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December 01, 2007 – Comments (2)

Have your own opinions on what could or should be done, but health care as purchased today is not a good system.

Here is an interview on the topic featured in the New England Journal of Medicine.

http://content.nejm.org/content/vol357/issue21/images/data/2101/DC1/NEJM_Oberlander_Interview_11-22-2007.mp3

or via browser at

http://click2.nejm.org/cts/click?q=137%3B66815888%3BfBmGyO34SOIrvK%2BpO2fREYnCQhNXxWFkN95nSqBkr14%3D

What the interview does, is not so much take a position, but outline the issues and current proposals.  SO LISTEN TO IT.

I'm with the interviewee, that ideally getting health care out of the office would be best, yet completely impractical.  People don't fully appreciate that their biggest financial risk isn't the investment decisions, it is their health.  Bad health followed by loss of employment followed by loss of insurance followed by uninsurability is a financial spiral that once started is hard to stop.

This is really important stuff IMO.

 

Zz (Ralph) 

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#1) On December 01, 2007 at 9:06 PM, abitare (35.58) wrote:

Worth watching: 

Interview with Ron Paul 7/19/2007 health care part1 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWLwJyc0ZqI

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#2) On December 02, 2007 at 12:52 PM, devoish (98.26) wrote:

Abiteracatania,

I agree with you that Ron Paul's positions sound great. But while quotes like "maintain in an orderly fasion, do it wisely" sound great I need a little more detail.

His contention that he would help find healthcare money "by 3,4,or 5 billion dollars I could cut from defense right now" is scarey. Not that I disagree with the idea of wasted defense spending, but his election is a year away. Is it 3 or 4 or 5 billion?  I fix cars for a living. Can I tell you the bill will be 3,4 or 5000? If he wants the job, he has got to know. I also want an answer to the question of where 25% of the defense industry will be working when he is done. If he has a plan to retrain these people as doctors/nurses etc, he should mention it. We will need more healthcare professionals, not the too few we have now earning 4 billion more while too many people wait on long lines for services that doctors are to overwhelmed to provide. Ron Paul's 'who knows what he will actually do' campaign gets my vote over Hillarys plan to make sure the insurers get paid (which to me is like a plan to bungee jump without the rope), but right now I feel the only real solution comes from Kucinich even though it does not provide for profit.

The last Texas Republican with great slogans we elected stunk, and this one does not actually seem to have a plan.

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