Barack's Obysmal Health Care Meeting

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  • 04/04/2007
"We all do no end of feeling and we mistake it for thinking. And out of it we get an aggregation which we consider a boon. Its name is public opinion. It is held in reverence. It settles everything. Some think it is the voice of God."

Mark Twain

I was going to download a webcast of Barack Obama's community meeting on healthcare in Seacoast, NH but found a newspaper account first. I am glad I did not waste the bandwidth.

If it was a battle between being banal (Barack) or bereft of insight (the attendees from Seacoast) they would still be slugging it out for first prize.

How do the Seacoasters and Obama fare? Let's restage it as drama:

Barack:"When I take office, I have to feel I have a mandate for change."

Laurie MaCray: "I don't want anymore competition - it's too confusing, it's trying to compare apples and oranges,I want a system with no deductibles, no co-pays. I want a national standard that insurers have to adhere to or not sell insurance."

Richard Friedman, MD "The problem is overuse of testing and high-priced drugs."

"We don't care how the system is managed as long as it is affordable and accessible to everyone."

Obama: ""Ultimately, (my plan) will be my best take on a comprehensive health care policy.

"I'm not going to be able to do this by myself."

My advice. Don't count on Seacoast for direction.

PS. Isn't that what people are electing YOU for?

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