Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A Personal Message From Me on Health Care and Something from MoveOn

Hi, all

Those of you blog buddies who have paid visits to The Pagan Sphinx for a long time know, I think and hope, that I'm not one to get heavy-handed about political action. I put out what I feel strongly about and if that changes one person's mindset on an issue or topic, or even plants a tiny seed of awareness, I'm okay with that.

But I am really begging and pleading with you here on the issue of true healthcare reform that addresses a strong public option. I know that I'm preaching to the choir in terms of agreement on these things. So what I'm begging you to do is take it any one step further that you are able right now. Whether that is to write letters, send money, attend a rally or as our very own Utah Savage has done, help to organize events locally. And you still find that there isn't anything you can do, how about if you pass along to your friends and family, this incredible video. The soundtrack is that really moving R.E.M. song You Are The Everything, from their best album ever, Green. And those of you chose to bookmark my blog with your little icon but from whom I never hear, here's your chance to weight in. Besides, that will give me an idea of just how many of you actually even ever click to get here! No worries. But please do something and do leave a message about it here, there and everywhere.

Thank you!



  1. Altho we have free Healthcare in the UK, its suffering from bad management.
    I guess we can count ourselves very lucky.
    I thought until recently that America was great for the insurance for health care.

  2. I hope you get better response to this post than I did to mine, Gina. I think the one huge problem is total confusion on the part of the public. Way too many people just do not understand what it is - and is not - all about. The opposition has done its work well.
    I called the White House. I know two other people who have done so at my urging. So, so sad.
    But we have to keep trying!

  3. We great minds are in accord on this!

    Aloha ;-]

    Comfort Spiral

  4. These are moving testimonials to the need for reform.

    Unfortunately the lies keep coming; even NPR gives more air time to the lies than to factual rebuttals.

    Now we have powerful Dems caving, throwing in the towel on any sort of public option at all. Schumer just declared the public option dead, and Baucus did that weeks ago.

    I'm pretty disgusted, and angry enough to have called every politician who represents this area - twice!

    I'm about ready for a third round.

    Thanks for staying on top of this.

  5. We may not have the best Healthcare in the world, but it's unthinkable not to have one!...

  6. imac: bad management pales in comparison to no management for Americans. And do consider yourselves lucky that you don't have to worry about going broke paying out of control health costs.

    JM: I have a large number of family members living in Portugal, including my mother. As you said, the national healthcare is not perfect, but not a single of my relatives would trade it for what we have going on here in the U.S. I actually feel that my mother's last surgery was handled very well by the surgical team that performed it and the follow-up care. They saved her life. The horror stories one hears about the elderly in nations with national health not getting prompt medical attention because they're old is simply not true, from experience with Portugal.

    I once had to visit the emergency room with my then young daughter who had experienced a head injury. She turned out to be fine and when we asked about the bill, the clerk said it was free and didn't even ask for her name! In turn, when my father visited the U.S. once and developed some health problems, the ER bill came to over $3,000 that he had to pay out of pocket.

    Thanks for commenting, especially since you are a citizen of a civilized country when it comes to healthcare. It was great to hear from you!

  7. I've been writing emails - including a lengthy one to Dennis K who was asking for stories to share with Congress today. You know I've worked in medicine for 30 years and have seen and heard some nasty stuff regarding denials and all the rest. Not that we have much but I've donated some money to help fund newspaper and tv ads to try and get the truth out. How could people not know?

    Nice going, Gina.


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