Category Archives: Government

>"Canadian-Style" Health Care? Give me a Break

>Yet it’s hard to tell since there’s so much on the news with idiot “journalists” talking about it and front groups, funded by insurance and pharma companies, using ads like the one below to get Americans to think that’s the case and scare them away from it.

I won’t go into every thing that’s wrong with this ad, since so much is false in it and does that very well, but I think the two biggest things to learn about this ad is that Shona Holmes had a benign cyst of a type that is not life-threatening. She would not, as she says, die if she had waited 6 months.

But okay, maybe you’re thinking ‘well, having to wait to remove it is still a burden on the patient so it proves that government health care sucks.’ Wrong again. The ad states, and has the gaul to do so in writing, that “Washington wants to bring Canadian-style health care” and adds, in voiceover only, “…to the US.” Neither President Obama nor any of the other Senators or Representatives have proposed a plan for a single-payer, completely government-run health care system. What most Americans are demanding is simply a public option, just like those same officials have themselves.

And the reality of a public option? Nothing changes except someone else foots the bill. You manage your health, go to the doctors you do now or would want to in the future, and the system covers it.

So once again we learn that the sky isn’t falling and there’s no reason to be afraid of the public option. Ignorance is the only enemy in this debate and talk like this spreads dangerous lies that can result in many, many Americans going bankrupt and/or losing their lives if we don’t act now to provide them with reasonable health care. My mother is one of those people.

I am my brother’s keeper. Are you?

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Posted by on August 6, 2009 in Government, Health


>Myth: Fast, Efficient and Effective Corporate Health Care


“Bureaucracy” is not a legitimate issue to raise against a public health care option. As I’ve seen and shared on here, government systems like VA health care (and in the rest of the industrialized world) are actually run more efficiently and are more effective at getting and keeping people healthy. These corporations, who will still exist even after we’ve had a public option created, are gigantic bureaucratic nightmares whose profit motives require them to deny care and coverage.

[thanks, ben]

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Posted by on August 6, 2009 in Government, Health, News


>A Canadian Speaks Out About Their Awful Health Care

>Saw this comment on YouTube the other day:


What does “Way too much power” mean? In Canada, the gov’t doesn’t mediate our healthcare. I find my own doctor, make my own appts., pay for my own medication, report? nothing to anyone, and am free to go into any prompt care, emergency ward, or walk-in clinic if I can’t see my own doctor immediately. I wouldn’t even know how to get in touch with the gov’t regarding my healthcare. And no gov’t official has ever got in touch with me. How is that an infringement of my liberty?

Which is exactly one of the issues my mom brought up last night during our discussion about her evil Minnesota socialized health care (insidiously dubbed “Minnesota Care”). It is also the same thing I heard from our Canadian neighbor.

Remember kids, don’t be suckered by the ratings-hungry mainstream media. The sky is perfectly intact.

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Posted by on August 5, 2009 in Government, Health


>Big Pharma’s Hit Squad: 6 Senators and Why

>On the left: The names of 6 Senators who oppose a public health care option and mandatory employer-based coverage.

On the right: Their lifetime contributions from Health Insurance and Pharmaceutical companies.

Is it really coincidental that they’re so vocally outspoken against real health care reform even when the majority of Americans want it (and many are literally dying for it)?

At least they’re also up against an enormous amount of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals, including the American Medical Association, who have come out in support of the bill from the H.E.L.P. committee and its inclusion of a public option.

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Posted by on August 2, 2009 in Government, Health


>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


The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
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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


>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


>Guns, Credit and Corn


The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
The Word – Guns, Credit, and Corn
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Posted by on July 15, 2009 in Government, Health, Humor, TV


>Good News, Everyone

Well thank God. The House AND the Senate both have versions of health care reform plans for implementing a public option. I’m not calling this over or anything but we’re a little closer to extending a life preserver to so many suffering Americans. I look forward to the day we all understand that America is only successful when we bear each others burdens in the name of unity and charity and are not completely ruled by the tyranny of a private system that profits by denying coverage.

Before the NHS was implemented there was a sharp division and many who fought vehemently against it. Now the overwhelming majority of British people think, despite some imperfections, it was for the better and that the government can be of benefit with health care and not a burden.

And it appears that the burden of paying for this new option, as outlined in these initial plans , is very light. You’d have to be an imbecile to think that an additional tax of $1,500 to a family making $500,000/yr. was anything more than a drop in the bucket. The same for a sum of $9,000 for households making $1M or more per year. The brunt of this plan will force only the top 1.2% of wealthy America to bear it. The cost can’t be borne upon the backs of our poor and middle classes and it looks like we’re avoiding that.

Businesses will adapt and the economy will adjust to any increased costs for employers, and small companies would largely be exempt from any penalties. With some rational and logical approaches to problem solving we can make this a reality. Perhaps our life expectancy rates will start to go back up again, what a novel idea: to improve the health of citizens over time instead of leaving them to languish in the hands of corporate fat cats who have no incentive to help those in the most need.


Posted by on July 14, 2009 in Government, Health, News


>Former Head of CIGNA Publicity Spills the Beans on the Truth Behind Health Care Industry


Wendell Potter speaks out in this segment from a recent PBS interview about the Health Care industry’s talking points memos that were circulated to Congress people and Senators, among others, that was previously successful at scaring people away from any government role in health care.

Potter admits that the systems in other countries aren’t broken, in fact they work quite well which has been documented by PBS before, and that the industry simply used the minority of examples where things went wrong in order to get people to think that those issues were common place.

I’m so sick of people, conservatives especially, decrying the ill effect of giant industry-funded lobbying groups but then they go on to repeat talking points from memos created and circulated by lobbying groups.

I wish there was a way to get these people to open their minds for just a day to the possibility that a government health care system could actually be significantly better than a privately-run one so they would see the reports on how well this is working all of the other “first-world” capitalist democracies around the world.

I know I’ve said it before but if having public library and education systems is so important to the well-being of a nation, how is health care any less important? The truth is that a completely free-market system results in the kind of mess our economy is in now because there wasn’t enough government intervention in the form of regulation to prevent it. A hybrid capitalist democracy with social programs for essential services is the ideal form of government. I believe Germnay post-WWII is an excellent example of this, but I won’t go into that now.

And how can a system that profits primarily by denying coverage and charging a bunch of extra fees outside of the monthly premium be good for the health of Americans? If a public health care option is not created, we are all responsible for even more misery and death to our fellow citizens.


Posted by on July 11, 2009 in Government, Health

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