Jon Gibbs (jongibbs) wrote,
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Grown-up healthcare debate: Part 2

Welcome to part two of the grown-up healthcare debate I’m hosting here. Thank you to everyone who contributed last time. I appreciate the input. 

 

Recent silliness

Before we start, I’d like to say that I think turning up at a town hall meeting wearing a gun and/or accusing Obama or anyone else of being a Nazi, is not a good way to advance your cause.

 

That said, just because someone turns up at a town hall meeting wearing a gun, or accuses Obama, or anyone else of acting like a Nazi, doesn’t mean that whatever he/she came to oppose is a good thing, it just means that person hasn’t done much to help their cause.

 

The Impact of Baby Boomers 2011 – 2029

Instead of calling each other names, and each side trying to paint the other as the villain, I’d like to hear people's thoughts on some of the valid questions and concerns people have. 

 

For example, the baby boomer generation (78 million people) will hit Medicare age between 2011 and 2029. Many of them are concerned about the proposed (correct me if I’m wrong) $500bn cut in budget over the next ten years at a time when the number of people on Medicare is expected to swell. 

 

Are people right to be concerned?  If so why, and if not, why not?

 

What should the government do to set people’s minds at ease over this?

 

What (if anything) should the government do in order to provide more medical facilities and staff to cater for the rise in demand for medical services once healthcare reform is passed?

 

It costs tens of thousands of dollars to become a doctor. Would some kind of quid pro quo system – where the government pays for a doctor’s training, and is paid back in hours rather than money – be appropriate?

 

What do you think?

 

Remember please, no name calling, finger pointing, or general venting. 

 

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