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Unity on Healthcare Reform   2 comments

 To this observer it seems that there is a good deal of confusion on the part of the general public in regard to the issues involving healthcare reform.  There are a number of reasons for this.  First there is the use of motive language and deceptive terminology that has been used by those who opose any form of healthcare reform at all.  Language using such words and phrases as “socialized medicine”, “death panels”, “government take over” and other such inflammatory wording.  Another reason for confusion may be due, at least in part, because those who do see the need and therefore support reform, are not unified as to the how of reform.  There are those who support a public option, others want tort reform, some want only a very limited involvement of government in the process and others who promote a single payer national healthcare plan.  It is quite likely that those who opose any reform are quite delighted in the fact that supporters of reform are in such disaray.  This lack of unity on the part of supporters may indeed contribute to the confusion on the part of the larger population.  It may also contribute to the perception on the part of some that the majority of Americans do not want healthcare reform, when in fact, polls have shown that at least 66% of Americans actually do.

 So what then is the best approach for those who do want reform?  I spent about an hour and a half on the phone today with Dr Michael Rushnak who was instrumental in the founding of Americans for Healthcare.  It was his opinion that all those who support healthcare reform come together and lay out all the various challenges that we face as a nation in regard to healthcare.  Once the challenges are layed out discussion could take place in how each possible solution could best meet those challenges.  This should be done in full view of the public so that the people would have the oppertunity to hear all the challenges and how the possible solutions may or may not meet those challenges.  It would then be the people who would come to a consensus as to which solution(s) may be the best rather than the participants of the discussion.

 I would think that if the participants in the discussion really felt that their ideas are the best they would not fear such a dialogue and then allow the general public to decide the best approach.  It would then be the public that would let their elected officials know what they think.  However, it will take a ground swell of the people in order to overcome the special interests groups in Washington.  The special interest groups such as the healthcare insurance industy, the pharmaceutical and medical supply industries, the lawyers and others.  Right now it is these groups that the legislators are listening to because they have the money and the power to help re-elect.

I would like to see all supporters of healthcare reform come together for dialogue in a mutually respectful manner and calmly discuss this highly important issue.

Posted March 2, 2011 by terryflowersblog in Health Care