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June 29, 2009

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To the editor:

In the debate over health care reform I find plenty of what psychologists term “projection.” Definition: a. Tendency to ascribe to another person feelings, thoughts or attitudes present in oneself.... b. Psychoanal. Such an ascription relieving the ego of a sense of guilt or other intolerable feeling.

Health insurance corporations often exercise their considerable economic power to restrict doctors and hospitals from fully carrying out treatments they believe patients need. Corporations interfere with doctor-patient relationships to minimize expenditures and maximize profits. This is not a good “prescription” for the best health care!

These insurance corporations, and their defenders, predict such interference and restrictions to doctor-patient relations if reforms are enacted to provide a national system paying for medical care for all of us.

Reality check: Medicare is a national insurance system for us old people. It does not interfere telling us what doctors to see or limiting treatments doctors may prescribe. Even in the Veterans Administration system — a form of socialized medicine — there are no restrictions on procedures your doctor prescribes. True, full service is reserved for veterans with service-connected disabilities.

Neither nationally administered plan demonstrates the sort or degree of interference now imposed by private insurers.

Congressional members, and private insurers, may be relieved of guilt and “other intolerable feelings” by scare tactics about “socialized medicine.” Or, with one-sixth of the economy at stake, we simply may be observing greed at work!

Larson is from Lawrence

Comments

Kirk Larson 5 years, 5 months ago

Noble laureate economist Paul Krugman and a congressional report out just last week both reveal that in the supposedly free market in health care the only way for insurance companies to compete is to vie for new ways to deny care to their policy holders. The "free" market has failed when it comes to health care. It's time for a public provider!

Richard Heckler 5 years, 5 months ago

Other thoughts:

*&Why HR676 National Health Insurance? / http://www.healthcare-now.org/campaigns/win-win/ • We’ll all receive identical health insurance coverage • Provides extraordinary leverage against suppliers • Protects families and business alike from being gouged by the health insurance industry • Treatment for serious illness such as cancer will not be cut off because a patient has reached the point insurance companies will pay no more…happens everyday • 60% of health insurance today is paid with tax dollars ($1.2 Trillion) . Under HR 676 this will cover 100% of the population. • Citizens will not be forced to lose all of their assets or file bankruptcy due to serious illness as does happen somewhere everyday as we speak • Eliminates health insurance dollars going into special interest campaign cookie jars • Eliminates health insurance dollars from financing golden parachutes • Veterans receive care immediately for whatever symptoms war has imposed on their physical or mental health. No more waiting on the Dept. of Defense

• National Health Insurance eliminates over 1500 different policies thus eliminating tons of wasteful administrative costs. That money could be included towards 100% coverage. It is estimated todays administrative costs runs at 33%…that is a lot of dough.

$1.2 trillion tax dollars are paid out to cover a variety of government employees yet that same amount will cover all in the USA under HR 676. Why isn't HR 676 the main focus? ,ALL government officials should be on HR 676 due to the huge cost savings to the taxpayers Wouldn’t that be a prudent

salad 5 years, 5 months ago

The only way we could make the current system worse, is to FORBID healthcare completely.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 5 months ago

Other sources of information:

*Paying More, Getting Less/ How much is the sick U.S. health care system costing you? http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2008/0508harrison.html

• 5 common fears about health insurance reform http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/august-2009/viewpoint/5-common-fears-about-health-reform/reform-5-common-fears.htm

*Special Interest Funds,Lack of Disclosure & Legislative Conflicts of Interest http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/12/AR2009061204075.html

Polls favor medical insurance reform with impressive numbers : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-van-gelder/what-americans-want-natio_b_110830.html

6/22/09 A poll by the New York Times and CBS News has found that 72 percent of Americans support the government creating a public healthcare plan, similar to Medicare.

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