AAPS, Obama & socialized medicine

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Last month AAPS members voted unanimously to re-affirm the AAPS Resolution to Oppose a Single-Payer Medical System.

In that resolution, AAPS urges all physicians to oppose a government-controlled or single-payer plan as harmful to patients, and therefore inconsistent with a high standard of medical ethics.

Presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama has proposed an ambitious plan to restructure America’s health care sector — a plan some have called “socialized medicine.” Many others reject that label.

In the newest Cato Institute Briefing Paper, Cato director of health policy studies Michael F. Cannon argues, “Reasonable people can disagree over whether Obama’s health plan would be good or bad. But to suggest that it is not a step toward socialized medicine is absurd.”

Cato Institute Briefing Paper #108
Introduction:

“Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (IL) has proposed an ambitious plan to restructure America’s health care sector. Rather than engage in a detailed critique of Obama’s health care plan, many critics prefer to label it ‘socialized medicine.’

“Is that a fair description of the Obama plan and similar plans? Over the past year, prominent media outlets and respectable think tanks have investigated that question and come to a unanimous answer: no.

“Reasonable people can disagree over whether Obama’s health plan would be good or bad. But to suggest that it is not a step toward socialized medicine is absurd….”

READ THE ANALYSIS

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2 Comments

  1. My father was a doctor until 1984, and he was against socialized medicine then and instilled in me his dislike! In fact I would write essays about it ,being totally against it, while in high school and college in the 50s and 60s.

  2. I am in tandem with the author Michael F. Cannon argument.

    Disheartening is hearing Ill-informed patients screaming for such a system. These are not the poor.

    Infuriating is a lack of media presentations on the “ill effects” of such.
    What is not seen are results of wait times for treatments according to the Frazier Institute on the citizens of Canada.

    We here across the Detroit River from Windsor, Ontario provide fee for service for many desperate Canadian patients.