The viruses (or is it viri ?) are losing ground as I am steadily gaining it. My body still feels like it would after the first spring weekend working in the garden. But I spent a lot of time lying in bed thinking of all the projects I would like to get done on the website. So today I am going to combine the twin Friday themes of cancer news with healthcare reform issues. I have combed the major news and political outlets for information and opinion on the latest updates.
At CNN I found a pdf downloadable copy of the Baucus plan which was hoped to appeal to both Democrats and Republicans. Health Care in America – Special Reports from CNN.com. It runs almost 200 pages, you might want to read instead the summary of the bill’s main points. What’s in Baucus’ health care proposal? – CNN.com. You can also find there a comparison of four proposed plans: from Senator Baucus , the Senate HELP Committee, the House Tri-Committee, and the House GOP. Health care proposal mandates coverage, drops public option – CNN.com
If all that reading does not appeal to you there is a video explanation of the public option by CNN”s Elizabeth Cohen. Would ‘public’ health care insurance progam help you? – CNN.com
The Los Angeles Times has an interesting point-counterpoint op-ed on how the public option might affect the private insurance industry. Public option: a private insurer killer? — latimes.com
More on the Baucus Plan can be found from several columnists at Slate.com. John Dickerson talks about misdirected anger since the plan accomplishes much of what was laid out in Pres. Obama’s speech. A lot of the anger at Max Baucus should be directed at President Obama. – By John Dickerson – Slate Magazine Another article calls attention to the bill’s focus on the ‘young invincibles’. How Sen. Max Baucus’ health care bill panders to the young. – By Timothy Noah – Slate Magazine
I know that a significant portion of the cancer blogging community is composed of young cancer survivors (presumed no longer ‘invincible’) They and other might be interested in a new organization of ‘young invincibles” who are committed to improving the healthcare situation among that age group. Go to: Young Invincibles: Campaign for Health Care Reform
** Political viewpoints aside the same website provides an excellent factual guide – An online guide to following the health care legislation. – By Timothy Noah – Slate Magazine.
The article details a long list of resources starting with the committees and their processes that proposals must pass through before arriving on the floors of Congress. It goes on to list major blogs related the to debate, major columnists, think tanks, news sites, academics, the main lobby groups, and seminal articles related to the debate. This is an extensive list with links to the resources cited. The most information in one place that I have found.
So read and consider, consider and decide, decide and take a stand. Talk to your neighbors, talk to your friends, most importantly, talk to your Senators and Congressmen (contact information on this blog’s Healthcare Reform page). And have a great weekend.
Take care, Dennis