Truthdig article on a new prescription for health care for all

Health Care for All: Why We Need a New Prescription

By Scott Tucker
Truthdig, October 1, 2013

The right-wing assault on Obamacare is a distraction, but the “progressive” (or rather party line) defense of the Affordable Care Act is also a dead end.

This conversation between one doctor (Don McCanne) and one writer (Scott Tucker), both of us active in the reform of our health care system, is not a detailed map of that terrain, and far less a scripture for those looking for a new religion. Any proposals for public policy must, of course, be discussed before the widest public. Within the secular horizon of the public realm, we must not lose our sense of balance and common sense, nor our sense of right and wrong. The right to health care is a human right, but the political will to win that right as a daily fact of life begins with a moral commitment to care for the poor, the sick and the dying, and for all of us without exception.


By Don McCanne, M.D.

The editors of Truthdig strategically selected October 1 to post this article - the day that the insurance exchanges opened for business. It is important to understand where we are headed and where we should be headed instead. This conversation between a writer and a doctor (5 pages) tries to provide perspective on the need for better policies than those in the Affordable Care Act and the need for social activism to achieve those policies.

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