Archive for the ‘healthcare’ category

Scalpel-Wielding Robin Hoods of the Night!

April 5, 2010

So, now, we have healthcare!  I guess. Sort of. Well, actually, I know that I have healthcare because I just paid my $250 fee for it (and I’ll have to pay another $250 deductible and another $250 next semester…) so…good for me. But for ‘us’ as in, Americans? I’m glad that the legislation was passed (in spite of some of the truly ridiculous opposition to it) but it’s kind of just a rough draft to me and revisions will have to be made. Or else I might have to go out harvesting organs at night…

More info on healthcare reform:

the basics

what HCR means for us NOW (requires Medscape membership – if you are a med student or medical professional, you should sign up. It’s free :D)

back to studying…

Why Senate Should Have More Women

March 3, 2010

Came across this interesting tidbit at this interesting blog:

From “Swagga Like Us”:

“I can’t teach you my swag

You can pay for school, but you can’t buy class

School of hard knocks, I’m a grad”

Republicans have certainly proved Jay-Z right by conducting themselves classlessly throughout the health care debate. Sen. John [sic] Kyl, for example, ridiculously complained about having to help pay for maternity care, saying: “I don’t need maternity care, and so requiring that to be in my insurance policy is something that I don’t need and will make the policy more expensive.”  (To which Sen. Debbie Stabenow said, with extraordinary swag, “I think your mom probably did.”) Stabenow’s smackdown is the stuff of which we need to see much more. Republicans are acting petty and petulant, and it will take Obama, Stabenow and all the other Democrats pointing this out to get something done.

I wouldn’t go as far to say that all Republicans are acting ridiculously and all Democrats are just brushing dirt off their shoulders (as it were) and being sensible, but it really frightens and actually, enrages me that someone would have to point out that maternity care is necessary. This is what happens when politicians, most of whom care more about their own political aspirations more than what is in the best interest of their constituency, are making decisions about heath care. Obviously, some don’t even know what they’re talking about. And seriously, senate needs to have more women, if not to ensure that American women don’t get thrown under the bus when the health care legislation is finally passed, then to check stupid senators whose male privilege* has rendered them witless.

*Not to mention class privilege, white privilege, etc…

What You Pay For

February 7, 2010

NGM Blog Central – The Cost of Care – National Geographic Magazine – NGM.com

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That skinny orange line with the steep negative slope? That’s us.

Anyone who sat through (and stayed awake during) a cultural competence class during basic sciences could tell you that certain US citizens get an even worse deal for their dollars when it comes to health care. Note Japan’s line, however. You may have to bring your own sheets to the hospital* but at least you don’t have to worry about the bill when you get home.

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And If You Don’t Know, Now You Know

October 29, 2009

Here’s what the White House has to say about health reform. Here’s info targeted to med students and healthcare providers.

Also, for extra-credit reading, check this out.

What do you think about the public option and health care reform in general?

<<a note for visitors – when people visit my actual house, I usually ask them to take off their shoes. It’s a quirk I picked up in Japan; it helps me keep my floors cleaner longer and really, it’s just how I like things done in my personal space. I don’t mind if people don’t take off their shoes in their own house because that’s really their choice, but in my domain,  shoes are left at the door – that’s how things go. If you’ve happened upon this blog, which is kinda like my virtual house, thanks for stopping by! With that said, I’m going to ask that if you’d like to comment on this particular post, please limit your comments to the parameters set by the question I asked.  I’m not the government and I’ve expressed neither support for nor aversion to the bill in its current incarnation. I’m just presenting a piece of information that I found interesting (to further the マイホーム analogy, think of it as a coffee table piece) and posing some questions about it. If you think the public option is ridiculous crap and can back up that opinion with other pieces of information (links, articles, inside info, etc.), feel free to share it. I’d love to know more about both sides of the argument. But no random rants, please. If your comment suggests you just stumbled in to track dirt all over my floor and not actually have an informed conversation about the public option or healthcare reform, I’m not going to approve it. よろしく!>>

<<p.s. grammar is a plus – English teachers (even former ESL ones) always notice.>>