One person's quest for information about the American Health Care System
Since the current senate health care bill has been doused with so much water, dissolving it into a puddle of reform, I decided to focus on things I like regarding health care and health care reform. More importantly, I don’t want to watch poor Howard Dean’s head explode on live television as he tries, once again, to decipher the disappointing senate health care bill.
The financial aspect of health care is confusing and very foreign to me, so when I discovered a site for health executives and managers at fiercehealthcare.com, I found it quite interesting to say the least. The site is informative and has it’s views and slants just like other financial journals. However when they featured Five Fierce Female Healthcare Bloggers to Watch–that was something I liked. Each blog is discussed briefly with an introduction of these great women and their words of wisdom. Although all of these blogs are insightful, clever and greatly appreciated, my favorite blog is Disruptive Women In Health Care. Their mission statement says it all and is what I liked the most.
To serve as a platform for provocative ideas, thoughts, and solutions in the health sphere. We recognize that to accomplish this, we need to call on experts outside of the health industry.
The founding Disruptive Women have audacious hopes for our blog:
- We’re not managing change;
- We’re not thriving on chaos;
- We’re not waiting for cures;
- We’re driving change;
- We’re creating chaos;
- We’re finding cures;
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I like Dr. Howard Dean and planned on voting for him as the Democratic hopeful during the Presidential election of 2004.
However, after the infamous “We’re going to ..” speech (which was over played, over hyped and over analyzed) his bid for the Presidency disintegrated and left the Democratic party with the consistently uninspiring John Kerry. We all know how that story played out.
Thankfully Dr. Dean did not fade away into the Democratic holding tank of mediocrity during the Bush years. Instead he founded Democracy For America, a grassroots progressive online community. Democracy For America
Another aspect about Dr. Dean to be thankful for, is his tireless campaign for real Health Care Reform. Please check out the DFA website, there is so much information about what is happening on a daily basis regarding the issue of reform. There are petitions to sign, a chart of where Congress stands, honest answers about the public option etc.
On August 3, 2009, Dr. Dean sat down with Matt Holland of True Majority (another online community) to talk about his new book, Howard Dean’s Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform and answer questions about the current state of Health Care Reform. During this interview Dr. Dean also took calls from all over the country. The interview is about 30 minutes long and I greatly appreciated it. One of my favorite parts of the interview was listening to Dr. Dean call opponents of Health Care reform “Whack Jobs”, he says it a couple of times. He also does a fantastic job in debunking the new scare tactic about “Death Panels”. But my favorite part of the interview is when Dr. Dean makes the brilliant observation when he points out that the politicians who oppose Health Care Reform and tout it as “socialized medicine” are the people who have government funded health care. If you are a member of Congress and you need health care you visit the Capital Hill physician and never see a bill, the government pays for it. Which is what socialized medicine is.
I don’t even know what to say about the level of hypocrisy of these particular politicians. Wow.
Please listen to the interview in it’s entirety, Interview with Dr. Dean It should open to blogtalkradio and the featured interview is with Howard Dean.
I went on Democracy for America and pledged to stand with Dr. Dean regarding Health Care. I also became a fan of Dr. Dean’s on Facebook. I’m off to read Howard Dean’s Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform, if anyone has read it, please share.
Thanks for Reading.