works. ...............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://onthecommons.org/magazine/1st-protect-obamas-health-care-reform-2nd-move-toward-public-option



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Sun Jul 1, 2012, 04:35 PM

1. Good ideas,

but won't happen here w/o catastrophe, imo.

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Sun Jul 1, 2012, 04:38 PM

2. Love that phrase in context - "the commons"

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Sun Jul 1, 2012, 06:41 PM

3. Keep ObamaCare. Repeal GOPDon'tCare!!!

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