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New York Times February 18, 2010 OP-ED COLUMNIST Do We Really Want the Status Quo on Health Care? By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF If you found a suspicious lump in your neck, you’d never put off d ealing with it with the excuse: This is the loveliest neck in the world, and I don’t want to tinker with it. Sure, hospitals are expensive and serve tasteless food. Yes, surgeons can accidentally leave a clamp behind, and nobody likes blood. But burying on e’s head in the sand is what ostriches do and that’s what we Americans are poised to do if we miss this chance to reform our sick health care system. The debate about health care in recent months has focused on the shortcomings of the reform proposals. Critics are right to be disappointed that the legislation doesn’t curb malpractice suits and doesn’t do more to change the basic fee-for-service structure that incubates rising health care costs. But just think for a moment about the far costlier option that now may lie ahead of us: sticking with the status quo. Health care is on my mind partly because my eldest son, a champion high school wrestler, had his latest postmatch encounter with the medical system. You know you have a problem when the E.R. nurse immediately recognizes
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2012 for the course 360 290 taught by Professor Dankelemen during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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