From firstname.lastname@example.org Wed Aug 30 07:18:00 2000
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2000 21:45:07 -0500 (CDT)
From: "THOMAS PALAZZOLO" <email@example.com>
Subject: NADER CALLS FOR SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
From: Dean Myerson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2000 12:52 PM
Subject: [OfficeStaff] [Press]NADER CALLS FOR SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
Nader calls for single-payer health care system
Nader 2000 General Committee press release,
29 August 2000
Press Release AUGUST 29, 2000 CONTACT: Jake Lewis or Laura
BUFFALO, NY, August 29--Ralph Nader today called for a universal
health care system in the U. S.-with public funding, private
delivery, and controls against waste, profiteering and malpractice,
which would be similar to the single-payer system in Canada.
Nader noted that in the U. S. 24 cents of every dollar spent on
health care goes to administrative costs compared to 11 cents in
Canada. He said the difference could go a long way in covering
the 47 million Americans who now have no health insurance. Nader,
the Green Party candidate for President, said the U. S. was ranked
by the World Health Organization as 37th among nations in the world
regarding the quality of health care.
"This is not only embarrassing, but also unacceptable," Nader said.
"Western European countries provided for their people 40 to 50
years ago...why can't we do it now in a period of economic growth
and budget surpluses."
Nader said the nation is in a "transitory period" which gives us
a "real opportunity" to recast our health care system in a nonprofit
mode and implement accessible universal health care, with attention
to prevention of diseases and trauma.
Nader also urged that price restraints be placed on all drugs
developed with taxpayer dollars including most AIDS drugs. He said
pharmaceutical companies are getting huge windfall profits from
the government-developed drugs and then gouging patients mercilessly.
"Instead of giving away a monopoly on these taxpayer-funded drugs
to just one company, multiple licenses should be issued to any
company that wants to sell them," Nader said. "That would create
competition and bring down prices."
Nader said if any company objects to the idea, the government should
say to them, "if you're going to engage in profiteering, we'll make
them ourselves-and more cheaply than you. The public health of the
American people comes before vast profiteering."
Nader was also critical of HMOs, charging that they are "destabilizing
themselves by their own greed, tying the hands of professionals in
the medical and nursing areas from using their independent judgement
in caring for their patients, and abusing consumers."
Paid for by Nader 2000 General Committee, Inc. PO Box 18002
( Washington, DC 20036 ( www.votenader.org ( (202) 265-4000 fax
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Press Secretary Nader 2000
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