The following interview with Massachusetts economist Gerald Friedman provides a great explanation of how a single payer plan would be much more economically efficient than our current for-profit system. Also, read Friedman’s excellent article for the web site Dollars and Sense. Since our California legislators are so concerned about closing a $16 billion budget hole, wouldn’t it make sense to put in place an idea that has been proven to save a lot of money? But I guess it’s just easier for them to fight over taxes.