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POLICY: Ignorance is not bliss

Young punk Kate Steadman has a very interesting post about the uninsured over at Health Policy

The current display of ignorance was on the subject of being uninsured. The woman I talked with didn’t really understand what it meant to be uninsured until her housekeeper had a health problem and couldn’t get seen by a doctor.

Look down in the comments for a combination of ignorance and desperation, and you’ll see why this will end up the political topic of the next two decades, as I said in my Spot-on piece last week.

And a big Hat-tip to Derek Lowe who’s doing Grand Rounds this week.

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  1. Jib, is it a so-called FLAME when I say that Matthew suggesting “short term” insurance is dangerous if you get cancer and then it ends?
    When your “visitors” bad mouth me then say they sell dangerous employer-based insurance, it is now illegal to ask them if they are warning their clients that they will lose their health insurance if they can no longer work?
    You and Matthew have had a year to figure out how to defend dangerous employee-based insurance terminating sick people. For my Christmas present you can finally address this issue with a really good post.
    Also, all of my clients who read this blog step up to the plate and identify yourselves. Jib thinks people are enrolling because of the great advertising of this blog. Sorry Jib, not one client from this blog yet.
    OH, sorry. I went over my censored 10 lines.
    Merry Christmas Matthew and Jib.

  2. Ron,
    NO LINKS TO Ads or I’m banning you.
    NO FLAMES of Matthew or other visitors.
    I am seriously considering issuing you with a 45-day suspension anyway. This is not acceptable. Period.
    Matthew may be committed to freedom of speech, but I see no reason to allow this to continue considering how much damage you’re doing to the general tone and level of the conservation here. Do it again, and you’re gone.

  3. Jib, don’t freak out on a sales term. The WJR interview is with Ann Thomas (ABC Radio) and a CPA named Fred. It’s just much faster to communicate with proper TOV.
    Jib, the voice of reason. Thanks for letting me waiste my time and post here. Matthew is more fair and balanced than http://www.RedState.org who banned me for a negative comment on Ted Kennedy.
    Audio podcasts is just the start of increased need for TOV. I asked Matthew to do a podcast with the person with the most experience enrolling MSAs and HSAs, me. But Matthew is too scared and is stallin’. Matthew should start with someone who is so much nicer, my wife PamStar. Here is her TOV. http://save101.com/radio.htm
    Fat face David Yepsen speaks on Socialized Medicine today in Iowa. He promised never too say HSA and he doesn’t, the bozo.
    http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051211/OPINION01/512110322/1056/NEWS09

  4. Ron:
    Your comments about tone of voice (TOV) are beginning to freak me out just a little bit …

  5. Kate is a very smart person. In less than 2 months blogging she gets 36 comments. I talked to Ben Cutler today Matthew for 30 minutes. It was so interesting. Also, I have a radio broadcast I did on WJR that will blow your mind. I have the real show and the censored one that they broadcasted, too pathetic that WJR sent me the real show. Even I was impressed when I heard the real show. I can really slam a lot of stuff in 14 minutes. Best explaination of an HSA I have ever heard. Both shows will be coming to a podcast near you soon, ha ha. It’s that crazy Tone Of Voice (TOV).

  6. I enjoyed your Spot-on piece last week and appreciate that your discussions define health care as medical care. Health care reform might benefit from considering health care as a broader field that is dominated by medical care.
    What do you think things would look like if Medicaid had preceeded Medicare? What do you think the possibilities would be if health care providers were trained to use a risk-based record rather than a problem-based record?
    If we are going to reform “health care”, let’s reform it and not play financial games. The priorities and the entire delivery system need to be on the table. In this field, small changes are as much trouble as big ones.

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