Interview with former health industry executive

United States
August 23, 2009 7:15pm CST
Not sure whether this has got much attention. Quite illuminating:- http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/07102009/watch2.html
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• United States
24 Aug 09
I think this was very interesting, I am sure that not many others on here will spend the time to watch the whole thing, but it shed some light on how things go from the industry point of view. I thought Mr. Potter was very thoughtful, and he answered the questions honestly.
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• United States
26 Aug 09
Have you noticed the lack of right wingers on this discussion. When you start a discussion that they can't spin, they all ignor it.
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@anniepa (27248)
• United States
26 Aug 09
I'd been thinking this same thing, TGD! They must really be scratching their heads over how to try to spin it but I really don't think they can, not if they want to have any credibility at all. Annie
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• United States
26 Aug 09
I head Mr. Potter on CNBC on Monday morning, and they couldn't understand why he was speaking out against the insurance companies. When he told them that he was doing it because of the video in this post, the host said he saw the interview, and was shocked at the number of people there. They listened to him, and were very respectful to him. I was very impressed
@ParaTed2k (21841)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
31 Aug 09
Thank you, it was interesting, and Potter made a lot of really good points about problems with our current system. However, nothing he said had anything to do with why we should back HR3200, why it should have been passed without being read, or why we should pass it at all. Then that piece of human debris Michael Moore was made part of it... and well.. The only thing he has ever proven conclusively is that a self-proclaimed socialist is much better off living a capitalist lifesyle. Like so many others, he's great at blathering on about how others should live, but will never condescend to live that way himself. He is nothing but vomit in jeans. If you are for HR3200, I'm sure you won't mind answering a few simple questions... After all, I did take the time to read the transcript on the link you provided. "Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes." With the myriad of new taxes under this "reform" bill.. . isn’t Obama breaking his tax pledge by supporting it? Why are there continuing education grants for people working for facilities represented by unions, but nothing for people who don't. Why do facilities have to get permission from the "Secretary" to add beds, departments, Operating or exam rooms? If this is supposed to be the "public OPTION" why are there taxes on people who choose not to participate? If this is "health" care reform, why is "medicine" the only health system that is available in it? Does that mean I would still have to carry private insurance if I choose anything other than medical? Will I be allowed to carry both the "Public Option" and a private carrier? EVERY state and territory already have them, so what does the federal government have to do with Do Not Resuscitate orders or Living Wills? If this plan is supposed to reduce the cost of medical care, why are their tax increases involved? Why does Obama continue to insist that this is "cost neutral" when every independent organization and the CBO have proven it isn't. If Obama's campaign promise was to provide the same coverage Congress enjoys, why didn't they just write a bill that does that? Why did Obama tell everyone who is against this bill to shut up? Doesn't he respect our freedom of speech? If this is supposed to make sure everyone has access to affordable healthcare, how come it exempts people and leaves others out completely? If abortion on demand won't be covered by the "public option" will people on the "public option" who want abortions have to have private insurance to cover them? Will that be allowed? Are they saying that people on the public option can't have abortions? If I am registered with the VA, can I also choose the "public option" if I don't want to go to VA clinics or hospitals? Why don't we simply identify the real problems with our health care system? Identify what really works well. Then come up with Actual Solutions to the problems we have identified... then work those solutions.
• United States
31 Aug 09
I agree that there are many details of the current reform proposal there bear analysis and discussion. But are these questions being debated rationally, or is the health care industry and the right merely trying to quash any type of government provided insurance, and using their standard play book (misinformation, fear) to do so? Given the lack of cooperation and constructive debate, Obama has little choice than to push through his own proposal. I think the point is that he and his supporters are attempting something important and worthwhile, in good faith, while opponents. for the most part, are just siding with the health care industry for the monetary profit or right-wing ideology. I see Michael Moore is taking on capitalism next: http://www.apple.com/trailers/independent/capitalismalovestory/ . He does a great job at blending education with entertainment, and shining a light on America's problems, raising awareness of America's issues that are often ingrained, so that they are just accepted as the way it is, or a necessary evil. He see America as a lot of outsiders see it. He's a national treasure as far as I'm concerned. :-)