Single-payer health care may not have legs this time around, but there are plenty of supporters who want to be heard. It’s good to see the press beginning to pay some attention to another point of view. We at Campaign Desk have often noted the lack of diversity in the public discourse over reform. In late January, Congressional Quarterly published a piece about the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Coverage, a new coalition of liberal advocacy groups and labor unions which, CQ said, was “trying to breathe new life into the idea of a European-style, single-payer health system in the United States.”
In Montana, Mike Dennison, a state house reporter for Lee Newspapers, has been writing about what he calls the “familiar mantra” of Sen. Max Baucus, who says everything is on the table except single-payer. “America is not ready for single-payer,” Baucus told reporters the other day. “We’re not Europe; we’re not Canada. We’re Americans. I think this country does not want single-payer.”
Perhaps now the media have an opening to do some investigating on their own to find out whether Baucus is right.