1. carolyn V Brown MD MPH on August 4, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    The back lash against single payer and/or public option has been, “This is socialized medicine”. I spend a great deal of time providing definitions of what socialized medicine has been through the years and how the term has been “morphed” to mean anything and nothing.

    I think Healthcare-NOW could be of great help to help all of who are working so hard for single payer to have very clear, short, and user-friendly definitions of 1. socialized medicine; 2. social medicine; 3. single payer; 4. public option; 5. private for profit insurance; 6. private not-for-profit insurance; and the plethora of government health care programs with some general definition of where those different programs fall within the definitions (Veterans, military, Medicare, Medicaid, Indian Health Service, payments for federal employee insurance, other). I believe we could then be better equipped to speak and act as we go about our work and advocacy. This could easily be a “tool kit” vocabular for us to have at our disposal at all times.

    I believe Americans are scared of the term “socialized medicine”. I believe this comes from ignorance. I believe that corporate America will sell Americans down the river in order to maintain their stronghold on the components of health care.

    America needs clear information presented again and again and again!

    Thank you for your work.

  2. Laurel C B Stranaghan on August 4, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Moyers Journal . Watch & Listen | PBS
    This is a 59 minute bullseye. As good as SiCKO.


    I do not need to tell you that healthcare has been leading news for months. Forget all those healthcare ads and all that smoke and mirrors Washington posturing stuff. Healthcare reform is way too important to play around, it is as serious as a heart attack.

    If there were a story about an affordable healthcare plan that provided quality medical care, dental, vision, medications, zero co-pays and included every every single person in our country, would that not be HEADLINE NEWS?

    Well, have I got a SCOOP for you! Just look at healthcare reform Bill HR 676. It’s an easy read at only about 17 pages. Next, because you may have questions, visit pnhp.org for access to all the due diligence material you want. Bill Moyers’ interview with Cigna’s VP, Wendell Potter (recently retired), is available for viewing or text reading, on the web, and will provide first class background material – and we aren’t talkin’ B Roll.

    Next, for goodness sake, get this amazing story on YOUR Front Page.
    COPY, CUT, PASTE, FWD and FAX, AT WILL and without delay.
    Let’s STOP letting “them” chew up meaningful healthcare reform through our ignorance, BYTE by BYTE.
    There IS a solution – affordable, clean, straightforward, elegant. It is Single Payer, HR 676. See for yourself, and all of us.

  3. MaineBob on August 4, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    carolyn, I agree with you …we need clear difinitions… AND perhaps a bit of direct and biting humor would help like this from Bill Maher:

    “If conservatives get to call universal health care “socialized medicine,” I get to call private health care “soulless vampires making money off human pain.” The problem with President Obama’s health care plan isn’t socialism, it’s capitalism.

    And if medicine is for profit, and war, and the news, and the penal system, my question is: what’s wrong with firemen? Why don’t they charge? They must be commies. Oh my God! That explains the red trucks!”

    The whole article, Titled:
    “New Rule: Not Everything in America Has to Make a Profit”
    is here: http://tr.im/ProfitMaher

    Again Thanks!

  4. Donna Schaper on August 4, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Marilyn died yesterday, without realizing her goal. But it will be realized….we all will carry on.

    • John "Hai" Knapp on August 8, 2011 at 7:35 pm

      Good going Donna, her goals will be realized and carried on.