Rethink Your Strategy

If you think of yourself as an organization that is trying to do the will of the people, you probably need to rethink your strategy if Wal-Mart signs on to your bill. Wal-Mart has signed a letter to Congress (along with the Center for American Progress and SEIU) asking for an employer mandate in healthcare reform. As I see it, this goes towards preserving private insurance. This is likely to garner support for more Republicans, therefore making the “hybrid option” more likely to have bipartisan support. This is not more likely to control costs. It may not even improve healthcare. The Center for American Progress needs to rethink their position.

I think that Wal-Mart sees the writing on the wall. Something will be done about healthcare this year. From a progressive standpoint, we have to be extremely diligent to make sure whatever gets done is to our liking.

We need universal healthcare. Anything short is spitting in the wind.


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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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