Move over Aldous Huxley and George Orwell!
I'm a few minutes late this evening--just finished the Jeffery Deaver novel "BROKEN WINDOW" and am almost afraid to recommend it because it puts one in the mindset of actually living the story. It is chock full of just what we're all apprehensive about with computers invading every aspect of our lives and who knows who or what organization might be working at cross purposes. Anyone, and I mean anyone, can get caught in the cross hairs with devastating results. If you like contemporary thrillers this is the book for you. (I've only recommended one other, "THE OUTLIERS"
so I don't take the responsibility lightly.)
Before I share a little of the Town Hall Meeting on Health Care which occurred last evening in Jackson, I need to do a plug for the Tea Party Express which will be in Battle Creek at 7:30 on September 7 and will travel on to Jackson to the Cascades Park at Noon September 8. From what we are seeing on the news we should really add our voices to this memorable event.
Now-Dr. Gary Wolfram, Ph.D. who has a lengthy list of credentials including Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Hillsdale College and Dr. Robert Steele, who also has impressive credentials including 20 years in local Private Practice and Medical School Clinical Faculty with every kind of Cardiology experience presented an audience of about 140 with the answers to what we should be working toward in a comprehensive healthcare program.
Let's just toss out a few comments:
Guess why Cuba has a lower infant mortality rate than the U.S. - they don't start counting births until babies are 2 months old. Most countries with single payer plans use counting methods much different from ours and there is no attempt to save premature babies.
Medicare, if compared to mortgages which are "upside down", is approx $40 trillion in the red and would need a 37% tax to bring it to equilibrium. (That's not gonna happen, so can you spell r-a-t-i-o-n-i-n-g?)
We've already spoken of only 17% of Docs are members of the AMA. Be on the lookout for the organization for Doctors known as the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons. That is the one deserving of our respect.
The great equalizer-USSR, admits to 1/3 of the hospitals with no running water and half of the others have no hot water. However, there is a two tier system. The "upper" class has one kind of care, while the rest of them have the public system.
If you happened to catch the news when Dingell had an altercation with a young man in a wheelchair to whom he promised to insert language into the bill to cover a gap for the handicapped--guess what, he hasn't done it. Wanna bet if he will?
You can go to HumanEvents.com and look under Contributors and click on Gary Wolfram for a pretty complete article which would do better than I on his thoughts.
Did you know that after 2013 you won't be allowed to change insurance plans? And this goes for employers as well.
There were many questions and great answers which served to point out that the House and Senate bills will only make a bad situation worse. What we really need is a lot of effort put into a transition plan to really fix this thing.
They didn't go into a lot of detail, but I can see grandfathering in seniors who don't have the time to establish health savings accounts, which really would be the way to go. It is really a dirty shame that instead of starting out with a partisan plan which actually is socialized medicine and control of citizens" lives that they didn't take the time and resources to do the 'right thing' for everyone instead of their special interest groups and lobbyists. There would be a lot of room for varying types of coverage depending on wants and needs if we would only take the time to work it out.