Doctors Support Occupy Wall Street Because Wall Street Is Occupying Health Care
We support Occupy Wall Street because the private health insurance industry exemplifies the OWS movement’s central tenet: its unchecked corporate greed tramples human need.
We support OWS because economic and social inequalities make our patients sick.
We support OWS because we reject a system that forces us to treat patients differently based on the types of insurance they have and what kinds of treatments they can “afford.”
We support OWS because we believe in evidence, and evidence shows us that profit-driven health care raises costs and lowers quality. It’s unhealthy for the 99%; only CEOs and stockholders benefit.
We support OWS because our political leaders, held hostage by corporate money, reject evidence-based health policies such as a single payer reform that would save both lives and money.
We support OWS because the health care economy – like the overall economy – has more than sufficient resources to take care of 100%, but the resources are siphoned off by profit-driven corporations in the interest of the 1%.
We support OWS because we took the oath to do no harm, and our corrupt political and economic systems are doing all of us harm.
We support OWS because we are hopeful that we can change our society.