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  •  One of my best friends is an internist. (0+ / 0-)

    I was very surprised to find he is an ardent supporter of single payer. We've had a long and beneficial discussion of the problems in health care that began with his revelation that he favored single payer. I was also surprised to have him say there were bigger more important issues to address in the medical community that would have a larger effect on affordable health care than who pays the bills. I already had studied the problems and understood, or thought I had a good idea, the magnitude of the corporate/money influence on how medicine is practiced in the US. I really had only the beginning of an idea. He gave me an article by Atul Gawande The Cost Conundrum from the June New yorker. The article changed my mind about the truly needed axis of attack we need to take to fixing the problems.

    I still strongly support single payer and think a public insurance option will begin to address the cultural problems Dr. Gawande writes about but there is more needed work to ensure affordable, effective health care in America. The terribly sad fact is the noise, smoke, and childish antics from the right and the media's complicity is preventing these very much needed discussions of the deeper structural problems.

    Dr. Gawande posted an update and rebuttal to arguments against his original article. Both are somewhat lengthy but I think they are essential to a more thorough understanding of the problems in American health care.

    Time makes more converts than reason. Thomas Paine, Common Sense

    by VTCC73 on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 07:43:47 PM PDT

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