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No reform is the scariest choice of all

By Allan Stalvey
Senior vice president, South Carolina Hospital Association
Special to S.C. Statehouse Report

AUG. 21, 2009 — For years, hospital leaders have been telling policymakers and consumers that the health care system is broken and cannot continue to operate under the status quo much longer. The message has fallen mostly on deaf ears.

Today Americans are debating the need for health care reform and how best to achieve it. This is a healthy discussion until uninformed people show up at town halls instructed to shut down the debate. Some days, the loudest voices seem to be those who only want to protect the status quo. Their aim is to scare Americans into opposing health care reform. In many cases their arguments are seriously flawed and even dangerous. In truth, doing nothing to reform our health care system is the scariest choice of all.

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