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Fwd: qotd: Colin Powell calls for a universal, single payer system

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Subject: qotd: Colin Powell calls for a universal, single payer system
Date: Sat, 7 Dec 2013 07:40:26 -0800
From: Don McCanne <>
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Puget Sound Business Journal
December 5, 2013
Gen. Colin Powell calls for universal health care in the U.S.
By Valerie Bauman

Former Secretary of State and longtime Republican Colin Powell is
calling for a universal health care solution in the U.S.

"We are a wealthy enough country with the capacity to make sure that
every one of our fellow citizens has access to quality health care," he
said Thursday at a Seattle fundraiser for prostate cancer. "(Let's show)
the rest of the world what our democratic system is all about and how we
take care of all of our citizens."

The retired four-star general, a prostate cancer survivor, spoke at the
Prostate Cancer Survivors Celebration Breakfast, organized by UW
Medicine and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Powell took the opportunity to share some of his own experiences and to
publicly call for a health care solution similar to those in Canada,
Japan and other countries that have a universal, single-payer system.

"I am not an expert in health care, or Obamacare, or the Affordable Care
Act, or however you choose to describe it, but I do know this: I have
benefited from that kind of universal health care in my 55 years of
public life," Powell said. "And I don't see why we can't do what Europe
is doing, what Canada is doing, what Korea is doing, what all these
other places are doing."

Comment: Colin Powell's is a very welcome voice in the groundswell of
support for single payer. As people better understand single payer, that
support will grow until we reach a threshold where even Congress will
join in.

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