Monday, August 31, 2009

One In Seven Californians have Medical Debt ( this is the number of People with Insurance having Medical Debt) Over 2.2 Million and rising....


Do click and read this story...it will wake you up- about How devastating this Situation really is...Please do share this link on Twitter and FB, http://prescriptions.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/31/ucla-study-finds-1-in-7-californians-have-medical-debt/.

Yeah- Maybe JACK can Save the PublicPlan!! Seriously Kiefer Sutherland's granddad brought Medicare to Canada..click the title

On Democracy NOW they do a 10 Min segment about Tommy Douglas and the Healthcare Changes he brought to Canada in the 1960s really wonderful explanation of how it could work for us.....

Note to the Reader....


At this time, this blog is only covering Healthcare issues and the Battle that is ongoing. If you need to forward information about Town Hall Meetings ( video or photos) or other articles, please do email me, enigma4everATearthlinkDOTnet. Especially if you are a Blogger or have a Story to share. Do read New Posts Down Below, especially the post About Better Angels and Teddy Care. I also have posted all the Videos from the Weekend of Teddy 's Funeral and Wake. Blog is Updated Every Night.

I am fighting for Healthcare for All. I am an Uninsured Nurse, I am fighting for my neighbors and friends...and you.
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Scroll Down for Healthcare Events - Organizing for America is having Events for Labor Day...

An American Living in Italy Shares her story....Video- please share

Click the title to watch, here is the link to share on Twitter,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad_0Km-a-c8&eurl

Sunday, August 30, 2009

MUST SEE VIDEO OF TEDDY KENNEDY ON HEALTHCARE IN 1978....AMAZING- PLEASE SHARE


Here is a Speech he wrote 29 years ago:::
"We cannot have a fair prosperity in isolation from a fair society. So I will continue to stand for a national health insurance. We must—we must not surrender—we must not surrender to the relentless medical inflation that can bankrupt almost anyone and that may soon break the budgets of government at every level. Let us insist on real controls over what doctors and hospitals can charge, and let us resolve that the state of a family's health shall never depend on the size of a family's wealth.

The president, the vice-president, the members of Congress have a medical plan that meets their needs in full, and whenever senators and representatives catch a little cold, the Capitol physician will see them immediately, treat them promptly, fill a prescription on the spot. We do not get a bill even if we ask for it, and when do you think was the last time a member of Congress asked for a bill from the federal government? And I say again, as I have before, if health insurance is good enough for the president, the vice-president, the Congress of the United States, then it's good enough for you and every family in America."
~ Ted Kennedy Speech
Written 29 YEARS ago.
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So for Anyone who asks What is the Rush ? My Question is WHEN is the Time, Haven't we Waited Long Enough ?

Labor Day Events- Organizing For America and For Healthcare....get out there and do it folks


The only way to Educate People, and Debunk Myths is to get out there...and explain about Singlepayer and Public Option, and also how 50 Million Americans NEED Heatlhcare...( 50 Million is alot of people,more than the Population of Canada)..and yes, explain this is NOT about Insurance Reform- this is about Healthcare Reform....Do Scroll down- there is plenty here about Issues, Meetings and Info, as well as My Letter About Teddy Care....
(1) Also over the Next week we need to start Nagging the Senate- we need a NEW Lion ( Brown? Feingold? Franken? WHO?)
(2) Do Call Media and make sure they Come to the Event- and do blog WHO you called, now if they don't come- we could always start holding events Near TV stations. DO take photos and Video and Post and send out.

Here is the Link to the WH Reality Check Site, They are calling it Insurance Reform, instead of HCR, and this is worrying, but as they hold meetings this month,hopefully they will get feedback,because it is more than Insurance that needs reforming.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Another Blogger for Teddycare...


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Gotta Laff also is blogging for Healthcare and Teddycare, many know her from Twitterland....she has great posts,please share her blog Political Carnival.In Her Post she mentioned the NYC Rally For Healthcare yesterday,New Yorkers are saying it was over 3000, MSM said 1000, either way many came out on a Saturday to support us all having healthcare.Please see her post and see the post above about the NYC Healthcare Rally ( that should be posted later this afternoon, this is just one photo from yesterdays Rally).

Shannyn Moore's Post on Healthcare...really amazing, must read...



Click the title to this amazing healthcare story....Shannyn Moore is a blogger from Alaska, and she tells this story that needs to be shared, If we begin to understand fully that Real People are a part of the Healthcare picture, it changes how we talk to each other....it becomes real.

Another Healthcare Story....An amazing story told by a Dad, about his son Woody...


Please do read this and share, it is linked to the Title, so just click it and read...it is a story, with photos with a Letter to President Obama...a true story, told in a heartfelt real way about WHY we need to fix our Healthcare system....Told by a dad ( and yes, I have his permission to post here).

6th Leading Cause of Death.....Is People NOT having Healthcare...


Please do click this title and read, this wonderful Blogger illuminates a horrendous statistic that must be shared....and explored..and Solved. I know this story is true, I actually feel that the statistics are worse than we know (scroll down to the Mortality Post below about 18,000- 22,000 dying per year without Healthcare). I do know that two people died on my street this year....and that they did not get the care they needed, and they both died broke and their houses were both claimed by the bank. I walk by those houses everyday, knowing that THAT this is not the way it is supposed to be.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Videos from the Senator Kennedy's Wake and Funeral ....

Ken Burns video...

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John Kerry at Teddy's Wake Part I...
John Kerry Part II
John Kerry Part III
John Biden's eulogy....part I
Part II of Biden
Chris Dodd part I
Chris Dodd part II
Caroline speaking of Uncle Teddy..
Joe Kennedy
Orren Hatch Part I
Orren Hatch Part II
Irish Eyes are smiling....
John Culver must see- so funny and sweet Part I
John Culver part II
I am still looking for Governor of Mass, Duvall Patrick ..so if you find it let me know ...thanks
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Democracy Now has compiled Teddy speaking as to why HCR is a Moral issue....
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Cspan archive of the event
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This is the video of Teddy arriving in Boston...very beautiful that all the people came out Teddy would have loved that welcome......

Note::: The Kennedys did a beautiful job taking care of Teddy in repose but also at this service it was full of love, laughter and stories....and Vicky is so amazing, so inspiring in her grace and dignity...
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Saturday Update:
If you want to read President Obama's Eulogy...
ABC footage of Teddy Jr saying goodbye to his dad, at the Basilica...
Video of Teddy Jr ( youtube if ABC not working)
Video of Part II of Teddy Jr
Video of Patrick Kennedy
President Obama's Eulogy Part I >8 minutes
Part II of President Obama
His Grandkids say their prayers, very special
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(if you can-do see the Wake on cspan- it was beautiful...full of stories and love...I am working on a post for tomorrow..about the Kennedy Era and Healthcare...but for tonight...gnite..)
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Really wonderful Salon post by Joan Walsh.....about Teddy...

Reading Rainbow ended today....so sad..Wonderful show that helped so many children learn to read..even my son

Click the title to hear the theme song....

For those Wanting Details of Teddy's Funeral and the Planned Procession to Arlington, please click the title....


