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I hope Nader beats this drum write up until election day. If anyone
can pull it off in a sane and rational manner it's Nader.
<br>AUGUST 29, 2000
<br>CONTACT: Jake Lewis or Laura Jones,(202) 265-4000
<p>NADER CALLS FOR SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
<p>BUFFALO, NY, August 29--Ralph Nader today called for a universal health
<br>system in the U. S.-with public funding, private delivery, and controls
<br>against waste, profiteering and malpractice, which would be similar
<br>single-payer system in Canada.
<p>Nader noted that in the U. S. 24 cents of every dollar spent on health
<br>goes to administrative costs compared to 11 cents in Canada.
He said the
<br>difference could go a long way in covering the 47 million Americans
<br>have no health insurance.
<br>Nader, the Green Party candidate for President, said the U. S. was
<br>the World Health Organization as 37th among nations in the world regarding
<br>the quality of health care.
<p>"This is not only embarrassing, but also unacceptable," Nader said.
<br>"Western European countries provided for their people 40 to 50 years
<br>ago...why can't we do it now in a period of economic growth and budget
<p>Nader said the nation is in a "transitory period" which gives us a "real
<br>opportunity" to recast our health care system in a nonprofit
<br>implement accessible universal health care, with attention to prevention
<br>diseases and trauma.
<p>Nader also urged that price restraints be placed on all drugs developed
<br>taxpayer dollars including most AIDS drugs. He said pharmaceutical
<br>companies are getting huge windfall profits from the government-developed
<br>drugs and then gouging patients mercilessly.
<p>"Instead of giving away a monopoly on these taxpayer-funded drugs to
<br>one company, multiple licenses should be issued to any company that
<br>sell them," Nader said. "That would create competition and bring
<p>Nader said if any company objects to the idea, the government should
<br>them, "if you're going to engage in profiteering, we'll make them
<br>ourselves-and more cheaply than you. The public health of the American
<br>people comes before vast profiteering."
<p>Nader was also critical of HMOs, charging that they are "destabilizing
<br>themselves by their own greed, tying the hands of professionals in
<br>medical and nursing areas from using their independent judgement in
<br>for their patients, and abusing consumers."
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