As the director of the VMC Foundation, it’s not my job to weigh in on our nation’s health care reform debate…but as an engaged member of our community, it is my responsibility to have an opinion.
So, when Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren and PACT (People Acting in Community Together) asked me to speak at their news confrerence last week, I did so, on my own time, and stuck to the facts. Mostly.
But it’s really HARD keeping one’s cool when VMC’s Emergency Dept. is so crowded, or when I see VMC’s Dr. Lee and Dr. Helman work so hard for culturally appropriate end-of-life care, only to have it distorted by those crying “Death Panels!” Can somone please put a tent over this circus?
Anyhow, if you can’t see YouTube at work, send this to your home email. Finally, here’s a letter in today’s Mercury News from my good friend Gary Ater who blogs about issues of the day at American Chronicle:
Health care crisis must be addressed
It’s very disturbing that there are so many Americans misinformed about the country’s health care issues. Every day, more than 2,000 Californians alone lose their health care coverage due to either losing their job or they just flat can’t afford it. At the current rate of increase, for the average family of four, in less than 10 years, annual health care coverage will cost over $22,000.
The “Palin Dunces” who talk about “death panels” and “forced euthanasia” or say that we’re going too fast (after this issue has been in discussion for the last 60 years) don’t deserve low-cost health care. But, if we do nothing, we will still pay double for their health care in America’s hospital emergency rooms.