For those of us that are Proud to be a Liberal, please share this...
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Today Both TIME and Newsweek will have Special Teddy Issues...
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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ted Kennedy has died....The Lion is gone...


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originally posted 8.26.09.....1:30AM
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"....the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die." - Edward M Kennedy, '32-'09
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What an amazing man....and an amazing life...and Such a fighter....Oh how the Lion will be missed. I am so sad right now I can not write much.All I can say is that I am so grateful that he fought for so many things that matter...and for so many people. I hope he died peacefully....he will be so so missed...in my heart I know he will be with his sister and brothers now. A year ago tonight he shocked us by speaking at the Convention....

Teddy Blasting the GOP for Healthcare...

Teddys' Eulogy for Bobby ....and somehow it fits these times...

And Finally a song for Teddy...Danny Boy...(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Jgma--0WYU)...


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And yes Uncle Teddy....we will carry President Obama in our Hearts and we will fight for him and pray for him....and yes we will fight like hell and get your Healthcare Bill passed and we will make sure it is named for you....
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HuffingtonPost has really touching tribute page where people are contributing their stories....
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Beautiful slide Show from the White House ...
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Vic Zapanta of THINK PROGRESS made a beautiful video tribute...

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And finally Teddy worked on over 2500 Bills in 47 years...Bills that mattered, read The Rude Pundit explain What he helped do for this country.....

Some Night Music....

Take care of each other...be good to each other...We only have so much time to do what is needed to be done...

Thoughts for the Night.....
For Those that are grieving about Teddy...something to think on...We now must Fight On For Teddy, and we must get HCR passed for him, and it must be RIGHT, not compromised or diuted, he would not settle for people being excluded, he fought for Healthcare for All since 1960....It is Time.

I like to think of Teddy now in heaven with his brothers....finally.

My grandmother said when my favorite Aunt died...Sometimes we need to Know there are Better Angels above...helping us down here....

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

TURN ON CSPAN, TOWN HALL LIVE FROM VIRGINIA- MORAN AND DRDEAN ARE HOLDING THIS- AND YES THERE ARE TEADEATHERS THERE...WE NEED TO WATCH AND LEARN ....

I actually twittered the event- and will post that in the Comments.There were people bussed in TeaDeathers we call them, they
carry Don't Tread on Me Banners,and wave flags, and yell- their main goal is to Distrupt. I guess we could also call them Disrupters, since they are not there to talk or discuss.This video also clearly shows that the ProPublicOption People were there in huge numbers. The Leader of the group that is there to disrupt was Randall Terry and he was removed, after Moran did handle the situation.7 Minute video captures the Mob mentality and how ugly some of these townhalls can get.It's better to see how to handle it and how having just huge numbers for the Public Option is needed.

This video really shows what happens when Hatemongering Forces join up, the Randall People with NRA and the TeaBaggers and Militia....Best to be vigilant and keep watch...

Our Healthcare Battle is serious....That is all this Blog is covering now


The Truth is that Our Country has a Healthcare Crisis....as a Nurse of 20 years I know it , I see it everyday, people not getting the Care they need to live.My neighbor joked that our Healthcare has gone to the dogs...and in a way..it's true.And Repugs idea how to fix it is to scare Everyone that has ANY kind of care, ( Today they sent McCain out to scare Old People in a pathetic excuse of a townhall,yelling at elderly white people about What the Dems are taking from Them ). Everyday I try to find as many article and videos and links that Explain OUR Crisis and why we need a Public Plan. So please do click and take links and share far and wide. 50 Million and Countin are Uninsured in this Country, 14,000 are Losing Healthcare per day, that is over 400,000 per month. And yes approximately 22,000 per year die without Healthcare. Email me if you have articles or Video that you want seen....enigma4everATearthlinkDOTnet...thank you.

Canadian Papers are starting to Print Articles by Our Nurses about Needing a Public Plan.....


Sadly More of OUR Papers should be printing the Truth from the Medical Community, We do have a Healthcare Crisis, and it is NOT about Death Panels or About People Dying for Care....Please do read the attached article linked to the title written by Rose Ann De Moro, President of the CNA ( California Nurses Association).

"To residents of all other industrialized countries, terrors over a government role in promoting and protecting the health and safety of its citizenry, and the reluctance of political leaders to effectively respond to these attacks must be especially confounding. Among major nations, only in the U.S. is health care not a fundamental right, but bartered for profit by a maze of health-care corporations. The result is that the U.S. continues to fall far behind other industrial nations in a variety of measurements, from access to care to equality in treatment, and even in the much discussed issue of waiting times for medical care.

While the U.S. spends twice as much as every other nation on per capita health care, there remain more than 45 million Americans with no health coverage and tens of millions more with insurance who are routinely denied medical care because their insurer doesn't want to pay for it.Medical bills account for 62 per cent of personal bankruptcies. Half of all Americans skip doctor visits or immunizations for their children because of high out-of-pocket costs, troubling news indeed with the U.S. already leading the globe in swine flu infections and deaths.

The nation's registered nurses and many doctors continue to press for real change, a national or single-payer system that would look familiar to Canadians and the rest of the industrial world. It is still possible to achieve stronger reform, but time is running out."

Rose Ann DeMoro is executive director of the 86,000-member California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, the largest U.S. union of nurses.

Urban Institute puts the Mortality Stats of UnInsured over 100,000 in past 8 years....read more below


{Originally posted 8.19.09}
Urban Institute, puts number between 18-22,000 per year, past 8 years, 137,000. ( Click the link for the downloaded Research, here, http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/411588_uninsured_dying.pdf)

page 1 of Urban Institute Report:
Summary
"The absence of health insurance creates a range of consequences, including lower quality of life, increased morbidity and mortality, and higher financial burdens. This paper focuses on just one aspect of this harm—namely, greater risk of death—and seeks to illustrate its general order of magnitude. In 2002, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimated that 18,000 Americans died in 2000 because they were uninsured. Since then, the number of uninsured has grown. Based on the IOM’s methodology and subsequent Census Bureau estimates of insurance coverage, 137,000 people died from 2000 through 2006 because they lacked health insurance, including 22,000 people in 2006."
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Enigma's thoughts on this:
In the last two years we have seen massive layoffs and people lose homes and jobs, these numbers above only go to 2006. I would be very curious about what they really are at this point. From another post below, I did tabulate the loss of life under the Bush Years well over 167,000 from lack of Healthcare, and I think it is a horrific statement to our Country, worse yet, that No One has said a word about it...The Guardian did do an article below about people Dying for affordable Care...but MSM has not said a word...

The Guardian Writes about OUR Healthcare Crisis, "Dying for Healthcare"


I had heard from people at the LA RAM event that there were more UK reporters there than US....sadly. So I have been waiting for the wonderful writers at The Guardian to write about our Healthcare Crisis....click and read...and share on FB and twitter...( I should send them our Uninsured Mortality Numbers...no one else wants to report them).
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Another Video that shows Weiner Battling for Healthcare at FOX, really shows HOW to Defend a Public Plan....

