The Steep Price of Health Care

Many people have heard about the nightmarish accident on the subway platform here in Boston last week. The New York Times picked it up as an editorial, for example.

“Awful scene on the orange line. A woman’s leg got stuck in the gap between the train and the platform. It was twisted and bloody. Skin came off. She’s in agony and weeping… Just as upsetting she begged no one to call an ambulance. ‘It’s $3000,’ she wailed. ‘I can’t afford that.'”

I take the Orange Line almost every day with my 3-year-old son, and here is my perspective.

American needs a single payer, as advocated for by Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP). My friend Dr. Adam W Gaffney is the president-elect of PNHP.

America needs a public transportation system that works. Most importantly, we need to make our cities bike-friendly. See the work of my friend and former house-mate in collegeĀ Colin Harris, co-founder of Our Streets Minneapolis and Open Streets Minneapolis.

It’s time to register to vote.

Happy Fourth of July.


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