The Five Contrarian Couplets

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012 1:37:00 PM Categories: Health Reform


Health Reform Contrarian’s Credo


The Five Contrarian Couplets

October 5, 2009

Contrarian Couplet #1:

  1. The US should adopt a single-payer, National Health Insurance (NHI) system.
  2. No one alive in 2010 will live to see the US adopt a single-payer, NHI system.

Contrarian Couplet #2:

  1. Americans are not willing to pay premiums for health insurance they may not use.
  2. Americans are willing to pay a fair price for health services they use.

Contrarian Couplet #3:

  1. Public policy debate about health reform will continue to rise and fade producing incremental reforms that further complicate an already complex health system.
  2. Actual health reform will continue unabated outside the public policy arena adapting and assimilating any public policy initiatives.

Contrarian Couplet #4:

  1. Uninsured persons are now a permanent feature of the US health system.
  2. The terms “uninsured” and “underinsured” are obsolete and should be replaced by the concept of “self-funded individuals” which encompasses virtually all Americans.

Contrarian Couplet #5:

  1. Collective actions of corporate interests have led to the US health system we have today.
  2. Collective actions of organized individuals will truly reform the US health system of tomorrow.
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