Gottalaff is a creator of the PoiliticalCarnival Blog, and she has a great write up of this amazing showdown with RepWeiner over at FOX, I encourage people to watch him because he really knows how to defend in reasonable terms WHY we need a Public Plan....click the title and get schooled...he is amazing.

Do watch the Wiener video that shows how he explained Healthcare to Joe Scarborough....

And for anyone who doubts Weiner or how persausive he can be , watch this video as well, he totally explains it so well that even Joe Scarborough has a Come to the Maker moment where he can see the light on this Issue....stunning. We all need to Learn these Talking Points

A Great Post Says it all about GOP Death Panels.....What an older American really feels and Thinks...

This post is written by Gottalaff , it is an Interview with an Older American, it in no way embraces this silly notion of Death Panels....

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sunday's Best Post of the Day about Health care....Roger Ebert Really tells it Like it is..(click the title) and share...


Today I blogged and tweeted and shared so many wonderful posts about Healthcare and what is needed and missing and the Crisis that our Country is experiencing....But this one column haunted me all day, Roger Ebert in his quiet sensible loveable way....makes this all seem so simple, so clear What is Needed and WHY it matters...please do share.

This Snippet alone is Priceless:::
¶" Federal Death panels would decide who lives or dies. This, very frankly, is a lie. The nearest thing we have to a death panel in the United States is an insurance company claims adjuster. Some readers wrote that they or their loved ones were denied tests or treatment by their insurance companies, especially in the case of "pre-existing conditions." One, who had a brain tumor, says he was denied coverage of the treatment by an adjuster, as if he'd known about the tumor at the time he took out his policy some time earlier. Think about this. Unless we die violently or in an accident, we all die of a pre-existing condition. The condition is called "life."

450,000 Doctors can not be Wrong, they say we need a Public Plan


( click the title if you need for twitter or FB, there code is there...thanks to John Good for finding..)

Read this Post, it shows WHY we need Real Healthcare, Blondetwit says it all in her post " I was there for you", share this...far and wide


Every day I try to find one post that really gets to the heart of the Matter about WHY we as People...Real People..need Healthcare....Why it matters....Meet Blondetwit, she is from twitter, and this one post says it all, it is called I Was There For You...
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Scroll Down there is Plenty for the Healthcare Battle Articles and Links and Videos, do share, on Facebook and Myspace and Twitter....you can email me if you need to....50 Million are counting on us.

Amazing SINGLE PAYER List put together by a Nurse- Check it out ( click this title)


This amazing list is worth a look, and it is shocking that we were not aware of HOW much Support the Single Payer Option has....this needs to be shared far and wide..please forward and twitter...

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Think it would be cheaper to Do Nothing about Health Care, Read this About True Costs of Doing Nothing, CNA breaks it all down


Click the Title, Share this and RT, this is about what will happen if we have NO Reform and the True Costs that are Coming at us...

Are you talking Health Care Reform this weekend? Here are the Main Lies, Falsehoods etc, Media Matters Breaks it Down, click this title and share....


Do share this far and wide, click the title to Media Matter guide on the top myths and lies and help debunk them with this information...it is the only way to fight such lunacy- spread the facts...

Do you need the Link to the Actual Healthcare Bill ? ( as it is right now HR3200 ? ) Here it is - do share and RT....


Click the title to get to the Reform Bill as it is now by the House.And yes it really is 1400 pages long, and yes, if you want to see the Death Panel Page and read for yourself it is pages 431-435, and NO there is Nothing in there about a Death Panel. It does take a while to load- sorry. ( pdf)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Health Care Reform for Dummies...Video...Share, Tweet etc...( linked to the title)


Click this amazing video and share...RT and send far and wide...really short and welldone...

Keith Olbermann's Special Comment on the Public Option....Please share ( it is linked to the title)

I thought this was worth reposting, linked to the title, Keith Olberman's Special Comment on the Public Option....repost, resend,Twitter or put on Facebook.

How Many Women Forgo Healthcare due to Cost- click the Title and take a Deep breath, TOO many that is certain...

77% of Americans STILL want Public Option....Anyone in DC or MSM Listening ?

Last Night Jon Stewart Confronted the "Death Panel" Debacle Creator....It is worth reading and seeing...

Nancy Snyderman is on MSNBC right now, pretending to have a legitimate discussion and "debate" about the "Death Panel "issue...So instead I am suggesting that people watch the Jon Stewart Video attached to this Post...( I have no idea WHY CNN and MSNBC during the day seem to perpetuate and enable this foolishness....)

Betsy MacCaughy was on Jon Stewart and she is the person who looked at HR3200 and decided that it was full of things to Fear. And somehow she misinterpreted one section to mean that Doctors would decide who lives and dies ? And hence the birth of the "Death Panel " Crapola that has now been spread across the country like fresh manure. The part of the bill that she is talking about ? There is a section of the Bill that is allowing Physicians and Medical People the provision and the ability to discuss End Of Life issues with patients and families, and that it be compensated as a necessary part of care.

( if anyone is interested, it is page 425 of the Bill and if Betsy had spent less on time on her hair she would have had time to put a Post IT on the page, It starts in Line 1 about Advance Directives and goes through to goes through "Advance Care Consultations", the bill in ONE page is very clear and concise in WHAT is being offered.)

As a Nurse that has worked ER, PICU and Hospice, I never even batted an eye at this part of the bill. I recognized that it is an issue that has never been fully addressed and or compensated. Most of the time if a family has a family member that is suddenly ill or in critical condition it requires meetings with the doctor to address these issues, and often the Doctor does this Pro Bono meeting and talking with the family and explaining things like, NO CODE status, or even Living Wills. The concept that this would be added to the bill and paid for as a plan of care, frankly I thought was brilliant, Proactive thoughtful Compassionate Care.

Anyways, Jon has a conversation with this well dressed misguided well pearled Simpleton....Do Watch the video that is part of the Huffington Post article. If you have trouble loading the video at the Huffpost site linked to the title, the Video Links are below ( thanks Jill for finding working links).
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VIDEO Part Two ::::
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The Real Truth About Death Panels ( video)...Share the Truth


This video is about how Insurance Companies have been Rationing Care and running their own "Death Panels" for years....

IS HEALTHCARE A MORAL ISSUE ? ( AUDIO OF BERNIE SANDERS ON AIR AMERICA- MUST HEAR, SHARE AND TWITTER)

Click the title for the Air America Piece....and now for his BraveNewFilms Healthcare Reform 101,

Uninsured Research: Children are still a piece of the Puzzle

8.8 Children are still facing a problem. Obama keeps saying that 85 % of the Country has Private Insurance, I have not found that stat to be true in ANY state yet, Not one. At most 65% is the hight, and the average is 23-28% of most states have UnInsured people- and that does not include Medicare or Medicaid. Please click title to get to information of Children, it is a fascinating study of what healthcare for children looks like....it is called " Children Left Behind".

Thursday August 21st ...working on new posts..


