Ed’s reporting on a story that should make your eyes pop out of your head mad.
WASHINGTON – May 5 – Doctors and other advocates of a national single-payer health system – also known as an improved Medicare for All – directly confronted senators at a Senate Finance Committee “roundtable” on health reform today.
One-by-one, eight single-payer advocates in the audience stood up during the opening comments of the hearing and asked why single-payer experts were being excluded from the proceedings. They each spoke out in turn until they were removed from the committee hearing room, one-by-one, by U.S. Capitol police.
The doctors and others said that a publicly funded, privately delivered single-payer system is the only solution to the crisis plaguing our nation’s non-system of health care, noting that single-payer national health insurance would guarantee coverage for everyone and contains costs.
Despite polling that shows a clear majority of public and physician support for a single-payer system, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chair of the Senate Finance Committee, has stated on multiple occasions that single payer is “off the table” of health reform.
Expansion of Medicare is the only health care reform that makes any sense. The best part about it is that it forces the “free market” people to STFU because all it does is allow Medicare to compete on the free market just like anybody else. Those who oppose it but claim to be “free market” people are either lying or brain-damaged or just out-and-out owned.
This here is a group of M.D.s for fcuk sake, standing up for this incredibly reasonable policy, and they were shown the door by Capitol Cops. Good-ness.
The Ed Show. 6 p.m. MSNBC. Tonight. Should be good.