…the health of this nation is a national concern…

“We should resolve now that the health of this nation is a national concern; that financial barriers in the way of attaining health shall be removed; that the health of all it’s citizens deserves the help of all the nation.”  — Harry S. Truman

Wichita, Kansas welcomes Dr. Margaret Flowers!


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14 responses to “…the health of this nation is a national concern…

  1. The woman who has worked tirelessly to set this up shared the letter she has written to the local newspaper. She doesn’t know whether they will publish it, but I assured her we would!


    In the news this morning we learn that the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C will be dedicated on October 16. At this time of great debate about health care, let us dedicate ourselves to his teachings and heed his admonishment. “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

    Dr. King would indeed be shocked to learn that millions are uninsured and underinsured, that veterans lack proper care, that approximately 65% of personal bankruptcies are due to medical bills.

    It may seem counter intuitive that while medicare cuts are being proposed, a vigorous campaign is being waged by several organizations to expand Medicare. From Robert Reich, former advisor to President Clinton, to medical professionals, the call is out that health is a right that must be granted to all and that this can be done while saving money. By eliminating insurance company profits and expenditures, $400 billion could be saved, enough to cover everyone.

    Dr. Margaret Flowers, pediatrician, advocates Medicare for All. On September 27, 7-9 p.m., Murdock Theatre, she will share her views and hear our questions, a special opportunity to further the health care dialogue. Free admission.

  2. Freedomwriter

    As one of those millions of self-employed Americans who cannot afford health insurance, but who is also a healthcare provider, I see this issue from both sides of the coin. Our healthcare system does need revamping. I see hundreds of clients each year and they struggle to pay their bills. A third of my practice is self-pay, a third have insurance, and a third receive some form of public assistance. Insurance companies create all kinds of road blocks to collecting our fees from them. Ask any provider familiar with insurance billing and you will find out which companies are notorious for creating difficulties when it comes time to get a claim through their systems.

    Those who talk about what a great healthcare system America has are those who work for companies who provide good healthcare plans. There are fewer and fewer of those good plans out there and fewer and fewer jobs that provide healthcare for Americans that can access that healthcare system.

    I hope all of you will attend Dr. Flowers speech on September 27th. I’ll be there!

    • indypendent

      I agree our entire health care system needs to be revamped. I have worked in health care for 30+ years. I do not know of one health care provider that would not love to tell these insurance companies where to shove it.

      But it is a vicious cycle – and it is a shell game of which any health care provider knows they have to play – if they want to stay in practice.

      We are all aware that providing health care costs money – and I have no problem with paying our health care providers a decent fee for their services.

      But exactly how is a hospital charging $10 for one Tylenol being a fair fee?

      I am a cancer survivor and believe me – when I was in chemo treatment and having labs taken weekly – do you even want to guess as to how much all that cost?

      And I had health insurance – and there were still things that were not covered. One’s savings goes quite quickly in alot less time than it took to build that savings. And one never really does quite get back to where they were prior to getting cancer.

      Even being one of the lucky ones that survived – I still have medical bills out the wazoo for my labs, offices visits and CT scans to make sure that if the cancer returns, that we will catch it early.

      I truly believe that our health care system went downhill when it became corporatized and the only thing that mattered was profit. Because corporate profits have to be larger every quarter. These CEO’s and their shareholders are not happy with just making a profit – they have to make their ‘budgeted’ profit or they see it as having a loss – even though they still made a profit.

      That is what is wrong with our health care system today – the motivation has changed from providing health care to people to the mantra of ‘how much money can I make off sick people’.

      And in a country as wealthy as America, I find this disgusting. We are not a broke country (as TeaPublicans want us to believe). We have money for all the war machines, money for the corrupt politicians, money for subsidies to corporation but yet we say we don’t have any money to fix our health care system so that every American can get care.

      I do not frickin believe it………

      • Today our health care insurance is delivered by for profit companies who have a contractual obligation to make money for their shareholders. No one can rationally think their first thought isn’t profits. It certainly isn’t providing the best health care!

