National Coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP)
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
"[B]y forcing thousands of businesses and millions of individuals to buy health insurance from private corporations, and by subsidizing the purchase of this (often shoddy and inadequate) coverage, the new law is throwing an economic lifeline to a decidedly market-based model of financing care – one that puts profit maximization above the nation’s health.
The new legislation was decisively shaped by the insurance and pharmaceutical companies. These firms lavished hundreds of millions of dollars on Congress in the form of lobbying and campaign contributions over the past several years to make sure their profit-making enterprises were protected under any reform.
Yes, there is some expansion of public programs like Medicaid. And yes, there are some new regulations on private insurers. But the insurers remain firmly in control.
Even if the new law works as planned, at least 23 million people will remain uninsured in 2019, and tens of thousands will continue to suffer and die unnecessarily each year from inadequate access to care. Health care costs will continue to rise, and families will continue to face intolerable financial burdens from medical expenses."
Experts Individuals with MDs, DOs, PhDs, JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to health care; top-level federal government officials significantly involved in health care and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
National Coordinator, Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP)
Clinical Professor, Preventive Medicine and Community Health, University of Illinois Medical Center
Chairman and Founder, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group
Master, American College of Physicians
Member, American Medical Association
Retired Internist, Hyde Park Community (Chicago, IL)
President, American Public Health Association, 1998
Former Chairman, Department of Internal Medicine, Cook County Hospital
President, Chicago Board of Health, 1983
Former National Chairman, The Medical Committee for Human Rights
Founder, Committee to End Discrimination in Chicago Medical Institutions, 1951