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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Monday, March 5, 2007

Universal Health Care Popular

The New York Times reports today on a recent New York Times/CBS News poll showing that," A majority of Americans say the federal government should guarantee health insurance to every American, especially children, and are willing to pay higher taxes to do it."  The news isn't all rosy - of course - the US has to decide how to provide such health care.  The article notes,

Americans showed a striking willingness in the poll to make tradeoffs to guarantee health insurance for all, including paying as much as $500 more in taxes a year and forgoing future tax cuts.

But the same divisions that doomed the last effort at creating universal health insurance, under the Clinton administration, are still apparent. Americans remain divided, largely along party lines, over whether the government should require everyone to participate in a national health care plan, and over whether the government would do a better job than the private insurance industry in providing coverage.

Still, it is good to have this issue on the frontburner - especially since life isn't getting any easier for the 47 million people without health insurance.

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