Speaking Truth: Health Care

As part of my continuing campaign to sublimate the Southern Dem (joking: http://bluenc.com/hammer-time#comment-52818), I'd like to ask for help today specifically with health care messages. I know there was a lot of discussion about this yesterday, and I hope nobody minds me asking for continued discussion.

Health Care is the number two concern (after Iraq) of both Democrats and GOP voters. If we can talk about our Health Care vision in a simple consistent way, we will win elections. If we win elections, we can make our vision real.

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Why aren't we fixing Medi D?

Other than Phrma running ads that it needs to be left exactly like it is, (to their benefit of course), I don't see any work being done there.

Allowing Medicare to negotiate better prices for meds seems to be a good first step. Then there's the problem with being required to carry this, whether or not they need it.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions


Access to birth control. The Deficit Reduction Act increased the cost of BCP to family planning/Title X clinics (health departments, Planned Parenthood). My health department has had to cut back on the types of pills we stock because they went from pennies per pack to $17 or more! Then Ortho decided to price 5 pills at 3.20/pack, so we're mostly using those.

Access in general. There's no reason people should have to go to the emergency room for basic care or urgent non-emergency care (pinkeye, strep, that sort of thing). There's no reason a person shouldn't get coverage for insulin. It's illogical.

This morning on C-span

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Dr. Thomas Insel, National Institute of Mental Health, Director takes a look at post traumatic stress disorder -- what it is, how it's treated, new research, how the nation's medical community is addressing the needs of returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan who have PTSD.

A very interesting segment and frank numbers on people coming back from Iraq and what they will need.