Katrina vanden Heuvel on Universal Healthcare
Katrina vanden Heuvel has been The Nation's editor since 1995 and publisher since 2005.
She is the co-editor of Taking Back America--And Taking Down The Radical Right (NationBooks, 2004) and, most recently, editor of The Dictionary of Republicanisms, (NationBooks, 2005)
She is a frequent commentator on American and international politics on MSNBC, CNN and PBS. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and The Boston Globe.
She is a recipient of Planned Parenthood's Maggie Award for her article, "Right-to-Lifers Hit Russia." The special issue she conceived and edited, "Gorbachev's Soviet Union," was awarded New York University's 1988 Olive Branch Award. Vanden Heuvel was also co-editor of Vyi i Myi, a Russian-language feminist newsletter.
She has received awards for public service from numerous groups, including The Liberty Hill Foundation, The Correctional Association and The Association for American-Russian Women. In 2003, she received the New York Civil Liberties Union's Callaway Prize for the Defense of the Right of Privacy. She is also the recipient of The American-Arab Anti-discrimination Committee's 2003 "Voices of Peace" award. Vanden Heuvel is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations, and she also serves on the board of The Institute for Women's Policy Research, The Institute for Policy Studies, The World Policy Institute, The Correctional Association of New York and The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute.
She is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, and she lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
vanden Heuvel: I consider healthcare right, a right, and I was interested in one of the last debates between John McCain and Barack Obama. When he said healthcare is a right, people responded very affirmatively to that. I think we need to make sure that every American is insured, and it’s not just a moral commitment, it’s a practical commitment. Part of what we’re seeing with the decline of the auto industry is because those auto executives weren’t on the barricades a few years ago, fighting for universal healthcare. They are burdened with healthcare debt, which European countries, Canadian auto companies around the world aren’t bearing. So, I would fight for Medicare for all. Some of the colleagues talk about single pair. I find the term a little bit process oriented, one that many Americans may not latch on to. Medicare for all, my husband’s on Medicare. Every American, I would believe, has a family member who has had some experience with Medicare, a system that works, and push aside all these people who babble on about the entitlement crisis. This is a wealthy country. We can find a way to ensure that every American is insured, for moral and, you know, for moral reasons and others and, within that, we need to take out the for-profit piece of it. [My sense of] what will happen in Washington, and it’s a beginning, is that you will have a plan which offers a private plan, to those who are still in one, as well as a public plan. So, it’s a beginning of a Medicare system.
Katrina vanden Heuvel says it is completely feasible to extend the right of health care to all Americans.
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