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Subject: qotd: Truthdig article on a new prescription for health care
for all
Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2013 09:16:03 -0700
From: Don McCanne <>
To: Quote-of-the-Day <>

October 1, 2013
Health Care for All: Why We Need a New Prescription
By Scott Tucker

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.

Comment: 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.

Comments are welcome on the Truthdig website.

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