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Single-Payer Health Care System Is The 'Only Solution,' Holt Says

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt says ObamaCare is not good enough and argues for a single-payer system in new web ad.

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt in the fifth installment of his whiteboard web ads.
U.S. Rep. Rush Holt in the fifth installment of his whiteboard web ads.

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt touches the third rail in the healthcare debate in his latest ad in support of his U.S. Senate bid, arguing that a single-payer healthcare system is the “only solution.’’

In the fifth in a series of whiteboard, internet-only ads the campaign has titled the “Geek Out” series, Holt uses a litany of statistics to debunk the argument that the American healthcare system is the best in the world – a common refrain used by critics of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “ObamaCare.’’

“We rank fifty-first in life expectancy, fifty-first in infant mortality, forty-eighth in maternal mortality, forty-third in suicide rates, and forty-seventh in hospital beds,’’ Holt says. “In fact, there’s only one measure by which American health care consistently leads the world: cost.”

And the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature legislation that U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone – a competitor in the U.S. Senate race – helped craft, does not go far enough to fix the problem, Holt says.

“ObamaCare will help, but not enough,’’ Holt says.

Holt is vying for the Senate seat of late Sen. Frank Lautenberg in an Aug. 13 special primary election against Democratic contenders Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Pallone and state Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver.

The winner of the primary will face off against a the GOP primary winner – either Steve Lonegan, the former mayor of Bogota or Somerset County physician Alieta Eck in a special general election, slated for Oct. 16.

In previous ads, Holt has advocated for taxes on businesses that pollute, new taxes on some Wall Street trading, and lowering school loans to the rates charged to big banks.

Holt’s last ad, “Climate Change,” claimed that “millions would die’’ if nothing was done to reverse man-made climate change. It provoked strong responses from Oliver, who defended Holt’s position, and Lonegan, who called it “silly hysteria.’’

