Entries in Health Care (9)
There is nothing like a Christmas bonus to reignite your love for your boss and your passion for your job. That is why IKEA's Christmas bonus stoked my Christmas fire with their generous offer of a bike. Wait. A bike?
The country we often sentimentally call the greatest is actually ranked 11th. Not bad, but not the greatest.
Instead of raising the premiums or getting Congress to pass a sweeping healthcare overhaul in 2018 or 2081, this reporter wants to reveal a solution to the article Why is health care so expensive?. If you get sick, forget the doctor and get your laywer on the phone.
Now that Obamacare has actually passed, well the senate version at least, and the inundation of all things health care over the past month that lead up to this historic moment should finally subside, it may be time for Americans, and President Obama himself, to remember that there are other events, both positive and negative, occurring throughout the world.
In response to the year-long impasse on healthcare reform, President Obama has made his final push to pass the legislation with a humbling process known as the “Sacrament of Reconciliation.” Though politically risky, the procedure has the potential to symbolically wipe away all the sins of the President and his fellow Democrats.
Recently, the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, announced that she would like to have a healthcare reform bill in the next month as a "Christmas Present for the American people." What a nice sentiment from our maternal provider in Congress! This skill for weaving fantastic narratives with important policy decisions has made Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues wonderful icons for the American taxpayer as Santa and his little elves are for young children across the country. Many citizens, like some commentators on this very blog, have expressed their deep admiration and sheer awe for the Democratic party's Hollywood-like ability to spin a good yarn. Nothing produces sound public policy laws like an oft repeated feel-good story, whether fiction or not, that infiltrates the hearts and minds of voters and convinces them that magic can really happen. All we need to do is close our eyes, shut out the problems and logical gaps of reality, use our imaginations and just believe...
As a free citizen in a democratic republic, what combination of factors would make you so fired up that you would actively seek out your local congressman and shout at him until he will listen to your two cents on an issue? Recently there has been a wave of American anger boiling over at town hall meetings regarding healthcare. In a previous post, I questioned what the news media would cover during the August recess of Congress. I posited that Americans would begin to demand more answers from those in power regarding their lack of progress on international issues. I was right about the renewed call to politicians for more accountability, but wrong about the agenda that would be called into question. It seems a sizable portion of our citizens are most concerned about, indeed fearful of, the Democrats' healthcare initiatives and are voicing their concern to elected officials while they are making their August visits to their home constituencies.
I blame the doctors. There needs to be someone to blame for a tragedy. That is the dualist thought that hampers America’s sophistication, but helps us get along with some modicum of civility in such a large and diverse nation. Good vs. Bad. Right vs. Wrong. It is simple as that and with every perceived evil action there must be an immoral culprit. So what is this practice of dualism to do, blame the babies, blame the mothers, blame the hospitals, or the equipment makers? I am talking about genetically modified, custom made children that are being created in fertility labs across America. The very topic would cause most to go away and hide. The moral, political, racist, and religious implications are just too much for us to consider over the morning coffee or dinner table. But there needs to be someone to discuss it, and not to just put it aside as a political choice with one’s body. So that is why such a complicated social issue must be placed in the philosophy of dualism, and through that we can blame the doctors.