- Wendell Potter, former Cigna mouthpiece, talks about why he had to get out of the health insurance business and why we need health care reform.
- Paul Krugman on the public option: why we need it and what the current issues might signal about Obama
- The Opinionator discusses the John Mackey furor
- Another Krugman blog posting includes a useful diagram.
- At electoral-vote.com, the August 17 posting discusses how health care is provided in Holland and elsewhere. (I'll try to put up a permalink when he backfiles the Aug. 17 post.)
- My co-worker Josiah Carlson rants about what happened to him the other day. I laughed and laughed at "you are idiots." Read it and see to whom he directed that.
A couple of points. First, Josiah and I work for a highly-visible, rich, corporation, and yet....one of the health care plans offered can't gets its act together to make appropriate and needed referrals. The phrase "H1N1 flu" should light a fire under them. You can bet that it drives a geek like me crazy to hear about basic data-management issues like the ones Josiah describes.
Second, I'm a Kaiser member, because of the kinds of issues Josiah ran into. I hear mixed things about some Kaiser medical centers, but I'm pretty happy with Oakland and have gotten good care: no issues with referrals, with getting in to see my doctor, with getting appropriate tests. It's also true that I am healthy as a horse and it's probably that I would be having quite a different experience if I were chronically ill or permanently disabled. (A friend directs a disability rights organization that has been involved with accessibility-issues lawsuits against Kaiser, so I've heard plenty about this.)
Third, if you give a damn about the public option and the success of health care reform, call your Senators and Representatives and let them know about.
Lastly, do read the Wendell Potter interview I link to.