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SINGLE-PAYER HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

Getting to the Bottom of our National Healthcare Crisis
This article in yesterday’s New York Times clarifies the Healthcare issue:

The Health of Nations

If selling flu vaccine were as lucrative as marketing Viagra, sports broadcasts and the nightly news would be flooded with commercials warning that “winter is almost here; ask your doctor about flu vaccine” – and it would be available to anyone who wanted it. Instead, while many of those at risk of the flu go without the vaccine, primetime programs are sponsored by the makers of Viagra (“Get back to mischief”), Cialis (“Will you be ready?”) and Levitra (“Stay in the game”).
I finished reading the Transcript from the second Bush-Kerry Presidential Debate and found that what Kerry is proposing is not National Health Care but, rather, tort reform and National Health Care Insurance when what we really need is a Single Payer Healthcare System. On his Website, he promises to lower insurance premiums by $1,000 a year.

Ralph Nader also knows that one of the crucial issues in America today is the lack of Universal Health Care:

The United States spends far more on health care than any other country in the world, but ranks only 37th in the overall quality of health care it provides, according to the World Health Organization. The U.S. is the only industrialized country that does not provide universal health care. More than 44.3 million Americans have no health insurance, and tens of millions more are underinsured. Private corporations pay less than 20% of health costs. Thus, even if you have insurance, you may not be able to afford the care you need, and some treatments may not be covered at all.

The Nader Campaign favors replacing our fragmented, market-based system with a single-payer health plan – where the government finances health care, but keeps the delivery of health care to private non-profits, and allows free choice of doctors and hospitals for patients.
Meanwhile, our cousin Scott just had his teeth cleaned and flourided in the Philippines for only $5! Sadly, most Americans are unaware that most of the world’s citizens don’t have to agonize over health insurance. tsk, tsk, tsk.

While you are waiting for the battle between the drug companies and those soft-bellied liberal politicians to settle, you might check out one alternative. The Ithaca Health Alliance offers catastropic insurance coverage for only $100 a month.

By Camille Armantrout

Camille lives with her soul mate Bob in the back woods of central North Carolina where she hikes, gardens, cooks, and writes.

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