Nov 29th 2007 7:27PM I believe that the bible is a highly marketed, extraordinarily profitable segment of one of the single greatest enterprises the world has ever seen. It is based in fantasy, is poorly written from a literary standpoint, and contradicts itself chapter to chapter. It is a book of mythology much like any other story of god/hero worship. I believe it undermines our development personally and globally. I resent paying for a room that thrusts such nonsensical garbage into my space. If I wanted a bible, I would beg, borrow or purchase one. Now before the religious fanatics fire off an emotional response, I am entitled to this opinion, as you are entitled to your beliefs. The difference is that I am not leaving pamphlets of my truths in your bedrooms, churches and pews. Would you want to be confronted with my views everywhere you turned? That is how I feel. But I do think if you are indeed a person of faith, should you not carry your faith with you?
Oct 9th 2007 5:05PM Who wrote this stupid article? She didn't even answer her own questions, much less mine...she should be fired!
Oct 9th 2007 11:20AM #32 Cassie...Thank you for your comment and how well you expressed it. I have respect for the way other ppl choose to express their faith, but as someone who does not believe in God, Jesus etc, I get tired of ppl telling me how to believe and live my life, and I do not believe my children should have to participate in ceremonies in goverment or in schools or be peer pressured into a belief system that is not practiced in home. I didn't express myself as well as you, but again, THANK YOU!
Jul 11th 2007 12:43AM Iloved this debate, and I hope people will continue to talk until there is resolution. I would like to see more of this on CNN. As for who won the debate...well, Gupta is cuter and classier than MM, and Gupta conceded to many of MM comments. So on looks...Gupta! :) But Thank YOU MM, for bringing this issue to the forefront. As a nurse, I see things everyday that are affronts to our sensibilities and offensive to the character of the American people. Healthcare cannot continue as it is, for the simple act of living is being offered to those who can afford to pay. As a nurse, it is AGAINST my code of professional ethics to receive any form of gratuity to provide my services...and that is how is should be for hospitals and physicians alike. By treating every one of my patients as equals, regardless of payment methods (I never know who is PP and who is MC/MD, HMO or insured)I am able to give each of my patients the best care that I can deliver. Physicians are offered "tips" in the form of bonuses when they reduce the healthcare costs of insured members. They also receive "perks" from pharmaceutical companies to market certain prescriptions when there may be something less expensive to offer. To be fair to physicians, they are being compensated at increasinly lower rates for their services and their costs are skyrocketing. Even the most ethical of physicians would be forced into playing this game of bonus compensation and perks just to continue his practice...but in a system where there were no tips, gratuities, or bonuses...whatever term you may use, every patient would receive the same dedicated care from their physician...as he receives no bonuses to treat anyone differently. I have personally witnessed MC/MD patients waiting in the waiting room for their appointments while those with better insurance are seen before them. The Dr. "squeezes' in the goverment patients in between those wil the best healthcare plans. The receptionist simply tell the MC/MD patient that the doctor is running behind. In a system where every American is treated with the same dignity and respect, the order of arrival and appointment time would dictate who would be seen first. I have also seen patients discharged from the hospital with prescriptions they cannot afford...and while the "free" drug programs are wonderful, it can take 3-6 months to actually receive the drug. By then the disease may have progressed beyond the benefit of the medication. So to those who say there is a wait for services in other countries...well there is a wait here as well. The difference being that in other countries the wait is based on acuity of the illness and NOT the ability to pay. I have seen underinsured people discharged from the hospital in what my opinion is incomplete care. For those people, waiting is not an issue...they received minimum services in favor of those who are insured. I have hundreds of horror stories to tell about today's health system, but until we make dramatic and radical changes, those stories, and the stories of many others will become just another day. All of us have a responsibility to each other. If more of us took that responsibility a bit more seriously, America would truly be an awesome place to live. No person in this USA should have to worry if they can buy health or simply even life. I work in healthcare and I pay nearly $600.00 per month for my coverage...and I do not have complete faith that it would be effective if I had a catastrophic illness. I am a single mother who can ill-afford this coverage...but I have no choice. I do find it ironic that as I go to work each day and care for others, I have to wonder if I will be able to be cared for when I or my children are in need. And even with insurance, the co-pays alone for a major illness and subsequent prescriptions would bankrupt me, or force me to choose between my medication or rent, or food. That is the sad reality of our system, and why it needs to be out of the hands of profiteers and into a management system that compensates the healthcare workers...nurses, Drs, and all fairly and equitably, and without additional compensatation based on quality of care. Furthermore, all profits made from any healthcare system should be re-invested in research and modern medical facilities to ensure continued quality of care. And just a thought...I wonder if many of the people who are termed "disabled" and receiving benefits would be able to be contributing members of out society if only they had access to medications that might enable them to lead a productive life? It is a myth that people on disability have all their medical expenses covered. I know of a patient who has had multiple hospital admissions for mental illness, and it is always the same...he is discharged as a stable, healthy individual and returns because he alone cannot afford the mood stabilizing and psychotropic medications he needs to function. It may suprise you to know he was once a professor at a local university. His life has been destroyed because he cannot function without medications, and he does not have access to all the medications he needs...a mind is a terrible thing to waste. So is life.
