Letters to the Editor

Monday, June 29, 2009 at 11:00pm

Health care for America now

I went to [Washington,] D.C. last week and met with my congressman and senators to express the need for real health care reform and it was real productive.

Congressman Jim Cooper of the 5th district and my representative said he is in full support of President Obama and the plan for real health care reform to include the public option.

I also spoke with chief of staff to Sen. Lamar Alexander and a staffer of Sen. Bob Corker and found them open to the discussion of health care reform. Their positions are different from that of my Congressman but there is room for some common ground.

I told the stories of patients and friends who have been crushed by the burden of health care cost. I tried to show how vulnerable the middle class is to financial devastation when a health care crisis develops in their lives. I shared the stories of a friend of mine who had a traumatic brain injury and is now facing bills that are leading his family to financial ruins and how his health coverage and prescription cost are so expensive that he may loose everything he has worked for his entire life. His family will suffer all because our health care system is broken.

We can't miss this opportunity as citizens to get involved in shaping the health care reform debate. I am optimistic that a plan that includes choice, access and coverage for all will come out of the house and am hopeful that the senate can achieve the same.

I’m hoping as a registered nurse to see the future of health care improved so that patients are treated as people and not commodities. We as a nation have the opportunity to say that we value life not only in the womb but through out the span of ones life. We can do this, and should do this now, as it is long overdue.

Michael Chapman, RN,
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152 Comments on this post:

By: house_of_pain on 6/30/09 at 11:08

At least that's what my boss tells me. I'm not even sure which pharmaceutical co. it is.
He just calls them "The Company".

By: house_of_pain on 6/30/09 at 11:26

We're trying a low-cost method we learned from the military.
We already knew that drowning cures diabetes(cancer & hiccups, too), and we want to see if simulation could be as effective. We're waterboarding diabetics.

By: BeenFranklin on 6/30/09 at 11:31

Thanks for another good point that the government does a lot of R&D just look at NASA.
I hope the waterboarding thing works out. Just hope your using US water!!

By: BeenFranklin on 6/30/09 at 11:34

Michael Jackson died from heart failure!! Don't we all die of heart failure??

By: house_of_pain on 6/30/09 at 11:37

Maybe, technically. But I still say Farrah died from anal failure.

By: Dragon on 6/30/09 at 11:55

Government to decide best treatments for ailments
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-06-30-treatments-government-study_N.htm

I thought the government wouldn't decide medical treatment, Another bait-and-switch.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/30/09 at 12:20

well, otherwise the insurance companies determine it so that they don't have to pay.

By: pandabear on 6/30/09 at 12:20

"By: house_of_pain on 6/30/09 at 11:08
At least that's what my boss tells me. I'm not even sure which pharmaceutical co. it is.
He just calls them "The Company".

That's the CIA, not Japan. (...don't tell anyone...)

By: pandabear on 6/30/09 at 12:22

"By: house_of_pain on 6/30/09 at 11:26
We're trying a low-cost method we learned from the military.
We already knew that drowning cures diabetes(cancer & hiccups, too), and we want to see if simulation could be as effective. We're waterboarding diabetics."

Shouldn't you be "sugar" watering them ?

By: house_of_pain on 6/30/09 at 12:23

So, Blanket, count any medical beans today?

panda: the chair is against the wall. John has a big moustache.

By: pandabear on 6/30/09 at 12:24

...and a 1911 under his coat...

By: pandabear on 6/30/09 at 12:25

There's "beans" and "has beans"...

By: house_of_pain on 6/30/09 at 12:25

Do you have the item?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/30/09 at 12:27

yep, counted LOTS of them earlier.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/30/09 at 12:28

bien.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/30/09 at 12:29

It is fitting that today’s deadline for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq’s cities coincides with a meeting in Baghdad to auction off some of the country’s largest oil fields to companies such as ExxonMobil, Chevron and British Petroleum. It is a reminder of the real motives for the 2003 invasion and in whose interests over one million Iraqis and 4,634 American and other Western troops have been killed. The Iraq war was, and continues to be, an imperialist war waged by the American ruling elite for control of oil and geo-strategic advantage.

http://wsws.org/articles/2009/jun2009/pers-j30.shtml

By: house_of_pain on 6/30/09 at 12:31

The cucumber has left the salad!
Swarm, swarm!

