Hear Both Sides, Then Decide – Part I

Sue Daugherty
Mar 23, 2010


none;text-autospace:none">The health care issue is a hot potato.  It’s hard to hear both sides of an issue, because most of us already have an opinion we don’t want to let go of.  Besides, it means we’d have to invest our time and intellectual energy into understanding the opposing argument.  Who’s willing to do that? ANSWER:  Very few.  (Including me…there are only 24 hours in a day and I like to sleep at least 7 of those hours.) 

text-autospace:none">This week I’m going to blog about some sources for information for you to hear one side of the health care story.  Next week, I’ll blog about the other.

text-autospace:none">Mark your calendar for the health care rally called MAD AS HELL DOCTORS.COM at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28 at Lakeview Park on Perry Street in Port Clinton. Six doctors from Portland, Oregon will caravan across the United States to educate and promote the single-payer plan for health care reform for all Americans. 

text-autospace:none">The operative word for this rally is “single payer plan”.  What that means is one bureau (also thought of as a bureaucracy) administering the health care coverage.  This is quite different from the health care plan currently being proposed.  The health care plan being proposed now involves several bureaus administering the health care coverage. 

text-autospace:none">To explain the difference — Traditional Medicare Part A and Part B, for example, are part of a single payer plan. Medicare Part D is an example of several different insurances administering prescription drug coverage.  Ask any senior citizen which insurance model they find easier to select, use, and understand and they will tell you Medicare Part A & B.  Ask them if they know how to compare and contrast the 42 different insurance plans to select the best prescription coverage for their health conditions for Medicare Part D insurance.   (Let me know if you find anyone age 65 or older who says yes to that question…  I’d like to wash their feet with my hair.)

text-autospace:none">Now watch this  and when you are done, refrain from having an opinion, because next week I’m going to blog a counter argument to universal health care.   In the meantime, I’ll be looking forward to your comments…  




Hi SuE! (and everyone else!) -

There is to be a PUBLIC HEALTH CARE/INSURANCE FORUM at BGSU-Firelands (Huron, Ohio), Thursday September 17th, 7-9pm (KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!) ...more information to come (hopefully it'll be up in the SR!)


Dear Sue...The points you made were all valid! I thought one of the most important being that we all need to look deeper into the issues at hand when it comes to health care/insurance reform...skimming the surface isn't enough with such an indiscriminatory issue like healthcare..it affects us ALL (no matter your gender, sexuality, race, age, or social status)

....I especially wish young adults my own age would get more involved! At 36%, those between the ages of 19 and 29 take the cake when it comes to the age group of those most uninsured!

While those ages 50-64 account for 13% .......it seems as though the ones with the most to lose, are the ones least interested in health-care/insurance policy-reform and what it means for them. I ask all parents to talk to your youngins about health care issues, especially if their of  voting age!

I'm looking forward to reading your next blog and gaining more knowledge on the issue(s)!!!!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3BS4C9el98 Barnie Frank on single payer      
Mime Bloggling

How can we hear both sides when most in Congress haven't even read the bill themselves? Just curious. How does one wade through the reams and reams of hastily wrought legislation? All I know is what we don't need is another bloated bureacracy taking over (that's control of who your doctor is and life and death decisions about your healthcare being made by an indifferent government entity) and adding to our already trillion dollar debt for the 15% who are NOT insured. A solution perhaps. STOP funding illegal aliens. We could pay for Medicare and Medicaid AND our 15% uninsured by stopping illegal immigration and funding their healthcare. Whenever the government tries to take control you will almost always find poor service and inept care...you only have to look at the financial collapse of a few months ago that was initiated by government interference in the mortgage markets when they made law mandating banks to give mortgages to people who could not afford them. Take a close at the poor lady in Toledo recently with cerebral palsy whose electric wheel chair had broken down and was trying to wade through the tangle of layer after layer of federal red tape to try and get it fixed. She had to use a regular wheelchair to get around to care for her children ..and by the way that poor dear passed away this week....never having a tool she deperately needed to care for her family fixed...and why? No.. a massive government takeover of healthcare is not the answer....and I am sure if we could put our collective heads and hearts together we could come up with a very workable, fiscally responsible solution for the future.


**Single payer plan is a buzzword for government run healthcare.