Jul 10th 2007 8:17PM Bonedad should read bonehead...just recently in California a woman DIED on the floor of the emergency room waiting area. While this is an extreme example, it is not isolated. For those who think MM's weight issues detract from his message, well, that speaks to your lack of intelligence. According to your logic, all overweight people are stupid and their voices are denigrated. And BTW, no, I myself am not obese. MM is not perfect, but that does not mean his weight, nor his passionate belief system should prevent him from bringing critical issues that we all face into the light of day. Many of the stories I am reading re: the lack of health care for those on SSI etc are some of the gruesome and horrific results of a failing healthcare system. Others who have isurance may not be any better off. You won't know until YOUR insurance opts out of neccessary medical procedures. The social workers in the hospitals are amazing advocates for obtaining health care from a resistant company, but for every case they "win," many more people get discharged to home with prescriptions they can't afford, or discharged with incomplete care. The "free" drug programs advertised are a wonderful opportunity, but it takes 3-6 months to become qualified and actually receive the medication. I see it everyday I work. One patient I had was actively dying and the family wanted to put him on a morphine drip and let him die without agonizing pain, and in peace. The Dr. would not sign off on this because the patient had to live another 3 days in order for him to receive compensation. The man died 48 hours later, in pain, and aware of his surroundings. I go to work everyday seeing things like this and so much more. I love my job, but sometimes it takes its toll on me. Everyday a politician promises reform, I remain hopeful that it may actually happen. Unfortunately, I don't have faith in the politician's election promises...but still I hope. I do not know how much more tragic medical care has to become before Americans realize that it CAN happen to you. I don't know how much worse it has to get before EVERY American cries out for the injustice of his/her sibling, neighbor or friend. No, I don't have all the answers...and neither does MM...but what I DO know is that health care in this country cannot...and MUST not continue in its current form. For a healthcare system to work, it must be nonprofit. The profits that are realized have to be funneled back into research, modern equipment and fair compensation to those working in the field. Every human being regarless of race, gender, sexual orientation, weight, or ability to pay should have equal quality and equal opportunity to access life.
Jul 10th 2007 11:57AM We must remember that even hard core news programs are funded through the advertising dollar...what news program is willing to offend their advertising spot? As a nurse, I can tell you that MM is not only speaking the truth, he isn't speaking ENOUGH of it.
Jul 10th 2007 11:41AM As a nurse in the healthcare field, I see the cruel and merciless facts about our healthcare system. Money talks and all others get minimal, if any care before they are sent out the doors. I see many nurse aides, who work hard and care for others, do not have health insurance and because they are not paid well, and are only scheduled 32 hours so they do not qualify as a full-time employee with benefits. They cannot afford to buy health insurance. Often, they work two jobs to support their families because of the low pay, so this puts them over the goverment limits to qualify for medical coverage. It is a sad state of affairs when people in the healthcare field do not have equal access to care themselves. I have also seen people on medicaid/medicare treated differently from those who have better insurance coverage. I worked in a Dr.s office where if insurance appt. was 2pm and medicaid was 1:45pm, if insurance was there they got taken back first. The Dr. would "squeeze" the others in as he found and empty spot. The pharmaceutical companies offer Dr.s "perks" to market their more expensive drugs when at times there may be a less expensive option available. The insurance companies reward Dr.s in the form of "bonuses" to cut the costs of treating their members. This means a Dr. may not order an expensive test because it would cut into his bonus. And to be fair, the Dr's are getting compensated less than ever for patients care while their costs are rising, so even a Dr. who is ethical and concerned about patient welfare may need to "play the game" to earn a living. One family practice Dr, a friend of mine, was a pharmacist before getting her medical license. She said that after the her costs, she actually netted more income as a pharmacist. That is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. And as for MM, YOU ROCK! THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS CRISIS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!