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Single Payer Health Care

Thanks to an anonymous e-mailer for bringing this Daly Kos item to my attention. Daily Kos is not on my daily hit parade, but after seeing this I might have to make an addition.

The e-mailer was also correct to point out …

“If you want to see a good reason to be cautious about a single payer system, read the comments below the article. Imagine all health care being so politicized. And you know who would win over the long term – the proponents of woo who will be there day in and day out promoting coverage of their nonsense.”

I couldn’t agree more with this forecast.  And not only will the promoters of woo be emboldened and legitimized, but in our current times of shrinking health resources, the institutions that ultimately wind up paying for citizen’s health care will look to these relatively-lower-cost alternatives more regularly as legitimate “solutions”. 

While this is not typically a politically-toned blog, I believe that all voters should call Dennis Kucinich AND your local House Representative and let them know what you think about these amendments.

It was just his committee that passed this vote, not the final say in the matter, so there is still time to push for rational, practical skepticism to be applied when it comes to the decisions made by our congressfolk.

Here are Dennis Kucinich’s numbers at his two offices:

Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5871

Lakewood, Ohio 44107
(216) 228-8850

dkAnd because history matters, let us not forget that Representative Kucinich has been reported (by multiple sources) as to be a believer in the paranormal, especially belief in alien visitations. Things take a much more serious tone to think that people who are pre-disposed to this kind of thinking are also making policy regarding our health care decisions.

 I shudder.

3 comments to Single Payer Health Care

  • John Powell

    I’m a big believer in the rationality of a single-payer system, but this back door to woo can not stand.

    “…there is still time to push for rational, practical skepticism to be applied when it comes to the decisions made by our congressfolk.”

    The irony here is that if we had a preponderance of rationality in the Congress, we’d likely have had single-payer a long time ago.

  • Kucinich tagged the bill in his post (HR 676), and you can read the full text here: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-676

    I’ve been trying to read through it, but this stuff may as well have been written in reformed Egyptian for all the good it’s doing me. I haven’t found much that specifically promotes alt-med (except for 2 times when chiropractic is mentioned) but I also haven’t found anything that prohibits it either, which may be the problem.

    In the comments of his post on KOS, Kucinich does say that he doesn’t support homeopathy, so maybe he (like so many others) doesn’t understand the scientific process, or that alternative medicine is a myth.

  • DLC

    Kucinich’s first big political office was Mayor of Cleveland back in the early 80s. He made a mess of things, left office and most people thought he would never be heard from again.
    I moved out of Ohio sometime after that, and found out later that Kucinich had been elected to the House. Surprised me. Regardless of his politics, he’s got some serious woo issues.
    This was one of the things I was worried about when President Obama put the health care thing on the agenda — that someone would do for it what they did for medical research and throw in an NCCAM-like provision.

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