Universal health care is "free stuff" as in "freedom"

Jeb Bush accused Democrats of winning black votes by promising "free stuff," and then Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders of "promising free this and free that and free everything." But universal health care is free as in "freedom." Read the rest

Here's what hospital food looks like in Japan

Give birth in one of Japan's excellent state-funded hospitals and here's what you'll eat: Omuraisu, macaroni salad, chicken soup, squid rings, fruit, green tea; Salmon with mushroom sauce, soba noodles, rice, eggplant and beef, broccoli, hijiki salad; Sea bream, pasta salad, chicken meatballs, pickled daikon, rice, miso soup, chawan mushi, green tea; Chicken fingers with shredded cabbage salad, bitter melon stir fry, agedashi tofu, carrot salad, rice, miso soup; Mackerel, konbu salad, natto, spinach salad, miso soup, rice, milk, green tea; Mushroom pasta, potato salad, broccoli and bacon salad, chicken soup, fruit, bread, green tea; Cod, shredded cabbage salad, pasta salad, sweet potato and peas, rice, green tea; Salmon, tofu, spinach salad, natto, miso soup, rice, milk;Chicken with mushroom sauce, braised pumpkin and pork, daikon carrot salad, rice, miso soup, chawan mushi; Fried fish with tartar sauce, braised mountain potatoes, hijiki salad, spinach and carrot stir fry, rice, green tea, and more. (via Naked Capitalism) Read the rest

"How I lost my fear of Universal Health Care"

Worth a read: American blogger A Young Mom, who believed state-funded abortion was "a horrible thing," writes about how she changed her mind about Universal Health Care after realizing that affordable access to health care is associated with a lower abortion rate in Canada. She moved to Canada, and her opinions changed when she observed a single-payer system functioning in real life, not in rhetoric. (via @robertlavigne) Read the rest