The March 7, 2008 issue of the Psychiatric News reported that the American Medical Association is intending to bump up its advertising campaign for universal health care from 5 million in 2007 to 15 million in 2008 a Presidential campaign year. Good for them. Here's a snippet from the article:
The advocacy push is a big bump up from the $5 million the AMA spent in 2007 on its campaign to get health coverage for the uninsured. The AMA dedicated $15 million in January for a campaign prior to the national election in November to encourage voters to demand universal health care access for all Americans. The AMA push is the second phase of its "Voice for the Uninsured" campaign, which aims to spur action to cover the nation's 47 million uninsured (Psychiatric News, February 1). The campaign stems from observations by AMA members about the consequences faced by their uninsured patients, who often are sicker and die younger, said Samantha Rosman, M.D., an AMA board member, in a written statement. Such patients often skip preventive care and regular checkups until their health problems reach crisis proportions, which then results in more difficult and more costly conditions to treat.
With 45 - 50 million Americans without health care coverage including my 27 year old son, the idea of Universal Health Care is an idea whose time has come. If the Neo Cons can spend 3 trillion dollars on a war in Iraq, we, as Americans, surely can afford health care for every American. If the Europeans and other First World countries can do this, why in the world can't we? It's time. Let your politicians know you want this.