|To the Editor: We need new approach to health care|
|Written by Fiona MacKinnon|
|Wednesday, 16 September 2009 08:45|
There are so much misinformation being circulated about the reform of health care that it is no wonder we are all confused. We can argue that neither the government nor the insurance industry should be involved in health care decisions but that does not help: they are both involved already. Government involvement in health care is not indicative of creeping socialism. Mrs. Thatcher, the great friend of Ronald Reagan, privatized every industry possible in Great Britain, but did not privatize the national health system that has existed since the end of WW II.
Health care in the UK works, and works well. Health care in every country, including the US, is rationed. Rationing is a reality in every economic transaction where goods and services are scarce. In the early 1980s Lee Iacocca, then president of Chrysler, warned us that health care expenses were bankrupting the automotive industry and every other US industry. He was right. Our Congress and we have been sitting on our hands for 30 years. We need reasoned conversation and a new approach to health care that involves every stakeholder. This is the time to rescue our country.
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