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14 August 2009
Socialists say: we need a socialist NHS!
Socialists in the UK and the USA campaign for a genuinely socialist health care system
A great row has brewed up in the United States over health care. The British health care system, the National Health Service (NHS), has been viciously attacked. Many lies have been exposed on news channels in the UK.
But while socialists in the UK and the USA support the principle of universal health care - a health care free for all at the point of use - what do socialists say about the NHS today?
We've selected two important articles from hundreds which have appeared in The Socialist newspaper over the last few years, one from the UK and one from the USA.
Recently, Alistair's Tice, Yorkshire Socialist Party, asked what a socialist health service would be like?
Health Service condition critical
Our prescription - a socialist NHS!
THE NATIONAL Health Service is in deep crisis.
For all the Blair government's talk of putting more money into the NHS, the main effect of their years in office has been an increase in cuts, closures and privatisation.
These attacks have created opposition on a huge scale.
At the end of August around 30,000 people marched through the small town of Hayle in protest at cuts and closures of Cornwall's hospitals.
So what would a socialist health service be like?
Ty Moore, Socialist Alternative, USA wrote the following in Justice, the newspaper of Socialist Alternative - the Socialist Party's counterpart in the USA:
THE MOST refreshing aspect of Michael Moore's new movie Sicko is the direct, clear way it tackles the root cause of our healthcare crisis: big corporations, whose sole concern is profit, that run our healthcare system and it's making us sick!
But perhaps more important, Sicko also makes a powerful case for an alternative, free, single-payer universal healthcare system, removing the profit motive...
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