(..isn’t there something in the Bible about a rich man and an eye of a needle here?)
A note of background:
At the end of 2007 Potter defended CIGNA when it refused to pay for a 17 year old’s liver transplant surgery claiming the procedure was experimental. After protests garnered a lot of attention to the company, only then it reversed it’s decision..but it was too late. Just two hours after her surgery was approved, Nataline Sarkiyan…died.
(of course this url would not have been spelled out to my gape mouthed Republican Yakimaniac audience, had I the nerve to give this presentation….: here it is for you: http://cbs2.com/local/nataline.sarkisyan.CIGNA.2.615167.html )
This summer Wendell Potter went public at a Senate Congress Committee for the first time: He stated there, “The industry and it’s backers are using fear tactics as they did in 1994 to tar a transparent and accountable, publicly accountable health care option as “GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTHCARE”…”..He goes on, “ but what we have today, Mr. Chairman, is ‘Wall-Street run Health Care’..that has proven itself an untrustworthy partner to it’s customers, to the doctors and hospitals who deliver care, and to the state and federal governments that attempt to regulate it. “
He stated on Bill Moyers’ show that at that level in the Corporation you see the numbers, but not people. You just want to please Wall Street expectations.
(Then, the obligatory “question” to the all-Republican group gathered onstage.)
What are you doing to make me, as a citizen, and as a 28 year veteran Seattle RN who understands baloney PR when I hear it, --what are you doing to make me put more trust in a Corporate-run, profit driven executive policy that determines my health care coverage, that is, the way it is now --- than an open, ..and to quote Wendell Potter himself, “an accountable, publicly accountable health care option..” ..one where people who CAN be held accountable, make coverage decisions, AND are NOT profit motivated?
Whatever drivel may have slipped from their mouths in response to my question, the question would remain in the rhetorical category. Unanswered. I should have asked it. However, given the audience, the experience was beneficial in taking the local temperature…rectally, in a way. I noticed that when the few courageous locals who have some common sense about the true state-of-affairs regarding health-care spoke, quite a number of Yakimaniacs “jumped” as if someone had stuck a glass thermometer into the sphyncter muscle that we normally cannot see without mirrors.
Full disclosure: before I stepped from the mic, after listening to the local doctors who are against "government-run health-care", I'd decided that I would add:
As a nurse of 28 years, I've learned by now not to trust that every smiley-faced physician who has developed that "you-can-trust-me" face has as full a grip on all reality as they think they do. They never seem to remember that they are only one physician. There is a need in their lives...a valid need...to BE like that because they DO have a difficult job to do and require that kind of trust to do it well. With all that in mind, then WHY has the AMA in September been polled at 63% favoring a choice including both the public option and private insurance.
FYI: The meeting tonight will air on Y-PAC when they announce it.