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I have two posts I am working on for this afternoon. I am trying to write one post analyzing the Hate Mongering that is going on at the Town Hall Meetings. Yesterday my son 6-6 and I watched the Barney Franks town hall meeting from this week, and it was quite a display of rudeness and anger, that I am still trying to decipher and put into some kind of context. And then am still trying to review Statistics, and on another level a part of me even wonders if Anyone even Cares about Statistics, am I the only one that sees they truly measure the Human Condtion ? And in the middle of sitting here writing I noticed that MSNBC is running a story that the Recession is over ? Really ??? Where ? Boy, that is not the America I am seeing in my hood.....

I have thought alot about the Obama Forum , the pep talk from yesterday. That we should be working and fighting for Healthcare for everyone. And I am still trying to ponder how do we organize people that are sick and can not go door to door. And on another level, does anyone want to go door to door in this Era of Hate that has been unleashed ? When Hate Packs Heat haven't we entered a whole new realm ? ...it 's alot to wrap one's head around...

Anyways, so please be patient- there will be new posts up this afternoon. On another level, I wonder if at this point if we are conditioned to August being a Month of Strange....so for now some Bill Maher.
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STATISTICS TELL THE STORY...of the Healthcare Crisis in America

The horrible part of looking at these numbers, that is so worrisome is that it does address the 6 Million People that have undergone job changes in the past 18 monthes, or the 14,000 a day that are losing Health Insurance and Healthcare. As much as no one wants to admit this, Dems and Repugs are Losing Jobs and Healthcare, and the Numbers are already bad and now they are getting worse.
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More Stats,of UnInsured and how bad is the Situation, More from NCHC that will make you see how grim the picture really is......

"Several studies estimate the number of uninsured Americans. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 46 million Americans, or 18 percent of the population under the age of 65, were without health insurance in 2007, their latest data available.1
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, using the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) estimated that the percentage of uninsured Americans under age 65 represented 27 percent of the population. According to the MEPS data, nearly 54 million Americans under the age of 65 were uninsured in the first-half of 2007. 2
A recent study shows that based on the effects of the recession alone (not job loss), it is projected that nearly seven (7) million Americans will lose their health insurance coverage between 2008 and 2010. 3 Urban Institute researchers estimate that if unemployment reaches 10 percent, another six (6) million Americans will lose their health insurance coverage. Taking these numbers together, it is conceivable that by next year, 57 to 60 million Americans will be uninsured.
The Urban Institute estimates that under a worse case scenario, 66 million Americans will be uninsured by 2019. 4
Nearly 90 million people – about one-third of the population below the age of 65 spent a portion of either 2007 or 2008 without health coverage."
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More from the CDC, correlates with this data, but is from 2004/2005

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Barney Franks BIG Town Hall meeting is On Cspan now- wow turn it on...

This Town Hall Meeting was on cspan yesterday the 20th, I sat down to watch with my son, 6-6,and I was stunned, it was not what I expected at all. On the cable stations all week they have been running a clip of a girl with an Obama Hitler poster asking really strange questions, which frankly I had ruled out as a random crazy moment. I also have always viewed New England as reasonable, calm and sensible. This meeting was none of those, it was a meeting filled with Misplaced Anger and Bad Manners and made no sense. People yelling out at odd moments and asking questions out of context and others full or rage and hate....If you can I reccomend that you take a look at it...and tell me WHO are these people ? and also tell me are you seeing this where you live ? And why is it that we are having to Struggle to have a sane civil discussion about Health Care ?

Cspan is now going to have the Town Hall Meetings on their Channels and archived as well, also Citizen Tube on Youtube is going to have the Town hall Meetings and Footage.

PRESIDENT OBAMA GIVING HEALTH CARE FORUM ON CSPAN RIGHT NOW...TURN IT ON.....IT'S GOOD..

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

NEW Poll this AM shows that Healthcare Reform Without the Public Option is Not viewed Favorably amoung Dems....at all

This morning, has been full of confusion and mess.

Wednesday Healthcare Battle Update August 19th: Fight for Healthcare for 50 Million Americans Continues


1000's getting Free Needed Medical Care at the RAM Medical Event this week in LA at the Forum. The RAM Medical Event at the Forum shows WHY a Public Option is Essential....Do you need to know WHO to call about the Public Option? ALL Contact Info linked in the Post in the Title. ( LA Times great article about the RAM event)
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I will continue these Healthcare Battle Updates Daily, and this will be the main focus here at Watergate Summer. So please do scroll down if you need to see what went on yesterday. So Tuesday was a wild and wooly night, 8PM it was all over the Internet and Twitter that Robert Reich was calling for a September 13th March On CD for the Public Option ( and no he has never organized such a thing before, but he was willing and ready, read more here about his efforts and his concerns.) ( and for anyone who did not know this, Robert is a blogger, and this is his latest post on this mess...)
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So finally at 10 PM last night some definite progress was being made This NYT article has more about the DEMS going the Health Care Reform alone....finally.
And even the WSJ is reporting it, Saying that Obama will shift focus to the Moral Imperative...
And at 10 PM CNN with Breaking News on AC 360 Ed Henry came on and said that the Whitehouse and the Dems are ready to go it alone on Health Care Reform. ( Video is not on CNN site,but it is on Daily KosTV site, Here, and was working at 3AM)
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Dems rally at Caucus meeting, Suddenly behind the Public Option full force....Finally. And yesterday I reported that Pelosi finally came out strongly pushing for the Public Option in a meaningful way.
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If you have not seen this, you need to, during a particularly strange Town Hall Meeting Barney does a great job confronting a absurd nutjob,
Barney Franks Town Hall:

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IF you have seen any of the Gibberish about the Co-OP idea that Conrad and Sebelious were busy jabbering about, it is an ill formed embryo of an idea, that is not really feasible or practical. It is not meant to be used for a Large Nationwide Health Care Crisis, Conrads plan really is not something that could enable 50 Million people to get Healthcare. It at most would provide care for 12 Million and would ONLY provide basic Medical Care for Healthy People, it would be inadequate for Major Disease or illness. WSJ covers it here.
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Bill Moyers Does the RAM Medical Event in LA, and shows How Significant OUR HealthCare Crisis is in this Country.... ( earlier in the week I blogged about the Medical Event in LA where thousands lined up for medical care waiting in lines for hours, you can read more about that event here and learn about the care they provided for 8 days straight.
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Healthcare Debate needs to be totally reshaped and redone, great article about Jonathon Alter, excellent read that breaks it all down.
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Really good post by Anderson Cooper about WHO does and Does Not have Health Insurance.
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Other News, Andrew Sullivan is collecting "Sickbed Stories" for the Daily Dish where is showing American's Stories about their Experiences with Getting Healthcare and Insurance etc. ( Nightmares ) But do read his post on it, it really is amazing, and yes , sad.
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If you are trying to educate people about the Healthcare crisis and about the HR3200, here is a link that breaks it down in a way that is simple and uncomplicated, it is even in Easy Eye print if you want to print out.
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And if ANYONE needs to learn more or be convinced that there is a way to fix this, do read Thom Hartmans' Letter posted over at Common Dreams, Cookie Jill posted this at Skippy's and it really is an amazing letter he wrote to President Obama.
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FIREDOGLAKE has a place where you can sign up, to be involved with the Fight For the Public Option. ( and do also go tell Jane Hamsher how wonderful she did on MSNBC this week).
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For Anyone that says we don't have a growing Healthcare Crisis, we do, and here is one reason why. 14,000 people a day are losing their healthcare. Please do look at this map and it clearly shows the UnEmployment Map and it shows where the UnEmployment is spreading, when you look at this map please also think of all the families are losing their healthcare and access to care.
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Final Thought , People have been asking How many actually die per year without healthcare or insurance, this link
has more and it is grim, over 100,000 people died in the past 8 years, and up to 22,000 per year.
page 1 of Urban Institute report:
Summary
"The absence of health insurance creates a range of consequences, including lower quality of life, increased morbidity and mortality, and higher financial burdens. This paper focuses on just one aspect of this harm—namely, greater risk of death—and seeks to illustrate its general order of magnitude. In 2002, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimated that 18,000 Americans died in 2000 because they were uninsured. Since then, the number of uninsured has grown. Based on the IOM’s methodology and subsequent Census Bureau estimates of insurance coverage, 137,000 people died from 2000 through 2006 because they lacked health insurance, including 22,000 people in 2006."

