Matthew Holt

“Money driven medicine” on PBS tonight

Tonight the documentary based on Maggie Mahar’s book Money-Driven Medicine is on Bill Moyers’ show on PBS.

Meanwhile if you haven’t seen this clip of Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn seriously suggesting to a completely desperate woman that her neighboors should be the ones helping her look after her husband with a traumatic brain injury, you’ll be illuminated by how out of touch (and that’s putting it very kindly) he and lots of his colleagues are on the real life actual needs of people suffering now as opposed to inciting vitriol from the fringe over vague concerns in the future.

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DE Teodoru
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DE Teodoru

Alas, Deron S, the Congressional whores only act as they think enough voters to get them re-elected think or as will bring in enough money from lobbyists to pay for lobotomizing enough voters to insure their re-election. What gets me is how these hyenas invoke Jesus Christ to bless their predatory cannibalism. The problem is not Congress. We have met the enemy and he is us small people who there go by but for the grace of God. The attitude you seek to expose is the same as the “ain’t my kid going to Iraq” disconnect syndrome of so many… Read more »

DE Teodoru
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DE Teodoru

Most health insurance IS HMOs, Nate! And why do you bring up the Nixon statement and then refer to Kennedy? What’s your point relative to WHY I brought up the Nixon statement? All you really said is a slander that I believe in the “flat earth,” which I never said, and that everything I wrote is wrong, giving NO specific retorts. Once again, placard type “retort” is all I get from people who don’t want to constructively discuss specifics. I thought that in the 1960s the Berkley radicals– fully supported by Cal Conservatives for Political Action– demanded MEANINGFUL DIALOGUE and… Read more »

Sassafras
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For more information on Money-Driven Medicine, how to use it, to purchase DVDs, and other resources, visit the companion website at http://www.moneydrivenmedicine.org.

Deron S.
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It’s not that woman’s neighbors’ problem that her husband is in such bad shape. We as individuals have no responsibility for these healthcare problems we’re facing, therefore we should not have to be part of the solution. It’s all the government’s fault, therefore the government must take care of her husband. I don’t know about all of you, but I have never made a mistake in my life. For all that goes wrong in my life, I think the government should be prepared to step in and clean up. Those Congressmen and other officials that go to Washington cease to… Read more »

J Bean
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J Bean

I was working in a hurricane shelter post-Katrina in Galveston, TX. The local congressman came through, a fellow named Ron Paul. I was standing behind him as he enthused that “This is the way to do it, neighbors helping neighbors, not government.” The neighbors-helping-neighbors thing hasn’t done much to rebuild NOLA yet, now has it? Idiot.

Nate
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Nate

DE Teodoru how can you get some much wrong in one post? Your complaining the earth is flat, sorry to break it to you buddy it aint.
No the rest of the world does not have single payor
80% of people don’t have HMOs so what are you blabbering about?
What Nixon said about HMOs? Apparently you don’t know who Ted Kennedy is, the one that wrote the bill, forced it through Congress, then bragged about it for 15 years until they turned into a nightmare. oops that kills your narrative.

Nate
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Nate

should it be a public plan like Medicare that limits you to 90 days? Or should we copy the widely successful Medicaid home care and nursing home benefits?
If Medicare and Medicaid are both insolvant and BK, how do we offer richer benefits to more people and not also go BK as a nation? Medicare and Medicaid have already proven government is not the answer.

Greg Pawelski
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Greg Pawelski

“I thought ‘government’ is just a collective representation of ‘us as neighbors’.”
However, Margalit, Dave doesn’t believe that the foundation of our country is built on Governmental intervention to pool “communal resources.”
Do Americans view health care as a communal resource that should benefit everyone or do we view it mainly from the standpoint of “what’s in it for me?”
The republicans had over 160 amendments to the Senate bill and they still won’t vote for health care reform. Democrats will vote it alone.
Good posting Matt.

DE Teodoru
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DE Teodoru

When Cong. Conyers described his single payer bill I pointed out to him that we do not have enough primary care MDs (PMDs) to go around and those now in the field are swamped as specialists, each with his/her favorite organ, throws back the patient to the PMD, to manage as a WHOLE patient. The notion of “best practices” is also very problematic as statistics will be sloppy and so broad that they won’t apply to any individual. Remembers figures never lie but liars figure so don’t let it be on your survival. I am told that “hip-hop dress” is… Read more »

Designs for Health
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Sounds very ridiculous…good to bring all this in front of our eyes.

Holt sucks
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Holt sucks

Another original and insightful post from Mattie. Keep it up, kid!

Margalit Gur-Arie
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Yes, I agree with Senator Coburn. “Us as neighbors’ should be “helping people who need our help”. We should be helping by making sure that the woman’s uninsured husband has insurance that will pay for his home care. We should be helping by making sure that an affordable public option is in place for him and other folks in similar situations. We should be helping by stepping out of our little comfort zones of “I want to keep the plan I have and I don’t want to pay for other people’s health care” and realize that we are all one… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Good point Matt. He should have just given her a big hug and told her everything would be ok, and then walked away.

Nate
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Nate

So when Hillary says it takes a Village to raise kids your OK with that, the Village helps out with family care and that is just unacceptable. I think I would be much more comfortable with my neighbor watching my spouse while I took a break then raising my kid. Why is this Matt, nothing to do with the fact that it came from a conservative is it?

john
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john

Well, Sen. Coburn is also a doctor, so maybe that’s what he meant by offering help. But to say that he is against reform is flat out wrong, he’s just against Obamacare. I don’t see anybody on the left even rationally debating the merits of the Coburn/Ryan reform bills.