David Swanson on health care debate, Bruce Dixon on the 'public option'


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This week on CounterSpin: Making sense of the health care debate. In the past week we’ve supposedly seen the comeback of the public option, in some form or another. We’re also told that Harry Reid must gather 60 votes to pass a bill. Is any of this right? And what about a true public health system like single-payer? Author and activist David Swanson will join us to try and untangle these story lines.

Also on the show: Progressives and others interested in truly universal healthcare, as in healthcare that would cover everyone, have been more or less prodded in recent months to give up the idea of a single payer system — dismissed as it’s been for years by a corporate press corps as not politically viable — and to get behind the public option, presented as single payer’s less ideal but more achievable variant. But does public option as it’s now presented have anything at all to do with healthcare that covers everyone? We’ll talk with Bruce Dixon, managing editor of Black Agenda Report, about that.


David Swanson
Black Agenda Report

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