Raising Women’s Voices

Baucus apologizes for excluding single-payer advocates

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on June 4, 2009

Max Baucus (D – Montana, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee) stated yesterday that he regrets not giving more attention to single-payer proponents in the debate around health care reform.

“Baucus has faced sustained pressure from advocates of so-called single-payer health care, a system in which government is the sole provider of health insurance. And concession that it was a mistake not to include single payers is notable shift for the lead Senate negotiator on health care.”

Single-payer advocates had been excluded from the conversation because many politicians and commentators have stated that a single-payer option is not feasible. Though this may very well be the case and many agree that single payer health reform may be unlikely, it is critical to hear a multitude of opinions and strategies in a fully democratic and open process. Vermont’s Bernie Sanders and a plethora of provider and activist groups are fighting for the single-payer option. It has been speculated that the movement has been “emboldened” by their exclusion from the discussion. A related article here.

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