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We need universal plan and nothing less


To the Editor:

"Is There Any Way Out for Obama?"

Writing in 'Physicians for a National Health Program,' Professor Leonard Radberg, Chair, Urban Studies Department, Queens College/CUNY) made the following observation:

"Progressives worry that, if Obama's health reform plan fails to pass, a latter-day right-wing Gingrich movement will take over the Congress in 2010 and the White House in 2012. What I have not heard, but what I am increasingly coming to believe, is that, if the Plan passes in any of its current forms, things will go just as badly for him! Why is that?

"The general reason is that the Plan is a DOG. It is a terrible, complex plan that will accomplish almost nothing. Relatively few people will benefit from it, while everyone who has to use health care will continue to experience the mess that is, and will continue to be, the American health care system. And, because of the new requirements built into the Plan, health care finance will become even more complex and confusing."

I hate to even consider it, but I sense the good Professor is correct. Every item he points to in his article appears to be inevitable along with his speculated outcome. We must come back to either Medicare For All or Universal Health Care — nothing less. Obama should put on the brakes, turn the wheel and floor the accelerator. He has been a Neville Chamberlain trying to please everyone and ending up at the end of the day pleasing no one. He must be decisive in deed as well as in word. Set political consensus aside — a healthy dose of partisan dictatorship is called for now.

Jay Z. Dasa, Attica
October 28, 2009

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