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More resources on health care politics and terminology
- Ten Things You Can Do for Healthcare Reform (links to TheNation.com), May 5, 2010
- Obama's Reform: No Cure for What Ails Us (links to PNHP.org), March 30, 2010
- What Happened in Health Care in 2009, December 1, 2009
- AHIP's Actuarial Acrobatics, November 1, 2009
- Statement: Have the Courage to Say that Health Care is Right, Not a Privilege, July 30, 2009
- A Dictionary of Health Policy Terms, July 1, 2009
- Q&A on the Current Health Debate: What Does a "Public Plan Option" Mean and Why Does Public Citizen Oppose It? July 1, 2009
- A Coalition of the Scared, June 1, 2009
- Letter in Washington Post Regarding Coverage of the Recent Congressional Hearing on Single-Payer, June 15, 2009
- Dr. Wolfe and Dr. Himmelstein Discuss Single-Payer on Public Television (links to PBS.org), May 21, 2009
- All Health Reform Created Equal, Except Single-Payer (links to HuffingtonPost.com), May 8, 2009
- Statement: Public Pressure Helps End Silence on Single-Payer in Congress, April 1, 2009
- Letter in Washington Post Regarding President Obama's Effort to Reform Health Care, March 12, 2009
- Ending the Insanity of Failed State Health Insurance Reforms, March 1, 2009
- Behind Closed Doors, Repeating Mistakes from the Past on Health Care Reform (links to HuffingtonPost.com), February 27, 2009
- What Are the Presidential Candidates (And Their Advisors) Talking About? Part II, July 1, 2008
- Health Policy Placebos (links to TheNation.com), March 27, 2008
Letter Regarding Coverage of the Recent Congressional Hearing on Single-Payer
Health Care Polemic
June 15, 2009
View the letter in the Washington Post.
Dana Milbank's description of the recent congressional hearing on single-payer health care ["It's Healthy to Vent," June 11] was polemical.
First, many attendees were congressional staff members, not single-payer advocates.
Second, to describe the testimony of witnesses, which included Rep. John Conyers Jr., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, as mere "venting" and "an exercise in blowing off steam" was offensive to the millions of Americans whose views they represent.
Third, Rep. Dennis Kucinich's grilling of the Manhattan Institute's David Gratzer was justified by Mr. Gratzer's selective use of statistics to portray a falsely grim picture of the Canadian single-payer system. Certainly, a national system of health insurance that guarantees comprehensive access to needed care and eliminates profit is anathema to someone who cheerleads the intellectually and morally bankrupt "consumer-driven health care" movement.
Finally, to decry a national system of health-care financing that retains the private delivery of health care as socialism simply plays into the propaganda and fear-mongering of the right and the private insurance lobby, which opposes any challenge to its obscene profits.
Make no mistake: Single-payer advocates have much to be upset about, given our near-complete exclusion from the congressional debate on health reform.
But we are the only health-care reform movement with strong and growing grass-roots support, and we will be heard.
The writer, a physician and a health researcher for Public Citizen, which supports single-payer national health insurance, attended the hearing in question.