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  •  OK It Is Clear You Know More About This Topic (9+ / 0-)

    then I do by like a factor of 100. But I have been thinking about something pretty similar if not interrelated. I was thinking at starting on a smaller scale. We know that folks that live in lower income areas, minorities, single mothers, less education, recent immigrants have far less access to health care then the yuppie (which I am) in the burbs. They are the people that don't get treatment when something can be treated. Those that go to the Emergency Room. Those that suffer in silence.

    It would seem we have pretty detailed Census information and we know where these people live, and they tend to live in areas where all those around them are in similar situations.

    We also I am pretty sure know that most might not have access to a car, and traveling more then say three miles makes it hard for them. We pull out maps and start to dot the countryside when clinics ever three miles (or whatever it needs to be).

    We start by opening up free clinics in these area. Heck off them a meal if they need and/or want one. We give them free passes for any public transportation they may need to get to and from them. We give them what they need to live a long, healthy, and productive life.

    They stay open unusually hours so a person working "strange" hours can get there after they get home from work. On the weekends.

    Anything and everything to make the process as simple and painless as possible. We learn from these and start to expand them 24/7 to eventually cover as much of the United States as possible.

    I mean don't tell me we couldn't do this if we really wanted to.

    "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

    by webranding on Thu Dec 31, 2009 at 04:33:02 PM PST

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    •  Yeah but (7+ / 0-)

      this is the country where moving voting day to a weekend, or extending the voting period, is met with responses like "I don't want those people voting in my elections!" This country is not programmed in a way to make things +easier+ for the poor or working poor. In fact, it seems quite happy to do the opposite. :(

      •  I Don't Disagree, What Is Suggested In This (6+ / 0-)

        Diary, if possible, I would be behind 24/7 as it has been stated. But IMHO it would be such a change that it would be a total shock to most of the public. You think a public option that only maybe 5-8 million people used caused problems, try this.

        Although I am unhappy about a lot of things in the health bill, the clinics is a huge win. I almost don't want any of us to talk about them so they can get passed without the right getting what they mean and totally freaking out.

        "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

        by webranding on Thu Dec 31, 2009 at 05:16:29 PM PST

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          •  Not Sure What That Means, But An Example (6+ / 0-)

            I always worked for small companies. Pretty darn progressive and liberal. Health care was something they took very serious. First it was the health of their workers. Second, much larger companies if they didn't have good benefits might hire us away.

            Flu shots. Nurses came to our office to do it. Basic check up, same thing. My offices had folks coming in to give us a massage before Google was a dream. It was done for a selfish reason. I might have billed our clients $150/hour. I could walk a few feet to get a flu shot and it take 10 minutes or I could get into my car, stressed out, and drive around for a few hours into Northern Virginia traffic.

            Also, a healthy employee is a good employee.

            The person that washes my dishes after I eat a meal out (and I know I am preaching to the choir here) doesn't deserve any less. We need to start to grasp these pretty, at least IMHO, pretty basic facts.

            "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

            by webranding on Thu Dec 31, 2009 at 05:29:02 PM PST

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    •  Uh...what? (0+ / 0-)

      I'm glad that you agree that free clinics are a good idea. Beyond that, I have no idea what you're talking about.

      Please take this as a friendly admonition. Try slowing down and form the concept a little more clearly before you start typing. There is nothing wrong with your prose, but I have no clear notion of what your point is. You outline a lot of programs I'd like to see, too, like public transit passes and round-the-clock clinic hours, but you don't give us a notion of how to get there from here. That's what I'm gleaning these comments for, new ideas about HOW to get the stuff we all want.

      Thanks for reading and letting me know that the piece got you thinking! If we keep beating on it like this, sooner or later we'll come up with a strategy that will get us what we all want. Please read my blog and comment again!

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