Big guns are out |

Big guns are out

Although the state legislature will this year again grapple with the issue of an increasingly damaged system of healthcare delivery in California, the big guns opposed to any significant change are already rolling out.

Take, for example, the words of a spokeswoman for the California Chamber of Commerce quoted in a recent Sacramento Bee article: “We don’t agree that a government (healthcare) system is going to be more efficient than private business. I don’t think anyone wants healthcare run like the Department of Motor Vehicles.”

The good woman presents an interesting point of view. It leads one to wonder how owning and driving vehicles in California might look with dozens of competing private industries trying to orchestrate it all based on differing internal standards, constantly mindful that profit establishes the bottom line rather than commitment to inclusive delivery of critically needed services to our complex motorized society.

It will take an overwhelming effort this year on the part of individuals and grassroots groups to counteract the opposition to significant healthcare change, opposition mounted principally by an incredibly powerful coalition of health insurance industries, pharmaceutical companies and other corporate interests.

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Terry Fieldhouse

Nevada City

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