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Yesterday President Obama spoke to the nation about health care and the need to get off the dime and onto a different path. As The New Republic online puts it, he spoke to us as if we were adults. I think he did a good job of it, despite snarky comments from the likes of Chris Matthews on MSNBC (who was obviously expecting a wonk session rather than a fireside chat) and a host of conservatives who have sworn an oath of fealty to misdirection, misinformation, and misanthropy.
They're going to have to give up paying for things that don't make them healthier. And I--speaking as an American, I think that's the kind of change you want.

This is the fulcrum of argumentation now. The financing questions are both straightforward and obscure, and frankly you really need to know about intended consequences to understand how this is all going to be less expensive and with a reasonable promise to not be in the corrupt hands of insurance executives. The real question is whether or not we are going to have better health care for 99% of Americans. The answer is given in that quotation above. You are not going to get cosmetic surgeries, even if such things would improve your disposition. You are not going to have the option of shopping medical facilities until you get the answers you want, all the while doubling and tripling the covered diagnostic testing of the system.

Health care should be in the hands of competent physicians and other medical personnel. It should not be dictated by the actuarial mathematics of insurance companies, which if you would stop to notice, cancel people's insurance when they have to pay out to that person, that is, actuarial mathematics is the craft of excluding risk. Well, health care is all about risk ... and that is why with the insurance companies in the driver's seat we have a distorted and mostly broken system now.

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James R. Brett, Ph.D. taught Russian History before becoming an academic administrator in faculty research administration. His academic interests are the modern period of Russian History since Peter the Great, Chinese History, the history of (more...)
 
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the author makes several misstatements.1.he says w... by liberalsrock on Thursday, Jul 23, 2009 at 12:54:41 PM
In your innocence you have misinterpreted Presiden... by James Brett on Thursday, Jul 23, 2009 at 7:18:55 PM
Any corruption in the insurance industry has been ... by UncleSim on Thursday, Jul 23, 2009 at 5:35:58 PM
Uncle Sim, you are much too young to have such tho... by James Brett on Thursday, Jul 23, 2009 at 7:26:25 PM
Everything you said is true, rather WAS true, unde... by Frank Rommey on Friday, Jul 24, 2009 at 5:19:28 AM
Bush and his administration are certainly NOT my c... by UncleSim on Friday, Jul 24, 2009 at 4:04:45 PM
I was very proud of the cander that OUR President ... by Crystal Pearlman on Thursday, Jul 23, 2009 at 6:33:37 PM
The sense that we do not have enough detail is lit... by James Brett on Thursday, Jul 23, 2009 at 7:34:53 PM