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We all should/must call, write, email our Representatives, Senators, Letters to the Editor, friends, and anyone else we can think of to support a universal health care service; but I want to caution against taking the route "choice of a private or public health insurance plan."  The Insurance Corporations’ lobbyists will take care of their own; but we must demand exactly what we want, get for-profit corporations out of health care!

While I am sure there are polls that show that "73% of voters want a choice of a private or public health insurance plan," there are other polls that show fully 64% want a universal insurance for all, not an either/or choices which will lead to confusion... remember the choices the pharmaceutical corporations gave us.  What a confusing mess that was/is... donut holes and all!

Here is one poll:
SHOULD GOVERNMENT GUARANTEE HEALTH INSURANCE FOR ALL?
http://www.cbsnews.com/...  
Yes  64%
No    27%

The USA’s healthcare system is broken and bankrupting American businesses.  We pay more and have the worst healthcare outcomes of any modern industrialized nation.  NeoCons talk about "free markets," while insurance corporations tell patients which "preferred provider" physicians they can see, and tell the physicians how many diagnostic and therapeutic procedures they cannot order.

There is a fundamental conflict of interest in "corporate healthcare" because corporations by law must put the stockholder's profit above any other consideration, including patient care and the environment. For-profit healthcare reduces the Hippocratic Oath of "First, do no harm" to "You money or your life."

The insurance corporate lobbyists will make the argument that "choice" is the American Way, but THEIR choice does not have to be our choice.  Our choice can be to get profits out of health care.  We should not give the corporations an inch in this battle.   When the dust settles, we may have to compromise, but up-front we should argue for exactly what we want, and not start to compromise before the debate begins.

Peace, Terry J. DuBose
TerryDuBose@sbcglobal.net

Originally posted to PeaceVet on Sun May 03, 2009 at 10:21 AM PDT.

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  •  Choice is not a bad way to present this (1+ / 0-)
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    SarahLee

    The insurance companies are terrified of choice, for good reason--if people have a choice, they will lose. "Choice" is a positive way of presenting our position in favor of healthcare for all, we should embrace it.

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Sun May 03, 2009 at 10:41:12 AM PDT

  •  Are we ready to discuss the big cost problems? (0+ / 0-)

    Is the country ready to discuss the big cost problems in healthcare?

    The US spends about 15% of GDP on healthcare while the major European countries spend about 7-9% while all residents get coverage.

    The big reasons for the differences in spending are not the small dollar items frequently raised - CEO salaries, insurance company profits and administrative costs, drug prices, etc.

    The really big items are:

    • Medical procedures that other countries don't spend public funds on e.g., Keeping the very old and sick alive for a few months more using extremely costly care. This by itself is more than half the cost difference between the US and Europe.

    • Doctors, nurses, medical technicians and administrators are paid much more highly relative to other workers in the society.

    An excellent book on this topic is
    Code Red: An Economist Explains How to Revive the Healthcare System without Destroying It by David Dranove

    The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

    by nextstep on Sun May 03, 2009 at 11:15:52 AM PDT

  •  Help us get these ads on the air. (0+ / 0-)

    The Mike Farrell ad "Don't Sell Us Short" opened on national TV Friday night. The ad is competing for spots on Chris Matthews Hardball, Larry King Live and Meet The Press. Every time it runs there is a big spike in calls to our "Call the White House" 800 number (800-578-4171; you can call too.)

    We have more ads - you can see them all here.  We just need more donations.  Help us raise some bucks.

    Then Fax Baucus and others on the Senate Finance committee - free and easy - the system sends the fax for you - click here.

    And one more...

    The Senate Finance Committee, led by Sen. Max Baucus, is holding important roundtable discussions on health care on May 5 and May 14. The list of witnesses includes Blue Cross Blue Shield and the private insurance lobby group America's Health Insurance Plans but not one single-payer supporter.

    We need to tell Congress that this is unacceptable.

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