Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Politico Article Response

response to Politico article: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0609/23749.html

The truth is that many people have their health care rationed by private health insurance companies. No one who has Medicare complains that government bureaucrats are getting in the way of the doctor-patient relationship. It is private health insurance bureacrats who are standing between people and their physicians.

Most Americans currently don't have a choice when it comes to health insurance. Republicans who are in favor of the free market should be in favor of real competition between public and private health insurance options that would keep everyone honest and prices competitive.

As a physician and member of the National Physicians Alliance (npalliance.org), I believe strongly that we need health reform now, and that it must include a public health insurance option. If we can spend $1 trillion on a war of uncertain merit, we can certainly spend that much to ensure the good health of all our citizens.

William Jordan, MD, MPH
Development Director, New York Local Action Network
National Physicians Alliance

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