Health and Homeless

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2009 2:45 AM
Category: Allgov Blogs
Single-payer health care is back in the headlines as consumer groups advocate for universal health care, while HMOs and many doctors oppose it. Single-payer already exists for Americans 65 and older—it’s called Medicare. Plagued by fraud, it nonetheless provides necessary care. If there are two things a government should do, they would appear to be to protect its citizens against enemy attacks and to take care of the health of all of its citizens.
Scouring the nation’s newspapers, it is alarming to come across more and more articles about the new homeless. The Charlotte Obsever is doing a three-part series on the subject.
-David Wallechinsky

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