Sunday, September 23, 2007

Heathcare Savings Accounts: a non-solution

Forty-seven million Americans do not have healthcare.

Since 2001, the number of people without insurance has increased by 7.2 million, while the percent of the population getting health insurance though their employer has dropped, falling again last year to 59.7% from 60.2% in 2005.

More and more citizens are being priced out of the healthcare market place.

Nationally, healthcare and pharmaceutical costs have skyrocketed, almost doubling since 2000. And in Wisconsin, healthcare costs are 26% higher than the national average!

In response to this classic case of market failure, President Bush and his fellow ideologues in the Republican Party have called for a market solution-health care savings accounts.

If our privatized system is failing, why would any reasonable person think that more privatization-private savings accounts- will solve the problem?

Citizen Action has produced a hilarious cartoon on the market fundamentalists non-solution.

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