CDC data is here, from 2004/2005, compiled 2006, still researching this, as it is not matching the numbers in the Health Care Proposals Per State, Here is the link.
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Please do follow me on twitter as "watergatesummer" and do email me if you have updates,enigma4everATearthlinkDOTnet,Thank you for all that you do, keep calling and emailing etc. It is helping this battle . I am still compiling the data from the RAM Medical Event, if anyone has more on that please do contact me, the Final RAM LA Medical event update will be up later tonight. Thanks for all that you do.
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"Pray for the dead, but Fight like hell for the Living." Mother Jones. 50 Million People are worth Fighting for.....

Billionaires For Wealthcare....Share ( fact based Humor)

For Tracking the Storms and Hurricanes- this is a great link...just click the title and scroll down...

( Bill is up to a Cat3....so worth watching....for sure)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tuesday Night Music...."Shout.".live version...amazing version...

Keep Storming the Castle...It matters..50 Million Americans are counting on us....as we write,tweet and call...

10 PM Breaking News on AndersonCooper 360 CNN Ed Henry is being Interviews, Whitehouse is saying that the DEMS will go Alone on the Health Care Reform

( My thought is that if Obama and his people saw that Grassley Town Hall From last Wed in Afton where he called Obama's Plan is "Dangerous", then they should stop compromising with these Obstructionists).

8 PM::::Robert Reich is Calling for a March on DC, September 13th, Grandparents Day, and Yes, In Support of the PUBLIC OPTION

Healthcare Battle Update, With articles videos and news......


Photo from President Obama's event in AZ
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Click Here to tell the President The Public Option is NOT Optional
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We now truly appreciate that we are in for a battle, please do keep calling DC and your reps at home offices while they are on recess. Please do keep writing letters and do share the responses that you get. Do work FB, Twitter, and other social networks.It matters that we stay informed and spread information. Over the weekend the Public Option almost got snatched away on a sleepy summer Sunday afternoon, it was internet vigilance that resuscitated it. Do share these articles below, I will update during the day.

First off late last night after many hours of Silence Key Democrats did start to Voice Concern about the Fate of The Public Option calling it Essential to the Reform bill. This Wash Post article from late Monday night has more. Secretary Sebelious on Sunday had said it was Not Essential on CNN and yet on another show she had said Something else, all the while touting the benefits of a Co-op Plan.

This article has more about Pelosi's stand on the Public Option and about how the House Dems stand on it. at this juncture there are also 64 Dems that have announced they will not vote for a Bill without the Public Option. Here is more about the key Dems position on the Public Option.

Today Russ Feingold: "I am not interested in passing health care reform in name only. Without a public option, I don't see how we will bring real change to a system that has made good health care a privilege for those who can afford it."

One of the things we learned yesterday was that Conrad has been pushing and promoting his Co-Op Idea, which has not been fully explained or even in the dialogue until Sebelius started pushing it in recent weeks. Here is a HUGE WSJ tidbit that needs to be spread far and wide, Conrad's Co-op Idea at best would ONLY provide Some Care to 12 Million. And that is only basic care, this is not covering Complicated illness or disease issues. We have estimates of atleast 35 to 40 Million that would still therefore be left with NO Healthcare.

Finally Do you need a Quick and Easy Primer to explain the HR3200 Bill to the UnInformed ? Print it out and share with your friends and neighbors and help educate them, it really simplifies it. Excellent Source. And when you talk with people remember to point out that we don't just have an UnInsured Problem, we have an UnderInsured Problem as well that this TIME article explores further.

And finally we need to start reading and learning about other Healthcare Systems, and share that information. The GOP has spent much time and effort bashing systems abroad. Today I am providing Links to the Facts about the UK System. First this article that breaks Down the Facts of their Healthcare, Facts vs Fiction of the Level of Care they provide to ALL Citizens, it will amaze you. And here is more from a British Doctor about his Country's Medical Care as told to NPR.
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2PM Update::
Great OpEd NYT about Reform and what it needs and what it means...
5PM Update :::
NYT points out that the Co-op Idea is nothing but a muddied mess that is not big enough or detailed enough for our Healthcare Crisis.
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6PM Update:
Politico tells about the House Dems who will NOT support Plan without The Public Option.
And NOW ABC released this today, Information about that Health Experts say that the Public Option would drive costs down.
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Raging Celt got a response that is worth seeing, after he wrote to his senator.
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Ed Schutlz has posted the MSNBC Video of Dean telling Obama to stand firm on the Public Option, worth seeing and reading, Let me know if this link fails, got it off Twitter.
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Healthcare Reform Supporters are NOW Outnumbering the "Critics' at Rallies..( keep it up folks).
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Donald Sutherland really writes an amazing article about healthcare on Huffpost, MUST READ.
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Please do scroll down for Contact Information of WHO and HOW to call and contact, and also you can read my Letter to the President if you need ideas what to write. And just below the letter is the post I did on the RAM Medical Event that is providing Medical Care to Thousands in LA this past week at the LA Forum. I will have more final updates in that event in next few days. If you have news for me do email me enigma4everATearthlinkDOTnet.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Public Option Turmoil:::Contact Information for the White House for the Public Option ( or Single Payer)


As of Sunday Evening there are Rumors on the Internet and MSM news this eve that the Public Option has been
" abandoned by the White House", ( and yes this is the Language that is being used). I Strongly urge all of you stay informed and read up, but also to contact the White House and Voice your Concerns and Needs, NOW. ( please do read further down as to how this Fracas started on Sunday eve, it all started with Secretary Sebelius on CNN stating that the Public Option was Not Essential...). Crooks and Liars posted the Video and then AP and NYT and CBS ran the story. ( She also then went on to expound on the Co-Op "Idea"- even though it is not a part of any bill and is not favored by most in DC or the Medical Community). And yet here is more about her message kept changing in another interview she was touting the Public Option...so she contributed to much confusion.
Phone Numbers
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461
TTY/TDD
Comments: 202-456-6213
Visitors Office: 202-456-2121
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Congressional Swithcboard: (202) 224-3121
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Call the Dem Senatorial Campaign Cmmittee & let them knw No More Donations (& why) (202)224-2447
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The White House Blog as of Sunday evening make no mention of dropping the Public Option. Do Click the Title above and it is linked to the White House Blog and do click the contact section.
Raw Story August 16th, Robert Gibbs Statement about the reform efforts, nothing about dropping Public Option.
President Obama's OP ED in the NYT this weekend does not say that the Public Option has been set aside, it clearly says that we need Change and Reform.

