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PJTV July 22 Healthcare Forum - Ask Lawmakers and Experts the Tough Questions and Give them your Ideas 

Pajamas TV (PJTV) will host policymakers, doctors and other experts in an interactive virtual forum on healthcare at 7:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 22. We'll bring the debate into your home so that you can engage with lawmakers and healthcare specialists.

Participants will include House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), Congressman Tom Price (R-GA), Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI).  Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds will host these lawmakers and other participants from our D.C. studio.  Other experts will join from New York and The Heritage Foundation, as well as PJTV commentators, Sonja Schmidt and Steven Crowder, from our LA studio.

Send us your questions and ideas by scrolling down - Join the discussion by submitting your text or videotaped questions, comments or ideas below.  You can also email your text input or the link to your YouTube video to healthcare@pajamasmedia.com. 

 

 

 
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HEALTH CARE

Live on PJTV - July 22

You can submit your health care questions and ideas as well as see and vote on ideas from others. Your questions and ideas may be presented to members of Congress and health care experts in our July 22 Health Care Forum starting at 7:00 PM EDT.

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Statistics 01:13PM . October 03, 2009
On Crowder's video he talks to a woman who's mother experienced a major medical mishap. I know that mistakes are made in the US, too, but what are the statistics compared to medical mistakes made in Canada verses the United States. Is there any legal recourse for Canadians when something like that happens or are the doctors protected by the government because they essentially government employees?
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Comparing Apples to Apples part 2 11:26AM . August 03, 2009
Sorry.

...A fair comparison?

From what I heard, the current proposal is for a public/private payer system that is likely to become mostly or overwhelmingly public over time (due to apparent economic incentives and possible inability to optout of the public option at some point) while the providers side remains basically private though I expect private providers to decline over time in the attempts to control costs (actually reimbursements/payouts) possibly forcing an expansion of the public provider side to cover the developing gaps but that is speculative.
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Comparing Apples to Apples 10:28AM . August 03, 2009
It occurred to me that in comparing the US, and whatever the current health care bill will do to the US, to that of other countries, how those other countries' health care systems are structured has not (to my knowledge) been gone into in any relevant detail by any PJTV show. For instance, the US is compared to Canada. Is the Canadian system, one in which the sole payer and sole provider is the government? (i.e. are the nurses and doctors at the CLSC and other health facilities essentially government employees?)

btw, if I mischaracterize the nature of the Canadian system, I am sorry this is to the best of my understanding.
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Dutch Model 01:57PM . July 30, 2009
The Dutch model works (I assume it works satisfactorily) because it does not try to provide as a basic feature medical coverage for all possible needs. That leaves room for individuals to pick and choose what things they want. Is it reasonable to expect that the US Congress (and maybe President Obama or any Presidnet for that matter) would be able to resist expanding coverage?
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My biggest concerns 05:22PM . July 23, 2009
My biggest concerns about the proposed Healthcare Bill are:

1. Mandatory Insurance for all Americans, punishable with a big fine.

2. Once you're in the "Government Plan", you can't withdraw from it.

3. I think that Obama should be concentrating on building our job market by lowering business taxes, and adding incentives to American businesses such as additional tax deductions - not healthcare reform.

So, if I am fired or layed off - I'll be forced to purchase Health Insurance because it will be mandatory. I'll choose the Government Plan, because it is the least expensive at a time when I have to be extremely careful with my money. Then, if I am lucky to get a new job (which I may not since encouraging new jobs seems to be on a back burner), I won't be able to leave the Government Plan in order to take advantage of the better employer-provided
private insurance plan.

It appears to be a dangerous trap.
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Health Care Reform 03:12PM . July 23, 2009
I am not clear what reform is actually being proposed other than assuring health care coverage for more Americans. What specific changes are being proposed to:
1. Simplify the claims process, eliminate the games the insurance companies play regarding coverage, and make more equitable the cost of health for the common man vs. the insurance giants that are making big bucks?
2. Establish fiscally sound liability guidelines that would ensure the injured party would have superior care going forward without awarding excessive awards that cannot undo the error and other than increase the cost to future patients and has little impact (other than inconvenience) on the physician or medical provider?
3. Assure that the cost of universal coverage is not on the shoulders of the patient care delivery system?
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Where is the concept? 09:24PM . July 22, 2009
I prepared an alternative concept of the health care reform. It is outlined in my open letter to President Obama,
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/henryk-a-kowalczyk/the-health-care-bill-wher_b_242496.html

The reasoning behind my proposal is outlined on the video.


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Free Clinics 06:57PM . July 22, 2009
Mary Jo Steinert, Redondo Beach. When I was unemployed I went to South Family Health Clinic. They operate on a sliding pay scale. I received excellent care for free. I haven't heard anything about how to better fund these types of clinics. I feel this would be a more economical way to provide the medical care for the uninsured. Has this even been considered?
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Rationing 06:03PM . July 22, 2009
Philip Browning San Diego
I have heard it numerous times and it was repeated tonight that there would not be rationing. The system would work like the VA. Well as a 70% disabled vet, I am currently being denied care because it would cost too much for the VA. I am going broke paying for it myself and the VA refuses to do anything. They "offered" to try and find a cheaper medicine. But if it doesn't work I'd probably die. So with their system and this proposed system who is going to watch to make sure they actually provide good care?
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Government Health Care 05:13PM . July 22, 2009
If this new health care plan that the Democrats are pushing is so great why don't they make it mandatory that all Government Employees including the President and all members of the House and Senate must join in it? This includes all their family members and dependents. The only government employees that should be exempt and provided the best health care possible are members of the Military and their family for the great sacrifices they make for our country.
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