By: Dragon on 6/30/09 at 12:31

Blanket, the World Socialist Web Site? Really?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/30/09 at 12:36

no worse than Rush. try looking at the message instead of the messenger.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/30/09 at 12:37

is it factually incorrect?

By: Dragon on 6/30/09 at 12:40

Yes, it is. What do you propose Iraq do with it's oil? Eat it?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/30/09 at 12:42

oh, Dragon.

By: pandabear on 6/30/09 at 12:54

Dragon:
Finally, an intelligent suggestion.

Let them eat oil !

By: pandabear on 6/30/09 at 12:55

They're gonna need some "oil" dressing...

By: house_of_pain on 6/30/09 at 1:01

We're never gonna make 300 posts at this pace, people.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/30/09 at 1:03

well, we could talk about Rush saying that Obama did a "black handshake" with Chavez.

By: pandabear on 6/30/09 at 1:04

By: house_of_pain on 6/30/09 at 12:25
Do you have the item?

You mean the 1911 ?

By: house_of_pain on 6/30/09 at 1:04

What?!

By: house_of_pain on 6/30/09 at 1:08

Was it that handshake with all the extra moves?
That would be cool.

By: slacker on 6/30/09 at 1:19

I think I'll call an ambulance, and go to the emergency room just for kicks.
And say ''Doc it hurts every time I do this''

By: BenDover on 6/30/09 at 1:30

Here's what every decision the Obama makes comes down to: can we use it to take away from the haves and give it to the have-nots...

The problem with such a system is that eventually with less and less incentive to do so the haves will stop producing... it's as simple as that.

America survives on the excesses of our market system based on a work / reward model. Kick it in the nuts hard enough for long enough government ends up hurting itself... for every dollar which government government assumes a charitable responsibility that's one less dollar for a direct charity. Then government uses it's dollars with populist political interests in mind and with substantially more bureaucratic overhead. This is a negative net benefit to the needy but a substantiall boost in power to the government and bureaucracy... thus government grows and grows even as the economy stalls and is unable to sustain it.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/30/09 at 1:35

By: BenDover on 6/30/09 at 1:30
Here's what every decision the Obama makes comes down to: can we use it to take away from the haves and give it to the have-nots...

Yeah. That's his agenda every day when he gets up.

How silly.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/30/09 at 1:59

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered that Democrat Al Franken be certified as the winner of the state's long-running Senate race.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/30/minnesota-decision-al-fra_n_223258.html

By: Dragon on 6/30/09 at 2:06

Knew it was coming, Blanket. Another clown in the Senate. Think anyone will notice?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/30/09 at 2:19

Well, no different than actors (Reagan and Arnie).

By: slacker on 6/30/09 at 2:21

nazi, lot of difference, Franken is nuts.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/30/09 at 2:26

Ronnie had alzheimers.

By: slacker on 6/30/09 at 2:27

yeah, when he was 103 yrs. old.

By: slacker on 6/30/09 at 2:30

Arnie has 10 more years until the roids, completely shrink his brain and other parts.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/30/09 at 2:44

he had alzheimers while he was in office. and just because al is an a-hole doesn't mean the 'roids are eating out his brain. LOL!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/30/09 at 2:48

"One of the surprising discoveries of modern psychology is how easy it is to be ignorant of your own ignorance.”

http://debunkingchristianity.blogspot.com/2009/06/one-of-surprising-discoveries-of-modern.html

By: gdiafante on 6/30/09 at 2:48

Reagan didn't get Alzheimer's until well after he was out of office, which makes him a liar (Iran-Contra) among other things.

No wonder he's the poster boy for Conservatives.

By: slacker on 6/30/09 at 2:53

nazi, Carrot top is a shoo-in for aide-de-campy.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/30/09 at 3:01

absolutely!

By: slacker on 6/30/09 at 3:06

gdiafante, Reagan might have misremembered on Iran-Contra, but hey everybody is forgetful now and again. Give a brother a break.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/30/09 at 3:08

"misremembered?" is that really a word?

By: slacker on 6/30/09 at 3:09

Franken intends to be sworn in, with a satellite dish on his head.

By: gdiafante on 6/30/09 at 3:11

It's a word for George W Bush and his followers, not so much for the intelligent, though.

By: slacker on 6/30/09 at 3:13

Roger Clemens, aka ''The Rocket'' is a genius, of course its a word.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/30/09 at 3:17

i guess it's a word if steroids have eaten your brain.