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Here is an indication of What started this Fracas, apparently Sebelius did mis-represent or mis-speak about the Public Option and spoke of the Co-op issue ( I have seen her do this 3 times in recent weeks- I was thinking it was a mistake- but now it continues, and it has caused major issues and raised concerns about the Public Option. ) Please do read the NYT article ( that did get reported by CNN, CBS and AP), this NYT article definently is concerning....

And early Monday Am Huffington Post has an article called "White House gives Mixed Messages, that ends saying Sebelius Mis-spoke.( Which I could believe but she has been talking like that all month.
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Contact the Senators too,
Here is the Contact List, do it....write and call.
And need to know WHAT kind of Letter to write , Here is an excellent letter to get ideas from....Share.
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My Letter is posted below, sadly ALL the AM Papers are reporting the Public Option Thrown to the Curb by the Whitehouse, and they better Do Something Quickly, because it has turned into a huge mess in 24 hours.
If you need Inspiration about WHY we need to work on this scroll down to the RAM Medical Event Story below.

WE NEED THE PUBLIC OPTION:::My Letter to President Obama, Senate and Congress Members


Dear President Obama,
This weekend we heard rumors that the Public Option was to be abandoned by the White House.I, as an UnInsured Nurse, hope and pray that this is not true, but it was reported by CBS, CNN and the AP. Atleast 52 Million Americans are without ANY Healthcare or Insurance. There are another estimated 14,000 people per day losing Healthcare. It is estimated that Millions more are UnderInsured with their present Insurance refusing care and treatments, or denying coverage.It is also estimated that
72% of ALL Bankruptcies are related to Medical Bills and hardship, when Insurance refused or capped out and people were left destitute. No One should be losing their home for Health.

We the People do not need Insurance Reform, we need Health Care Reform, because we are in a Healthcare Crisis ( created by the Insurance Industry).Tax Credits will do most Lower Middle Class and Working Poor no good when they have No Insurance and No healthcare and have already been denied and cancelled. What No One is saying is that Millions of people are Without Options, and have NO Healthcare, that is why we need the Public Option or Single Payer.

Part of the Rumors stem from Secretary Sebellius stating in interviews and on the road that the Co-Op Option is being pursued and would provide affordable care,I have never heard her on cspan tape or interviews speak forcefully for the Public Option.
I did hear her on CNN say that the "Public Option is Not Essential", and speak about the Co-op Idea that only TWO Senators have casually talked about. She spoke out of turn, she spoke about how the "consumers deserved competition" and "new rules". None of this addresses what has happened to millions being over-charged, losing homes, denied care and coverage and already denied care, we deserve a Public Option , not another chance to be denied or cancelled or lied to or over
charged.If she is to lead DHHS she must support your lead on this issue and also support the Public Option, and in Public do so, yet she has been consistently speaking out of turn and incorrectly. As an RN, I am thinking she has not a clue what is at stake with people Medically and is causing more harm than good on this issue. Linda Douglas has spoken better to the health issues on Media Interviews and for that I am grateful. ( You did have a Doctor from your Advisory Team speak on a couple of Interviews, but I have not seen her in recent interviews).

This past week RAM Medical Team held a Public Event in LA and it is estimated that thousands stood out in the huge lines waiting for basic medical care, and that when all is said and done 10,000 People will be seen by this team at the LA Forum. If you speak to the RAM Director and Founder Ken Brock, he will tell you many were insured or recently unemployed and could not afford basic medical care or Cobra at all. ( Photo is from that event).

I am asking you please to stay strong on the Issue of True Healthcare Reform, Supporting the Public Option or the Single Player Option. My son and I supported you and your campaign because we believed in you and saw you speak twice, and we believed that you would help Fix This Healthcare Mess. We still have faith in you.

For Anyone that Doubts that we have a Healthcare Crisis in the Country, Do Read and Learn about the RAM Medical Event at the LA Forum this week


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(Originally posted Aug.13th, updated daily,do click title to read the twitter feeds)
RAM is the Remote Medical Team that is working in LA this week providing care to those in need. They provide Medical Care (full physicals, pap smears, mammograms and basic care), and also vision and dental care for all ages. I am working on a Post on this, but am waiting to do Interviews when Event is over. If you worked it please do email me or find me at Twitter as "watergatesummer". If you read the thread on the Comment section and you can see how great the need is for working people and people with no healthcare to have Medical Care, thousands waited in the dark the first night, waiting for care...heartbreaking.

It is so odd that we have Town Hall Meetings with Disrupters yelling and angry about Many Things, including that they don't want People getting a "free ride" or "free care ". I can not help but wonder if those yelling such negative thoughtless comments would feel the same way if they were to meet any of these souls standing in the dark for hours waiting for care outside the Forum. Many had not had "care" for years, and they truly do need Someone To Care for them now. And the sad reality is that because RAM does not have enough doctors, people will be turned away. If you do live in the area, and would like to help, please do go to the Twitter page linked to the title and find out how you can assist.
(2nd photo by Latina Nurse)

Sunday Update for how many have been served ( this includes medical care, dental and vision, is more than 8000 per day, and might actually hit 10,000 at the end of the 7 days. They now have started distributing wristbands so people don't have to wait in the dark night after night. The Director has explained that the only reason they have had to limit care is because they did not have enough doctors and dentists. They also need optometrists. So if you live in the area pease do get involved. All volunteers are put to work. It is estimated that there are 3 Million UnInsured in California.IT is estimated that most of those that are coming to the LA Event are from LA County. Here are the statistics of California:As of 2008 Los Angeles had an estimated population of 4,010,000 people.Los Angeles County: 11,000,000 (2008)
Los Angeles ,Metropolitan Area 18,000,000 as of 2008 ,Los Angeles Business College.But that 100,000 people would turn up needing basic Medical Care and that people were turned away, it is a stunning statistic. We as a Country need to start looking at the Number of People UnderInsured and Cared for, as well as People getting No Healthcare for years.

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Here is more on the Event Now being reported in the UK, by the Independent, fully examining our Healthcare Crisis....
Snippet::
"The packed bleachers in the LA Forum tell a different story. The mobile clinic has been organised by the remarkable Remote Area Medical. The charity usually focuses on the rural poor, although they worked in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Now they are moving into more urban venues, this week's event in Los Angeles is believed to be the largest free healthcare operation in the country.Doctors, dentists and therapists volunteer their time, and resources to the organisation. To many US medical professionals, it offers a rare opportunity to plug into the public service ethos on which their trade was supposedly founded. "People come here who haven't seen a doctor for years. And we're able to say 'Hey, you have this, you have this, you have this'," said Dr Vincent Anthony, a kidney specialist volunteering five days of his team's time. "It's hard work, but incredibly rewarding. Healthcare needs reform, obviously. There are so many people falling through the cracks, who don't get care. That's why so many are here."

