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The Prospect of Nationalized Healthcare II
Wednesday, January 14, 2009

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Wayne Shepherd Wayne Shepherd:  This is The Public Square®. I'm Wayne Shepherd with Dave Zanotti of the American Policy Roundtable. A continuing conversation on the prospect of nationalized healthcare:

Dave Zanotti:  We're talking with Dr. Chuck McGowen who is our go-to person here at the national headquarters of the Roundtable.  Whenever there's a question of medicine, Chuck gets the call. Chuck, why aren't more doctors talking right now about their fears of a nationalized healthcare system? 

Dr. Charles McGowen:  Well first of all, the majority of physicians in practice today have never lived under a free enterprise system.  They either have come into practice when Medicare was established or even after the health maintenance organizations had been established.  So they have always lived under the guise of having to report to a government official to get healthcare for their patient or to an insurance person to get healthcare for their patient.  They don't know any better.

DZ: Wow. And you do remember that day?

CM: Oh I certainly do.

DZ: And was it better?

CM: Oh it was the golden age of medicine.

DZ: How so?

CM: Well because my patient would come to me because he or she was really sick in the first place.  And people, when Medicare was established, would come to me simply because it was free.  There was not even any co-pay then.  So I had to deal with a lot of nonsense things.

WS: And, Chuck, for those who couldn't pay, what happened to them?

CM: Oh well we didn't charge them.  As a matter of fact, no one likes to get something for nothing, if they really have integrity.  So these people were farmers who would bring me chickens or eggs...

WS: So you never went hungry.

CM: Never.

DZ: So there was a time when medicine worked - people weren't dropping dead in the streets and the government wasn't in control of everything. 

CM: Exactly.

WS: There's much more that we need to know about this idea of nationalized healthcare.  Dr.  Chuck McGowen, thank you. For Dr. Dave Zanotti of the American Policy Roundtable, I'm Wayne Shepherd.

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