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Title: Enlightenment thinking could bring health care for all americans
Authors: Gambescia, Stephen F.
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy
Citation: Philosophy & Public Policy Quarterly 28 (1/2): pp. 19-23.
Abstract: Many health care groups are giddy about the prospect of real national health care reform, following the Democratic takeover of both Congressional chambers in January 2007. Taking this cue, the several presidential campaigns give priority to health care reform and are, therefore, slowly divulging their plans. Recalling President and Mrs. Clinton’s efforts of fifteen years ago, presidential hopefuls of today perceive this as an opportunity to advance a Democratic “core value”: universal health care. President Bush and some Republican Congressional members understandably have their own ideas regarding how to slow the increase in costs of health care, to insure more people, and (generally) to assist the system to “heal thyself.” Getting health care reform onto a “national agenda” is a vital first step to improving the health care of all Americans, but keeping it there and making significant change is of far greater import. Thus, if the latest national health care reform movement follows the perfunctory political stream, the result will be yet another set of incremental policy changes that add more complexity, but these changes will provide little improvement to a system very much in distress. We must get serious about true health care reform.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/2669
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