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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

sicko economics

It's not a liberal versus conservative argument: Michael Moore's Sicko is about the upside down economics of for profit health care. HMO's make more money when they deny more people expensive services. Looking from Wall Street's point of view this is excellent for shareholders. However, Moore puts a human face on the consequences of those profit maximizing actions, and makes me question the ethics of for profit health care.

Why shouldn't our healthcare system be like our Police and Fire systems? Could you imagine what would happen if firemen only came to your rescue if you had good insurance? What if you had this insurance and they put out a fire, then they stuck a crack team of people searching for every possible way to retroactively cancel your claim and stick you with the bill for saving your house?

Other people say: "But doctors don't want nationalized health care. If they don't want it, I don't want it." This website shows there's a large number of physicians who do want it:
Physicians for a National Health Program


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