[...] the proposals for reform taken most seriously by Democrats-including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton-would retain the central role of the investor-owned private insurance industry as well as the thousands of for-profit businesses it pays to deliver medical services. [...] the state would purchase insurance for everyone with incomes beneath the federal poverty level, and partially subsidize it for those earning up to three times the poverty level (which now comes to $31,200 per year for an individual).\n The most progressive way to fund such a system would be through an earmarked income tax, which would be more than offset by eliminating premiums and outof-pocket expenses. In an editorial about the big three automakers' desire to transfer health costs to the autoworkers' union, the Globe said, It would make more sense for the federal government to oversee a national health system financed from taxes.
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