Monday, June 8, 2009

Missoula FAIL

A picture of the town with a failure of a newspaper.

I was at first heartened by this Missoula Times piece about how protesters are showing up all over Montana demonstrating against Sen. Baucus (D-MT) and his stonewalling of single payer healthcare:

Advocates of single-payer health care sent Sen. Max Baucus a blunt message Friday: Put single-payer on the discussion table.

“We're here to tell Max Baucus to listen to us, not to insurance companies,” said organizer Bill LaCroix.

Baucus, of course, is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and will be one of the chief architects of legislation designed to reform this country's troubled health care system.

Yay, right? But then I got to this:

Baucus has angered advocates of single-payer - read government-funded and government-run - health care by saying it's not politically feasible. This week, however, he met with single-payer advocates in Washington, D.C.

Government-run? That's not what a single-payer system is. A single-payer system is basically what we do with Medicare -- the government runs an efficient not-for-profit health insurance system, and you can go to most doctors and hospitals that are privately run and they'll treat you. It's publicly paid for and privately delivered.

Way to fail, Missoulian.