g July 25, 2013 at 02:34 PM
How to destroy Health Care in America, vote for single-payer health system: Advocates of single-payer have long pointed to VA hospitals as examples of how a single-payer, government-run health care system can work in America. But this NYT story on a whistleblower’s letter complaining about a “pattern of problems” at one Mississippi VA hospital paints a much less appealing portrait of these institutions: The problems over the last six years include poor sterilization procedures, chronic understaffing of the primary care unit and missed diagnoses by the radiology department… The final whistle-blower, a retired ophthalmologist who was active in the physician’s union at the medical center, told the special counsel that a former radiologist at the hospital “regularly marked patients’ radiology images as ‘read’ when, in fact, he failed to properly review the images and at times failed to review them at all,” the special counsel’s letter to the White House says. In some cases, fatal diseases were not diagnosed, the letter says.
Pat July 25, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Agree, g. VA missed a lung tumor the size of a lemon on my dad. X-rays mysteriously list when his PCP asked for them 30 days later. Father-in-law went to VA for surgery, came out with MRSA. Real great care at the VA.
rusty corvair July 26, 2013 at 07:36 AM
He has a point. One way to lower cost in any business is to eliminate the middleman (insurance companies). However, the government has a poor track record of running any program in an efficient manner. What to do? What to do?
Bill July 26, 2013 at 10:09 AM
You're not eliminating the middle man. You're just replacing insurance companies with the US government. That would be a great choice. They could use Medicare, Medicaid, and SS as examples of how well they run things. No corruption , fraud, or wasteful practices in those three. *sarcasm off*
Dentss Dunnagun July 28, 2013 at 04:57 AM
Andrew Obama has plans to fix the the obesity problem ..http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2013/07/20130727_income.jpg
Keven Canning July 29, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Rush Holt has a PhD in physics. He's most likely more intelligent than anyone posting on this board. I support universal health care and I support Rush Holt. No matter how you cut it, universal healthcare countries deliver statistically better and more cost effective healthcare.
Amber Wright July 31, 2013 at 09:15 AM
The single best thing we could do for ourselves as a country and the thing that will impact the most people and SAVE money for almost every community is to GET THE FLUORIDE OUT OF THE WATER. Despite what the Government (they once said tobacco, asbestos & thimerisol were all safe products), the ADA and the industry may currently claim FLUORIDE IS POISON. Research this for yourself - this is the best thing we can do for our bodies and our country's health system. Studies prove fluoride makes you obese - and since America is one of the few country's that fluoridates it's water there is proof in the pudding. Incidentally, Mexico also fluoridates in their salt. Japan which is listed as the healthiest country in the world, does not practice fluoridation of their water. Fluoride - THE BIG LIE - http://www.casescorner.com/id12.html
Chris Welch August 01, 2013 at 02:31 PM
@Amber - I grew up in Willingboro. The water had fluoride in it. Don't recall an obesity problem in town growing up. And this was in the days when people drank water from the tap, not "spring water" from bottles. Maybe adults and kids are fat today because they eat too much garbage food and exercise too little. The single best thing people could do for themselves is eat better and exercise daily.
Amber Wright August 01, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Fluoride is linked to thyroid disease and this is directly linked to weight - Fluoride is pure poison and everyone should educate themselves on the harm this does to the body - the above video covers a tremendous amount - this article and video cover thyroid disease in women - everyone knows someone with this disease - they should get off fluoride immediately. It is not only in the water - tea, sports drinks, medications, foods - this poison is everywhere and we are being over medicated. Let us think about this logically if we may. The EPA has set a guideline of 4.0ppm and a secondary guideline of 2.oppm - based on what exactly no one knows. Now if you are someone who is lets say, an athlete, a laborer, or an individual that drinks a tremendous amount of water, how exactly is this being regulated? How is this does of fluoride (poison) being monitored in each person? It is not - they have no idea how much fluoride each person is getting and therefore placing it in our water is criminal, negligent and irresponsible. Please educate yourselves as to what this poison does - - http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/08/13/fluoride-and-thyroid-dysfunction.aspx
Chris Welch August 01, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Do you have any articles that are from a reputable source ? Like Harvard Medical. http://www.askdoctork.com/is-fluoride-bad-for-you-201211283791 "Fluoride is a powerful ally in your fight against tooth decay. As far as I have been able to determine, the rumors that abound linking fluoride to a broad range of ills — from heart disease to allergies to genetic abnormalities — have no scientific backing. As with many things, fluoride can be lethal if you ingest excessive amounts. However, an adult would have to consume 5,000 to 10,000 glasses of fluoridated water in one sitting to reach dangerous levels"
Amber Wright August 02, 2013 at 12:13 AM
