Econ4, December 2012
We are economists who think that the economy should serve people, the planet and the future.
We oppose treating health care as a commodity to be rationed on the basis of purchasing power or a privilege to be rationed on the basis of political power.
We call for a national health insurance system that provides universal access to essential health care.
We call for insurance for all Americans in a single risk pool – the efficient model already used by Medicare and the Veterans Administration – a system that can save billions of dollars while improving health and well-being.
We extend our support to all who are working to build an effective and accountable health care system that puts public health before private profit and secure health care for all regardless of income, age, or pre-existing conditions.
(Signed by over 100 economists)
By Don McCanne, MD
Against a background of depressing news during this Holiday Season, this group of social-minded economists is sending us a message of hope for a better health care system for all of us.
The link above will lead you to a ten minute video featuring four of the over 100 economists that signed onto this message. It is a video that you likely will want to share with others.