Saturday, August 22, 2009

Critical Condition

Above is a trailer for Critical Condition, a jaw dropping
expose about health care in America.

It was rebroadcast last night on Bill Moyers' show, "Journal".

It is worth every moment of your time.

Please watch both parts of Critical Condition; I would love
to hear your thoughts.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


In the Health Care Reform debate we often hear opposition to change based in way or the other on "socialism".

According to Merriam-Webster:

  • Main Entry: so·cial·ism
  • Pronunciation: \ˈsō-shə-ˌli-zəm\
  • Function: noun
  • Date: 1837

1 : any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods 2 a : a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state 3 : a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done

I am pretty sure the "fear of socialism" comes from the 3rd definition mentioning Marxist theory.

Since at least the 1950's, we have been indoctrinated about the evils of communism. So by design, anything that can be remotely associated, even a tenuous association, is inherently evil.

However, let's look at "socialism" at work in the United States as it pertains to the 1st part of the definition:

1. 9-1-1

2. Police

3. Firefighters

4. Roads - country, city, highway, expressway

5. Sesame Street

6. Emergency Room Care for the underinsured, uninsured, indigent, mentally ill

7. Disability

8. Social Security

9. Medicare

10. Disaster Relief

11. Education

12. Animal Services

13. State Parks

My tax dollars go to pay to support these systems. Some of these I use. Some of these I will never use. How about you?

Would you rather stop these programs immediately, and start a system of pay-as-you-go for each service?

Are we better off to provide education to children in this country even if it's paid for in part by people who don't have children, have only one child, whose children have long ago been educated?

Are we better off to preserve areas of untouched land for generations to visit and learn from or should we let them deteriorate?

Are we better off to provide emergency services to people or should we only respond to people who have "police insurance"?

Are these things bad or evil? Do these programs threaten capitalism?

They certainly don't always work perfectly. Some things need fixing. Some things are wonderful. Some things are missing from the list.

Part of the social contract is that we give up certain freedoms for the safety and good of all. We have done this in the past and in fact we all do this everyday.

Have you ever been late? Did you run red lights, drive on the sidewalk and speed to get to your destination? Why not? What stops you?

You didn't because you agree to abide by rules and laws that are in place for the good and safety of all. When you don't you put yourself at risk for being punished.

Your grandparents probably gave up certain foods and amenities during World War II due to rationing. They did it for the good of the country - they gave of themselves for others.

Yes, I am willing to contribute some of my taxes to pay for other people's care. I am willing to do this because it needs to be, because we need it, because it is for the good of all.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Providing Health Care Is A Nazi Policy?

What do you think of this?

Do you think that Barney Frank was right to respond the way
he did?

I can see that it might possibly be seen in either light.

That being said, I do find it disconcerting that the questioner
did not seem to not have any hesitation in asking an older,
Jewish, gay man why he supports a "Nazi" policy being put
to the people by a man born to a caucasian American mother
and an African father who is married to an African American

Let's not forget that this "Nazi" policy is providing health care.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Let's Listen To The Irony

Does anyone else find it ironic that on the same day that Congressman Adam Schiff and a panel speak to a crowd to explain the Health Care Reform bill (H.R. 3200), with people in attendance insisting that our system is fine as is thank you very much, that less than 20 miles away Remote Area Medical, a charitable organization, has set-up an 8 day event to provide healthcare to the under-insured and uninsured?

Everyday thousands of people will camp out to receive charitable healthcare. Perhaps you are thinking, well who cares - at least I'm not paying for it. Let me remind you of the resources that go into an event like this. If nothing else, the charitable donations that go to pay for this could go towards other causes (school scholarships, animal rescue, disaster relief, etc...).

I was not at the Alhambra Town Hall meeting so I cannot give my personal accounting of what transpired. However, please consider that two media outlets give two very different versions of the same event. What does that tell you? Do your own investigation!

Hmmmm? How could both things be absolutely true? If you answered, "they can't" give yourself a pat on the back (careful, don't pull a muscle!) and remind everyone that it is up to us to do our own research!

Let's listen to each other and find a solution because the path we are on is not sustainable.

New Direction...

I have lots of ideas to share about being green but I just can't concentrate on them right now.

I am terribly distracted by Health Care Reform.

In fact, I woke up at 4am this morning after a few hours of fitful sleep punctuated by dreams about what I am seeing on the news. Yes folks, I am dreaming about this and not in a good way.

I decided last week after watching the national evening news that this was not something I could "hope" that politicians would do the right thing for me. I knew that I had to get involved.

Watching the news, reading, talking to people - not enough (hence, the dreams!).

So, in addition to becoming active I am turning my green blog into a Health Care Reform blog temporarily.

Have a question about something you heard, read, were told? Bring it to me and I'll research it and provide links and info to back up what I found.

When I get information through reading, news, talking to people, I will research it and bring it to you.

Let's have a spirited debate and figure this out. When we make decisions based on facts rather than out of fear then we make better decisions.

Hopefully I will sleep better!

Okay, let's get started:

Here's the text of the bill: