Why is single payer being left out of health reform debate?05/26/09 Robert Lorei
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For the next two months politicians in Washington will be debating whether and how to reform the nationâ€™s health care system. The United States is the only leading industrialized nation without a national health care system.
In this country, some 45 million Americans are without health insurance on any given day. And without health insurance, people are forced to get treatment in emergency rooms at a much higher cost to themselves and society. The U.S. has a lower life expectancy rate and a higher infant mortality rate than those countries which do not have a national health care program. The democratic candidates for president last year made health care one of their top issues.
But as weâ€™ve been reporting here on WMNF, advocates of single-payer or national health insurance are being excluded from the debate in Washington by the Democratic-controlled House and Senate.
Last Friday on his PBS program, The Bill Moyers Journal, Moyers spoke with two doctors who are consumer advocates about the exclusion of single payer from the debate in Congress.