Ironically, given this week's transatlantic spat over the NHS, Remote Area Medical was founded by an Englishman: Stan Brock. The 72-year-old former public schoolboy, Taekwondo black belt, and one-time presenter of Wild Kingdom, one of America's most popular animal TV shows, left the celebrity gravy train in 1985 to, as he puts it, "make people better"."

I am still collecting data on this event, if anyone has anything to contribute please contact me....I find it troubling and disturbing that NO MSM or large publications are covering this story, thousands line in the cold , even though they are sick or have rotting teeth or need glasses for their child and NO Major US Papers Cover it ? There is Shame in admitting that.
The LA Times did a beautiful job, in the Sunday Paper explaining how RAM came to LA, great article.

Here is a Correction on how many might be served, but I am awaiting more updated numbers, Snippet from Independent article:
"In the first two days, more than 1,500 men, women and children received free treatments worth $503,000 (£304,000). Thirty dentists pulled 471 teeth; 320 people were given standard issue spectacles; 80 had mammograms; dozens more had acupuncture, or saw kidney specialists. By the time the makeshift medical centre leaves town on Tuesday, staff expect to have dispensed $2m worth of treatments to 10,000 patients."
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LA Watts Paper has a great article, giving details about the event and the care.
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This Blogger really wrote a beautiful post that is a Must Read about the event it is one of the best writeups that details the care and also has interviews.
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Excellent Blog Post about the Event, explaining it, and the number of services it provides....
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BBC has more on the RAM event, and please do read the BBC article below about our Healthcare Crisis.
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Asian Paper has more about this event,encouraging the Asian Community to be involved and to volunteer and offer translation as well.
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This article really shows the extent of the Physician shortage and it's impact on an Inner city with growing health needs, and also shows the need might be accented by this event.
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This video is from CNN, it was poorly covered by them and Annette found this on a Blog, but it is not still at their site or on the Internet. And there have been no followups that I have seen.
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This link explains about all that is offered and how to volunteer at the Forum, or to contact RAM about their work, excellent overview.
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Do watch the Dana Gould Video below on RAM...welldone

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Dana Gould is Brilliant :: the Town Hall Meetings Vs RAM Care at the Forum, How it ALL makes sense....Must See ( Bill Maher 8.14)

Dana does the ultimate video expose, the Town Hall Meetings vs. the RAM Medical Event in LA....and asks some really Good Questions.

(( If you scroll down you can learn about the RAM Medical Event in LA , barely Covered by National Media in America, and yet covered in the UK, Down Under and in Canada. Thousands cared for at the LA Forum by the Remote Area Medical Team and it has been ongoing all week. A stark reminder of What is at stake here....Lives are at stake ))
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BBC Tells the Truth about OUR Healthcare and compares it to the rest of the World, MUST Read, Shock and Awe of Our Healthcare


Read the Whole Article about our PRIVATE Healthcare system....and it's direct effect on the health of citizens.

BBC has more on RAM in LA.

Brits are not happy about What the GOP has said about THEIR Healthcare System ???

CNN has interviews and feedback and it turns out the Brits are not happy at all at how their healthcare system has been MIS-portrayed and lied about here in the States.

Another Place to Get HCR Support: Amnesty International Views Healthcare is a Right

TIME new article on Conservative " Fears:"...( or is their Fearmongering)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Friday Night Music...Scroll Down plenty of updates on Healthcare For All.

Has Anyone Else noticed that Youtube has very few - hardly ANY of the Healthcare Town Hall Meetings ? Yet MANY people showed up with cameras ? ODD ?

Email me- I am very curious - where is all the footage- because we know people filmed - are they having trouble posting to Youtube ? What is going on ? Something is fishy....

The Truth is People Are Dying Without Care:HealthCare is being already being Dictated and Rationed by Health Insurance Companies......


And while we listen to the Drivel about Death Panels heat the Airwaves the Battle has gone off course. We are supposed to be fighting for People that are being denied Healthcare or are having care rationed to them. And the "price" of the care is costing Lives.Healthcare Reform would improve the quality of life for millions making sure they have affordable access to NEEDED care. Does anyone remember the case of Natalie Sarkaysian , she died a little over 2 years ago waiting for her Insurance Company to APPROVE her liver transplant. And the company ruthlessly denied her care, it was a decision fueled by greed. She was 17 and she died waiting for Bean Counters to approve Medical Care that she needed to survive.Insurance Companies are dictating what doctors can provide for their patients.It is estimated that 30,000 a year are dying without Insurance, what we need to ask is how many are dying WITH Insurance ? How Many Natalies are out there ? And ask yourself are there Death Panels at Insurance Companies, read the links below and I think you will have the Answer.

Fight the Dying, Fight for the Living. Fight for what matters. This battle is about asking for Americans , ALL Americans to be able to get the Healthcare they need. IT is that simple.

If you don't remember about Natalie, here is more on her story, Read this story "Murder by Spreadsheet".
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What her lawyer is saying now August 2009.
More about Natalie....

Lawrence O'Donnell Schools a Repug, Culbertson about Medicare and the Socialized Medicine myth-this is amazing video watch and enjoy....

Very Very Fiery Medical Reform Debate...

3 PM:::Town Hall Meeting from Montana ON Now- Liveblogged in the Comment thread...On CNN and MSNBC ( not fox)

Dropped Coverage...Stories we should share.....


thanks annette...

Grassley Calls Obama's Healthcare Reform "DANGEROUS" at Town Hall On Tape of Wed Town Hall on Cpsan NOW- turn it on

Connected to the Title is the Actual town Hall Meeting on tape cspan, I am forwarding to appropriate people as there is some very concerning language and misleading statements. ( Some of the meeting is blogged in the comments as I watched).

Cspan Link is here, and is worth watching.....

JFK defending Medicare 1960 Watch and learn...

Eisenhower and Johnson on Medicare over 45 years ago speaking to why we need Medicare- SHARE this, it is a Government Program that works,

Do Insurance Companies Give More than YOU to DC ?Click and learn ??

President Obama blasts the MSM for focusing on the Protesters and not Healthcare and the actual Meetings ....

President Obama's Life in Danger due to HealthCare Battle...

Let's all recognize that yes, the Beck and Limpaugh 's stoking this battle with their crapola is a Problem...click and read ..Raw Story....

We need Music for tonight, due to Things that are going on.....I have faith in ONE thing, us...The People....Power to the People( Lennon)


good nite folks...( amazing video..of other tense times...)

And an Interesting Sign showed up at one Rally- check out the guy in the middle- striped shirt- read his sign....

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Daily Kos- Go there now- Bill Clinton LIVE nailing the whole Healthcare issue..

Must See Video from a Town Hall Meeting, that will cheer you.....Watch...


This video is a little intense, but the Signs and the Chants and the Courage will cheer you..seriously....

Healthcare For All, The Battle Continues.....Blog updated Daily with News of Town Hall Meetings and Updates....


