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"Unionversal" Health Care For All?

September 1, 1999

At the same time that doctors are attempting to form unions nationwide, the nation's largest physician groups have banded together to push for universal health insurance for all Americans. They have launched a public campaign to make universal coverage the top priority in the 2000 presidential election.

However, the coverage they want to ensure could really be a mandate on the American public. They want to force Americans to buy (or government to pay for) health insurance that covers "generally accepted standards of medical practice, supported by outcomes-based evidence."

Who will define the standards? Who will define the outcomes? The new unions? Will our treatment choices be limited to only those approved by "peer-reviewed", union-backed journals?

Imagine Universal Religion

Can you imagine what would happen if the nation's largest religious groups banded together to declare that religion is a "right," and that all Americans should be forced to join a church that offers "generally accepted standards of religion, supported by outcomes-based evidence?" We would never tolerate such dominance over our religious decisions. Do we really want to allow such control over our health care choices?

Watch for Rhetoric

In the coming months, watch out for the buzzwords "universal" and "right to health care." This rhetoric might sound good. But mandatory universal coverage could strip Americans of their freedom to buy the health services they prefer. We might end up with "unionversal" health care for all.

You can view the statement "All Americans Must Have Health Insurance" at the following Web site address: http://www.aafp.org/news/990614nr.html.

This article was originally published in the July/August 1999 issue of Health Freedom Watch, the bimonthly watchdog report published by the Institute for Health Freedom.

 
In the coming months, watch out for the buzzwords "universal" and "right to health care." This rhetoric might sound good. But mandatory universal coverage could strip Americans of their freedom to buy the health services they prefer.
 
 
 
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