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Thursday, June 21, 2007

I'm in a press conference with Michael Moore!

I never would have imagined I would be backing up Michael Moore in a news conference. I mean, the director of Farenheit 911 - the liberal wacko - the Republican hater - Michael Moore! But he has made a movie called SiCKO which comes out tomorrow about the need for universal health care - or at the very least - the removal of profit from the health insurance industry. And as a member of the Massachusetts Nurses Association I've been invited to the premier followed by a press conference where we will be backing up Michael Moore. I hope this movie creates a dialogue on the subject and hopefully some positive changes. Certainly it is not an easy question of how to bring health insurance to the masses. A government run universal health care would have the sticky problem of paying medical personnel enough to encourage a healthy supply of new recruits and at the same time balancing a budget that would probably cost more than has ever been undertaken in the history of the US. Given the history of the incompetence of the US government I am skeptical of handing that job over to them. But the issue needs to be addressed and changes need to be made. The state of Massachusetts is a leader in this matter - that I hope all states can follow in the footsteps of. Health insurance is mandated for every citizen. There are tax penalties for not having insurance. All companies of a certain size are a required to provide insurance. And government run insurance for the very poor has been expanded.


  • At 5:18 PM, Blogger icefox said…

    This movie hints at larger social issues and differences. In the movie he goes to France and the UK where they have universal health care. Norway also has universal health care. Taxes are higher to cover that and other services such as free schooling all the way through collage. When a child is born there is (I believe) 10 shared months of leave for the parents with four weeks that can only be taken by the father. So usually the mom takes off a few months and then the dad does. The fact that I get a paid day off when moving here in Norway was quite surprising and I didn't want to ask for it because coming from the U.S. found it ludicrous. I still don't know what to do with five weeks off.

    It is interesting the different views the the companies have. In the US the companies want to save money by having the patients pay for their services. Meanwhile in many other countries the way the "company" will save money is by being active in preventing the million dollar operations from ever being needed.

    The movie while interesting is still just a movie and needs to be taken with a grain of salt like all of his films. A good starting point for discussion, but you should learn more about the issues on your own and from multiple sources.

  • At 6:30 AM, Blogger Deena said…

    Actually seeing with my own eyes how socialism works in other countries has made me seriously consider picking up and moving. We struggle so much here in America and it is just so hard to meet basic necessities for a family of five.

  • At 11:01 PM, Blogger TulipGrrl said…

    "Given the history of the incompetence of the US government I am skeptical of handing that job over to them."

    Uh, yeah.

    I wouldn't hand health care over to the US government, no matter what promises are made. Inefficiency, waste of money. The insurance industry is messed up, but the solution is NOT to hand it over the the federal government.

    "Actually seeing with my own eyes how socialism works in other countries has made me seriously consider picking up and moving. We struggle so much here in America and it is just so hard to meet basic necessities. . ."

    Socialism and redistribution of wealth often means devolving to a common level of misery. My goodness--socialism and gov't run health care in one post. Been there, done that. Got yelled at by the nurse for not bringing my own toilet paper. Begged the nurse for toilet paper for my son.

    Live a few years in a post-Soviet country. Better yet, live on the economy, without any US funds coming in. THEN consider whether gov't run health care or socialism can meet the "basic necessities" better than you and your family can here in the US.

  • At 9:38 PM, Blogger Deena said…

    I'm sorry life is so tough in your country (hugs). Stories like that always make you think twice, but I'm really not convinced that one payer health care in the US will mean post Soviet-like poverty for everyone. I've been chatting with online friends about this and I've actually heard a lot of positive comments from other women who have universal health care... "I live in Canada, and have spent my whole life with the health care system here. I have never had to wait a over-long stretch for services, beyond the basic times you get when being referred to a specialist. You don't have to choose between feeding your children/paying for your housing and medical care. I'm really shocked at what I hear some families paying for medical coverage, for insurance that still fights every item on a hospital bill. "

    "Do I think the Canadian system is perfect? No. However, I wouldn't trade it. I'm thrilled that my three c-section hospital births cost me no more than the price of parking our car in the hospital lot. Do I get to see the doctor I want when I want? Pretty much. As for the 'outrageous taxes'? They really aren't that bad. Check this page that compares the USA and Canada."


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