Health Care Reform — Some Post-Th Followup

I’ll post Weekly Links shortly. 

I thought we had a great discussion on health care reform last night.   I also agree with Jim Z’s new comment (you guys know you can see all the latest comments in a box below the “schedule” box on the front page of the blog, right?)  Luckily, today was an excellent day for related web posts/articles and on the GOP alternatives. 

Obama had a televised, live discussion with the GOP leadership on HCR and more.  The Q&A, (which was a lot like the British qeustion time sessions!), was very revealing — and a massacre, frankly.  He was reasonable, clear, moderate and accurate and they were revealed as the ignorant cynics they are.  This is a must-see for our group.

  1. Here’s a link to the C-SPAN video, with very brief commentary.
  2. This explains very clearly and succincly how many Republican ideas are already in the bill, and why the ones that are not aren’t. 
  3. And, finally, two analyses of GOP HCR ideas  (2nd here) and how they are (except tort reform, a consumer-friendly version of which is..wait for it…also in the bill) mainly slogans, not ideas that would do anything to solve our actual problems.

I highly doubt that there will be no more of these sessions.  The Republicans looked really bad and they deciminate their views through their own, totally friendly outlets already.   Finally, the HCR-related…

Quote of the Week:  Concerning the Congressman who is standing beside Obama at the meeting.  

“If Mike Pence really is regarded as one of the deep thinkers for the GOP, I’m beginning to understand why they refused to admit Terri Schiavo was brain-dead.”

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3 responses

  1. Those interested in this subject might want
    to take a look at Barack Obama’s meeting with Republican leaders:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/29/obama-goes-to-the-gop-lio_n_442331.html

  2. I’m sorry; I posted the above with having read the top story! Apologies.
    But do look at it.

  3. For those who have the insurance and resources for battling cancer, the question of when to stop treatment looms. BusinessWeek has a terrific cover article (http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/10_11/b4170032321836.htm) about one woman’s assessment of her husband’s six year battle with cancer.

    Amanda Bennett examines the costs of keeping one man alive ($618,616). How and when can we decide to stop care when it’s no longer effective or even harmful, she asks. Her post-mortem exposes inefficiencies in the system (31% spent on paperwork) and the family’s financial disconnect with the actual cost of care (their portion was only 4%).

    The $618,616 was lowered to $254,176 when the insurers paid their share and imposed their discounts. Maybe the disconnect in actual health care costs is more pervasive.

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