Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine at University of Washington School of Medicine
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
“The new House bill for health care reform (HR 3962), unveiled by Speaker Nancy Pelosi on October 29th, will not fundamentally reform U.S. health care...
But this bill is not good enough to pass. It will not make a big enough difference in addressing the three main problems requiring reform--containing the spiraling costs of health care, providing universal access to affordable health care, and improving its quality. If we look at the provisions of this 1,990-page bill concerning just the first two of these three goals, we see that it will fail to deliver real reform...
But the negative side far outweighs the positive:
• Although supporters of the new House bill claim that it would expand coverage for as many as 30 million uninsured, we are actually likely to see an increase in the number of uninsured in coming years...
• There are no effective cost containment mechanisms built into the bill, either for the costs of health insurance or for health care itself...
• Although the public option has been the target of intense controversy, it will play a negligible role in health care reform...
• HR 3962 will not result in making health care more affordable...
• Buried in the fine print of this monster bill are many provisions that will benefit corporate stakeholders in the medical industrial complex on the backs of patients and their families...
In sum, this $1.055 trillion plan over ten years will not fix the major problems of cost and affordable access to health care in our deteriorating system, will add new layers of bureaucracy and complexity to the present system, is not fiscally responsible, and is not sustainable.”
"No Health Care Bill Is Better Than a Bad Bill," www.huffingtonpost.com, Nov. 5, 2009
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Involvement and Affiliations:
Professor Emeritus, Family Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine
Recipient, Dr. Quentin Young Health Activist Award, Physicians for a National Health Program, 2008
President, Physicians for a National Health Program, 2005-2007
Marian Bishop Award, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, 2004
Editor, The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice, 1990-2003
Curtis B. Hames Research Award, North America Primary Care Research Group and Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, 1990
Member, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, 1985-present
Certificate of Excellence, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, 1980
Chairman, Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, 1976-1990
Founding Editor, The Journal of Family Practice, 1973-1990
Gold Headed Cane Award, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, 1960
MD, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, 1960