After reading your column “The Perils of Privatized Healthcare,” posted August 11, 2003, I have only one question: When are you going to endorse Dennis Kucinich for President of the United States?
Dennis Kucinich has a clear plan for delivering “universal healthcare.” I know you have spoken frequently about the “perils of privatized healthcare.” Now is the time to do something about it. I urge you to take a stand and go the extra mile, and endorse the one candidate who has made “Medicare for All” a cornerstone of his platform.
It’s a reasonable question, and as The Nation‘s editor in chief was the first to point out in her weblog Editor’s Cut, as early as May, your man does have a rational plan for universal health coverage. But also take a look at Katha Pollitt’s latest column on Howard Dean. Dean expresses the anger that many Democrats feel toward Bush’s handling of foreign policy. And though Dean’s plan for universal health coverage isn’t as firm or grounded yet as Kucinich’s, I am among those who believe that Dean, an internist, is a more viable candidate.
What do you think of Dr. Howard Dean’s pragmatic approach to securing health insurance for the US population? I’ve been without health insurance since 1985 when my late husband got ill and lost his work. I’m hanging in there (for four more years until Medicare kicks in) with hypertension, diabetes, hypothyroidism, asthma and chemical hypersensitivities. My severe reactions to chemicals have made it impossible to earn an income since 1972.
You are a person who is badly in need of health insurance. We need universal coverage to provide for that. Expanding Medicaid is not the best answer. I am watching–as are many–to see how the policies of Howard Dean and others play out. But I do hope to see him push for universal health coverage as part of a national progressive platform. At least he understands the issue and has some track record on providing healthcare in Vermont.
I am about to get restorative dental work that may cost up to $30,000, and the dentist told me that I need to use fluoride to protect my existing dental roots. However, I am uncomfortable with taking this chemical. Having been a vegan for more than twenty years, I have grown weary of the negative effects of fluoride, regardless of the amounts. Is it advisable to use this chemical or is there a safer natural product that can be used to protect dental roots?
Tough question. I am a believer in fluoride and think that it does offer your teeth long-term protection at a very acceptable potential cost. I don’t believe that it’s easy to study long-term negative effects, however. In direct answer to your question, I do not know of a more natural product that offers the same protection. Sorry I can’t be of more help, but I don’t think everything used in Western medicine necessarily has an “alternative” that can be used just as effectively.