Canada's Single-payer Health System

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The major players in Washington’s healthcare debate -- businesses, hospitals, doctors, labor unions, insurance companies and the members of Congress – have agreed that a “single-payer” system is “off the table.” That’s infuriated many Americans. Presidential candidate Barack Obama campaigned for “universal healthcare,” calling for unprecedented government intervention while preserving the employer-based insurance system. Obama’s visit to Canada provides the occasion for a debate that’s not happening in Washington on a so-called “single payer” system like those in Europe and Canada.

Credits

Guests:
Noam Levey - Los Angeles Times - @NoamLevey , Alan Cassels - health policy researcher, University of Victoria, David Gratzer - Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Christian Bordal, Andrea Brody, Katie Cooper, Sonya Geis