First - Dr. Mercola has studied and researched this issue more than any other human being on earth, so to say he is not a credible source makes you appear ignorant. Secondly since you like Harvard so much as a source - here you go - Harvard Study Finds Fluoride Lowers IQ - Published in Federal Gov't Journal http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/24/idUS127920+24-Jul-2012+PRN20120724 - -- - 14 Nobel Prize Winners who object to fluoridation - http://www.nofluoride.com/presentations/Nobel%20Prize%20Winners.pdf - - - - -600 Physicians, Dentists, Scientists and Environmentalists Call for an End to Fluoridation in letter to Congress - http://parentsplacedot.wordpress.com/fluoride/600-physicians-dentists-scientists-and-environmentalists-call-for-an-end-to-fluoridation/
Amber Wright August 02, 2013 at 12:25 AM
This video cover it all and talks about endless studies that prove fluoride is poison. But hey - if you still want to drink it - that is great - but do not force the rest of us to drink it - you can get supplements and double up on them for all I care - but don't force the rest of us to drink this toxic waste - http://www.casescorner.com/id12.html -
Amber Wright August 02, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Former NIH (National Inst. of Health) scientist opposed to fluoride - http://www.nofluoride.com/eight.cfm
Chris Welch August 02, 2013 at 09:05 AM
Joseph M. Mercola (born 1954) is a web entrepreneur and alternative medicine guru who markets a variety of controversial dietary supplements and medical devices as part of his diet- and lifestyle-based approach to health. Mercola, an osteopathic physician, also operates the "Dr. Mercola Natural Health Center" (formerly the "Optimal Wellness Center") in Schaumburg, Illinois. Mercola criticizes many aspects of standard medical practice, such as vaccination and the use of prescription drugs and surgery to treat diseases. Mercola has been the subject of criticism from the business, regulatory, medical and scientific communities. A 2006 BusinessWeek editorial criticized Mercola's marketing practices as "relying on slick promotion, clever use of information, and scare tactics." The Better Business Bureau gave his business a failing grade for not honoring its money-back guarantees. In 2005, 2006, and 2011 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Mercola and his company to stop making illegal claims regarding his products' ability to detect, prevent and treat disease. The medical watchdog site Quackwatch has criticized Mercola for making "unsubstantiated claims and clash with those of leading medical and public health organizations [and making] many unsubstantiated recommendations for dietary supplements" Great source. A 21st century snake oil salesman. Then you post a video of Dr. Paul Connet giving an interview to Alex Jones of info wars. Now there's a reliable source. Dr. Paul Connett, another person that shows up on Quackwatch. http://www.quackwatch.org/11Ind/connett.html PS - the Harvard researches didn't study the effects of flouride. They simply gathered info from other sources and performed a meta-analyisis. Most of the data came from studies done in China where the level of flouride in rural community wells is much higher (as stated in the article) then what is added in American water supplies. As for list (from the fluoride action network) of 14 Nobel Prize winning doctors. Can you provide any links to work or articles they published ? I'll ask again, anything reliable or just a couple of scam artist doctors and a study done in China? Ever been to China and work in a hospital there? I have. I would be hard pressed to send my dog there for medical treatment. Wouldn't surprise me if they poisoned the people in those rural communities just to perform the study.
Chris Welch August 02, 2013 at 09:18 AM
More on the Harvard study. Rather then get info from Reuters where they claim, "Harvard study finds Fluoride lowers IQ's" (which is not what it did), why not just go directly to Harvard. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/ And I'll leave you with this quote from the Harvard researches from 2012: "These results do not allow us to make any judgment regarding possible levels of risk at levels of exposure typical for water fluoridation in the U.S. On the other hand, neither can it be concluded that no risk is present. We therefore recommend further research to clarify what role fluoride exposure levels may play in possible adverse effects on brain development, so that future risk assessments can properly take into regard this possible hazard." http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/files/2012/07/Media-Statement_Fluoride-9-12-12-Revised.pdf You might want to do a little better research before calling people ignorant. ;)
Amber Wright August 02, 2013 at 10:46 AM
Actually the Harvard study is sited by many many sources - as well as 23 other studies by China, India and Mexico - all which show that fluoride lowers IQ - Harvard Study Confirms Fluoride Reduces Children's IQ - http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/08/14/fluoride-effects-in-children.aspx perhaps it is you who should do a little more research - like I said if you wish to ingest a drug that the FDS has deemed as a drug, as poison and advised people to call poison control if they swallow a pea size 0.25ppm - amount of on the side of EVERY tube of fluoridated toothpaste - so in our toothpaste it is a poison that one must call poison control about if swallowed, but in our drinking water it is safe? Wake up already - you want this drug you take it - but you and the government have no right to force me and my family to take a drug - plain and simple. Stupid people that support this are a special kind of stupid - and the people in the industry that cover this up - well there is a special place in hell for those people - but there is a special place for people who stand up and tell the truth - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRLz4a7lDVM&list=PL0WTlRNkkG4QGIZ-72FMdUWEc2vVYZwU4
Chris Welch August 02, 2013 at 11:13 AM
