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Democracy Now Talks Tommy Douglas and Health Care

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Thanks to The Louis Riel Trail for spotting this discussion of health care reform on Democracy Now.
DN sets up the piece with a reminder of who Tommy Douglas was.

As premier of Saskatchewan, Tommy Douglas pioneered a number of progressive policies there, including the expansion of public utilities, unionization and public auto insurance. But his biggest achievement was the creation of universal health insurance, called Medicare. It passed in Saskatchewan in 1962, guaranteeing hospital care for all residents. The rest of Canada soon followed, province by province. After his death, Douglas earned the title of “The Greatest Canadian” in a poll by the CBC.

The rest is a wonky (in a good way) discussion of the history and current state of Canadian health care.

Plenty of good intellectual ammo here for conversations with anyone who is not a dining room table.

Written by slothropia

August 24th, 2009 at 10:51 am

More Gun Death in America

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Another set of homicides from a well armed vPsychotic-American.

The late killer had a website where he documented his preparation for his final outrage. He was definitely messed up and hated women as well as himself. He was also definitely well armed.

Why do these things happen so frequently in the U.S. as compared to other industrialized democracies? Don’t know. I do know, however, that on average, individual Americans are well armed, compared to their peers in countries like Japan and Canada. And more gun homicides and more homicides from all causes occur here than in countries with similar economies, cultures and governments.

This seems to me to be a bug afflicting the nation. To the NRA and the politicians who fellate that conspiracy of scum it is apparently a feature. The causes and remedies (if any are possible) may be cultural rather than political or legal. It is in any case an issue that is rarely mentioned in political discussion or in the media.

I am not offering solutions here, but why is a conversation about the problem of gun killings not allowed to take place?