Dear President-elect Obama: As you prepare to begin your presidency during a period of severe recession, you will be searching to make financially sound decisions for our country. You have promised to reform the health care system, and only one solution will enable you to create an effective system and save money: a single-payer national […]
Privatizing health care is not the answer: lessons from the United States By Marcia Angell, MD Canadian Medical Association CMAJ October 21, 2008 There are strong moves within Canada to make the Canadian health care system more like the US system by partially privatizing it. Those who favour this approach claim that the US system […]
It is now widely recognized that we are in a global recession of historic proportions, raising comparisons with the Great Depression of the 1930s. The failures of deregulated markets, whether in housing, banking or other industries, has become obvious to all. So far the private health insurance industry has not been called to account, but […]
As the recession (?depression) unfolds, the state’s financial crisis will surely deepen. Inevitably, further health budget cuts lie ahead. Unfortunately, the first round of cuts follows the same pattern pursued by the Patrick administration in the past: loudly declare your concern for the poor, while quietly shredding the health care safety net they depend on. […]
In “A Dangerous Plan for Health Care” Roger Hickey hopes that an advertisement in the New York Times might help rescue private health insurance from its own failings. But where does the danger really lie? With exuberance Hickey makes a strange assertion: that “the employer-based health care system” in the United States is “the one […]
All independent non-partisan analyses of the McCain health plan have shown that it will do very little if anything to reduce the number of uninsured people. Indeed, when first announced, that was not even promoted by the McCain campaign as its purpose. Their ideological fixation is with the idea that costs are increasing because there […]
Over 5,000 US physicians have signed an Open Letter calling on the Presidential candidates and Congress to “stand up for the health of the American people and implement a non-profit, single payer national health insurance system.” The letter is being circulated by Physicians for a National Health Program, a single-payer advocacy group. Excerpts from the […]
You would think that John McCain would have gotten it right on his health care plan for the country, after his own experience with four malignant melanomas and multiple surgeries. You would think that experience would have inspired him to propose a plan that covers everyone, and do so affordably, both for the individual and […]
Ten years ago this month I was new doctor, an intern doing primary care. It was a joy that fall to begin at an outstanding clinic in a rural village where I would learn to see both adults and children over the next 3 years. My first week at the clinic an elderly patient, a […]
In a Letter to the Editor of the Wall Street Journal just days ago, John Goodman, president of the conservative Dallas-based National Center for Policy Analysis, repeats this classic premise of Milton Friedman’s economic views: “capitalism confers its greatest benefits on people at the bottom of the income ladder. People at the top would have […]
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