(Poster by Kevin Broulliette use for signs and shirts etc)
Below are helpful articales and video to help you get ready to go to a Town Hall Meeting, as well as the FDL site that has information and links and Meeting List.

JUST IN::: David Axelrod sent this out, NEW Whitehouse Reality Website, It has all kinds of Information and really sets the record straight on many issues, Share it Now...

(1) This is the Fact Sheet from Robert Wexler's Office that has information that clearly explains issues and seperates Fact from Fiction about Reform. Great to copy and take with you to share, very short and to the point. Do make copies and do share.....
(2) FDL has great site that has everything about the Meetings, schedule etc Do read about the Pledge and see what you can do to facilitate the Pledge.
( Jane has been doing an amazing job with her team keeping everything organized and flowing getting this together....)
(3) Daily Kos has post up on Lessons Learned ....really Helpful .... This is a great read, and the comments also really helpful about what to try and not try....
(4) Do listen to the President's Address from the weekend, really puts the Absurd Arguments to bed, but good to know What he is still pushing for,
(5) I do encourage you to watch David Sirota's Video below- from his debate on CNN with a GOP talking head...he was calm and eloquent- really good to learn from...it is posted below...
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Some People are having trouble posting about Healthcare on FB, so if you wish to comment here, please do, or email me , enigma4everATearthlinkDOTnet.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge Town Hall Meeting: Ford Auditoreum Case Western August 2009


This is the shortened version of the 11 PM Channel 3 News. It does show some of what happened at the Town Hall Meeting.It does show some of the tension and rude people who were attempting to disrupt. They are clearly not there to discuss or learn or look at options, they randomly would yell out and in the beginning would yell things that were hateful and senseless. The police were very organized and quick to remove anyone that was problematic.Marcia Fudge was amazing, strong and clear that it was HER meeting and she was in charge and that Rudeness would not be tolerated. She was brave and determined to have her meeting,period.The Disrupters only want to shut the meeting down, they were not successful tonight. The Crowd also did a good job supporting her and clapping loudly over the Disrupters, and it worked. The Disrupters were mostly middle-aged white men well dressed, looking like they left a golf game early in their Dockers and sport shirts.They sat in the middle and yelled at random. People around them yelled them down, and photographed and filmed them. The Auditoreum held approximately 500, I am not sure of number of Disrupters, maybe 20 ?

Marcia did get the Facts out about the Financial Burden of this situation. She explained that "rationing' is already happening and being done by the Insurance Companies deciding what they will pay for. She also explained that premiums are already high to pay for the un-insured.She also explained about the Bankruptcy Numbers and people losing homes for Care. And that 14,000 a day are losing Healthcare.

Her Statement from her site that she repeated.
"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.” Forty years after Dr. King made this statement, injustice persists.

America has suffered an escalating healthcare crisis for decades. Those who say our system is sufficient have avoided the truth. Truly, there is something wrong when healthcare is more reactive than proactive. There is something wrong when healthcare costs rise more rapidly than individual income. There is something wrong when where you are born or the neighborhood you live in determines your quality of care. All of these wrongs can be found in our current healthcare system.
Within Congress, I will advocate for every American to have healthcare. Whether the citizen is rich or poor, schooled or unschooled, black or white, America must ensure all her citizens have care that is preventive, cost-effective and humane.

Government's job is to take care of its people. Caring for citizens includes facilitating their access to healthcare. Congress is currently discussing healthcare reform and I will use my vote to advocate for true healthcare reform for all Americans."

About My Question and What I asked Marcia Fudge ?
And it shows some of the Questions, I was Number 5. I did explain that I am a Nurse, and have been for over 20 years. That I took an oath to take care of people , all people, and that I had never denied care to anyone for any reason, or if they had insurance or money. I explained that I had gone through hell trying to get insurance, and due to Family history was cancelled and now I have no insurance and no care. I asked the People in the Audience, and I turned to face them, I asked them to remember someone sitting near them has no health Insurance and no healthcare, and that no one should be ashamed or embarrassed that they have been denied or cancelled, or can not afford it. ( Channel 3 said I was tearful- which is not true- I was nervous and a bit pale from the flu,and scrubs are less than flattering, but I wanted people to understand I am a Nurse. Channel 4,and 19 also filmed the meeting and yes, my question made it on their channels too).

I asked Marcia Fudge if she would promise to fight for people like me, 52 Million Americans and do all she could to make certain that the Public Option was in the Final Bill ?
Her Response....
She explained that she would do all she could to make sure it was in the Bill, and that she would not Vote for the Bill unless it was in the Bill.
( I am trying to locate the video of her Response- because it was amazing and did get thunderous applause and many were standing).
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Questions that did come up in the Q&A period, the most important ones
(1) The Death Panel Question ( she explained that it made no sense, that she has a mom that she loves).
(2) WHO and HOW will we pay for it ( the but our grandchildren will pay for it ?)She explained that is still being worked on, but that they are trying to do it in a way that does not contribute to debt or deficit.
(3) What is the Rush ?( She reminded folks that America has been working on this since Teddy Roosevelt).
(4) Two people asked if Single Payer was off the table ( it clearly is,and she did explain that we have working Government programs, from VA to medicare).
(5) A disabled woman did ask if there was any way she could get insurance and work and get off disability. ( it sounded like that is not addressed in this bill).
(6) She did admit that she has not read the whole bill, that she has staff to do that ( HR 3200 was up to 1400 pages so that is an absurd question, I think).
(7) A Med student explained that the financial costs were huge, and she agreed and said they are trying to work that in the bill to pay for increased education and then have increased care in areas of need.
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Okay,so I did take cellphone photos- but they did not turn out well..sorry, looking for better ones....Please also if Anyone has video, I would love to see, I know someone from Daily Kos was supposed to be there, so please let me know.
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Final thoughts and Reflections
I was very proud of Marcia Fudge and her staff and of the Reform Supporters there.I don't know what to think after seeing the Disrupters in person. It was a lesson that there is Hate in this country, and it was palpable and worrisome.It was also a lesson that we need to stand up for people, all people. There were people there braver than me, a woman in wheelchair and elderly and people with disease who need us to stand up and ask for Better Care in this Country. Marcia Fudge was also a wonderful example of Some Capable of Stating the Facts and being clear about what we are facing, but also willing to listen and talk.At one point she yelled back to Hecklers that THIS was HER meeting and she was in Charge, and that really set the Rules. I loved that she also told some stories and used humor to diffuse the tension. I know that somewhere tonight Stephanie Tubbs Jones is proud tonight of Clevelanders and of Marcia Fudge....

I also want to thanks the people there...for their courage and solidarity. I also think the Police and Security were very calm and watchful and that helped.And also Marcia's staff were very much there and a calming presence.
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Channel 19 News, has snippets of the meeting that do show the tension and some of the questions and also the heckling. Click the pop up videos- "Healthcare Reform Wars come to Cleveland".
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FOX video from the meeting, scroll down to Video "Health Care Debate". Marcia Fudge's Euthansia Answer is here, it was a wonderful answer where she pointed out that the Death panel issue made no sense , especially as her own mother was there in the audience.
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Jane Hamsher shared my story and info about our Town Hall in FDL.Thank you.