Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader today posted a retro-looking web video that highlights his proposal for a single-payer, Canadian-style healthcare system.
A government-run system is needed to cover all estimated 47 million Americans without health insurance.
The plans proposed by Republican John McCain -- focusing on offering coverage not tied to employers and health savings accounts -- and by Democrat Barack Obama -- offering, but not requiring, coverage along the lines of the congressional plan -- would only continue the current commercial set-up that the ad calls "pay or die."
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