If you missed Bill Moyers' Journal last night on health care reform, it's available online and it was an important discussion - the likes of which we don't get often enough in the public sphere.
Single-payer advocates Dr. David Himmelstein and Dr. Sidney Wolfe joined Moyers for a look at why single-payer possibilities just aren't on the table in Washington, aren't represented around the table of those making the plans, and aren't covered much by journalism.
MOYERS: I am puzzled as a journalist as to why this subject of single-payer, whether one is for it or against it, seems totally out of the debate in Washington. It's just not on the table. And it's not in the- on the radar screen of the press. Why do you think that is?
DR. SIDNEY WOLFE: I think the reason is, unfortunately, simple and frightening. Which is the power of the health insurance industry. Whereas, only about one out of 14 people trust the insurance industry as being honest and trustworthy.
BILL MOYERS: That's a poll?
DR. SIDNEY WOLFE: It's a Harris poll last fall. One out of 14 people think that the health insurance industry is honest and trustworthy. On the other hand, in Washington, they're in bed with the health insurance industry. Just as Wall Street and the banks have bought the Congress to get what they want in terms of the bailout, the health insurance industry has bought and influenced members of Congress and the President so much that they don't even consider the possibility of a plan that doesn't have a health insurance industry.
DR. DAVID HIMMELSTEIN: That's the big problem here is people want to find a solution that they can get through without a big fight with the insurance industry. Unfortunately it's economically and medically nonsensical - you can't actually have a health care program that works, if you keep the insurance industry alive.
Watch the entire program and/or read the entire transcript online. It's worth your effort to hear more about something you don't hear enough about these days.