My friend Jon Palfreman's documentary, "Sick Around the World," airs on PBS Frontline tonight.
I watched an advance copy last night and urge you to watch tonight.
The film gives glimpses of health care systems in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Taiwan. And it asks the question: "Other rich countries have universal health care. why don’t we?"
In the film, Swiss politicians from the political right and left enthusiastically support universal health care. Pascal Couchepin, the president of the Swiss Federation, argues: "Everybody has a right to health care. ... It is a profound need for people to be sure that if they are struck by destiny ... they can have a good health system."
Watch and learn. And think about how shallow the debate has been in this year's presidential campaign.