Sunday, July 1, 2007

Gina Liggett LTE in USA Today

The June 29, 2007 edition of USA Today printed the following LTE by Gina Liggett:
Moore in denial

Gina M. Liggett, R.N. -- Denver

I'm hoping the title of the sequel to "Sicko" will be "Just Kidding." Moore and many Americans are in denial about the disaster that single-payer health care would bring, including:

* Long waiting lists for tests and treatment.

* Soaring costs of Medicare.

* Rationing treatments for more serious and costly diseases like cancer.

* Bureaucrats influencing medical decision-making that should only take place between a patient and a physician.

Does anyone care that Moore's advocacy of greater regulation of the pharmaceutical industry would only further stifle innovation at a time when we need it most to cure such devastating diseases as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and diabetes?

As a nurse, I take care of patients with these diseases, and if our health care system is bad now, it will crash and burn under socialized medicine.
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