Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Health Care Initiative
At last night's forum on the Democrats State-Wide Health Initiative, the speakers in the audience got to vent their frustrations with a myriad of problems in the State's health care system.
When I checked the newspaper this morning, the story was focused on a couple of the more dramatic presentations. You can read the account here:
One speaker told the legislators to "follow the money" a la the advice of Deepthroat if they wanted to solve the health care crisis.
Another speaker decried the lack of Dental Coverage in Badger Care, the State's low-income health care program.
And, of course, the Marshfield Clinic took the opportunity to make a presentation. Dr Phillips made at least one excellent point, in my opinion. He suggested that insurance, or at least some outside entity, should provide first dollar coverage for preventive medicine and deductibles or copays be reserved for treatment of actual medical procedures. The reason I found this appealing is because in a de facto manner, it is placing public or insurance money squarely into the PREVENTION side of the equation which, as a public official, you always instinctively gravitate toward.
I had the opportunity to talk to Julie, Amy-Sue and Louis afterward and I'm sorry I didn't get to meet Donna Seidel.
Will any of this amount to meaningful health care reform?
There weren't any Republican legislatiors in the room. They control both houses of the legislature.
What does that tell you?