Business and health care

Almost every time I've written about health care, I've made the point that it is no longer in the interest of business to be involved in health care. I've also said that it is not in the interest of citizens to have health care mediated by the financial issues that businesses must confront in their focus on profitability.

Today the New York Times has an excellent report that summarizes the issues nicely. The bottom line, now that business leaders are pushinng for an alternative model for health care in America, a new front has opened, with a fundamental realignment of interests.

George Bush, the killer of children?

Recently, I posted a story about a LARGE study showing that, when hospitalized, uninsured children died at a rate much higher than insured children. What is George Bush's response to this crisis, the death of children ONLY because they are uninsured?

“If Congress continues to insist upon expanding health care through the SCHIP program – which, by the way, would entail a huge tax increase for the American people – I'll veto the bill,” [Bush] said.

John Edwards responds.

The Beatitude House

The Eight Beatitudes from St. Matthew:

  1. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 3)
  2. Blessed are the meek: for they shall posses the land. (Verse 4)
  3. Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted. (Verse 5)
  4. Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill. (Verse 6)
  5. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. (Verse 7)
  6. Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God. (Verse 8)
  7. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (Verse 9)
  8. Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 10)

Sicko in NC: 70 RSVP, 270 Show Up

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This was the sight about ten minutes before the 4:30pm showing of Sicko this Sunday. I had decided to "host" an event, "A Night on the Town with Sicko". I put "host" in quotes because I kind of thought there would be 20 or so of and we'd watch the movie and have a nice slice of pizza and chat afterwards. I am the Vice President of Health Care for All NC, so I put a call out to our list members to join the show. I'm also one local captain of the John Edwards One Corps, so I put out the call to that list to join us.

Then, the RSVPs started rolling in, and then....

In-Tim-idation

Most people write "Thank You" notes to express their gratitude. Tim Kent of the North Carolina Association of Realtors takes out 2/3 page ads in newspapers like this one for Dan Blue. Between the PAC ($750,000) the 527 ($350,000) and direct lobbying by NCAR ($500,000) when you've got $1.6 million to spend on legislators there are some things you just can't say with flowers, Hallmark or a horse's head.

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