Sunday, March 11, 2007

Does Privatization Work?


In order to save a couple of bucks, the US government switched the maintenance of Walter Reed Hospital to private contractors. We all know how that has turned out. Our wounded soldiers are getting the shoddiest treatment around and healing in a sub human disgusting environment. Is this what Bloomberg and Klein will do to our schools when he turns them over to private contractors as well?

4 comments:

Nic said...

I posted about this but took it down because I didn't feel like dealing with political bickering on my blog, but good for you for putting it up. Some of the right-wing blogs are pointing to Walter Reed as an example of why national health care wouldn't work, when the truth is, it worked a helluva lot better before they contracted part of it out to people who's primary concern is not patients, but profit.
From what I've read, patients in the VA system (Walter Reed is run by the army, not the VA) actually report higher levels of patient satisfaction than those of us in the private system.

NYC Educator said...

From what I hear, it cost more to privatize Walter Reed than it would to have the government run it, and the results, of course, speak for themselves.

Jonathan said...

They say they are privatizing to save money, but I don't think they are telling the truth. Their ideology is pro-privatization, whether or not it costs more.

The same goes for Bloomberg. This whole reorganization is too complicated for his lousy admins to figure out (remember, they couldn't figure out bus routes), but he is ideologically committed to ending the public in public education.

Do you really think they care about the quality of the education that results? Good education can still be had at Regis, at Poly Prep, at Horace Mann, at......

Marco Polo said...

Wrong question. The question is who does it work for? Did you really think it meant better services, higher quality? Silly you! You probably also think "democracy" means ensuring everyone has a voice in the running of their country and communities. Wake up and smell the mould on the walls.