Friday, August 07, 2009

More Homework

Read this too. Then tell everyone you know.

I would gladly trade part of the National (in)Security State for secure health care. It's a far better investment.

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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Gone Walking

This space will be even quieter in the next few days. Maggie and I are heading to Olympic National Park for a long weekend. In the meantime, read Chalmers Roberts excellent article on dismantling the American empire.


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Sunday, August 02, 2009

What's In It For Me?

"Americans are asking what's in it for them, and I don't think the Democrats have responded as directly as we should on that."
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)

Apparently, that is THE question in the health care debate. The sheer volume of the legislation and its multitudinous changes leave me unsure how to answer that question. I ca, however, answer the question of what I would like this legislation to do for me.
  • Guarantee access to a reasonable level of health care at a price I can afford.
  • Ensure that access will not be terminated.
  • Ensure that the vagaries of employment will not limit my access.
  • Allow choice of physicians and other providers.
Pretty simple, eh?

Since I also want exactly the same for everyone else, the legislation should also create a sustainable financial model for health care.

That's what's in it for me.


I actually have that level of health care now, through the Department of Veterans Affairs. I don't have much choice about physicians and actual face time is brief but I've been happy with the care. My total cost last year at the VA was under $300.

Everyone should be so lucky.