In the Northern Watch (September 8, 2012; Page 4 < http://www.trftimes.com/
The objective with health care is not, as Valerie Solem states, to provide health insurance for everyone. This only benefits the profitability of the insurance industry and assures profitability for the pharmaceutical industry, private hospitals, nursing homes and the greedy doctors for whom health care is nothing more than a racket from which they grow richer at the expense of a population getting sicker with people suffering needlessly and dying prematurely.
Health care is all about keeping people healthy and helping to get people well when they are sick.
I am also the author of the resolution passed by 72% of the delegates to the Minnesota DFL State Convention calling for single payer universal health care; a resolution that was a compromise because there were the well-heeled in the Minnesota DFL, like Valerie Solem, who refused to support what is really required if we are going to solve our health care problems--- now a crisis with almost 50 million people still without any health care and over 100 million people under Obamacare unable to afford the "Cadillac" health insurance premiums so they are stuck picking up the co-pays which are often so huge it results in people having to declare bankruptcy.
Single-payer universal health care like our Canadian neighbors have would be far superior to what we have now.
A National Public Health Care System would create over twelve-million good paying, real living wage jobs for people who would be providing us with health care for free through neighborhood and community health care centers.
A National Public Health Care System would provide no-fee/no-premium, comprehensive, all-inclusive (general medical, eyes, dental, mental health), universal health care from pre-natal through burial. A National Public Health Care System would be publicly financed, publicly administered--- and most importantly health care would be publicly delivered.
In other words, a National Public Health Care System would function of the same principle--- and in the same way--- as public education or Social Security.
The question is always brought forward: How would we pay for a National Public Health Care System?
We could stop fighting these senseless wars and pay for National Public Health Care with the resulting "peace dividend."
We could "tax-the-rich."
We could institute a payroll tax like that which funds Social Security.
A very sad commentary on the state of our democracy.