How Does Canada's Single-Payer Health Care Work?07/23/09 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity. Iâ€™m Rob Lorei.
In his press conference last night President Obama said that the only way all Americans could be covered by health insurance is to enact a single-payer plan here in the U.S.
Single-payer is, essentially, covering every person in the country with a government sponsored health insurance. While the president is not advocating such a plan, several different single-payer plans have been proposed in Congress. The oldest of which, the John Conyers bill HR 676, has about 72 co-sponsors. Earlier this year Senator Bernie Sanders introduced a single-payer bill in the Senate, but currently it has no co-sponsors.
Canada already has its own version of single-payer health care and thatâ€™s our topic today. Weâ€™re joined by Susan Taylor Martin, who is the St. Petersburg Times' Senior Correspondent. Earlier this week the Times carried a two-part series by her on the Canadian system.
Also here are there Canadian citizens. Gene Costain is a journalism professor at the University of Tampa and a news volunteer here at WMNF. JoAnne Racine is a nurse who practices in St. Petersburg, but sheâ€™s originally from Montreal. And in Trenton, Ontario is Brian Lake, who is a factory worker.