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Single payer affirmed

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case points out yet another flaw in the employer-based health insurance model of paying for health care. The delivery of health care should be based on the needs of the patient, not the religious convictions of their employer. A publicly funded, single-payer system would relieve employers of the necessity of making difficult decisions like this because they would be out of the health care business entirely.

It remains a mystery to me why any employer would want to be burdened with the administrative hassle and expense of providing health care, when this should be the responsibility of society as a whole. Their competitors in other countries do not have this burden. Employers should be marching in the streets demanding a publicly funded system. It is in their financial best interest.

Daniel J. Schaffer



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Editorial: Washington state lawmakers scramble to keep public in the dark

State lawmakers want to create a legislative loophole in Washington’s Public Records Act. While it’s nice to see Democrats and Republicans working together for once, it’s just too bad that their agreement is that the public is the enemy. As The Spokesman-Review’s Olympia reporter Jim Camden explained Feb. 22, lawmakers could vote on a bill today responding to a court order that the people of Washington are entitled to review legislative records.