Of more than 2,000 doctors surveyed, 59 percent said they support legislation to establish a national health insurance program, while 32 percent said they opposed it, researchers reported in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. The [previous] 2002 survey found that 49 percent of physicians supported national health insurance and 40 percent opposed it.
“As doctors, we find that our patients suffer because of increasing deductibles, co-payments, and restrictions on patient care,” said Dr. Ronald Ackermann, who worked on the study with Carroll. “More and more, physicians are turning to national health insurance as a solution to this problem.”
“Across the board, more physicians feel that our fragmented and for-profit insurance system is obstructing good patient care, and a majority now support national insurance as the remedy,” Ackermann said in a statement.
Many other countries have national plans, including Britain, France and Canada, and several studies have shown the United States spends more per capita on health care, without achieving better results for patients.
I believe socialised healthcare is the single simplest step, a seed to halt the bloody menace of America the Empire and instead build America a country that respects and looks after its citizens and is not hated the world over. It would move resources from war-making to human life. From that many other changes for the better could spring, a national works program creating the clinics and hospitals would also help deal with the recession caused by corporate greed. And would be a finer use of labour than killing people for their oil. At its heart it is choice- to nurture or to kill. It would be the first time an empire recognised its imminent demise and treated rolling back its forces in so many countries not as defeat but as the opportunity for rebirth as a country fulfilling the promises of its founding. Paying mind to what happened at home instead of taking the commonwealth, the human capital of its citizens and using it for an imperialism serving only the wealthy elite. So it would be an extraordinary thing to happen, the odds are against it, the institutions of rapacious capitalism that have infected every facet of American culture are perhaps insurmountable. The knee jerk attacks by some (and most of the media) on Michael Moore’s Sicko demonstrated base unthinking phobia to the idea of paying taxes to care for humans rather than to bomb them. Is the corporate elite and hardcore right wing bloc, although less than 50%, able to dominate the majority wishes of the people, is there even a candidate that represents them (and not the corporate lobbyists millions needed to run). Put it this way, should a minority of people be allowed to inflict on the majority a system where people are dying in order to increase corporate profits and enrich an elite of that minority?