..::: NEWS RELEASE
..::: JULY 27, 2004
Democratic Health Care Fantasies
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA—The Democratic Platform this week calls for “Reforming Health
Care.” The details reveal that by “reform” they mean huge increases in
government regulations and spending on health care.
“Neither party offers much to those concerned about
the future direction of American health care,” states Richard E.
Ralston, executive director of Americans for Free Choice in Medicine
(AFCM). “In the case of the Democrats convening this week, mutually
exclusive proposals collide head-on in their platform.”
“They maintain that Americans and their employers
‘pay too much,’ but they propose that health care be provided as a
“right” to those who pay nothing. That can only mean that those
individuals and businesses struggling to pay their own insurance
premiums will be presented by the government with a bill for everybody
else’s health care costs.”
Ralston observes that “the same platform calls for a
‘Patient’s Bill of Rights’ to ‘put doctors and nurses back in charge of
making medical decisions with their patients—instead of allowing HMO
bureaucrats to decide what a patient needs.’ In 1993 the Clinton
administration wanted to force everyone into HMO’s as the magic solution
of cost control by ‘managed health care.’ Now the proposal is to outlaw
such ‘management.’ What will that do to the cost of health care?”
Ralston’s articles have been published in the
Houston Chronicle, Orange County Register and the
Americans for Free Choice in Medicine (AFCM), founded in 1993, is the
nation’s only educational organization based on individual rights,
personal responsibility and free market ideas in medicine.
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