The Missing Healthcare Debate
History is a car that doesn’t go in reverse. While my liberal-minded friends celebrated Obama as the end of expanding executive privilege, I knew we could never go back. Likewise, Obama’s address tonight isn’t going to take us back to an intelligent healthcare debate (that we never had) because the bar has already, in this case, been lowered.
The Project for Excellence in Journalism reports that 55 percent of news covering the current healthcare debate emphasized the surrounding political battle, 16 percent went to protests and a lonely 8 percent covered policy issues.
Appearing in the September/October issue of the Columbia Journalism Review is an analysis of healthcare policy issues facing the nation. The report comes from The Commonwealth Fund, a PAC whose mission is to reform the American healthcare system. According to the report, the most necessary reform is to insure as many people as possible. Unfortunately, this point, which is self-evident to other industrialized countries, has been buried by the false values of “choice and competition”.
Can Obama dig up the real values with his words tonight? Some, like the Columbia Journalism Review, are skeptical. Few presidential speeches of the past have caused a sea change in public opinion, they report. However, members of both Red and Blue parties have been critical of Obama’s hands-off sponsorship of healthcare reform and tonight’s speech is widely seen as his response.
Senator Max Baucus, determined to cut the president off at the pass, has finally offered his alternate “vision” for reform, which forbids insurance companies to deny coverage based on preexisting conditions, but does allow them to charge higher premiums depending on age, i.e. old people will pay more because God is likely to draw their number first.
To be fair, Max Baucus a.k.a. Trash Ruckus, has issued an apology.
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
The Bajau people's nomadic lifestyle has given them remarkable adaptions, enabling them to stay underwater for unbelievable periods of time. Their lifestyle, however, is quickly disappearing.
- The Bajau people travel in small flotillas throughout the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, hunting fish underwater for food.
- Over the years, practicing this lifestyle has given the Bajau unique adaptations to swimming underwater. Many find it straightforward to dive up to 13 minutes 200 feet below the surface of the ocean.
- Unfortunately, many disparate factors are erasing the traditional Bajau way of life.
The Canadian professor's old-school message is why many started listening to him.
- The simplicity of Peterson's message on suffering echoes Buddha and Rabbi Hillel.
- By bearing your suffering, you learn how to become a better person.
- Our suffering is often the result of our own actions, so learn to pinpoint the reasons behind it.
An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.
- Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
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