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'YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE:' PLAYBOY EXPOSES THE HEALTH CARE CRISIS IN AUGUST ISSUE WITH HARD-HITTING THREE-ARTICLE PACKAGE

 NEW YORK, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Just when the debate about health care is heating up again in Washington, the August issue of Playboy delivers a three-part package that explains the politics behind the headlines and makes the often confusing issues understandable. Playboy also makes it clear just how important health care reform is for all Americans and why further postponements are hazardous to national health.
 The package offers three contrasting and sharply-defined perspectives on the nation's most vexing and pressing problem. It is headlined by investigative freelance journalist Jonathan Greenberg's searing piece, "Your Money or Your Life," in which Playboy notes: "The vultures of modern medicine will take one or the other. It doesn't have to be that way."
 Greenberg makes a compelling case in his piece for a comprehensive national health insurance program. Pointing out that the U.S.A. is the only industrialized country without one, he documents the havoc that soaring health care costs have spread on our entire economy -- on the budgets of giant corporations as well as individuals.
 Rising health care costs were the main reason most American workers' wages remained frozen in the 1980s and were the cause of three-quarters of all labor strikes between 1988 and 1991, he notes. And the inability to pay hospital bills is now the culprit in half of all personal bankruptcies filed in the United States.
 Assembling chilling examples of people whose lives were wrecked by the absence of insurance -- including the New Orleans man who saved his friend's life and went to jail for it -- the article portrays a world of waste, greed and unnecessary surgery for dying patients. Then it points the way toward a more sensible system.
 In "An Enlightened Proposal," Playboy outlines a plan for a single- payer system in which the government both manages and pays costs. Citing one expert who says, "We are the only country in the world that lets the private health care industry determine health care policy," the article provides a glimpse of what life under a nationally run system might be like.
 Rather than fearing such a radical change, Playboy concludes, Americans ought to embrace it as -- literally -- a life saver. A new system should be more sweeping than the Clinton plan -- the debate in Washington now "too often smacks of tinkering, of working around the edges. The changes that must be made should be as pervasive as the illogic and inequity that poison the current system," says Playboy.
 The package also contains a contrasting proposal to "oust the bureaucrats" by Playboy Senior Editor Peter Moore, "Go Ahead, Make My Deductible," which calls for a consumer-driven system in which competition and market forces would lead to lower costs.
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 /CONTACT: Cindy Rakowitz of Playboy Enterprises, Inc., 212-261-5000, ext. 3236; or Ned Steele of Howard J. Rubenstein Associates, 212-489-6900, for Playboy/


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