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Okay, I’m just gonna have to go all Doctor on you now – health care reform

I posted this article about three years ago in the heat of the health care reform debate. I thought that I would post it again. On the Last Word, they talked about how we got here.

This is what I wrote a couple of years ago (psst… we need a single-payer system):

I’ve talked about health care reform over and over again (I don’t see how Joan does it every day without going insane). I’ve talked about healthcare from an emotional standpoint and from an American legislative standpoint. I’ve talked about all the benefits of health care reform. Well, I’d like to take a different tactic. I would like to review the medical literature. I’ve picked several studies which I will describe over the next several days. The one thing that all of these studies have in common is that they point out that health insurance is a predictor of outcome. On Wednesday or Thursday, I’m going to review an article from the Journal of the American Medical Association which clearly states that having a unified health program has survival benefits. (We don’t have a coordinated, organized healthcare system in the United States.)

As a trauma surgeon, I don’t like to talk “shop” with people who are not in the medical profession. As soon as you start mentioning cytokines and mitochondria DNA, most people’s eyes glaze over. But, with watered-down legislation creeping through the Senate at a glacial pace, I thought it was important for me to go over some of this literature. The literature makes approximately the same point that Keith Olbermann made about a month go when he talked about having health insurance being life-and-death. (more…)

By | 2013-08-20T21:10:50+00:00 August 20th, 2013|Congress, Healthcare, Party Politics|13 Comments

Monday Morning News Roundup

Monday Morning News Roundup

White House

The White House has decided to really and truly go after those who were standing in the way of a budget deal. The White House has released a breakdown of how the sequester will hurt states on a state-by-state basis.

It appears that a White House official has visited North Korea. I like the idea of talking with both our friends and our enemies.

Some Republicans simply cannot let vaginal ultrasounds go.

The father of a victim of the Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre sent his senators a letter. Both Sen. John McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake received letters that supported gun control. One would figure that they would get a letter written by a staffer and signed by the senator. If you thought that, you’d wrong. Tom Teves received a form letter. I remember years ago, when President Clinton was attempting healthcare reform, I sent a letter to the White House. I got a form letter back. Welcome to Washington. We really should expect and get more from our representatives.

Civil rights leader and representative of his district in Georgia John Lewis has written an op-ed in the Washington Post. The Voting Rights Act should stand. This op-ed is well worth the read.

It is kind of ironic that both Barack Obama and Jesse Jackson make their homes in Chicago. One family has risen to unprecedented political power for a Black man. The other family was held in high regard in the Black community. Both Jesse Jackson and his son, Jesse Jackson, Jr., have truly fallen far from grace. (more…)

By | 2013-11-03T18:18:19+00:00 February 25th, 2013|Civil Rights, Economy, Mass Shooting, Movies, Religion|2 Comments

Happy Birthday – Healthcare Reform

Happy Birthday!!!

I have been critical of the healthcare reform bill because it really didn’t go far enough. It is doing some real good and helping Americans that need help!

From DK:

The Affordable Care is two years old as of Friday, making it a good time to take stock of what it’s done so far, and how its implementation is proceeding.

Among the biggest accomplishments:

  • Twenty million women have received preventive services like mammograms and Pap smears without having to pony up co-pays.
  • Expand that to the whole population, and 54 million Americans got preventative services without copays, services that do save lives.
  • More than 2.5 million young people have insurance, by being able to stay on their parents’ plans until they are 26.
  • Nearly four million seniors saved almost $2.16 billion through discounts for their prescription medications in 2011.
  • The pre-existing insurance plan (PCIP) has extended insurance to 50,000 formerly uninsured and uninsurable people with pre-existing conditions.
By | 2012-03-23T20:00:32+00:00 March 23rd, 2012|Healthcare|2 Comments