As I read the words of APA President Steven Sharfstein, M.D., in the June
16 issue— ".. .we must be there as advocates for our
patients"—the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. His message
was in the speech he delivered at APA's 2006 annual meeting in which he urged
APA members to advocate for a single-payer, universal health care system.
This is exactly the attitude and the moral space that this issue must have
from all health care professionals if we are to overcome the profit power of
the private insurance/pharmaceutical industrial complex.