A week ago, many Time Goes By readers who are also elderbloggers joined together writing in support of health care reform. All that day, I was scrambling to get links posted to every story written and to contact media organizations to perhaps take notice that, unlike so many elders at town hall meetings, there are a lot of us who are informed, passionate and believe everyone should have access to health care at least as good as our Medicare.
None of the media folks took notice (oh well, I tried), but a whole of lot readers did. Maybe we changed some minds, or maybe we were preaching to the choir. If the latter is all that happened, it is still important. I know a lot more about health care and reform now than I did before 20 August and anyone who read through these essays must also have learned a few things.
Another plus for me was how terrific it felt to have us all come together on one topic at the same time.
Because I was so busy that day, I have gone back during the past several days to carefully re-read every post. Each one in its own way is well-thought out, informative, compelling and useful. Please take a bow, everyone.
While re-reading them, I pulled out some quotations and today, I've organized them into some broad categories to give you a sense of what we have been thinking about health care reform. Writers names link to their 20 August posts.
HOW THE CURRENT SYSTEM WORKS
Nancy B: (a nurse)
J an Adams:
Robbin Roshi Rose:
HOW IT COULD/SHOULD BE
“Thanks to Medicare and the supplement plan, we’re saving about $800 per month for the two of us. Thank you, US taxpayers and government bureaucrats.”
Faith Davis Ferris:
OTHER NATIONS' HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
Marian Van Eyk McCain:
DO SOMETHING TO HELP
Peter Lott Heppner:
Diane Widler Wenzel:
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Brenda Adams: The 211 Bus Follies