Cutting dead weight

Posted by Letters to the editor on Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 1:25 PM

In democratic societies, those who profit from the status quo typically have powerful avenues of influence to manipulate regulation and policy. Recognizing that fact, democracy is not a tool of easy health care reform. Consequently, processes by which costly, outmoded, inefficient health care practices can change are only by disruption of the status quo. Such disruptive opportunity looms before us now.

Quality, affordable health care for every American will only come from elimination and integration of the remaining complex players in the totality of health care in the United States.

Effective integration of necessary players is the key step in the creation of a new health care model that achieves the goals envisioned. Unfortunately, elimination of players and practices that have caused the health care crisis disrupts their status quo, intensifies their lobbying and leads to total disarray of purposeful legislation. Without elimination of special interests influencing Congress, partisan presentations in the media, statistically flawed polling and untruths, there is no factual analysis. Progress in achieving real health care reform is stymied. The result is disastrous.

It is necessary to disrupt our health care non-system, and rethink the hodgepodge of legislative bills offered now. Congress must realize the end result is more important than individual interests—the condition of health for every American is what is paramount. Responsibility for national health care must be given to an entity having long-term perspective, willing to spend today to save tomorrow; preventive programs that save by keeping us well; compassionate, personal care with choice; coverage for every American; simplicity of administration; funding by simple, fair taxation; savings by elimination of waste and duplication; comparative procedural effectiveness; and oversight.

A national single-payer health care program is the best plan for every American.

Richard A. Damon

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