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..::: 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 Washington Times.

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