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April 3, 2009

Wonder Who Paid For This?

-- by Dave Johnson

The far-right Heritage Foundation has an ussie piece out, Single Payer: Why Government-Run Health Care Will Harm Both Patients and Doctors.

I haven't read it yet, but I can already tell you who probably PAID for it!

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OK I read it. The argument is like the Republican Katrina argument - "Look how poorly the government handled Katrina, therefore you should hate government and elect Republicans." This time the argument is that because Republicans have done everything they can to destroy Medicare, therefore extending Medicare to everyone will put people into into a partially-destroyed system.

And it pretends that patients and doctors are happy with the current system in which insurance companies do what they can to stiff patients and doctors from promised payments, instead handing the money out as bonuses for their CEOs and executives.

* but it's academic and scholarly because it has footnotes.

Posted by Dave Johnson at April 3, 2009 4:44 PM


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