Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Changing times

There was a time when anything that smacked of government involvement in health care was labeled "socialism".

Okay, another time besides this one.

The stance of private physicians was overwhelmingly hostile -- you know like Republicans are now (though I'm pretty sure the AMA was never into fabricating birth certicates so there were differences).

Well, though it doesn't necessarily mean it will work its way through thick skulls this was good to see:

A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) study published in Monday's New England Journal of Medicine shows that 63 percent of physicians support a health reform proposal that includes both a public option and traditional private insurance. If the additional 10 percent of doctors who support an entirely public health system are included, then approximately three out of four physicians nationwide support inclusion of a public option.

Not that anyone seems to be listening. I guess a private insurance system that does stuff like this is too awesome to change:

It turns out that in eight states, plus the District of Columbia, getting beaten up by your spouse is a pre-existing condition.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

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