[Marxism] Health care bill will reduce health care for seniors

Eli Stephens elishastephens at hotmail.com
Mon Nov 16 09:50:54 MST 2009

>More generally, the report questions whether the country's network of 

>doctors and hospitals would be able to cope with the effects of a reform 

>package expected to add more than 30 million people to the ranks of the 

>insured, many of them through Medicaid, the public health program for 

>the poor.

This, and corresponding complaints from the right-wing about potential "long waits for service" under a new system, are (or would be, if the proposed plan actually accomplished what it claims, which is dubious by the time if and when it gets passed) unfortunately accurate. Obviously providing medical care to those who aren't currently getting it comes at a cost, both financial and otherwise. This is, as I have written (http://lefti.blogspot.com/2009/05/socialism-not-single-payer.html ) and presumably is obvious to those on this list, is why we need SOCIALISM, not even single-payer, much less a "public option." Until and unless the government is responsible for ALL aspects of the health CARE system, from drugs to medical school to actual end-point treatment, all attempts at solutions will always confront the contradictions of capitalism and the limitations of the profit system.

Eli Stephens
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