Whither A Health Care Solution? Oh, Canada

For months, the single-payer, or Canadian-style, solution to health-care reform has been dismissed as a nonstarter. Little wonder. At first blush, the idea of turning over one-seventh of the U.S. economy to the federal government seems about as politically palatable as eliminating the tax breaks for home-mortgage interest. But now that the flaws of President Clinton's and other reform plans have become painfully evident and the debate has veered toward gridlock, it's time to give the single-payer plan a hard second look.

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