Saturday, December 07, 2013

Colin Powell calls for universal health care in America.

Courtesy of Spero News:  

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said universal health care should be available to all Americans. He was speaking at a charity event for prostate survivors in Seattle. 

Powell told the audience that countries in Europe, Canada and South Korea offer universal, single-payer health care and said he often asks why the United States has not implemented the same system. 

"Whether it's Obamacare, or son of Obamacare, I don't care," Powell said. "As long as we get it done." 

Powell, a retired four-star general, was diagnosed with prostate cancer and credits his survival to the universal health care provided by the United States military. 

Sharing health stories with the audience about his wife, Alma, and a neighbor, Powell said he and his wife have never worried about whether their health care would bankrupt them. He contrasted his experience with his neighbor, Anne, who cannot afford the MRIs to identify tumors in her brain before doctors will operate on her. Powell said she has health insurance, but it does not cover MRI imaging. He said she was out of work and he gave her the funds three weeks ago to receive treatment. 

"We are a wealthy enough country," Powell said, "with the capacity to make sure that every one of our fellow citizens has access to quality health care."

Son of Obamacare. Sounds like a good deal to me.

I have the hardest time forgiving Colin Powell for allowing himself to be used by the Bush administration to sell the Iraq war, but if he keeps on talking sense like this I may have to start trying.

Of course single payer universal health care is the best option for our country, and if Americans would stop allowing themselves to be frightened by the Right Wing scare tactics we could be enjoying its benefits today.


  1. Anonymous12:45 PM

    Who will be the first on Fox News to call him a communist?

  2. Anonymous12:50 PM

    "Son of Obamacare"

    You made me laugh. I can't tell you how much I needed that. Thanks!

  3. London Bridges1:47 PM

    Colin is trying to redeem himself. Good for him!

  4. Anonymous2:29 PM

    An old-fashioned unlikely Republican. But he's certainly telling the truth. I can't wait for "son of Obamacare" if it's universal health care.

  5. Anonymous2:39 PM

    Kudos for Powell speaking up about military health care! He is spot on; it is universal, just like Sarah Palin’s kids’ health care benefits. He is a kind man, she is just mean-spirited and avoiding this issue as her family is covered by “socialistic" health care. The bottom line: The GOP is scared - - - - less the ACA will ultimately result in Universal and the insurance companies will be out in the cold. But, c’mon, didn’t we rescue them in 2008? Never forget the AIG rescue at taxpayer dollars! And wasn’t Sarah Palin “Just ill about it!”
    BTW Sarah, you sounded like an idiot, the phrase is “Just sick” but your messy brain just got the best of you.

  6. Anonymous6:41 PM

    Quick, someone in the media ask Rick Santorum the following question:

    If you are like Mandella and Obamacare is like apartheid, then does that make Colin Powell like the white South African majority? Huh, Rick? What do you say?

  7. I believe, just like same sex marriage, after Vermont stepped up, other states will follow with single payer. It's like dominoes. It's coming.

  8. Anonymous9:23 PM

    i live in canada, so it is very hard for me to understand what the big deal is, you go to the doctor or hospital and they swipe your health card like a ATM card and thats it ... no one i know has ever got a yankys are fucked up

  9. The big deal with health care is that it is for profit.The players in the system will not give up any part of their profits for the good of the country.The Affordable Care Act is the first step in changing a system that is broken.How can we as a country be comfortable with 50 million of our citizens not having access to Affordable Health Care Insurance?.This shows how much the american values have change from leaders of the past.They were able to sacrifice and make changes for the good of the country,sometimes even against their own self interest.We have to go back to history to shape the New American Dream.


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