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nightrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 07:55 AM
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Single payer as moral public policy
The New York Times
August 4, 2009
Letters

Health Debate: Costs and Benefits To the Editor:

Universal coverage and cost control are not conflicting aims. Canada spends 10 percent of gross domestic product on health care, and everyone is covered. The United States spends 16 percent of G.D.P., but tens of millions lack coverage. The cost difference is almost entirely due to higher administrative costs and higher prices, which are directly related to the economics of a multi-payer system. The lessons from Canada and other countries are clear. If you focus on cost control, you will fail. If you cover everyone because it's decent and just, you will also achieve economic sustainability. America, it's time to do the right thing and then reap the rich rewards of moral public policy.

Michael M. Rachlis
Toronto, Aug. 2, 2009


The writer, a doctor, is a health policy consultant.


http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/05/opinion/l05health.htm...
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slipslidingaway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:30 AM
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1. knr nt
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etherealtruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:46 AM
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2. "it's time to do the right thing ..."
"... and then reap the rich rewards of moral public policy."

For the life of me I can't understand how this can be seen any other way
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nightrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:50 AM
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3. I know..... Some folks just don't get it! (yet)
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abluelady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:52 AM
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4. I Just Did My Own Little Postcard Push
I mailed out about 25 postcards to various members of the House and Senate, saying just that. The same way it was moral to pass civil rights bills in the 60's, while they were not popular, it is the moral thing to pass universal health care now.
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nightrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:17 AM
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5. good for you. Thank you for doing that. "Morality" seems to be
missing in our discussions about healthcare. I find that so sad, and truly missing the point of it all.
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