How does the national health care reform debate look at the local community level?

With all the talk in Washington about health care reform measures lawmakers are wrangling over on Capitol Hill, what often gets lost in the national coverage of the debate is how people on the local community level are dealing with the high cost of health care.

But the Tennessee Register, newspaper of the Diocese of Nashville, Tenn., is getting at that perspective. In a two-part series, July 10 and Aug. 7, the paper is telling the stories of  people like Earl Lewis, who as a heart-transplant patient has a monthly pharmaceutical bill of $2,400 for anti-rejection pills, and health care workers, like nurse practitioner Nancy Anness, who sees what patients are coping with every day.

2 Responses

  1. We have a tendency in America to argue for or against a concept based on our own personal philosophy or view of the world, what advances our personal interests, or the interests of our party, family, organization, or region. Perhaps viewing the issue from a management or systemic perspective might result in innovative approaches to the issue. The American national mindset, citizen philosophy, lack of citizen motivation to be proactively healthy, and governance model make the socialization of health care in America very problematic, particularly at this point in time. …

  2. As long as abortion is NOT included, I would favor a universal, and even entertain the idea of government funded health care as long as it was a quality system. I wait now at least a month for a doctor appointment, sometimes two or three for a dentist, and already have insurance (mega profits last year) company workers deciding if what my DOCTOR prescribed would be covered. The deductables go up each year. Not one previous administration has addressed these concerns. Many of my parishioners have NO health insurance at all. I also must take some responsibility for my own health including diet and regular exercise. All this said, anything would be an improvement.

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