How the U.K. sold universal health care
Via What is Health Care Insurance?
Over the past few days, I've been discussing health reform on Twitter with various advocates. It's hard to actually discuss anything in 140 characters, but I've been trying to understand the positions of the various factions, and Twitter does give you access you might not get otherwise.
I'm particularly mystified by the antipathy between single-payer advocates and Health Care for America Now. The latter supports a public option, but doesn't believe a single-payer plan can pass. I haven't personally seen anywhere HCAN has said single-payer should be off the table, but clearly many single-payer advocates believe they've said so. I think HCAN's position is second-best by a long shot, but I see them — however half-hearted — as an ally in the reform fight. I hope they're not standing in the way of single-payer, but I confess I don't know.
I really find all the rhetoric flying around confusing — and I'm somebody with a strong interest in the subject. I can't imagine what people who haven't been paying much attention to the topic think. Therefore, I find the video above, made to promote the United Kingdom's National Health Service Act in the 1940s, fascinating.
I remain with the same question posed on Twitter by @Fortitude1913 during Pres. Obama's "100 Days" press conference yesterday:
"I still really want to know what 'health care reform' means. Will it mean that I as a self-employed/unemployed person can get some?"