Articles of Interest

Us v. Them: The People and the Political Class (Jack McHugh, Mackinac Center for Public Policy). “The fundamental problem facing our nation is that true representative government has been supplanted by an inbred, self-serving, self-perpetuating political class that does not represent the people. As a result, the government has escaped the control of the people.” McHugh explains how resistance to term limits, campaign finance regulations, public employees and their unions, even the political parties, work against the interests of the people.

When Change Is Really More Of The Same (Howie Rich of Americans For Limited Government). “No more lobbyists dictating terms. No more bitter partisanship. No more wasteful earmarks.” Can President Obama deliver on the promised change? “Not hardly” says the author.

What Are the Odds of a Depression? International evidence suggests there is a 20% chance our stock-market crash will lead to much worse. (Robert J. Barro, Wall Street Journal) It’s a grim picture: “The bottom line is that there is ample reason to worry about slipping into a depression. There is a roughly one-in-five chance that U.S. GDP and consumption will fall by 10% or more, something not seen since the early 1930s.”

Sweden’s Government Health Care (Walter E. Williams). What about health care in Sweden, a country often described as a place where socialism works? “Malmo, with its 280,000 residents, is Sweden’s third-largest city. To see a physician, a patient must go to one of two local clinics before they can see a specialist. The clinics have security guards to keep patients from getting unruly as they wait hours to see a doctor. The guards also prevents new patients from entering the clinic when the waiting room is considered full. Uppsala, a city with 200,000 people, has only one specialist in mammography. Sweden’s National Cancer Foundation reports that in a few years most Swedish women will not have access to mammography. … I wonder how many Americans would like a system that would, as in the case of Mr. D. of Gothenburg, prohibit private purchase of your own medicine if the government refused paying.” Further information is at Sweden’s Single-Payer Health System Provides a Warning to Other Nations and Mammography at risk in Sweden, says Cancerfonden.

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  • Don’t believe the scare stories! Martin Luther King said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.”

    Only a single-payer approach will end the inhumanity of our failed healthcare insurance system, where profits are more important than patients’ health.

    Only a single-payer approach will end the current disgraceful practice of insurance companies refusing to pay for medical treatment, denying claims, and engaging in rampant price gouging that discourages patients from going to the doctor and has resulted in 50 million Americans without healthcare.

    The solution? NON-PROFIT, UNIVERSAL, SINGLE-PAYER HEALTHCARE. It works well in many, many countries around the world.

    HR 676, The United States National Health Insurance Act, would ensure that every American, regardless of income, employment status, or race, has access to quality, affordable health care services.

    The solution? The United States National Health Insurance Act, H.R. 676. You can read about it here: http://www.healthcare-now.org/hr-676/

  • WHY ISN’T SINGLE-PAYER REFORM ON THE TABLE? WHY IS BAUCUS BLOCKING CONSIDERATION OF SINGLE-PAYER?
    A NEW STUDY SHOWS THAT SINGLE-PAYER REFORM WOULD BE MAJOR STIMULUS FOR THE US ECONOMY and would provide:

    ** 2.6 Million New Jobs,
    ** $317 Billion in Business Revenue,
    ** $100 Billion in Wages, and
    ** $44 Billion New Tax Revenues

    You can find out more about this study here: http://www.CalNurses.org/

    The press release is here: http://www.calnurses.org/media-center/press-releases/2009/january/nurses-to-congress-expanding-medicare-could-reverse-job-losses-and-repair-our-broken-healthcare-system-and-safety-net.html

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