published a highly critical review of the massachusetts universal insurance plan.
a close look, however, reveals that the new law may well be a fantasy and a triumph for special interest politics after all. "it's absolutely worthless," says dr. marcia angell, former editor in chief of the new england journal of medicine
and author of the truth about the drug companies
. "there is
no magic in massachusetts."
the law is yet another patchwork attempt to dodge the main obstacle to reform--a fundamental lack of agreement about equity in healthcare. americans still don't share equity as a universal value, so every endeavor to cover more people results in a complicated, contorted and underfinanced scheme. massachusetts's latest move is no exception. it pushes the country further away from national health insurance--with its essential ingredients of universal access, low administrative costs and limits on what medical providers can charge.
Sep 5, '06
The 'Right' bitterly criticizes it also, which makes me to believe that it is MORE of a compromise than most.
Oh, I think national healthcare would benefit one thing: once the masses that DO actually pay their own way see the wholesale theft of their treasury, Democrats will never see national office again. I'm thinking of a Federal Gov't that looks strangely like the Texas gov't, of which, there are NO statewide Democrats in office.
The politics in this nation are just not such as to pass a national healthcare initiative. Ask Hilliary about what happened in '94. Even IF such a plan were to be passed, the uproar would be such that the next decade would oversee a systematic dismantling of such a program. It would die before it ever got off life support. You just can't not only make the masses PAY for such a system in dollars, but in lowered healthcare. IT won't fly. Not in my lifetime. Thanks be.
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