American health-care reform
(c) Dick Locher
Healthcare will be the same drill, which is what Reid was getting at. Offering universal healthcare is not radical. It's been done for decades in other industrial countries, where health outcomes are better, costs are lower, and private and public insurance exist side by side. The parade of horribles trotted out by the author and other opponents of healthcare reform are just scare tactics meant to derail the bill. (I always wonder why opponents of reform are up in arms about government bureaucrats controlling healthcare but never mention the insurance company bureaucrats who do it now -- and have a much stronger incentive to deny coverage.) Ten years from now everyone will look back and wonder what all the fuss was about.
Comment by Douglas McCollam of LA
Thanks for speaking out against the government takeover of our healthcare system. Your article lays out our objections to this takeover much better than most of us could. The senior citizens of all groups would suffer the most under this takeover. But in the end everyone would get hurt in some way in a government-run system.
Comment by Peggy of UT
There are a number of
problems with our current healthcare system, but they will only be
worsened by both the current House and
Comment by Mike of CA
You offer the same diversionary arguments every other conservative does. There is no government takeover of healthcare proposed. What is proposed includes mandates, the health insurance exchange, and the elimination of exclusions on pre-existing conditions. That is what is being debated, but you'd never know it by your article or from any other political hit job from the right. The idea behind the legislation is that healthcare is a human right, and that achieving universal coverage is similar to other civil rights struggles: hence Harry Reid's strong comments. You can disagree with that, but it's hardly crazy.
Comment by John of WA
The recent proposed amendments to the healthcare bills, whether regarding breast tests or abortion, should give everyone pause in allowing government such a strong hand in healthcare decision-making. The reaction to the breast test study by independent scientists (I will assume that is correct) is a great example. Remember, this is a scientific study--if you have issues with it, challenge the data, methodology, etc. But just to say that a scientific outcome does not jive with one's own health decisions or political beliefs is silly...I agree with Ms. Bernard that it is dangerous to let the government control health decisions. But it is even more dangerous to let government control health decisions without the benefit of science. Each patient and doctor must weigh the recent study and the patient's own status and make decisions.
Comment by Henry of CA
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