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As Amy Goodman notes on this morning’s DemocracyNow!, evidence of the inefficiency of the American health care system and of the efficiency of the single-payer system is now mounting, yet American mainstream media refuses even to discuss the single-payer option. But with the insurance industry imploding and a strong sense of a need for a radical rethink of the health insurance regime, it’s time to fully vet this option. Watch Harper’s Editor Luke Mitchell present the case for single-payer here. But it’s no substitute for plunging into Luke’s article, which is a must-read for anyone approaching the healthcare reform issue.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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