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COUNTERPOINT: Should Pulmonary/ICU Physicians Support Single-payer Health-care Reform? No

Gilbert G. Berdine, MD
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Departments of Internal Medicine and Medical Education, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Free Market Institute, Lubbock, TX

CORRESPONDENCE TO: Gilbert G. Berdine, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, 3601 4th St, STOP 9410, Lubbock, TX 79430


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;150(1):11-14. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.02.664
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I would like to thank the editors of CHEST and my opponents in this debate for inviting me to discuss this matter of great importance to pulmonologists and critical care physicians. Rather than decreasing health-care costs as promised, the ACA has led to large premium increases and cancelled policies for people who had insurance and were satisfied with their insurance. These results were predicted. My opponents in this debate suggest a single-system payer as a solution. I respectfully disagree.

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