Says George McGovern in today’s Washington Post, showing the wisdom of his age:
But what seems missing in the current battle is a single proposal that everyone can understand and that does not lend itself to demagoguery. If we want comprehensive health care for all our citizens, we can achieve it with a single sentence: Congress hereby extends Medicare to all Americans.
Former Senator McGovern displaces reigning Master of the Obvious Rep. Antony Weiner as he details the enormous amounts of money flowing into Washington from the industry Washington is supposed to regulate.
And as to “socialism”?
As matters now stand, the insurance companies claim $450 billion a year of our health-care dollars. They will fight hard to hold on to this bonanza. This is a major reason Americans pay more for health care per capita than any other people in the world. The insurance executives didn’t cry “socialism” when their buddies in banking and finance were bailed out. But to them it is socialism if the government underwrites the cost of health care.
Thanks, Senator McGovern, for weighing in on single payer.