Place this in the ‘toot my own horn’ category. And in the ‘you really ought to listen to The Eric Novack Show’ at www.ericnovack.com‘ category.
From the Wall Street Journal October 10, 2006 edition:
Competition is an issue that many patient-advocacy groups wrestle with as they struggle to raise funds for research, attract greater interest in their diseases, and speed up the search for a cure.
The article ostensibly discusses how there are over 140 advocacy groups for brain tumors alone— and how they actively compete against each other for members, funding, and the ear (and hopefully pocketbooks) of elected officials.
As we give more and more power over the administration, funding and regulation over to unelected bureaucrats appointed by our ever campaigning politicians, we head toward the only guaranteed outcome of ‘single payer’, ‘single pool’, ‘national’ healthcare: the protected by law, expanded by lawsuit, and guarded by lobbyists development of healthcare-by-lobbying.
In the world of healthcare-by-lobbying, heart disease advocates fight against Alzheimer’s groups, child advocates fight against the AARP, hip replacement makers fight against pacemaker manufacturers.
There is no free market-no free market of ideas, no free market for patients, no free market for doctors. And busy legislators find themselves uncertain about what the greatest need is for patients because each group emphasizes different issues or aspects of the disease.
There is also recognition that as cancer research increasingly focuses on using costly, cutting-edge technology to identify genes and cellular changes as an avenue to new treatments, progress is going to take huge sums of money that small patient-advocacy groups are unlikely to be able to raise on their own.
I have yet to ever hear an argument from the single payer advocates how this can be prevented. Rather, it appears as if this is an essential part of their plan.
Proof- spend 10 minutes reading the single payer bill vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger in California last month. 80+ pages of committees and bureaucracy.