RALPH NADER: Stumps for Universal Health Care
For-profit HMOs are "destabilizing themselves by their own greed," according to consumer advocate and Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader, who urged consumers, nurses and physicians to "take advantage of the looming changes in the medical system to force the creation of universal health care," the AP/Las Vegas Sun reports. Addressing the California Nurses Association yesterday, Nader advocated universal health care and expressed doubt that Democratic candidate Vice President Al Gore and GOP candidate Texas Gov. George W. Bush would push for "sound medical plans for every American." He said, "I think we are in a real transitory period, which gives us a real opportunity to recast our health care system in a nonprofit mode and implement universal health care" (3/20).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.