Here’s an excerpt from a recent article on the single-payer option for health care reform that appeared in the Online Journal:

As a civilized nation, we would never tolerate a system where police or fire services were treated as optional for some residents. To understand how utterly absurd our private health care system is, imagine life in America if we treated police and fire services the way we now treat most health care services.

Photo courtesy of California Nurses Association.

Photo courtesy of California Nurses Association.

In fact, we posted back in May about nurses who got arrested protesting the tabling of the single-payer option by a Senate Finance Committee. But since then, the media has been largely silent on the single-payer option, despite the fact that some version of it serves as the foundation of the health care system in most other prosperous industrialized nations. These nations are neither socialist nor communist, but their citizens have higher average life expectancies than our own. In these places, health care is viewed as an essential service rather than something each and every person may or may not be able to afford at any given time—depending on such variables as work status, marital status, health status, income level, genetic makeup, luck, place of residence, and so on.

Does it really make sense that no one is even talking about this option? Compare this silence to the amount of coverage devoted to false claims about “death panels” in the media in recent weeks. Is this imbalance in coverage serving the interests of the American people? 

Jacob Molyneux, senior editor/blog editor

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