A national health insurance reform bill is on the brink of passing and all is well on Capitol Hill.
But that doesn’t mean too much for the rest of the country. Much of the country still wants more than a public-option-free, far-from-single-payer, band-aid-like bill to fix our broken health care system. One writer states, from the interesting vantage point of Australia, where they do have universal health care:
But Australia has something that America lacks: a universal public system that provides basic medical services for all.
Here, thanks to Medicare, you can be cared for in a public hospital without going broke regardless of your health insurance status…But the political compromise [Barack Obama's] been forced to adopt fails to address the morbidity at the heart of the system.
It’s taking the disease and trying to turn it into the cure.
The solution, the real health care reform that we’ve been asking for since Teddy Roosevelt’s time, lies with the state single payer movement. And, at least here in Pennsylvania, we’re moving full speed ahead. All that this bill means for us is that we’d better move fast if we want real health care reform any time soon.