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One of America’s war heroes, General Colin Powell, has just endorsed single payer healthcare.

“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,” he said.

Gen. Powell is probably affected by his experience with Veterans Administration healthcare, one of at least five government funded AND ADMINISTERED by the federal government.

Makes you wonder why Powell still calls himself a Republican. That party left the General a long time ago.

The bumpy roll out and beginning of the Affordable Care Act has had a very negative effect on President Obama’s popularity and poll ratings.

On single payer healthcare, General Powell said, “I have benefited from that kind of universal health care in my 55 years of public life.”

“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… [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,” said Powell.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)


    by StewartAcuff on Thu Dec 12, 2013 at 03:50:06 AM PST

  •  I'm not a Colin Powell fan, but I (1+ / 0-)
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    agree with his endorsement.

  •  Just a nitpick (0+ / 0-)

    Relatively few developed countries have a true single-payer system (Canada and New Zealand are the most prominent examples). All of them but the US and China, however, have universal healthcare systems. Germany, for example, doesn't have a single-payer system, but it's got a system that works WAY better than ours. Australia's system allows a substantial role for private insurers (which is a bit contentious there), yet our own Mark Sumner described, a few years back, his own experience developing a kidney stone on a trip there, getting state-of-the-art treatment for it, and having a few hundred bucks worth of out-of-pocket expenses, considerably smaller than what an average insured American's co-payment would be.

    Universal healthcare is an end. Single-payer is one possible means to that end.

    Unfortunately when smart and educated people get crazy ideas they can come up with plausibly truthy arguments. -- Andrew F Cockburn

    by ebohlman on Thu Dec 12, 2013 at 04:37:23 AM PST

    •  The point is not that any (1+ / 0-)
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      of US are Powell fans, but he has a lot of credibility in the American body politic and he is now the most most big unusual suspect endorsing single payer. It also doesn't matter that he confuses universal healthcare with single payer. One of the reasons most of us who support healthcare as a right, support single payer is that we have a framework and foundation for it--Medicare.


      by StewartAcuff on Thu Dec 12, 2013 at 07:16:58 AM PST

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  •  What makes Colin Powell a "hero?" (0+ / 0-)

    Did he take grave personal risk?
    He was a cowardly politician that got 10,000's people killed with his Iraq prevarication. Colin Powell is a Republican because it got him the most play in the military.
    This has already been diaried anyway.

    "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

    by shmuelman on Thu Dec 12, 2013 at 06:10:56 AM PST

  •  Colin Powell is hardly a war hero (0+ / 0-)

    -- war criminal is closer to the mark -- but it's illuminating, and galling, to see him take a position to the left of the President.

    Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

    by corvo on Thu Dec 12, 2013 at 06:15:48 AM PST

  •  Who cares? (0+ / 0-)

    Doesn't matter what he supports.....

    "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

    by leftykook on Thu Dec 12, 2013 at 06:25:16 AM PST

  •  Oh please (0+ / 0-)

    He's absolutely right.  But this is yet another "too little, too late" from a man who never puts his clout on the line when it could actually do some good.

    Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

    by Big River Bandido on Thu Dec 12, 2013 at 07:25:13 AM PST

  •  Thank you for your comments. (1+ / 0-)
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    Of course, you are right. However, to much of American he is a hero and what he says matters a lot because he is "not the usual suspect." Strategically and politically, he is so much more important than most us. If we are serious about our struggle for social and economic justice, we must think strategically.


    by StewartAcuff on Thu Dec 12, 2013 at 08:20:37 AM PST

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