Endorsement of Bush makes deceptive claims

October 28, 2004

Dear Editor:

I want to point out just a few of the deceptive claims you made in your editorial endorsing George W. Bush for president.

You said: "He will push for reform of the legal system to reduce the horrendous malpractice insurance costs that ..."

Here is what representatives of the insurance company lobbies say:

"We wouldn't tell you or anyone that the reason to pass tort reform would be to reduce insurance rates." - Sherman Joyce, president of the American Tort Reform Association (1999).

"Insurers never promised that tort reform would achieve specific savings." - American Insurance Association (2002).

These lobbyists are honest, at least. States that have capped malpractice awards have not achieved premium reductions.

You said: "(Bush) has a fundamental belief in the ability of the free-enterprise system to provide the best quality services of all kinds, including health care, at the lowest cost."


Here are some facts you ignore: The United States is the only developed country without a national health care system. Yet we spend about twice as much per capita on medical care than other developed countries. The multitude of different forms, criteria and procedures of different private insurance companies makes the administrative cost of the American system three times that of Canada's single-payer system. Furthermore, a study of 26 nations shows 23 countries with lower infant mortality rates, and 17 nations with longer life expectancy than the U.S. Other developed countries have universal coverage, whereas we have 45 million uninsured.

You say: "Under Bush's leadership, the United States adopted a new policy on terrorism that correctly linked the activities of terrorists to the rogue states, such as Afghanistan and Iraq, that sponsor them or grant them sanctuary."

Haven't you heard what the Bush administration itself admits: There is no evidence showing that the Saddam Hussein regime harbored or gave sanctuary to any terrorists involved in 9-11? Why do you continue to link Afghanistan, the homeland of Al-Qaida in 2001, with Iraq? That is discredited Bush propaganda, unworthy of a newspaper editorial.

Brian Cooney


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