News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush -- Part II
Employer-Paid Health Insurance Does Not Work
PT. II - HOME PAGE
PT. II - CONTENTS
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
-- Corporate Welfare
---- 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

"...A recent ABC News- Washington Post poll found that, by a margin of almost 2 to 1, Americans would prefer a government system covering everyone instead of the employer-based system. ... This year, total spending for private health insurance will top $500 billion, according to the Health Insurance Association of America, a trade group. Why not spend it rationally, and lift the yoke of medical insurance serfdom from employers and employees alike?"

The New York Times
ON THE CONTRARY  November 2, 2003 

Why Do Employers Pay for Health Insurance, Anyhow?

By DANIEL AKST
 
The complete article may be purchased from the New York Times archives at-- http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20F11F739540C718CDDA80994DB404482

Excerpt--

NOBODY expects employers to provide groceries, housing or clothing, but for odd historical reasons American employers have evolved into providers of health insurance. Nearly two-thirds of Americans under 65 rely on health coverage from an employer.

Why should we hate the employer-financed system? Let us count the ways: ...

There is no good reason for any of this, aside from historical accident. ...

Daniel Akst's column tilts at conventional business wisdom and appears the first Sunday of each month. E-mail: culmoney@nytimes.com.

New York Times    
                  
November 18, 2003

The Universal Cure

By EZEKIEL J. EMANUEL and VICTOR R. FUCHS
 
The complete article may be purchased online from the New York Times website at--  http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F70717FC355C0C7B8DDDA80994DB404482
 
Quotes--

... What we need is a fair proposal that is simple, efficient and appealing to disparate constituencies. For more than a decade, as members of the medical and economics communities, we have advocated such an alternative: universal health care vouchers. ...

This would continue to be a decentralized system with existing health plans contracting with providers, but their insurance would no longer be employment-based. ... Without costly insurance worries, companies could compete for workers by offering higher wages and better working conditions.

A voucher system would also enable the government to end Medicaid and phase out Medicare. ...

...Vouchers hold the promise of securing wide support. Democrats have long favored the notion of universality, while Republicans instinctively favor voucher plans and have longed for the demise of Medicare and Medicaid. Businesses want to stop providing health insurance, and Americans want guaranteed health coverage with choice.

 

Ezekiel J. Emanuel, oncologist and bioethicist, is author of "No Margin, Nor Mission." Victor R. Fuchs, professor emeritus of economics at Stanford, is author of "Who Shall Live?"

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