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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-08 09:20 PM
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34. you like any Democrats?
What's wrong with a Competent Government?

Tom Daschle's Approach To Healthcare and a Republican Retort
His solutions are these:

1. Universal coverage. If we don't have universal coverage we can't possibly deal with the universal problems that we have in our country.
2. Cost shifting is not cost savings. By excluding people from the system we're driving costs up for taxpayers about $1500/person/year.
3. We must recognize the importance of continuity of care and the need for a medical home. Chronic care management can only occur if we coordinate the care from the beginning, and not delegating the responsibility of care to the Medicare system when the patient reaches the age of 65.
4. We must focus on wellness and prevention. Every dollar spent on water fluoridation saves 38 dollars in dental costs. Providing mammograms every two years to all women ages 50-69 costs only $9000 for every life year saved.
5. Lack of transparency is a devastating aspect of our healthcare system. We can't fix a system that we don't understand.
6. Best practices we need to adopt them.
7. We need electronic medical records. We're in 21st century operating rooms with 19th century administrative rooms. We use too much paper we should be digital.
8. We have to pool resources to bring down costs.
9. We need to enforce the Stark laws and make sure that proprietary medicine is kept in check.
10. We rely too much on doctors and not enough on nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and physician assistants. They could be used to address the primary care shortage that we have today.
11. We have to change our infrastructure. Congress isn't capable of dealing with the complexity of the decision-making in healthcare. We need a decision-making authority, a federal health board, that has the political autonomy and expertise and statutory ability to make the tough decisions on healthcare on a regular basis. Having this infrastructure in place would allow us the opportunity to integrate public and private mechanisms within our healthcare system in a far more efficient way.
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  -For all the folks posting that they don't like what Obama's done or is doing CreekDog  Nov-19-08 11:48 PM   #0 
  - I'm still trusting Obama to do the right thing.  ginnyinWI   Nov-19-08 11:51 PM   #1 
  - And to hit the ground running ...  D-Lee   Nov-20-08 02:46 AM   #20 
  - Personally, I'm tired of lies.......  FrenchieCat   Nov-19-08 11:51 PM   #2 
  - thanks for sticking it out FrenchieCat  CreekDog   Nov-20-08 12:32 AM   #16 
     - Oh wow! I remember that meeting! Wasn't it in the Library?  FrenchieCat   Nov-20-08 04:16 PM   #29 
        - Thanks for the photos. I think it was in the library and it was the day Gore endorsed Howard Dean  CreekDog   Nov-20-08 08:37 PM   #30 
  - Thanks we need more posts of support, I'm getting tired of all the doom, gloom, fear and doubt here  Voice for Peace   Nov-19-08 11:57 PM   #3 
  - I agree.  Laurab   Nov-20-08 09:34 AM   #26 
  - But that is what DU does  BoneDaddy   Nov-20-08 09:19 PM   #33 
  - It's ridiculous that this is what's happened within 2 weeks. I'm starting  firedupdem   Nov-20-08 12:00 AM   #4 
  - I think Inauguration Day needs to be moved way up on the calender.  Breeze54   Nov-20-08 12:10 AM   #8 
  - I'm waiting to see  shifting_sands   Nov-20-08 12:04 AM   #5 
  - First of all, Daschle is not DLC, and second of all...  Bicoastal   Nov-20-08 12:10 AM   #10 
  - Al Gore WAS a DLCer, but he saw the light  dflprincess   Nov-20-08 09:14 PM   #32 
  - you like any Democrats?  stillcool47   Nov-20-08 09:20 PM   #34 
  - Recommended. nt  NYC_SKP   Nov-20-08 12:04 AM   #6 
  - I'm not an expert on Rahm Emmanuel, but...  Eric J in MN   Nov-20-08 12:04 AM   #7 
  - American Conservative gave him a 4% rating which means 96% Liberal 4% Conservative  Tigress DEM   Nov-20-08 12:19 AM   #15 
  - JUST DON'T LIE. The new mantra. I like it.  Tigress DEM   Nov-20-08 12:10 AM   #9 
  - kick. and 5th rec. oops! it's not. I lied.  PretzelWarrior   Nov-20-08 12:11 AM   #11 
  - I am not at all disillusioned. I worked hard for his election knowing full well that he wasn't  rhett o rick   Nov-20-08 12:14 AM   #12 
  - yes, yes, Zell Miller will be Obama's pick for Sec of Defense  cali   Nov-20-08 05:19 AM   #22 
     - I am confused. You support Joe-the-traitor getting to keep his chairmanships?  rhett o rick   Nov-20-08 09:24 AM   #23 
  - To be honest,  Zavulon   Nov-20-08 12:16 AM   #13 
  - Hell, I'll take that  CreekDog   Nov-20-08 12:35 AM   #17 
  - Tom Daschle gave the best speech against the invasion of Iraq. I was totally  rhett o rick   Nov-20-08 12:19 AM   #14 
  - K & R Creekdog great post  democracy1st   Nov-20-08 12:52 AM   #18 
  - No one should lie, of course...but let's not forget  JDwho   Nov-20-08 01:53 AM   #19 
  - Well put. The only trouble I am having is getting my mind around letting Joe-the-traitor have his  rhett o rick   Nov-20-08 09:27 AM   #24 
     - Perhaps, but he will vote with the Democrats most of the time. There's something in that.  JDwho   Nov-20-08 09:42 PM   #36 
  - Thanks for posting because I've been blown away by the number of LIES  lamp_shade   Nov-20-08 04:23 AM   #21 
  - Your OP itself fudges the truth. I've read a lot of the posts...haven't seen ANY that say  indie_ana_500   Nov-20-08 09:31 AM   #25 
  - If you haven't seen any of that, then whats the point of all the complaining.  phleshdef   Nov-20-08 02:13 PM   #28 
  - I didn't link to those posts because that would have been "calling out" and violating the rules  CreekDog   Nov-20-08 08:43 PM   #31 
  - I think you're fudging a lot..  stillcool47   Nov-20-08 09:27 PM   #35 
  - There is an enormous power structure in place  windoe   Nov-20-08 02:07 PM   #27 

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