In reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding “Obamacare”, Green Party Congressional candidate Joseph Diaferia (NY-16) has reiterated his call for the creation of a national, single payer health care system.
Calling health care a right and not a privilege, Diaferia stated: “Most developed countries provide health care to all of their citizens as a matter of right; yet here in the U.S., apologists for private medicine conjure up all sorts of politically illiterate arguments regarding the destructive impact socialized medicine might have on the ’American way’ – whatever that is. Honestly speaking, socialized medicine is precisely what we need, and I make no apology for my viewpoint here.”
Diaferia, continued, “Although I have to confess to some personal gratitude at seeing the Tea Party malcontents get their heads handed to them on this issue, both the Dems and the Reps are woefully mistaken in their belief that Obamacare means reform of any kind. At the risk of oversimplifying the issue, reforming health care by requiring all Americans to obtain health insurance is tantamount to eliminating unemployment by requiring every American to have a job, or eradicating homelessness by requiring every American to buy a house. This is not reform; it is merely a procedural shift—a cruel sham, in fact.”
Asked how such a national health care system would be funded, Diaferia responded, “The question we should be asking is why we do not already have such a system in place when upwards of 1.3 trillion dollars are spent on imperial wars in the Middle East, and billions are spent on the booming prison industry? We cannot rightly denounce or even question the costs of human services when American society is imbricated with national security and paramilitary apparatus at a cost of tens of billions of dollars. How many members of Congress challenged the war on terror or the [USA PATRIOT] Act on constitutional grounds? I don’t remember any of these same elected officials or political organizations challenging the repressive and coercive policies of the Bush and Obama Administrations, and with few exceptions, I heard no member of Congress protest the excessive cost of expanding the institutions of state power.”
In addition, Diaferia addressed recurring concerns on the part of Americans regarding choices of physicians in a national health care system. “Here too, critics and skeptics may be missing the point. Frankly, we do not have choices under the present system. We cannot choose between allopathic and holistic treatments. Under the current system we are coercively locked into traditional treatment, yet such may not be the method that some prefer. Moreover, one wonders how many Americans even know that holistic therapies exist. How many physicians can make informed statements about such therapies? I would imagine that most physicians are forced to trumpet the findings of the American Medical Association and/or the pharmaceutical lobby or face ostracism. We need to look at the history of collusion among medical lobbying organizations, the pharmaceutical industry, and all of the research syndicates. It is quite a long history, and even a cursory review would reveal a determined effort on the part of the conventional medicine to suppress the emergence of treatments that might
threaten the profits of pharmaceutical companies. Thus, the medical
industries—and perhaps the cancer industry, in particular—have long endeavored
to conceal certain therapies and deprive us of choices, thereby.”
Diaferia has stated that when elected, he will assemble an independent commission to investigate the collusion between medical lobbying
organizations and pharmaceuticals industries, and what he terms the
“conspiratorial obstruction” of the development and application of alternative
medicine. “Let us take a comprehensive look at all of what has been handed to us by medical professionals for over a century. The medical industries have
amassed billions of dollars in profits as a result of our uncritical acceptance
of their information and instruction. They discourage debate of a national
health care system for the same reasons that they would like us not to consider
alternative medicine. Thus, there needs to be a complete excavation of this
history, and we must follow the truth wherever it leads, and it may reveal a very
unpleasant history surrounding the American Medical Association and the
American Cancer Society”, Diaferia added.
Diaferia indicated that the commission he is proposing
could be part of a larger historical truth commission, which he will be proposing.