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Final Argument

Posted by mattieliz on March 16, 2009

“The very first promise I made on this campaign was that as president, I will sign a universal health care plan into law by the end of my first term in office.” – Senator Barack Obama, May 29, 2007

With that said, Mr. President Obama has his eye on the ball and will stop at nothing to get this done. Let’s face it—if universal health care was easy to solve, we would have it by now, but unfortunately, there are so many hoops to jump through because it’s a very complicated and controversial issue. Managing health care through the trenches of Congress, the old ideological fights left over from the Truman, Johnson, and Clinton days, and the fact that major insurance and pharmaceutical companies are making big bucks off America’s broken system and sending lobbyists to Washington every day to beg Congress not to pass this bill, Obama is going to have a tough time with this issue. It’s no lie that the number of uninsured citizens is growing to nearly 50 million and the cost of health care is increasingly getting worse for business owners and individuals. Why is it that the United States is one of the wealthiest and one of the most industrialized countries in the world, yet our government still does not provide universal health care to all Americans?

Many people agree that this country needs universal health care for various reasons, however, not everyone feels the same way about this topic. Of course, there are negatives that come with the positives of this issue and vice versa.

  • POSITIVES of universal health care:
    • The number of uninsured citizens has grown to over 40 million
    • Health care is increasingly more expensive for business owners and individuals
    • Medical professionals can concentrate on healing the patient rather than on insurance procedures, malpractice liability, etc.
    • We can eliminate wasteful inefficiencies such as duplicate paper work, claim approval, insurance submission, etc.
    • We can develop a centralized national database which makes diagnosis and treatment easier for doctors
    • Free medical services would encourage patients to practice preventive medicine and inquire about problems early when treatment will be light; currently, patients often avoid physicals and other preventive measures because of the costs
  • NEGATIVES of universal health care:
    • “Free” health care isn’t really free since we must pay for it with taxes; expenses for health care would have to be paid for with higher taxes or spending cuts in other areas such as defense, education, etc.
    • Patients aren’t likely to curb their drug costs and doctor visits if health care is free; thus, total costs will be several times what they are now
    • Government-mandated procedures will likely reduce doctor flexibility and lead to poor patient care
    • Healthy people who take care of themselves will have to pay for the burden of those who smoke, are obese, etc.

As I mentioned before, if universal health care was easy to solve, we would have it by now. Unfortunately, there are so many leaps and boundaries with this issue and so many bills to pass through congress. You may be wondering where we are on this issue currently, so here’s a quick rundown of what has happened in the last couple of months in Washington. On Tuesday, February 24th, President Obama addressed both houses of Congress, saying specifically health care reform “cannot wait another year.” On Wednesday, February 25th, the Senate Finance Committee kicked off the formal legislative process by holding a hearing on health care. And on Thursday, February 26th, President Obama released his budget proposal, calling for $634 billion to be set aside for health care reform. President Obama then held a “health care summit” at the White House, where he reiterated his support for health care reform this year.

We all know that other industrialized countries, such as Canada, China, Japan, Australia, Germany, England, and many more are using the universal health care system and have been for many years. According to The World Factbook, the U.S. death rate is 8.27 deaths/1,000 population (2008 est.); Canada’s death rate is 7.61 deaths/1,000 population (2008 est.); China’s death rate is 7.03 deaths/1,000 population (2008 est.); Australia’s death rate is 6.68 deaths/1,000 population (2008 est.). As you can see, the U.S. has the highest death rate out of the three other countries listed above, which do have the universal health care system. This all could be coincidence but it seems relevant. If you’ve ever heard that the U.S. has the best health care in the world, that might not be necessarily true, but it definitely costs the most.

Mr. Obama has only been president for about two months now so I don’t expect to see anything major happen right away. Yes, the Obama Administration has already spent more than the Bush Administration did while in office for eight years, however, Obama has great things planned ahead with health care as a top priority and I can only hope that we do see a change for the better while he is in office.

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Final Project Source Notes (31)

Posted by mattieliz on March 16, 2009

Source Notes (31): Interview- Citizen (stakeholder)

Interviewee’s name: Michael Gannon

Summary: Michael is a 54-year old who owns a shirt making business. Michael has been a major Obama supporter for years now and has been campaigning and promoting universal health care most of his life. He is a strong believer in this topic and attends a local health care meeting every month in downtown Eugene to speak with the locals about it.