  3. indypendent

    I was going to post this on the Open Thread for today but I think it is more appropriate on this thread.

    If this is what the Republican Party stands for, and obviously tolerates by their lack of condemnation, then no matter what the health care reform debate is about – the bottom line is – if you do not have money and are sick – your life is not worth a plug nickel.

    But I suspect these same people that yelled for this hypothetical man to die are the same ones who would force every pregnant woman to have their baby – at whatever cost – to the mother, of course. And then these same folks would go on to demonize the woman for her entire life and chain her to some minimum wage job.

    Just exactly where is our compassion and humanity in our country today? Are we really the society that loudly boasts we are so Christian but yet cheer for some sick man to die simply because he does not have insurance or money to pay?

    God help us – that is all I can think to say.


    • Once again they prove life is only important to them before it leaves the birth canal.

      • indypendent

        But not important enough to make sure our society has living wage jobs, good education and accessible health care.

        What fine good little Christians they are…..they are saving the unborn for the torture of living under TeaPublican Rules of ‘I’ve got mine now go away’.

  4. The woman who wrote the letter to the editor posted above asked a great question (I’ll have to paraphrase and hope I get her sentiment across): “Why are we interacting with, trying to persuade republicans?”

    Think about it.

    Those who laughed last night at the debate when the scenario of a 30-year-old-man without insurance was brought up are too radical to converse with. They’re possessed of their ideas, they listen only to what reinforces their chosen opinions. You cannot reason with unreasonableness.

    And, their numbers are too small to win at the national level. Their positions don’t hold any appeal for anyone with critical thinking skills and certainly are abhorrent to everyone who feels empathy for all mankind.

    • indypendent

      I see you posted the same thing I just did. Great minds think alike?

      I did not watch the debate but I did see this link on the HuffingtonPost blog last night.

      All I can say is this – I suspect the same folks that yelled for the hypothetical uininsured man to die are the same folks that applauded when Rick Perry answered the question about those 234 executions under his watch. Remember that debate last Wednesday night?

      All I could think of was that these people must be descendants of the Romans that fed the Christians to the lions for their spectator sport.

      But, then, if these same folks that want the uninsured man to die and clap at the thought of 234 executions also claim to be Christians – then don’t they have their Bible story roles reversed?

      Bottom line for every professing Religious Right Republican should be – would Jesus let the uninsured man die? If God believed in the death penalty, then why did He allow Cain to live after he killed his brother Abel?

  5. indypendent

    Remember the prophetic words of House Rep. Alan Grayson when he said the GOP’s health care plan was to die quickly?

    I also remember how outraged Republicans were at the time – but where was the outrage or even condemnation this morning at the disgusting display last night at the Tea Party GOP debate?

    In fact, I remember Sarah Palin and the rest of the GOP locksteppers yammering on and on about Obama’s death panels.

    Well, I guess there would be no need for any death panels from the GOP’s health care plan – the decision would be red or black.

    If you’re red – it means you have no money or no insurance – so your life is stopped (like in a stop sign).

    If you’re black – then that means you have money or insurance – and that means you get to live.


    • indypendent

      On second thought – change that black color to green for a ‘go’ sign.

      I would not want anyone to think this is racial or anything. My first thought was red for deficit and black for surplus.

      Either way – according to the TeaPublicans – a life is worth only as much as your bank account or if you have insurance.

      • freedomwriter

        Well, ain’t I the dummy! All these years I thought I didn’t have any health insurance and now I discover I have the Republican’s Healthcare Plan. I just don’t get sick! Let’s hope by the time I do, that we will have passed a national healthcare plan I can sign on to, because that last benefit offered by the Republican plan–just die quickly–is one I really don’t want to have to use!

  6. indypendent

    What a difference a day makes. Seems Rick Perry is now saying he was taken aback by the reaction of the Tea Party crowd on the issue of allowing an uninsured man to die.

    Where was the outrage last night, Mr. Perry? Me thinks your P.R. agent got to you and said WTF were you thinking….