News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush -- Part II
Our Health Care Is "Privatized Socialism"
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BUSH and the MEDIA
CIVIL RIGHTS
-- Gay Rights
THE ECONOMY
-- The Real Deficit
---- Deficit Lies
-- International Debt
---- Children Will Pay
-- Tax Cut Con Game
---- Tax-Cut Lies
------ to Small Business
---- Phony Benefits
---- Hurting States
---- Why Accepted?
---- Cuts Will Backfire
-- Low-Tax Mania
-- Move toward Flat Tax
-- Corp. Tax Dodgers
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---- Halliburton
-- The SUV Boondoggle
-- Unemploym't Worse
------ Comp. Denied
---- Jobs Not Created
-- Widespread Poverty
-- False Recovery
-- Stock Market
EDUCATION
-- Texas Sch. Scandals
-- Broken Promises
-- Abandoned Youth
-- College Aid Cut
-- Aid to Rich Colleges
-- Textbooks Censored
-- Acad. Freedom Denied
ELECTRONIC VOTING -- --- A Crucial Issue
ENERGY
-- Monstrous Bill
---- Allows Blackouts
---- Bi-Part. Oppos'n
-- New Energy Bill
ENVIRONMENT
-- Bush's "Eco-Speak"
---- How to Tell Lies
-- Crimes v. Nature
---- Air Pollution
---- Global Warming
---- Ozone Depletion
---- Chemical Hazards
---- Loss of Wildlife
-- States Combat Bush
---- Power Plant Suits
-- Pension Funds, Too
LABOR ISSUES
-- Worker Safety
-- Real Jobless Stats
-- Overtime in Danger
--"Productivity"
PUBLIC HEALTH
-- Poor Ranking
-- Privatized Socialism
-- Health Insurance
---- The Uninsured
------ Middle Class
-- Cost of Drugs
-- Medicare
---- A Cynical Bill
---- Favoring HMOs
---- $$ to Drug Co.s
---- Bait and Switch
---- AARP Sells Out
---- Bullying to Win
---- Australian Critique
---- Some Good News
-- Chill on Research
TRANSPORTATION
-- Amtrak
-- Mars vs. Amtrak
WAR OF IDEAS
-- Use of Language
WAR on TERROR
--'Enemy Combatants'
-- Ultra-Secret Trials
-- Homeland Insecurity
---- Funds Miss Needs
WAR on CIVIL RIGHTS
-- FBI Prying Grows
---- Targeting Protests
------ & Anti-Bush Talk
-- Computer Privacy
-- Patriot Act
---- Excesses
------ Cure - SAFE Act
---- Dangers
---- Author's Fear
---- Librarians' Warning
--"Patriot Act II"
---- Death for Protest?
---- Sneak Enactments
-- CAPPS II
---- GAO Criticisms
---- EFF Concerns
-- Guantanamo
---- Conditions
---- Legal Status
---- UK Judge's Blast
-- Torture Condoned
---- Canadian's Ordeal
-- Yousef Yee
WAR on SCIENCE
-- Scientists Accuse
---- Admin. Can't Deny
WAR on WOMEN
-- Abortion Truths
-- Notorious Photo
WAR on WORKING FAMILIES

"Our health care could just as easily be called 'privatized socialism' because private entities (versus the government) dictate which doctors we can see, how much they can charge and the kinds of medicines they can prescribe." Edit

Seattle Times

Health care for the economy

By Kathleen O'Connor
Special to The Times -Tuesday, October 14, 2003

The complete article is currently (3/29/04) available on the Seattle Times website at--  http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2001765078_kathleen14.html [found through a Google search by article title on the same date]

Excerpt--

What if health-care reform were a straightforward question of jobs, America's national economic interest and our international competitiveness? It is. Just look.

Here's the quick end of the story first. Administrative expenses devour a 150-percent larger share of America's health-care spending than our competitors in the Economic Group of Eight.  

We spend 14 percent of our gross domestic product on health care, but we don't cover everyone. Our competitors spend about half that and manage to cover all their people. ...

Actually, we don't spend $1.4 trillion on health care; only about $825 million actually goes for patient care. ...

But what happens when we try to discuss this? The knee-jerk "socialized medicine!" mantra. That universal coverage means "socialized medicine" is hogwash.

Most of our competitors [in the Economic Group of Eight] give more control for private-sector care providers than we do and they rank higher in health outcomes. Even Canada. Our health care could just as easily be called "privatized socialism" because private entities (versus the government) dictate which doctors we can see, how much they can charge and the kinds of medicines they can prescribe. Does that happen in Canada, France, Germany or Japan? Of course not.

This private-sector bureaucracy is the major culprit and significant reason for the economic strains on our businesses and our provider practices. ...

Kathleen O'Connor writes regularly on health-care issues for The Times. She publishes "The O'Connor Report" and is founder of a new nonprofit health-care advocacy organization, Code Blue Now!, www.codebluenow.org

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