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Garamendi's Government-Run Medicine Gets a Thorough Examination from Calif.-Based Organization

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA—“Submit or go on strike” is the advice one California-based health care advocacy organization has for doctors and hospitals—in the face of California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi’s plan for government-controlled health care.

“California’s proposal puts health care dictatorship into practice,” writes Scott Holleran, editor of Pulse for Americans for Free Choice in Medicine (AFCM) in a new commentary. “The ideas in this plan, if executed, revoke the rights of those who produce medicine—the doctor, the pharmaceutical business, the hospital, the insurance company—and leave every Californian to fight the state for their lives.”

In a thorough examination of the 73-page paper, Holleran points to several provisions as evidence that the plan is a systematic violation of individual rights. Placing both treatment and payment under government control, Garamendi’s plan imposes massive regulations which force hospitals to spend huge sums trying to obey arbitrary rules rather than save lives. It punishes doctors, redistributes supplies from city hospitals to rural regions, expands Medi-Cal, nursing subsidies, and restrictions on pharmaceutical firms, including a ban on advertising and seizes proprietary software from California businesses. Everything from children to grocery stores, which will be forced to provide fresh fruits and vegetables—there’s also a program to force Californians to adopt a “healthy lifestyle”—is controlled by the state.

Holleran asks: “What do you, the patient, receive for losing the freedom to choose a doctor and hospital? You get to suffer under Garamendi’s bureaucratic rules.” In short, do not expect to send an X-Ray for a second opinion without signing a stack of papers, waiting long hours, or going to court. Scott Holleran’s health care commentary has been published in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and the Detroit News.

Americans for Free Choice in Medicine, (AFCM), was founded in 1993. AFCM educates the public about the principles of socialized medicine and free market ideas, such as HSAs and tax reform, and publishes a consumer's guide on its Web site (http://www.afcm.org). AFCM is the nation's only educational organization based on individual rights, personal responsibility, and free market ideas in medicine.

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