Episode 47 – Senate Ethics Cools Down, Health Care Hyperbole Heats Up

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Dodd Cleared by Senators, in Political Peril with Public; Health Care Hyperbole: While Limbaugh & Palin Engage, We Talk Policy…

Glenn and Jeff take measure of the 2010 campaign (itâs not too soon) and try to ascertain its character while discussing Rep. Sestak’s race against Sen. Specter and Sen. Dodd’s political problems with his Countrywide mortgage and backroom deals made during the Stimulus negotiations. They also rail against the hyperbole in what is now the health “insurance” reform debate (guess we’re not reforming health care anymore) and actually complain that they don’t have legislation to read. Wow, these guys need a summer vacation. Thankfully for you, you can enjoy yours while they distill what’s really going on in Washington. Take PoliTalk to the beach with you on iTunes. Always entertaining and informative, it’s PoliTalk, your weekly political podcast.

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3 responses to “Episode 47 – Senate Ethics Cools Down, Health Care Hyperbole Heats Up

  1. Great espisode guys – can I ask a silly question

    Can someone explain to me what problem we are trying to solve with Healthcare reform?

    Now before you jump all over me as an unfeeling or ignorant naysayer, consider this.

    How about we identify the top 10 problems in our current healtchare system and stack rank them by both financial and “human” impact.

    Then take the top three, and try to solve those first. You may say that this makes a complex problem seem way to simple, and you are probably right, but it might be a really good thing for you guys to take a shot at on your next episode.

    It might also help all of us who are confused and frustrated, focus on what type of focus we should be demanding of our leaders…

  2. Maureen Williams

    Excellent idea, Jeff. My biggest fear is that we will discard the baby with the bathwater here, and throw out those parts of the system that are responsible for the high level of medical care that is available in the US today (not withstanding our ability – or lack thereof – to receive access to it, which is a much longer discussion and one that needs to be part of the mix as well). I’ll also look forward to the Politalk Top 10 List for Reforming Healthcare.

    Here’s two from me, just to get you started: Let’s start with improving communication among care givers and reducing medical errors which will improve patient safety which will improve outcomes which will reduce costs which will improve the availability and quality of care for all citizens. How you ask?? One way is with technology, another is with common sense. I’ve seen in person that both work extremely well to prevent harm and there should be much less resistance to both among health care providers.

    Then, let’s move on to tort reform, which is one of the leading (not so) hidden costs of high insurance premiums due to the risk a physician takes just by seeing you and making a recommendation about your health.

    I used to love Keith Olberman. Then he went off the reservation a few years ago and I had to stop watching him. This week, he made a very long and very well done “Special Comment” calling out the crazies on both sides of the argument who are threatening to derail the momentum to make actual, real improvements to our healthcare system. I actually found it in the comments on another blog (though you know I always read and listen to you guys first before subjecting my self to the general loon-acy of the intarwebz). Check out the August 10th special comment and if you can get through the first half, where he does the usual rant against Palin and Beck, he actually starts to make some reasoned and appropriate sense, calling out those (moderates) with real ideas and common sense on both sides to please come forward and try to be heard among the din. (Can’t call what we have right now a debate, unless you can also call a dugout clearing brawl in baseball a reasoned discussion of balls and strikes).

    Not sure if that’s possible with all the interests on both sides looking to maintain the status quo. A pox on both our houses if we don’t listen to them – I know they have to be out there.

  3. If this new health deal won’t let grandpa become grandma, then it’s against transgender rights! He just wears her dress and cusses a lot. That’s as close he can come to fullfilling his dream!

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