Go Slow, They Called: The Policy & Practice Podcast

From Long Island, N.Y., and Washington, D.C.

The last week of the congressional recess brought out continuing calls to slow down the action on health care reform from Republicans and a vocal minority of town hall participants.

Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user Robert Thomson

Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user Robert Thomson

In this week’s installment of the Policy & Practice Podcast, our intrepid reporter Mary Ellen Schneider (@maryellenNY on Twitter) braved a crowd of 1,200 or more at a town hall held by Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) to get a window in on the controversy that legislators have been facing over the last month or so.  The top message she heard: what’s the hurry?

We also hear from Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), a member of the HELP Committee, who also urges Congress to take a more measured approach to reform.

Undaunted, President Obama has announced his plans to keep everything moving and said he would address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, September 9.  We’ll have more on that next week.

In the meantime, take a few minutes out of your day and tell us what you think of this week’s podcast:

— Alicia Ault (on Twitter @aliciaault)

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2 responses to “Go Slow, They Called: The Policy & Practice Podcast

  1. This guy walks into a bank and says, “I only earn $20,000 a year, I spend $35,000 a year, but could you loan me $120,000?” Sounds like the start of a bad joke, right? I’m sorry to say that, in those same proportions, the man seeking the loan is Uncle Sam.

    Our current representative in NY CD 1 has spent so much money (following his party’s wishes) that, if he’s not reversed, he will have effectively handcuffed the future of our country’s economy. Here’s what I mean. The federal government’s debt is nearly 12 trillion dollars. But, you may say, the IRS rakes in so much cash. Just look at the salary I start with versus what I actually get in my paycheck. Well, how much do you think the IRS collects in a year? The sad fact is, it’s only around 2 trillion a year. That’s right. In a whole year we collect 2, and he’s already almost 12 in debt, with no end in sight!

    Now he wants to borrow trillions more in a government takeover of health insurance to solve problems that are, ironically, largely caused by the government.

    Let’s try freedom first.

    If you’re buying insurance for your home, your car, or even life insurance, you are free to choose from any plan offered in the USA, regardless of where the insurance company is located. Incredibly, this is not true for health insurance! Right now, you can only buy from the state where you live, giving those companies a virtual monopoly. If that simple rule were changed by Congress, allowing health insurance to be purchased across state lines….

    Wherever you move in the USA, you could bring your insurance with you;

    Greatly increased competition between companies would force lower premiums;

    The giant pool of all Americans would make it possible to create new products to fit individual needs;

    More families could afford health insurance! Expansion of the health care industry would create jobs;

    All without spending a dime of taxpayer money!

    Richard Blumenthal
    “Plan from Strength”

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