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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Local Voices in the Health Care Debate

As the nation dives into the health care debate a number of Howard County residents taking part as well.

First up, what you can do:

There is free event at Amherst House, in the Kings Contrivance Village Center this Saturday, June 27, 10:30 – 11:30 AM where you can whatever your health care problems/concerns, and regardless of your political affiliation stop by and write letter to your elected officials expressing your views on the critically important issue of affordable health care for all Americans.

A Kings Contrivance resident is organizing this event and will provide the tools: paper, pen, envelopes and stamps,, as well as, a list of addresses for U.S. Senators and Representatives elected to Congress by Howard County residents. And conveniently there is a mailbox right outside the door to Amherst House.


ABC News’ Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer moderated a conversation this evening with President Obama about health care. A special edition of Primetime “Questions for the President: Prescription for America” will air on Wednesday, June 24th from 10:00-11:00 PM ET on the ABC Television Network. The conversation with the President will continue on “Nightline” at 11:35pm ET. President Obama will answer questions in the East Room of the White House from an audience made up of Americans selected by ABC News who have divergent opinions on the health care debate. One of those selected is local businessman Brian England, owner of British American Auto Care.


Two friends of mine, Adam Green and Stephanie Taylor (who are not Howard County residents, but I still thought there effort might interest Howard County residents), are organizing an effort to advocate for the inclusion of a Public Option within the Health Care Plan. If you also support the inclusion of a Public Option then you can sign up to have your name listed as a supporter in an ad they are putting together. Click here to go look at the ad and find out how to sign up.

I personally would like universal health care and think the current health care system is inefficient and a drag on our economy. The more our elected hear support for either universal health care or the public option, the more likely we will get a workable health care system that isn't just another bloated give away to insurance companies. As Adam and Stephanie's ad makes clear special interests are pouring huge amounts of money into trying to block meaningful health care reform.

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Anonymous Skeptical said...

I feel sorry for you if you see any of this as something more than a dog an pony show. A well intentioned dog and pony show, perhaps, but also misguided and destined to be ineffective.

What specifically will have to happen to the health care industry over the next several years for you to view this nonsense as a success?

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this on youtube or google anywhere? I was unable to find any info on how it went.

6:58 AM  
Anonymous Skeptical said...

It looks like Mr. England never got to ask his question during the program. So much for the local voices in that pony show.

Here are some of the reasons why a public option is a terrible idea for health care.

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If a public option is so terrible, then why is it available in every other industrialized country? Why is it an option in the country with the happiest people (Denmark)? Why is it an option in every country with longer average expected lifespans? Why does it deliver a better quality of care in the U.K. at a fraction of the cost of care here?

Where's the best health care system in the U.S.? Well, that would be in a public option.

10:35 PM  

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