A Battle of Ideas

Bert A. Loftman, MD
Published Date: 
June 1, 1996
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Summer 1996
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Kudos to Jane Orient and Phyllis Schlafly for their one two punch on what Nobel prize winning economist Milton Friedman describes as Soviet style health care. The article in the May 2 Washington Times by Mrs. Schlafly titled “Clinton Care Reborn” hit the nail on the head. It seems that the Republicans want to use the government to control the monopolistic tendencies of conservatism and this is known as fascism.

I look forward to the May 10 March on the Capital against managed care. There will be single-payer marchers along side of us. It is a battle of ideas. Should patients or the third-party payers be in charge? We believe that no third-party should be in charge. The contrast [of ideas] and possible media attention should further our cause.

I hope that MSAs can carry the day but if not, perhaps we need to look at repeal of the 16th or income tax Amendment. With no income tax, there are not tax breaks to job-based, managed care and people can save with pre-tax dollars, as with MSAs.

Bert A. Loftman, MD
Atlanta, GA



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