Is Universal Healthcare still on our radar now that the Obama Administration and congress has passed the healthcare reform bill?
This video provides an overview of the recently passed healthcare legislation. While the Teabaggers complained that Obama was taking us on the path to socialism, progressives felt the bill didn't go far enough because it doesn't provide universal healthcare coverage. Proponents of universal healthcare insist that there will continue to be a swath of Americans who will be underserved and/or uninsured until universal healthcare is embraced by this nation as it has been by most other industrialized nations.
Dr. Margaret Flowers, of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) recently responded to a fan of the healthcare reform bill saying, " It is important to look at what the legislation will/will not do based on the evidence of what has and hasn't worked. I am in favor of health reform. In fact I devote most of my time to it. The argument that legislation like this will do some good and so should be supported has been used over and over in this country at the state level to justify passing patchwork reforms. None of these patches has been successful. While they do help some people, they leave other people out and the overall trend has been to maintain a growing number of people who are uninsured or underinsured and continued escalation of health care costs. It doesn't have to be this way. We can create a universal health system, but we are going to have to work very hard to get it. That is why I urge people to get involved.
While I recognize the significance of passing "something" at the federal level, I urge people to look at what was actually passed. It is a huge handout to the private insurance and pharmaceutical corporations which will further empower them. We have just increased the privatization of our health care financing which is the most wasteful and unequal way to pay for health care.
I hope you will join us in our work for real health reform. To learn more, you can join our conversation next Monday. Go to backbonecampaign.org for details."