who put the ‘hell’ in ‘health care reform’?

I had a very instructive set of experiences yesterday around health care reform and the current state of our health care system.

First, I went to a town hall meeting that my local Congressman was having, and was blown away by the vitriol expressed by the right-wingers who were there to basically disrupt the event and to keep the conversation from getting to the real problems in our current system. They had a real plan to just shout down everyone who was for reform, and to raise bogus issues to redirect the conversation towards people who are afraid of the government.

One of the first people to ask a question who was in opposition to health care reform asked this question: “I already have to wait too long to see the doctor–if we add coverage to 47 million people, I’ll have to wait even longer. Why will that be better for me?”

*cue jaw dropping on the part of landismom

The second experience that I had yesterday was that the Bee broke her finger, and I got to sit with her for five hours at the ER on a Sunday night. The closest ER to us is an urban, Level 1 Trauma center–and I get that a broken finger is not as serious as a head injury, or a car crash, or any of the myriad of other bad things that can happen to humans. But the reality is that most people I saw there were there because they were using the ER for primary care. Because they don’t have primary care.

And I wanted to ask that woman from the town hall meeting who didn’t want to have to wait for her health care if she wanted me to sit in the waiting room with my daughter for five hours, because she was denying most of the people in the ER the right to access primary care from a primary care physician.


August 3, 2009. politically motivated.


  1. Susan replied:

    So how did the Congressperson answer that, and how did the town hall manage the fringe questions? Do you think those town halls serve any real purpose? (sorry about the finger: hope she is feeling better now)

  2. guerson replied:

    As a Canadian, the whole health care reform issue is a real no-brainer… Having said that, when the single payer system was introduced in 1966 (not that long ago!) there was a lot of controversy around here as well with Canadians of all kinds complaining it was “anti-Canadian” and physicians across the country complaining. It is now considered part of Canadian identity and Tommy Douglas, the man who started it all, was elected recently the greatest Canadian of all times: http://www.cbc.ca/greatest/top_ten/nominee/douglas-tommy.html

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