All health care, all the time

September 4, 2009 at 7:10 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

I’m going to have to change the name of this blog, if this doesn’t let up, but it’s no wonder that I’m obsessed. This is the civil rights movement of our time. This could be our generation’s contribution toward making the world, at least our corner of it, a better, more just place. It’s unthinkable to me that we will miss this opportunity.

Why do we think the only thing the government ought to be doing is waging war? It seems to me the government hasn’t been very good at that for quite some time, whereas it has been quite good at other things. Here are some examples.

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2 Comments

  1. Sam said,

    Watching President Obama’s speech to Congress I feel optimistic about the possibility of progress on healthcare. My respect and admiration for our President is reinforced because he calls it the way he sees it. He genuinely believes in capitalism. He also believes in social responsibility — a moral obligation to help the weak and disadvantaged as well as a duty to the nation to improve the welfare of all, including businesses large and small.

    My main gripe about the healthcare debate is cost, not whether it is right or good to make healthcare coverage available to all Americans; providing quality, affordable healthcare is a moral obligation akin to providing clean drinking water, fire fighters, police, public shools and safe neighborhoods free of rampant violence. So even though I believe it’s the right thing to do it has to be paid for somehow. Finally, tonight, I got some answers from the President that give me hope that with his leadership we may be able to achieve meaningful healthcare reform with coverage for all, and a focus on reducing costs by taxing the wealthy, reducing waste, increasing efficiency and forcing all individuals and businesses to share the costs.

    Also gratifiying, surprising and impressive — the President received a standing ovation from the Republicans for invoking the notion of TORT REFORM in the area of medical malpractice liability; fear of lawsuits is the reason doctors practice defensive medicine, resulting in more tests, and less efficient, more costly healthcare.

    Eliminating pre-exisitng conditions exclusions by insurers, requiring all American Citizens to purchase health insurance and offering a public option that would not rely on taxes but rather insurance premiums for its operations, addressing malpractice liabillity, reducing Medicare Advantage subsidies to insurers, integrating provider care in line with best practices demonstrated by successful healthcare organizations such as the Mayo Clinic, all taken together could lead to real progress in healthcare reform, healthcare for all, while keeping costs under control.

  2. batsinthebelfry said,

    Thank you for your insightful comments. I appreciate that you take as a given that everyone deserves health care. Once we’ve gotten that point under our belts (did I just mix several metaphors? don’t care) we can move on to how to pay for it.

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