Is there a difference between single payer and universal health care?

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   Posted 6/9/2008 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry if this is too political of a question but we have our congressional primary tomorrow.  They are speaking as if there is a difference between single payer and universal health care.  Is there one?

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   Posted 6/9/2008 8:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmmm. I believe single payer is when the government covers all basic costs, so single payer is a sub-set of universal health care. Universal health care just means everyone is covered one way or another. Could be by government programs or private insurance.

For example, in Canada basic health care (doctors and hospital care) is covered by the government, so that's single payer universal health care.
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