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Our Terminally Ill Situation: Reality Check from the White House

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nurseUpdated 08/19/09

Beautiful! just launched a new site called Reality Check. Here’s where the Obama Administration tries to lay it all out in video and text. Here’s where they make a stab at answering the myriad questions we all have about what the trendy phrase “health insurance reform” actually means, debunking myths and rumors.

If you have a question or a myth that you’d like addressed, pop open the contact form and ask away. You can identify yourself or remain anonymous. The only identity requirement is an email address, which you could create for just this one communication. is a related site that’s been up for a while now. Here, the many different facets of the larger health reform challenge are examined and shared. The site includes examples of state and community health systems that are successful in terms of efficiency and economy — examples to be learned from. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services presents weekly video updates sharing where we are on the map of progress in a generalized summary statement.

Between these two sites, we have the opportunity to gain a real understanding of the challenges, issues, conflicts, dilemmas, and possible solutions of a system that itself is terminally ill. Change is imminent. It must occur. We cannot carry on the way we are now. The cost of health care must be reduced, education for self-care and prevention must be increased, the option to receive care must be available to all Americans, and this can only happen via improved efficiencies.

Don’t give up on the idea that we can have a better health care system. Let’s look at what compromises each side of the debate can make while still not compromising the larger value of a reliable health care system from which everyone — every single American citizen — can benefit. Let’s do what’s necessary to move our country forward.

Setting the Record Straight (launched 08/19/09)
“Where we do disagree, let’s disagree over things that are real, not these wild misrepresentations that bear no resemblance to anything that’s actually been proposed.” -President Obama

Graphic by Jolante

© Julie Pierce and Brittle Skillet, 2009-2011.


Written by Julie Pierce

August 10, 2009 at 3:31 pm

6 Responses

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  1. There has been a great deal of talk in the media — print, radio, tv — just about everywhere about the behavior and tactics being employed by various organizations. There have been comments about well behaved and polite citizenry attending meetings to voice their opinions. There have been stories of those who haven’t conducted themselves well. I suspect these stories will go on throughout the month of August and perhaps beyond. For one, I hope they do go on well beyond.

    I think both sides have taken essentially the same tactics. Labeling each other with invectives, giving their supporters a ‘playbook’, and attempting to use the media to their advantage. All of this is okay. It is okay because in America we have the right to freedom of speech, assembly and freedom of the press. These are rights that thousands have given their lives to protect. The debate on health care which consumes nearly a fifth of the national economy and involves everyone is something that we should openly debate and understand the intended and unintended consequences of before we change an entire system.

    It is important to provide better access, bend the cost curve so that health care is affordable (and not just through shifting costs by taxing) as well as sustainable, and improving the quality of the care delivered.

    We are a country that leads the world in health care innovation. We have to zealously protect that aspect. No other country in the world is positioned to take our place if we take our eye off this important work.

    But above all democracy demands that citizens get involved and voice their opinions.

  2. Thanks for this info, Julie. I’m beginning to despair. Idiocracy has taken over, led by Faux News and the Aryan Nation of Limbaugh-land. It all makes me so ill. Literally. People will be dying in the streets if we really do have a flu epidemic and no universal health care.

    Anne R. Allen

    August 10, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    • You’re welcome, Anne. I’m glad you found it useful. Try not to despair. Rather, keep talking with anyone who will entertain a conversation about it. People argue from positions that they believe are valid. Sometimes it takes a lot of patience, an open mind (and heart), and then clear and logical retort to move people along. But you already know that.


      August 10, 2009 at 4:43 pm

  3. Like everything else, people need to know about the White House Realty Check site in order to use it. This administration is spot on in trying to educate our public. We need to open our ears, our minds, and our hearts to listen, read, study and educate ourselves to see every side of issues. Then, sound decisions and opinions can be made having gathered honest information and resources.

    Nancy Doe

    August 12, 2009 at 1:55 am

    • Yes, education/knowledge of facts is the key. Discussion of issues and solutions based on facts is the way we’ll make progress. A discussion means both sides are listening and contributing, leaving fear and prejudgment at the door.


      August 12, 2009 at 9:47 am

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