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Happy Thanksgiving UPDATE: Hey, leave your thanks here

On this Thanksgiving Day we all have much to be thankful for. I am of course thankful for all of you who have made this year so wonderful, with your comments, participation in the chat room, and phone calls. But for me there’s so much more. Read more

I’m For Universal Health Care If …

My sister is a very bright woman. An AUSA, Corporate Attorney and Law Professor, not to mention a small “l” libertarian I am pretty sure, although I could be wrong. So when she sent me this e-mail I decided to read it word for word. She is a genius.

Jim, My thoughts on universal health care

I have an idea that maybe you could get rolling.  Too often Congress
jumps in without benefit of the facts.  My plan is to get the facts on
universal health care before we jump in.  Novel, huh?
Here’s how it works.

First we need to know the number of General
Practitioners in America versus the number of Americans.  Let’s just say
that there are 10,000 people for every General Practitioner.  We then
select 10,000 people and one GP in, Hartford, for example, for our study.
Those selected should be Democrats only, as Republicans don’t want universal
health care, and we don’t want to skew the results; and, at least one
person selected must be a member of Congress. Other than that, the pool
must truly be a cross section of society, rich, poor, kids, adults,
seniors.

For the test period all will pay NOTHING for their health care.
For a one year period, those 10,000 people can only get medical care
from the GP we selected.  If testing or a specialist is needed, we obtain
statistics from Canada, or Great Britain as to how long, on average, it
takes for one of their citizens to get a necessary test or to see a
specialist.  If, for example, the average time to see a specialist is 3
months, then anyone in our test group would have to wait 3 months to see
a specialist.

Here’s the best part.  The National Institute of Health is to receive
millions from the “Stimulus Bill”, so let’s put that money to work.  At
the end of one year, all 10,000 people in our study would fill out a
survey detailing, among other things, how happy they have been with their
health care for the past year, and NIH will prepare a report of those
findings.  In addition to the report from NIH, Congress will also be
briefed personally by their colleague who participated in the study.
And, of course, the American people will be made aware of the study
results.

Then, let Congress try to fashion something that works based upon the
study results.  After all, the government requires stringent testing
before allowing a drug to be marketed, why not do the same with health
care.

Sound Off Sister

I actually think it should include at least one Congressman and one Senator, preferably Senator Kennedy or Kerry or Dodd. Your thoughts are welcome so please add them in the commentt section below … but act quickly. Like my sister’s health care plan … you will have to stand in line.