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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:30 PM
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Health Care IS Infrastructure
from HuffPost:



Deane Waldman
Posted January 22, 2009 | 07:29 PM (EST)

Health Care Is Infrastructure



What is infrastructure? Bridges, tunnels, and roads; telephone lines, T-1 cables, and satellites; money itself, credit cards, and financial systems; etc. Infrastructure is the underpinning of a modern society that facilitates production of goods and services.

Health should be considered a form of infrastructure. Any nation that seeks to produce (and consume) goods and services needs producers and consumers who are healthy and live a long time, just the way a nation needs long-lasting roads and reliable telephone lines.

Do we maintain and repair our bridges, roads and telephone lines? Of course! When we put that off, we pay for it in the long run. Not paying for roadwork slows ground travel. Failure to upgrade bridges promotes disasters during floods and earthquakes.

Health is infrastructure. Health care is the maintenance and repair service for this key element of our productive capacity. As a nation we need to treat the health of our people just like repaving a road - as an investment in our future.

Should infrastructure generate profit? The answer should be a resounding No! Do you want the bridge toll collection, the road use fees or the subway fare to be in the hands of for-profit companies? Imagine what they could do to the price of your daily commute?

Infrastructure itself should not be a profit generator. Infrastructure is the foundation on which others produce goods and services and make money.

Infrastructure is an investment in our future.
Health care is infrastructure.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deane-waldman/health-care...


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riderinthestorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:32 PM
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1. A-MEN. NT!
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vixengrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:37 PM
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2. Health care is literally "life and death."
Seems important enough to invest in.
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:38 PM
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3. Precisely. We ought to promote this POV. Infrastructure isn't only things.
Bridges, dams and such are vitally important, a given. Yet a nations vitality includes the health and welfare of its citizens.

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ogneopasno Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:41 PM
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4. As is education. When there was a big blah-blah about "what about the women's jobs in Obama's
stimulus package? Like health care and education?" I made the point that health care and education were infrastructure as well.
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arcadian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:44 PM
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5. Had this discussion today. Indeed it is, general welfare is a healthy nation.
n/t
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roamer65 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:44 PM
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6. We will need an national health data network before we go to a national health service.
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 08:46 PM by roamer65
This is the beginning of single-payor socialized medicine. All hospital and doctors on a single health data network.
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Delphinus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:47 PM
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7. Excellent meme.
Have to remember this one.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:51 PM
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8. Well said..an excellent point.
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