A California activist says the war on poverty has shifted
medical care from charitable action to government-run programs tied
As a physician and political candidate, Marilyn Singleton says
she is on a mission to address failed social programs. She says the
war on poverty has in fact created more poverty and has shifted the
focus from charitable action to government action.
Singleton says government-run programs have reduced charitable
action, especially in healthcare.
"Doctors have always been at
the forefront of doing things for free, but the whole Medicaid
system makes it where if somebody is on Medicaid, you have to take
Medicaid and you have to follow the Medicaid rules," she points
"You can't say, 'Oh, I'll treat you for free.' So it takes away
from that personal sense and that great sense you get from
Singleton says when her father worked as a practitioner, he was
often paid in tamales. When MediCal was introduced, he was forced
to turn away patients due to high costs.
"Certainly everybody doesn't want to be paid in tamales, but
that was certainly his patient population where we were in San
Diego; so again it meant something and we certainly didn't mind,"
"Once you enter the MediCal system, you need to get patient
authorization forms and be on the telephone with the various folks
to make sure the treatment you want to give will be paid for and
the usual paperwork of bureaucracy."
Singleton says poverty programs should not treat people like
victims, and they must be community programs, not government-run