TFPO column

The debate around healthcare is irritating to a large part because of the confusion within American culture - a kind of schizo schism in which the "public good" is automatically equated with the evils of fascism. Even socialism, which isn't identical to communism, is the second deadliest epithet after "liberal." Yet, as someone who has experienced both Canadian and American healthcare, I still prefer the Canadian model even though I have to admit that it's not perfect and needs overhauling. There's actually more to it than the reason why "public" is a dirty word, but there's only so much room in a column. This week, then, is sort of an unofficial first part to a multiple-part series on the notion of the public.

The Healthcare Debate: Who's Afraid of the Public?

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