You can site as many sources as you want that pick and chose what they want from the Harvard study (or any other) and then misrepresent what the authors have concluded. Doesn't make it true. Dr. Mercola is nothing more than a 21st century snake oil salesman and a con artist. Your other doctor has to resort to going on the Alex Jones (complete nut case) show to push his BS agenda. Not sure if I should laugh at you or just feel sorry. Actually I feel sorry. You're not bright enough to read the Harvard article itself and comprehend the conclusion. No problem, I'm sure Dr. Mercola has something to sell you to help. PS- the warning on toothpaste doesn't say to not let them swallow a pea sized amount. It says, use only a pea sized amount. They don't want kids ingesting large amounts of toothpaste. I'm done having a discussion with someone that can't read (and comprehend) a warning label properly. I certainly don't expect you to be able to read the Harvard study and understand it. http://cof-cof.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Toothpaste-Warnings-Large.jpg
Amber Wright August 02, 2013 at 11:36 AM
I actually was able to read and understand the Harvard study and many of the others. All the fluoride side has left is to attack the Dr.'s that oppose it - very Alinskyish. The Dr.'s and EPA scientists that oppose fluroidation were still employed by the EPA when they appeared before congress. Paul Connett is a well respected DR. and appears all over the world - Alex Jones presented the video, he did not make it or does he appear in it so his involvement ends there and has nothing to do with this conversation - but try to point elsewhere -that is what a corrupt person does when they do not want you to look at the evidence. Paul Connett appears on this Documentary also as do many other professionals, lawyers, Dr.'s, scientist and I guess you are going to slander them all as well because you can not argue against the science. The claims of the ADA are based on junk science and outdated facts. All of the latest studies prove that fluoride is dangerous and toxic - coming from the rat poison industry it is understandable. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRLz4a7lDVM&list=PL0WTlRNkkG4QGIZ-72FMdUWEc2vVYZwU4&index=2
Amber Wright August 02, 2013 at 11:39 AM
Chris I think you should look at this Harvard website that discusses the Harvard study - and they have an update that also supports that Fluoride lowers brain IQ - I think the Harvard website should be the definitive authority of the Harvard Study - http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/
Amber Wright August 02, 2013 at 11:44 AM
Those who want fluoride are free to get it - they can brush with fluoride toothpaste - those who believe the evidence that it is poison should be free to avoid it. Freedom of choice to be medicated or not - end of conversation. This Dentist explains it perfectly. Are you going to slander him also - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tp1EUAVPF_8
Chris Welch August 02, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Your last post shows me exactly what I suspected about you. You don't really read what people post. You have your agenda and that's all that matters. Why do I say this ? The Harvard article you just told me to read is exactly the article I posted for you to read 9:18am. I also posted a link to the update. Clearly you didn't read either one. Because they don't support your position. Have a nice day.
Amber Wright August 02, 2013 at 11:50 AM
I absolutely read the update - but based on the promptness of your response you did not view the video - you are free to take fluoride - just stop insisting I have to as well. Should I force your wife or daughter to take birth control pills? Or allergy medicine? No one has the right to medicate anyone else - what part of that are you not understanding?
Chris Welch August 02, 2013 at 11:57 AM
Pretty sure I'm not forcing you to do anything. I don't care one way or the other. Just don't like people posting junk science and claiming it's fact. You read the article and update ? Did you miss this part. "These results do not allow us to make any judgment regarding possible levels of risk at levels of exposure typical for water fluoridation in the U.S."
Amber Wright August 02, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Chris lets break down the Harvard study shall we - because clearly fluoride must effect reading comprehension - the link from the Harvard website - http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/files/2012/07/Media-Statement_Fluoride-9-12-12-Revised.pdf-----------------------------------------------------Statement on Fluoride Paper - September 11, 2012----------------------- When considering the risks and benefits of fluoride exposure, the level of intake needs to be considered. (My input - there is no way to ever determine the level of intake - when added to the water it is impossible to monitor how much fluoride anyone is getting - and a laborer or athlete will drink much more than someone else - the fluoride in our food - grapes, raisins, meat mechanically removed from the bone, in our medicine and all drinks - beer, wine, soda - make it impossible to tell how much anyone is getting - which is exactly why it should be removed) ------------------------------------------- Possible risks to brain development in children have been studied in China, but this possible hazard has not received much, if any, consideration in the U.S (My input - so the US has not even studied this but want to keep adding it to the water - why - for a few less cavities - which by the way the studies do not even support - risk peoples brain function and health to prevent tooth decay - WHO DOES THIS MAKE SENSE TO?) -------------------------Our study summarized the findings of 27 studies on intelligence tests in fluoride-exposed children ;25 of the studies were carried out in China. On average, children with