Monthly Archives: July 2009

>VA Health Care: A Model for Us All

Best Care Anywhere: Why VA Health Care is Better Than Yours

Not only can the government provide an excellent health care program, they’re already doing it, and better than any other private insurer.

Phillip Longman was tasked by Fortune magazine to find the most exemplary provider of health care in America. None of the government health programs were even on his radar, assuming that couldn’t possibly compete. But his research led him to one unavoidable conclusion: The American VA health care system is the best source of care in this country.

He’s written a whole book about the experience and his research but here’s a highlight:

-RAND Corporation published a study finding that our VA health care system was the highest ranked in quality, cost-effectiveness, and customer satisfaction along with 294 other qualities reviewed.

The VA system is also unique from private insurers because of its emphasis on prevention over prescription: meaning that it’s in their system’s best interest to catch and cure things early, as simply getting treated when you have a problem leads to the extremely high health care costs our current private system suffers from. As a result, the VA system also has seen its cost per patient go down significantly as private insurance plan costs per patient have risen sharply.

The best part of all of this is that the system is scalable. There apparently was some push back when the VA was considering covering family members (of the military for example) thinking that it would over burden the system. But now it’s generally accepted that doing so is a good move and the system is scaling fine.

This is a prime example of a good government-run health care program and it’s mechanics can provide the details we need to create the vehicle for delivery of a country-wide health care option.

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Posted by on July 30, 2009 in Government, Health


>Military Health Care – Government System Better than Private Care


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Bill Kristol admits that the American government can provide a great health care system (that’s better than anything in the private sector), and does so with our troops.

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Posted by on July 29, 2009 in Government, Health


>Shatner Does Palin


Watch at Hulu

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Posted by on July 29, 2009 in Humor


>Sick Around the World


I’ve posted this before but it’s even more timely now:

Can the US learn anything from the rest of the world about how to run a health care system?

[full segment viewable online]
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Posted by on July 28, 2009 in Government, Health


>Hot Tub Time Machine – Red Band Trailer


I remain optimistic but there wasn’t much in this trailer that actually made me laugh.

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Posted by on July 27, 2009 in Uncategorized


>Disney Cruise Lines, Destination: Ruth Lane


Can someone tell me why a Disney Cruise line bus is parked on Ruth
Lane? We're a one-way, one block street of no particular consequence.
Do they pick up everyone from their house?

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Posted by on July 16, 2009 in Uncategorized


>Prison "Thriller" – The Truth


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Posted by on July 16, 2009 in Uncategorized

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