Healthcare Insurance Reform – Use Technology to get the FACTS

When it comes to the Health Insurance Reform topic I am not going to reflect (in my blog) my opinion, how I feel, etc…  I would become a victim of blog assassination, if I did.  Too much hatred (like road rage) out there for me to do that.

I will tell you this though.  I am an observer of people and have been for years.  Especially, from a behavioral standpoint.  This topic of Healthcare Reform is a major change that will or could have an impact for us all.  Again, I’m not revealing my feelings on this, either way…  From the behavioral standpoint, at least in my region, I see people talking and talking and talking; but not saying anything.  Why?  Because they have no idea what they are talking about.  It is the same folks who are still looking for those weapons of mass destruction.

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One of my favorite sayings is, “believe nothing and verify everything”.  In this specific case of Health Insurance Reform, “verify everything”.  DO NOT rely on the propaganda of the media to “dumb you down”. The media is a business (of greed & sensationalization), fed by political influences, that relies on stirring up the population to the point of hatred (toward each other) and division (even within our Congress). Our leaders are even afraid to make decisions, because it is “all about me” and “not us” (as a unified country). DO NOT rely on the information that is circulating via the email circuits.  If you are, then you are really being taken for a ride.

So before you start talking, pointing fingers, and ready to beat your neighbor up, GET THE FACTS and become an expert of the information; however use good resources.  A good starting point for this is the White House [ HERE ] AND [ HERE ] .  Again, and I know I may get comments telling me to not trust the White House; BUT, please do not be one of these people that tell me to hate my President, but love thy neighbor. The information I am presenting to you is your starting point to GET THE FACTS, then start digging and just maybe when the talking starts you can GIVE THE FACTS, can realistically debate your concerns; AND, in the end, love your neighbor.

Note: I encourage you to comment and I also encourage you to read the comments that have been posted [ HERE ].

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  1. Without taking sides (like you so wisely do not either) I say these are truly words of common sense and wisdom that -all- should take heed of.

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    1. Kelly,

      Thank you for visiting… I know that you, are an accountant, by trade; AND, as an accountant you are literally held “accountable” and “have to” rely on facts. Failure to do so can have big consequences. It is the same here with Health Insurance Reform. Again, thank you…

      Rick

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  2. Rick,

    Bravo!

    Since I’m a Canadian, this debate does not affect me directly, nevertheless, I find the lies and exaggerations surrounding this debate morally offensive.

    Particularly the lies that were used to attempt to undermine the Canadian health care system by misrepresenting its called “weaknesses”.

    When these “weaknesses” were given coverage on American news channels, people in this country, while frustrated by the inaccuracies, were left with little choice but to laugh – the lies were so blatant.

    Just like everyone in Canada I am covered for “all” medical issues, and a recent extensive bout of pneaumonia cost me nothing, not a penny – nada.

    The U.S. desperately needs to implement a similar system so that money, or more particularly, the lack of money, has no impact on an individual’s access to, or quality of, health care.

    It’s a sad reflection on the power of lobbying, that Americans find themselves in this position.

    Just my two cents.

    Bill

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  3. Rick,

    I wouldn’t normally comment further, but the very idea of not “taking a stand” in my view is the antithesis of democracy.

    The whole idea is – stand up and be counted. How else does one effect change.

    Bill

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  4. Bill,
    Understand what you’re saying. Unfortunately the divisions here continue to grow and it seems so little is based on fact, but instead on fear. To voice one’s opinion is to start a counterproductive war of words, not an exchange of views and facts.
    Kelly

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  5. I’ll echo Kelly’s comment. I like unbiased facts (I know I know–facts by definition are unbiased, but you know what I mean), but how do you find them? The White House has a dog in this race. I am bothered by the upside down nature of the polls, but their results depend upon the question asked. Are there any polls that show Americans favor the bill? Not health care change–we all wish for that–but this particular bill.

    As a teacher, I’d like to go to the source documents, but I’m not sure what those are. Is it the bill? Any ideas?

    (I sure used a lot of ‘buts’ in this comment!)

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    1. The real facts are the Bill itself, which if passed would become Law. It can be read on OpenCongress.com, here: H.R.3590 – Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
      There are 10,909 “sections” of legalese, that I don’t think I could get through if I gave myself a week… but it’s there. (I’m more than ever inclined to agree with Shakespeare’s line {Henry VI, Act IV, Scene II}.)
      Interestingly, there’s a widget on the side which shows that, so far, only 133,160 people have looked at the page, and only 23% “support it”.

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      1. TechPaul and Worddreams…

        I’ve been gone most of the day and missed out on this… TechPaul, thanks for pointing out the bill for us… I was hoping someone would see it from the initial links I posted. Worddreams, since you are teacher, you are assigned to read it and get back to us : ) One point that TechPaul made that really jumps out to me and is what I am talking about… Not to say everyone is going to read the Bill, but only 133,160 people have looked at the page(s). In my opinion, considering the population of this country and the extreme importance, only 133,160 people have viewed the bill. I have more hits on my blog than that for the same period of time. Thanks to both of you for “using Technology” to pull the actual Bill.

        Rick

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  6. thanks for the link, techpaul. I did read the last one (posted my thoughts on my blog) because I got tired of being called an uninformed idiot. That was a svelte 1000 pages. I wonder if I can get through 2700 pages by tomorrow?

    Gotta go.

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  7. My blogging buddy WriterDood has almost the same wise message as yours Rick.
    I commented that Obama is like being crushed in the middle by two boulders (by right and left).

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  8. I am Australian so the debate does not directly concern me but I must say that I have been amazed at the strident opposition to something which any developed country regards as a fundamental right – that of health care for all.

    Those of us who observe from a distance find it hard to understand that a country which gives people the constitutional right to bear arms does not give the same people the right to universal health care. Thanks for pointing out the facts and not the hype.

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    1. John,

      Good day from USA… Thank you very much for your comments. Especially from someone on the outside looking in. People here look at universal health care as a government takeover; plus, the fear of change that has been instilled by the Politicians, the media, etc… Please visit again!

      Rick

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  9. I am an American living in the UK. I can’t begin to tell you how much I LOVE the National Health Service. And watching this debate from a distance has boggled my mind. (I can’t understand what is bad about getting rid of things like pre-existing conditions exclusions and keeping premium costs down, call me crazy!)

    But more interesting to me than the odd lack of support among the people of the U.S. are the misconceptions in and OUT of the country. Yesterday when discussing it with a European, they said to me “What does it really matter? Everyone in the U.S. who has a job has health insurance anyway, don’t they?” I couldn’t have yelled “No!” any louder.

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    1. Chickpea,

      What I find is most people do not research really what is going on (with anything)… Our society here has come to rely on the media so much, and believe me the Politicians (and Political Party’s) know this, that anything that is broadcasted they will believe. Sensationalize it and they’ll gobble it up; whether fact or not. I heard a broadcast this morning and disc jockey was going on about the Health Insurance Reform and provided no factual information. He was just against it and so was the rest of America (according to him and the polls).

      Thank you for commenting…

      Rick

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  10. There is a good “calculator” on the Washington Post website by the way. (It’s something like help let it calculate how it will affect you.) I don’t know how accurate it is but it tells me I will (when I return) save a lot of money. :o)

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    1. Chickpea,

      As with any program, such as this, it is complex and yes there will be problems; but, it gives the country a baseline to work from. Problem here is everyone wants a “quickfix”… We are a very spoiled nation!

      Rick

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