Magazine article The New Leader (Online)

'Don't Get Sick in America'

Magazine article The New Leader (Online)

'Don't Get Sick in America'

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MY BOOK on health care, Don 't Get Sick in America, says that with medical expenditures at $63 billion a year and headed toward an eye-popping $100 billion, this has to be the year for national health insurance. A Foreword by Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D. -Mass.) emphasizes that it must not be simply an updated insurance program, but a revolution in health care.

Did I forget to mention that my book was published in 1 970, and since then expenditures have risen past $2.2 trillion? Almost 40 years later, America is still wrestling with a health industry that is deathly sick.

The House and Senate have gone home. Left behind are elements of several health care bills in committees. And now the rhetorical guns of August are resounding throughout the land as constituents vent their anger at the mess .

Senator Arlen Specter (D.-Pa.) and Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius were cheered, but also heckled and booed, in Philadelphia. …

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