I’d have more respect for our legislators if they’d allow all to have the health insurance they have. I’ve been invited to a “town hall meeting” with Arlen Specter next week… I intend to make a similar comment to him then.
Wow, Shannyn, KO did a great job. Thank you for sharing. KO is absolutely right. And the fear mongering has got to stop!
sauerkraut @5:44, be prepared. Check out Brad’s Blog or Politico or Huff Post for the GOP scheme.
GOP has issued a list of things to do to upset town hall meetings, yelling out and disruptive behavior to derail the speakers. To manipulate the meetings like that lady birther who recently upset that meeting as shown on the tube.
It is horrific when you think about it. Civil discourse at the hands of the GOP.
sauerkraut @5:44, I found it….to upset town hall meetings, etc.
Here is the memo from the Lobbyists who play you GOP simpletons like fools:
The lobbyist-run groups Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks, which orchestrated the anti-Obama tea parties earlier this year, are now pursuing an aggressive strategy to create an image of mass public opposition to health care and clean energy reform. A leaked memo from Bob MacGuffie, a volunteer with the FreedomWorks website Tea Party Patriots, details how members should be infiltrating town halls and harassing Democratic members of Congress:
” Artificially Inflate Your Numbers: “Spread out in the hall and try to be in the front half. The objective is to put the Rep on the defensive with your questions and follow-up. The Rep should be made to feel that a majority, and if not, a significant portion of at least the audience, opposes the socialist agenda of Washington.”
” Be Disruptive Early And Often: “You need to rock-the-boat early in the Rep”s presentation, Watch for an opportunity to yell out and challenge the Rep”s statements early.”
” Try To “Rattle Him,” Not Have An Intelligent Debate: “The goal is to rattle him, get him off his prepared script and agenda. If he says something outrageous, stand up and shout out and sit right back down. Look for these opportunities before he even takes questions.”
Keith speaks the truth with conviction. Everyone needs to hear this. These congressmen and women don’t care about health care for everyone; its obvious as to what they’re concerned about: Money! It’s time they are exposed! Good work Keith.
I saw this last night. It was an excellent reporting as usual. It amazes me that people can’t see through this – they are trying to stop public health care for us but they sure don’t seem to have a problem with their health care, which is public!! It’s madness.
I still don’t get it because the “base” of the Republican party are NOT the wealthiest, most educated, most highly employed members of our society.
From what I can see from my relatives in Virginia that are Evangelicals and Republican base members, well, what I can see is that they barely make ends meet each month and certainly do not have adequate health care.
What is getting in the way of them accepting something that might benefit them greatly?
I will never, ever understand why these people always seem so resistant to anything that is offered up by the “other side” (Democrats) even if it could be beneficial to them and their families.
The doctors that make money hand over foot and Big Pharma, well I can see why they would not want to lose their cushy well paid position in life. The little guy struggling in the double wide? Not so much.
Alicia: Many physicians are huge advocates of the public option and single payer options as well.
The individuals making tons of money are not physicians – they are health insurance executives. This type of “revamp” of a huge system is always difficult because there are many low information voters who quickly eat and drink what the opposition spoon feeds them.
For example the end of life physician counseling. This happens all the time with docs and patients. However under the current policies, patients pay for these visits. Under the proposal, the visits would be a covered service.
What they don’t realize is that we are hugely into rationing health care now. All health care is controlled by NONhealth people that run insurance companies, NOT physicians. Fortunately many physician groups are clever and creative with coding so people can get treatment. But we have been rationing for years. Here’s the difference now – now it is hitting the middle class so all of a sudden it’s a hot button.
Face it, we are under assault. This is a class war, a race war, an economics war. It isn’t just health care, it’s our very system that is now in question.
Congress is receiving HUGE amounts of dollars to go against the plan to help citizens. This is not small change – this is literally millions of dollars in influence peddling.
I have to tell you, none of the physicians we know are getting anything out of this, including the time to speak with their patients. Many like Cigna literally dictate the time limit on appointments. Many have stated that if medicine was like this when they began, they would have gone into another field.
Now Congress on the other hand – well, just check out and see who has paid for all of their gold plated health care? That would be US. ALL of us. Are they willing to give that up?
I’m sorry basheert, I didn’t mean to malign doctors, although I do know some that are quite wealthy, but they also work very hard and care very much about their patients.
I also remember my best friends dad, who was my dentist, and what happened with any treatment I received was that the amount that was billed was based upon the max that my parent’s insurance would pay.
So you are correct, and I have thought this myself before, the insurance companies regulate the entire industry of health care.
Hell, I’m self employed and pay $280 per month for blue cross/blue shield of AK and my deductible is $5000!
I do get female preventive visits (one per year) covered and mammograms are covered as well, but aside from that should anything major occur, well, I’m out of luck with the first $5000.
I do understand the system and we need to stop letting the insurance companies run our healthcare system.
Thanks for your info and I always like hearing what you have to say on all of our AK blogs and forums. You are smart, witty and always very in touch with many issues!
Thanks Alicia – I think it is important to realize that although some physicians are wealthy and make huge salaries, there is an active attempt to reign in some of these. For example, radiologists (night hawks they are called) make a FORTUNE. As do some Dermatologists. Most of the Plastic Surgeons I know aren’t wealthy – because of course, they are reconstructive docs and not cosmetic surgery docs which are “full pay”.
The medical records issue within several of the bills is huge. The duplication of efforts is horribly time consuming – and since medical records are legal documents, they must be signed and countersigned if you are supervising residency in a program.
The packing of clinics – my plastic surgeon came in today with a touch of food poisoning…and found he had 50 FIFTY patients scheduled. It is not uncommon for my husband to see 30 patients before lunch. Some of these are very complex patients that can require up to an hour of individual attention. THEN he has to do chart updates and medication reconciliation.
And then he has to take the time to explain why FIVE different doctors are prescribing for the same clinic patient (not uncommon when you see patients in a clinic setting and not an office based practice). And don’t get me even started on medications and who gets what from whom.
So he has to take time from home and explain to the State Board why 5 doctors prescribed for “his” patient (because the patient was seen 5 times by different people). Because he is the Attending, he is the responsible party.
I should explain these are all burn patients. My husband could have walked 6 years ago – and never looked back but he LOVES his patients. We go to Burn Camp every year with our kids….this is not a job, it is his life.
I would love for everyone to have the access to health care that is available to Congress. Their selfish little snotty attitudes make me sick. These are not “people” persons. These are individuals on the take from the Insurance Industry.
Just actively fighting to make sure patients get what they require to heal is a challenge. And many docs get overwhelmed, and they quit.
Many residency programs are not filling up – who needs that grief?
We have a severe physician shortage – because many people choose to not go into medicine at this point.
It’s not just healthcare – it will soon be physician access. When you look, you wont be able to find who you need. They’ll choose another profession.
The only thing that could have made this better would have been a scroll at the end that listed each Representative and Senator and how much they have taken in bribes from the health care industry.
While KO did a great job at calling them out a scroll with every one of them would have really hammered the point home. I’m not an emotional person but I actually teared up during this Special Comment. How our political system has been destroyed by special interest money is sickening.
After health care reform, how about we tackle campaign financing reform. It’s time that lobbyists money is taken out of the equation so the citizens can truly have a voice.