Quote of the Day – October 5, 2009

Roger Cohen's op-ed in today's issue of The New York Times, which dissects the fundamental different way that the U.S. and Europe view health care, is a beautiful, subtly persuasive bit of writing.

To wit:

One fundamental reason a public option — yes, “option,” not
single-payer monopoly — is needed in the United States is to jump-start
the idea that basic health care is a moral obligation rather than a
financial opportunity.

And:

A public commitment to universal coverage is not character-sapping but
character-affirming. Medicare did not make America less American.
Individualism is more “rugged” when housed in a healthy body.

Indeed.

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