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Universal Health Care?

March 28, 2005

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Guest: Dr. Quentin Young, National Coordinator of Physicians for National Health Program and Chair of the Department of Medicine at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital

Here’s his comment: “It is stunning how little regard this president has for
human life. His interest seems to extend to only one tragic brain-damaged
woman. The U.S. is the only industrialized country to lack health care
coverage for all citizens. Over 18,000 Americans perish every year because
they lack health insurance. A lack of health insurance increases the
chances a 55-year-old will die before they turn 64 by 40 percent. If the
president wanted to save lives he would call for an emergency session to
make Congress vote to extend Medicare to every American.”

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  • Andrew Spark February 9, 2006 11:11 pm

    Of course health coverage is a big problems according to the 2001 World Health Report, “some 450 million people suffer from a mental or behavioral disorder, yet only a small minority of them receive even the most basic treatment.

  • Susan R January 20, 2006 2:32 am

    I think not U.S is the only industrialized country to lack health care Coverage for all the citizens, it is also a problem with country where we live.

  • Ipentunes July 10, 2005 1:37 pm

    Seeing both sides, I do have questions. First, is a government that has never handled welfare efficiently, so why would I trust it with my healtcare? Secondly, I realize that a government that can grant me healthcare, can also be the government that can deny me healthcare. Thirdly, the government gave us social Security, which regardless of what you believe IS going broke, and which I will never benefit from unless privatized. And Fouthly, nowhere does the U.S. Constitution grant these powers to the Federal government. The US Constituion states that the role of the Federal Government is to “promote” the general Welfare (not “PROVIDE” the “Specific” welfare). If enacted, I could see a working solution on a individual state level insurance plan, administered by each state for it’s own people. I want to know it’s totally private, and gives me choice, Unlike the Clinton plan.

  • JohnnyP chases ghosts while the wolf is at the door April 8, 2005 10:01 am

    JohnnyP–Communism in China is losing its grip in response to its economic growth within the world market–the threat is not Communism–China will not spread Communism throughout the world–that’s a misconception(proven in Vietnam and by the Vietnamese-Chinese War)– but China as a dangerous adversary to the U.S. in competition for oil and on the world market–that’s real
    Communism is not a danger to individual rights in the U.S.–but rather right-wing Fascist tendencies condoned within an already well-established police-state
    Johnny you are at least the unwitting Neville Chamberlain in appeasing to neo-con wishes, if not an iniquitous neo-con yourself
    Neo-cons are goose-stepping toward a Fascist state–are you getting goosed in the process while chasing the impotent phantasm of Communism amid a smoke-screen of your own confusion?
    And Johnny–Bush and his idiots are playing right into China’s strength by having a debtor’s economy–they are the perfect fools (and you fall in line with them?)

  • JohnnyP April 7, 2005 8:26 pm

    The “mediator”:
    “Communism is dead–haven’t you heard, Johnny–get with it”
    If you believe that you are the problem.
    China is killing us in trade because of their slave labor. There have been whole towns that have had pregnant women taken to perform abortions against them. Being caught with a Bible can mean death in some instances.
    China is also, thanks to the sale of technology, arming at an alarming rate. They are buying our scrap iron and building a larger Navy.
    Comminism is dead, you say? Is your real name Neville Chamberlain?
    Johnny Churchill
    Liberalism, a step towards communism