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Ambridge Showing of Michael Moore’s Film Sicko on Monday May 11th

Posted by randyshannon on May 2, 2009

AMBRIDGE AREA for CHANGE

PRESENTS A FREE SHOWING OF

MICHAEL MOORE’S FILM

sicko

ABOUT THE U.S. HEALTH CARE CRISIS

AND WHY 46 MILLION OF US GO WITHOUT

Monday, May 11, 2009

6:30 PM

Center For Hope

233 Merchant Street, Ambridge

For More Information Call 724-251-0994 or 724-882-3100

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Dr. David Himmelstein Corrects AARP About HR 676 – Improved Medicare for All

Posted by randyshannon on May 2, 2009

Dr. David Himmelstein

Dr. David Himmelstein

David Himmelstein is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program. The author of numerous studies and books, he is a leader in the movement for universal health care.

AARP: H.R. 676 does not address the problem of increasing healthcare costs. Rather, it allows costs to continue to grow. By 2016, projections show total health spending almost doubling to $4.1 trillion and consuming one-fifth of the nation’s gross domestic product. Possible efforts to control costs include: “comparative effectiveness” research, a generic pathway for biologic drugs, and increased attention to prevention and care coordination, none of which are included in H.R. 676.

Dr. David Himmelstein: There is absolutely no evidence that the AARP’s favored cost control mechanisms work. The CBO has refused to credit significant savings from care coordination, or prevention. The recently published Medicare Demonstration project of care coordination found no savings. A New England Journal of Medicine review of prevention found that most prevention efforts result in increased costs, not decreased.

Comparative effectiveness research is worthwhile – as are prevention and care coordination – if done right – but is unlikely to significantly cut costs.

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