Public Good, Bad Policies, and Tough Times: When Profit and Public Interests Collide [open pdf - 0B]
From the Document: "The recent Texas blizzard, which left millions without power and is responsible for at least 70 deaths [hyperlink], is just the latest in a long line of failures wrought by privatization of the public good - a system designed to maximize corporate profits while providing minimal benefits or protections to public health. As we see time and again, when calamities, such as infectious disease pandemics, natural disasters, and severe weather strike, privatized systems fail to respond adequately. This brief highlights just a couple of recent examples, describes how these failures undermine public trust and erode democracy, and ends by providing suggestions for how we can rethink policies to value people over profits instead of valuing profits over people."
Lerner Center Issue Brief No. 46
Syracuse University Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
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