Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Wow, wow, and wow
Friends and neighbors, you absolutely have to read this article in The New Republic about health care. Arnold Relman, a Harvard prof. and former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, methodically demolishes conservative claims about the health care "market" and the solutions currently being proposed for our health care crisis. To make a long story short, he argues that health care is not truly a market like lawnmowers or washing machines, and that solutions designed to that effect -- like the Consumer Driven Health Care (CDHC) are destined to fail because they misconceive both the problem and the solution. His proposal is for a national health insurance program, supplemented by optional private insurance for non-essential medical care. It is the only way, he argues, to reconcile the exorbitant costs of medical care with both a humane vision of medicine and society, as well as with the needs of the government and employers.

TNR is available to subsribers only. If you want a copy of this article and can't pay for it, email me. TNR may have gone over the deep end on foreign policy, but every once in a while they surprise you with vision and humanity on domestic affairs.


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