Tuesday, July 24, 2007

YouTube Debate: Health Care

Regular readers of my blog know that I express the same outrage that John Edwards did and express the same need for a "national commitment that universal healthcare is an American value" that Hillary Clinton communicated in her speech regarding national healthcare.

I agree with John Edwards the most here. I think we have to have a mandate to get anything done. I also very much liked his relaying the personal story of the man born with a cleft palate and not being able to get it fixed. We have doctors here in America who fly all over the world to fix children's cleft palates and yet we can't find one to fix one poor American's condition until he is 50 years old.

This is not to disparage the work of Médecins Sans Frontières ("Doctors Without Borders"); Lord knows we need medical professionals to travel to destitute parts of the planet to provide medical attention to people who otherwise wouldn't get it. But this story illustrates how we need some of those same doctors right here in America.


lrush said...

Since the American health system allows for almost all cleft lip and palate operations for American citizens, it is usually a mix-up of by the patient in seeking the care or a health system person or a social worker not doing their job and getting him the surgery. I am involved in many countries with organizations bringing modern surgery and dental care to those who do not have such a system. If someone can point out where this type of care is unavailable, maybe I can help to get it for those in need.

OkieLawyer said...

My first guess is that it was excluded due to being a "pre-existing condition." However, I will forward your note to the John Edwards campaign.