like "Family Circus" supporting condom use?

The "deeply decent" handsome, eponymous star of the soap opera-like strip, Rex Morgan M.D. has come out in favor of what his creator calls "a single-payer, state-supported health care system."

Interestingly, the man behind Rex Morgan's position isn't some "communist or liberal socialist" -- although he has received plenty of mail calling him that, and worse. He's Woody Wilson, a 55-year-old registered Republican from Tempe, Ariz., who voted for George W. Bush in the 2000 elections.

"I believe the country that is supposedly the richest and most powerful in the world shouldn't be forcing its citizens to choose between paying their mortgage or saving their lives. Yet that is what is happening with millions of Americans right now," Mr. Wilson said in an interview this week.

"What's needed is health care for everyone instead of dividends for stockholders in pharmaceutical companies."

Unfortunately "everyone" doesn't make the decisions in this country. Decision-making ability is instead the biggest big stockholders' dividend of all.
Unsurprisingly, those Americans critical of Mr. Wilson's position like to ask him, "Do we want to have a Canadian health-care system? Do we want rationing? Do we want to wait in line for hip-replacement surgery?"

Mr. Wilson chuckled. "My wife and I were talking about this and she said, 'Well, in Canada, [health care] is about waiting; in America, it's about money.' I want the waiting."

Universal health care, in America it's still just an idea in a not-so-comic strip.

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