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A quick note on health care

Posted Thursday, September 17, 2009, at 2:35 PM

Just a little while ago as I was perusing my daily headlines and reading YET ANOTHER story on health care I reached a conclusion. I have absolutely no idea what is in any of the several proposed bills and frankly I don't trust anyone involved in the process.

This is not an issue of black or white, right or left, etc. The reason this is such an issue, at least for me, is because of all of the misinformation out there for us all to see.

With a handful of different bills on the table, who knows what's in one vs. what's in another? No average American actually has time to read thousands of pages of this stuff. Heck, neither do the politicians.

Every group who weighs in on the bills obviously has some sort of interest, whether financial or political, in each of these bills.

Basically, what I'm trying to say is that while I may not have a clue what is actually going on in Washington with our health care I do know one thing and that is that virtually everyone who opens their mouth about it is lying to us all about something.

Any thoughts? Epiphanies?

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I'm with you, Corey. Even if I had the time to sit down and read every word, after a while you just get bogged down in rhetoric. One step further, I think there is a reason for that..."they" don't want us to be able to digest it intelligently...by throwing it at us all at once, chances are we will trust their guidance...thankfully, people are wising up to this and not being blindly led as we have been in the past.

-- Posted by BarbaraNTexas on Thu, Sep 17, 2009, at 2:41 PM
Corey Noles' response:
Your exactly right! I don't deny one bit that we need some type of reform, but rushing things scares me. It's a shame it's not possible to let such a vote go to the people.

This caught my ear yesterday: http://marketplace.publicradio.org/displ...

-- Posted by jabelson on Thu, Sep 17, 2009, at 3:36 PM

Corey, how can a vote by the people be informed, if they're basing their decision on all the misinformation that's out there?

Jabelson, you've been missed.

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Sep 17, 2009, at 9:24 PM

One solution would be to break it all down into smaller chunks. The 'people' should be furnished with all the information up front. Remember how we used to have to do outlines in school? Put all the major concerns in an outline..with pertinent information or at least a prioritized list of issues..give this to the 'people' and let us decide which chunk to address first..deal with that and go to the next chunk. How many times have you had something come up in your life that at first glance seemed undoable? But then you broke it down and attacked it one piece at a time and before you knew it, it was done? Now, I know this may seem idealistic on the national level, but why should it? We all know something needs to be done about this whole situation, but the governments way and the people's way are just butting heads against each other..and if I remember correctly (tongue in cheek here), this country is 'of the people and for the people'...

-- Posted by BarbaraNTexas on Fri, Sep 18, 2009, at 7:26 AM

As we all know the biggest issue is there is just too much involved to fix anything in one fell swoop. This isn't going to go anywhere overnight and it will take planning and a lengthy process. If I were the one in charge, my first step would be in research...surveys of the people...find out exactly what the 'people' have issues with specifically and what THEIR ideas for solutions would be for those specific issues. Up front all I would do is ask questions. THEN, I would sort the information I had, make a prioritized list based on the 'people's' responses, THEN set out to correct each issue on that list. But that is just me and I am not the government.

-- Posted by BarbaraNTexas on Fri, Sep 18, 2009, at 7:32 AM

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Corey Noles, staff writer for The Daily Statesman and Editor of The North Stoddard Countian, is the author of a regular baseball/St. Louis Cardinals column and also uses his blog to sound off on various happenings in sports. He also operates a weekly baseball mailbag column.

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