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Nick Muirhead
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Nick Muirhead

Hi there, My name is Nic Muirhead and I am a researcher on a weekly media review show called “Listening Post” that airs on Al-Jazeera English. We are doing a report on Obama’s health reform speech as the debate as taken on such huge dimensions in the States, and has even been billed as Obama’s biggest challenge – superseding that of the economy and the ‘war on terror’. The feature itself will take a look at the Republican – Democrat divide in the media, and the role that lobbyists are playing in influencing the media debate. We are after a… Read more »

Ron
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Ron

Those interested in learning about the Massachusetts “experiment” might wish to start here…
http://tinkerready.wordpress.com/2009/09/11/census-data-produces-opposing-views-of-the-uninsured-in-massachusetts/

Ron
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Ron

Jerry, My comments are based on personal experience and the experiences of other MA residents. I am a licensed healthcare provider and medical educator. Sure, Massachusetts has the highest rate of coverage among states. However, coverage does not equal care. There is a shortage of primary care physicians in the state, which limits access. Also, the co-pays and deductibles associated with the Commonwealth Care and Commonwealth Choice plans discourage people from seeking treatment until their conditions become unbearable. The merger of the small group and individual markets has pushed premiums for those segments into the stratosphere. Lots of small businesses… Read more »

Ellalunareg
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At what point to we decide that our tax dollars deserve more? We have a very inefficient, and often ineffective, government and a passive-aggressive citizenry. I can’t help but wonder what this nation will look like in 40 years. Our government is increasingly becoming an entity whose primary responsibility is to protect us from ourselves.

Jerry
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Ron. Yes, Charles Baker once headed Harvard/Pilgrim and is now a repub candidate for MA governor.
As for your other points – personal/anecdotal? opinion? other?
Thx, Jerry

Ron
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Ron

Jerry,
Costs have not declined in MA,(in fact many individuals and small businesses have seen their premiums increase by double digits annually)and the quality of care has not improved. Many of the newly insured can not find physicians who will treat them. The former head of one of the state’s largest HMOs is now running for governor. All I’m saying is that mandating everyone into a fragmented and overly expensive “non-system” doesn’t accomplish much. Good data and links are hard to come by regarding the Massachusetts experiment but I’ll see what I can find.

Jerry
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Meanwhile, Joe Wilson helps his opponent, Rob Miller, close in on $1M! (updated)
More irresponsible shouting, please.
“Based on the Massachusetts experience…”
Ron – Got data? Links? Thx.

Ron
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Ron

John Irvine,
Based on the Massachusetts experience with mandatory health insurance it will be a huge boon to the insurers and the politicians they own. It won’t benefit the public (patients) one whit!

Nealoren
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I agree with deron, I liked comment,I think that many of us think like that but its not a time to discuss we have to change this system.dont depend on someone or someone can change this system.This is opportunity for you to proove yourself.

Deron S.
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How long are we going to tolerate the political theater from both sides? At what point to we decide that our tax dollars deserve more? We have a very inefficient, and often ineffective, government and a passive-aggressive citizenry. I can’t help but wonder what this nation will look like in 40 years. Our government is increasingly becoming an entity whose primary responsibility is to protect us from ourselves.

InterActive Health
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Health care spending is consistently increasing each year. Which should be expected. Health care cost money. Not sure a complete overhaul will actually benefit us in 10 years. Many want a solution today or even tomorrow. I just want to make sure we don’t move to fast and miss something that will affect us in 5 years.
http://www.iahealth.net/blog

Jerry
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“a republican congressman calling out the truth…”
Well, Greta – Sadly, No!
Meanwhile, Joe Wilson helps his opponent, Rob Miller, close in on $200,000.
More irresponsible shouting, please.

John Irvine
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I came into this one with very diminished expectations after a disappointing summer and came away pleasantly surprised. Last night’s performance brought to mind the pre-“guns of August” Barack Obama. Agree this is far from over, but I’d say his odds are looking better than they have in some time. Has the momentum shifted? I don’t know. But I do think that he’s bought himself some time and some maneuvering room. Not sure the Kennedy thing worked, but then again I’m not a card-carrying-Democratic-member of Congress. If I were, I suppose I’d be touched. I’d expect the following to be… Read more »

Peter
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Peter

I agree with tcoyote, I liked the speech, but it was just a speech, not a game changer unless hordes of middle America throw their support to his plan(s). People will be sceptical until they see the price tag, can kick the tires and take it for a test drive. That’s why it’s important for congress show some backbone and take their hits for the outcome. More healthcare screaming for the next 10 years at least.

Greta
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Greta

Game far from over unless the American people are screwed. There is a little problem of the missing trillion dollars. If it takes a republican congressman calling out the truth about the lies coming from the lips of Obama to unite the democrats, what does that say about the issues that were clearly there dividing them? Its all about politics.