March 14, 2001
View of USA Today: Better planning is needed to avoid pitfalls of last revolution.
Opposing view: Rather than shift rising costs to patients, cut out HMO middlemen.
“And employers who think defined-contribution health plans are the way to go will have to provide solid answers – before jumping at what appears to be a quick solution to the current cash crunch. The last thing the nation needs is another health-care revolution that fails to perform as promised.”
Ida Hellander, M.D., Executive Director of Physicians for a National Health Program:
“Upping costs for families and the sick would cause millions of casualties. National health insurance would cause just two: HMOs and obscene drug-company profits.”
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