higher fluoride exposure showed poorer performance on IQ tests. Fluoride released in to the ground water in China in some cases greatly exceeded levels that are typical in the U.S. (my input - in some cases - so in some cases not - also when you combine all the sources in America from fluoride you can not be sure if the exposure is less than, equal to or greater than that of the Chinese children - so why on earth would we risk this to prevent tooth decay? Is their anyone reading this that truly believe the Government now, or ever has cared about your teeth and whether you have a cavity? If so please see me - I have a wonderful bridge to sell you) ------------------------------- In general, complete information was not available on these 27 studies, and some limitations were identified. -- ----------------------- All but one of the 27 studies documented an IQ deficit associated with increased fluoride exposure. (My input - so 26 out of 27 studies in China linked fluoride exposure (no data on how much exposure and it would not matter anyway because we have no idea how much American's are really exposed to - but lets keep up this barbaric practice when there is a question of damaging our children's brain function) ------------- These results do not allow us to make any judgment regarding possible levels of risk at levels of exposure typical for water fluoridation in the U.S. On the other hand, neither can it be concluded that no risk is present. (My input Chris are you grasping this - they can not conclude whether or not fluoride lowers brain IQ but based on the research they feel more studies are needed before they can make a concrete conclusion - so based on that would you give it to your kids - it you would then you are a special kind of special - because any parent would say - lets risk a few cavities to be sure we are not damaging our child's brain) We therefore recommend further research to clarify what role fluoride exposure levels may play in possible adverse effects on brain development, so that future risk assessments can properly take into regard this possible hazard (POSSIBLY HAZARD CHRIS - GIVE YOUR KIDS A DOUBLE DOSE) . -- Anna Choi, research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health at HSPH, lead author,and Philippe Grandjean , adjunct professor of environmental health at HSPH, senior author
Amber Wright August 02, 2013 at 01:17 PM
WHO Admits Omitting Fluoride’s Damaging Health Effects to “Prevent Controversy” - http://www.infowars.com/who-admits-omitting-fluorides-damaging-health-effects-to-prevent-controversy/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Also from the World Health Organization - "It was also emphasized that in setting national standards for fluoride, it is particularly important to consider climatic conditions, volume of water intake and intake of fluoride from other sources. (my input - so the WHO says it is important to know how much fluoride people get from food and water - and as we know there is NO WAY TO KNOW HOW MUCH PEOPLE ARE GETTING - THEREFORE - STOP.) scroll down to fluoride - http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/chemicals/fluoridesum.pdf
Chris Welch August 02, 2013 at 01:29 PM
I ask you for reputable sources and you give me Info Wars and the World Health Organization ? You really are a tinfoil hat wearing lady. Good Luck in life.
Karen August 02, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Actually Chris Amber pretty much annialated your Harvard update and the World Health Organaization is recognized the world over as an authority on health issues. Most countries world wide look to them as a guide so your mocking them shows you lack a clear understanding of the roll they play. Info wars is as valid a source as any as long as the information is accurate, they are not making up the news, they are sharing it like any other website would do. Shall we trust NBC news who edited Zimmerman to appear prejudiced, or who cover up and ignore all of the presidents scandals? Why would they be a more reputable site. I think she destroyed all of your arguments and the best you could come back with was to say something about info wars? Pretty sad argument there Chris. If the information was inaccurate then tell us how or provide another link discounting it, but your lame answer shows that not only were you beat, you were spanked!
Amber Wright August 02, 2013 at 05:06 PM
LOL Karen - love the comment - yes he was spanked. His comments prove his mentality - maybe he needs a lesson on the WHO - so far the only source he has liked is Harvard - which I obliterated. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Health_Organization
Keven Canning August 02, 2013 at 10:56 PM
I have been following this conversation as well. I would not necessarily call Amber's links "junk science". Like Karen said, The WHO is pretty much the leading organization for medical reference. Additionally, Infowars can be reference the most relevant and up to date information available. That being said I wouldn't say that this information PROVES the link between fluoride and low IQ levels but it sure cast a pretty mean shadow of doubt on the safety of fluoride in drinking water. That combined with the fact that fluoride toothpaste is abundantly available to protect dental health, I see absolutely no need to risk public safety any more by fluoridating our water. My vote goes to Amber
Amber Wright August 02, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Thank you Keven - smiling :) I like your comment and like even more that you do not totally agree with me but think there is enough reason to not fluoridate our water - I especially like this video because it shows both sides of the argument! Thanks again! Berkey water filters are great to stop fluoride and have clean water in any emergency. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30umO7s4Zj0

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