Wednesday, September 9, 2009

h is for hope

Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without words, and never stops at all.
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) poet

h is also for health care.

many american presidents have attempted to reform the u.s. health care system. during his presidency, fdr asked congress to pass an 'economic bill of rights' for all americans and singled out access to adequate health care as fundamental to this bill of rights.

next came harry truman (#33) who advocated a single system that would cover all americans. like today, health care reform faced resistance by special interests with deep pockets. during the 1940s the biggest special interest against the truman plan was the american medical association (the a.m.a); in fact, the a.m.a was so against the plan it hired a public relations firm to come up with a strategy to defeat the plan; this p.r. group coined the term 'socialized medicine' to describe the truman plan. considering the anti-communist hysteria which was sweeping the country, the tactic proved quite effective; in fact so much that a house subcommittee called the truman plan a communist plot.

today we see that this anti-communist hysteria lingers on, the rhetoric used in the late 40s is still held out to obstruct reform.

as I was musing about this I reflected back on paul starr's groundbreaking and award-winning book, the social transformation of american medicine - I got to wondering if professor starr ever wrote a sequel (he hasn't) however, I did stumble upon an interview bob garfield conducted with starr last month on npr's on the media program.
In discussing national health care plans, reporters, politicians and especially critics have been fond of invoking the failed Clinton plan of '93 & '94. Paul Starr, Princeton professor and author of The Social Transformation of American Medicine, says the history of national health care and its discontents is at least a century old and that for proponents and critics alike, most everything old is new again. (click to listen or read the interview)
let's hope that tonight president obama delivers one helluva address on health care!

let's hope obama take's bill moyer's advice given at the end of this video essay on health care, which aired last week on the bill moyer's journal

until then I'm holding holding hope in my heart

jimmy cliff's singing the ever hopeful you can get it if you really want

happy 9.9.09!!

photo: graffiti tag, lakewood ohio, august 2009


Anonymous said...

Hope indeed, kimy! But I've always said it was about profit, profit, profit...Truman's plan could've worked! Alas...

And love the Jimmy Cliff vid!

Alan Burnett said...

As we continue to defend our free healthcare service, greetings to those in the USA who are still fighting for theirs.

Chris Wolf said...

I missed the Journal when it aired - thanks for posting this! Hope abounds!

Tess Kincaid said...

The anti-communist hysteria completely amazes me. I'm stunned that people can be so ignorant.

Coffee Messiah said...

It's retarded.

And being here and having to listen to a radio that spews some of the same bs and people around me who believe it, well, life starts after work ; )

So it appears there is such a thing as a time machine, but this one is going in the wrong direction ; (

tut-tut said...

There are powerful, negative forces out there with deep deep pockets.

Teddy, we hardly knew ye . . . I sincerely wish he were here for the good fight.

37paddington said...

Well said, kimy! Interesting that you arrived at the letter H on the day of Obama's health care speech. I hope people are willing to listen at least.

Colette Amelia said...

H is also for Hysteria

* Etymology: New Latin, from English hysteric, adjective, from Latin hystericus, from Greek hysterikos, from hystera womb; from the Greek notion that hysteria was peculiar to women and caused by disturbances of the uterus
* Date: 1801

1 : a psychoneurosis marked by emotional excitability and disturbances of the psychic, sensory, vasomotor, and visceral functions
2 : behavior exhibiting overwhelming or unmanageable fear or emotional excess (political hysteria)

The slaying of one human being by another. There are four kinds of homocide: felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy, but it makes no great difference to the person slain whether he fell by one kind or another -- the classification is for advantage of the lawyers.

The science of adapting sermons to the spiritual needs, capacities and conditions of the congregation.

So skilled the parson was in homiletics
That all his normal purges and emetics
To medicine the spirit were compounded
With a most just discrimination founded
Upon a rigorous examination
Of tongue and pulse and heart and respiration.
Then, having diagnosed each one's condition,
His scriptural specifics this physician
Administered -- his pills so efficacious
And pukes of disposition so vivacious
That souls afflicted with ten kinds of Adam
Were convalescent ere they knew they had 'em.
But Slander's tongue -- itself all coated -- uttered
Her bilious mind and scandalously muttered
That in the case of patients having money
The pills were sugar and the pukes were honey.
Biography of Bishop Potter