Scepcop wrote:Profwag, what is your problem again? This is an off topic board. What topics do you expect me to bring up here? If the topics suck, then why don't you bring up one that's better?
Now, if you have read any of my posts, then you are already aware that I am not capable of coming up with a topic better than Scepcop's bowels. However, I will make an attempt since I seldom let a challenge go unanswered. (For those of you not in the U.S., you may not be aware of the current hot news topic which is about legisltation to change our current health care system, so you may not care to read on.)
About a month ago, myself and a dozen or so other human resource professionals sat down for about an hour with Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) to discuss current Congressional proposals concerning health care changes and their possible affects on small and large businesses. At the time, Sen. Lincoln was riding the fence on the public option portion of the talks. My concern became increasingly more "concerning" to me as she spoke and asked/answered questions. When it was my turn to speak, I came up with this question (paraphrased): I don't believe there is a person in America who wouldn't like to see each and every person with adequate health care. Unfortunately, 25 million legal citizens currently do not have insurance or access to doctors. It's true that when these 25 million become seriously ill, they often seek care in a way that we with insurance end up paying for. However, what concerns me the most is that if all of them suddenly become eligile for health care, where are the doctors going to come from to service these people the government will now be supporting? The only possibilities I can see is that either we must give medical licenses to people who may not deserve it or we as hard-working, tax paying Americans with insurance will have to wait longer or receive less than quality care. So, my question to you, Senator Lincoln, has the Senate actually thought about the quality of health care and if so, what are they going to do about the future of quality care in America? Her answer (paraphrased as I only took notes and did not record her answer): "Well Mr. Wag, that is certainly a good question and one that I cannot answer at this time. I can say that yes, the Senate has thought about the quality of health care, but there is no answer I can give you as to how the quality of care will continue in the near future. That is why we, in the State of Arkansas especially, need to start encouraging math and science in our youth so they can grow up to become physicians. We will especially have a need for family practice type doctors and I foresee incentives for people to become less specialized and more family practice oriented in the practices. But again, that is a good question and one the Senate is trying to find a fix for."
Now, I don't know about any of you, but the thought that it will take a generation before we have enough doctors to support a new health care system scares the living bejeezus out of me. How about your thoughts?
On a recent side-note update, Senator Lincoln has now broken with party lines and will not support a health care bill with a public option in it. Did I have something to do with that? I'd like to think so, but who knows?
(And again, I sincerely apologize for not being as good of an off-topic subject as Scepcop's bowels.)