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Summer, Healthcare Reform, and Oil Spills

July 20, 2010

Right now, at this moment, it feels like summer is hardly the light-hearted, joyful playtime of my childhood. Even as all of us see some progress in capping the renegade oil well in the Gulf, the damage done is almost inconceivable, let alone reversible. Then, schools, the backbone of our Democracy and certainly the ruler of all summer schedules, are broken if for nothing else than their blood line is connected to the much too vulnerable pump of property values and taxes.

On Saturday Night Live last week, a rerun, the opening was a press conference between Win Jung Tao, President of China, and our own President Obama. Simple direct question: How is insuring 31 million uninsured Americans going to make money? Of course, it was a funny skit and the questions were never full answered. But, I suggest here, that the question itself, one being asked over and over here, is the WRONG question. In fact, most of the questions regarding education and health care are the wrong questions.

On Talk of the Nation yesterday, educators along students callers, were debating the plague…growing plague…of cheating: Students plagiarizing work from the internet…buying papers rather than writing them. Some implied that the pressure is so great that the only recourse is to cheat. I question that on more levels than I can write here. Cheating is cheating. It has always been cheating…using someone else’s work as your own, stealing, …hard to believe there is any justification. The ultimate cheat these years was the Ponzi scheme…using one person’s money to pay another. This whole discussion would have all believe that pressure is a reasonable defense.

I bring all of this to the fore because when we talk about skills and competence, the requisite ability of nurses and doctors to put together a bunch of unrelated symptoms to arrive at a plan of action that is suppose to be healing, I personally do not want to know that the person working on my health cheated…for any reason. I don’t want to know that their schools were over-crowded because property owners and businesses drew the line in the sand and refused to fund schools and colleges.

This fall, the health care reform law begins to do its work. Many preventive measures, such as mammograms, well-baby exams, immunizations, and more…will be available at no cost to those with insurance..and those without, will also have access. However, in an uneducated population, prevention is too long a word to understand.

How are we going to fix this?

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