Friday, July 30, 2004

Family Values and Universal Health Insurance

John Kerry's speech last night connected broader issues to the notion of "family values," and he argued that preaching family values should mean valuing families. A new drug approved by the FDA shows, more than ever, why universal health insurance should be a family value. The AP reported Thursday the drug Campral has been approved for the treatment of alchoholism. Doctors say that Campral eases alchohol withdrawal symptoms, and studies have shown that recovering alchoholics who are taking Campral are less likely to relapse than those given a placebo. Can you imagine the improvement in family life (the reduction of abuse, neglect, divorce, and joblessness) in this country if all alchoholics were treated with Campral? It is possible with universal health insurance.

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