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March 14, 2008


Media Matters says, "Obama's health-care plan...allows individuals to keep -- and pay for -- their private health insurance if they so choose, while establishing "a new public insurance program, available to Americans who neither qualify for Medicaid or SCHIP...nor have access to insurance through their employers, as well as to small businesses that want to offer insurance to their employees."

Maybe I'm missing something, but it sounds like every American could choose to get free health inurance from the government. Who would buy insurance when he could get it free from Uncle Sam? Why would businesses provide health care, when their employees could get it free from the government?

So, it appears that in practice Obama's plan would be similar to Canada's, since almost all Americans would choose to be covered by the public insurance program.

Somerby has to "obsessively" say it because you and maybe three others are the only other people who ever say it at all.

Sorry, but I read you, Kevin Drum, Marginal Revolution, et cetera every day and I don't know whether the Dems are offering a single-payer plan either. When I go to the candidates' web sites (especially Obama's) I'm shocked by the number of openly stated proposals there when from every other source I read it seems like they don't make any specific promises at all.

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