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From The Puget Sound Business Journal:

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."


“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.”

General Powell is himself a prostate cancer survivor, and his wife, Alma, recently had 3 aneurisms as well as arterial blockage. Both he and his wife received immediate, successful treatment, and, he said in his remarks, they never had to worry about paying their medical bills. This was thanks to the insurance available to him and his family as a retired military commander.

I am confident the Affordable Care Act will eventually lead to the kind of system Powell is describing.

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