The Real Health Care Debate by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
April 9, 2012

Single-payer rally

Image by Public Citizen via Flickr

The debate surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act illustrates the impoverishment of our political life. Here is a law that had its origin in the right-wing Heritage Foundation, was first put into practice in 2006 in Massachusetts by then-Gov. Mitt Romney and was solidified into federal law after corporate lobbyists wrote legislation with more than 2,000 pages. It is a law that forces American citizens to buy a deeply defective product from private insurance companies. It is a law that is the equivalent of the bank bailout bill—some $447 billion in subsidies for insurance interests alone—for the pharmaceutical and insurance industries. It is a law that is unconstitutional.



Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Death of the Liberal Classand The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.


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11 responses to “The Real Health Care Debate by Chris Hedges

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  7. thank you Chris, for being one of the VERY FEW brave enough to tell the TRUTH

  8. PROMISED Single-Payer:
    Repeat – PROMISED Single-Payer (because It BEARS REPEATING)!

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