Me: “Michael, you mentioned that you have been promoting this issue most of your life, how did you get so involved in this topic?”

Michael: “Growing up, both of my parents were supporters and I just followed in their footsteps and became very engaged in the topic. I also can’t believe that the U.S. is the only wealthy and industrialized country that does not provide universal health care–it’s crazy to me!”

Me: “Obama wants to create a new Small Business Health Tax Credit to help small businesses provide affordable health insurance to their employees. Since you’re a business owner, what do you think about that?”

Michael: “It almost sounds too good to be true, but if it’s going to save me and my employess money, then great. I’m a firm believer that the Obama adminstration will get it done and they will do it right.”

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Final Project Source Notes (30)

Posted by mattieliz on March 16, 2009

Source Notes (30): Interview- Citizen (stakeholder)

Interviewee’s name: Shawn Souza

Summary: Shawn is a 21 year old student at the university of Oregon. When he was twelve years old, he got shingles, causing his immune system to weaken, even to this day, which then leads to him being sick very often. His sickness can get so bad, he needs a doctor’s attention, but there’s just one problem… he can’t afford health insurance.

Me: “What do you think about Obama’s universal health care plan? Do you agree or disagree? ”

Shawn: “I consider myself a conservative and normally disagree with issues that the democrats think are right. However, I believe universal health care is something this country needs desperately.”

Me: “Do you think you would change your mind about this topic if you didn’t have this condition?”

Shawn: “Honestly, no. There are so many people out there who have it way worse than me. Yeah, some people just don’t take care of themselves but for others like me who can’t help their condition and can’t afford the Dr. bills, it would be a nice thing to not have to worry about.”

Me: “So how soon would you like to see this take effect?”

Shawn: “I know it’s most likely not going to happen for a while (if it even does happen), but the sooner the better.”

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Final Project Source Notes (29)

Posted by mattieliz on March 16, 2009

Source Notes (29): Multimedia

Title: Obama Health Care Summit

Summary: President Obama is trying to build this new health care plan but has revealed no new details on the reform, leaving his critics frustrated, reported by Bill Plante.

Topic: Universal health care

Category: Multimedia (journalistic)

What is it?: A short news story from the Early Show on CBS about the health care reform.

Publication information: http://youtube.com, March 5, 2009

Author: No author listed, CBS

Location: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7W6cQkPwaI

Accessed: March 13, 2009

Support:

The Early Show, CBS News; Bill Plante, Sr. White House news correspondent; Robert Gibbs, White House Press Secretary; former President Bill Clinton; Washington Post, featured a letter to President Obama about health care reform; Rep. John Shadegg, (R) Arizona.

Audience and Agenda: CBS Corporation is a mass media company that delivers the most up-to-date events to the general public.

Works cited:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7W6cQkPwaI, http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/earlyshow/main500202.shtml

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Final Project Source Notes (28)

Posted by mattieliz on March 16, 2009

Source Notes (28): Image

Title: Political cartoon

Summary: A little girl is watching an interview with the senator (whom I think is supposed to be Barack Obama before he became president) and he’s promising health care to all–even people’s animals. This political cartoon was found on cartoonstock.com. There was a large variety of cartoons and pictures about all different kinds of political issues.

Topic: Universal health care

Category: Image

What is it?: A political cartoon found on http://www.cartoonstock.com.

Publication information: http://cartoonstock.com, Bath, England

Author: Baloo (No real author name listed)

Location: http://www.cartoonstock.com/newscartoons/cartoonview.asp?start=2&search=news&catref=rman3985&NC_Category=Health+care+policies+-+USA&ANDkeyword=&ORkeyword=&TITLEkeyword=&NEGATIVEkeyword=

Accessed: March 13, 2009

Audience and Agenda: CartoonStock was founded in early 1997 by Ed Beardwell, a new media consultant/developer, and Joel Mishon, a professional cartoonist. CartoonStock was the first searchable cartoon archive on the web and the first to offer online licensing and downloading of printable images. This company now represents some of the worlds biggest corporations, including ABC, BBC, McGraw Hill, NASA, American Express, Newsweek, Maxim, and over 300 more.

Usefulness: Political cartoons are a great way to send out a message and lighten up the issue of sometimes depressing politics and its issues. The one I have chosen was simple and easy to understand. It was most likely created for a political campaign, which is where a lot of these cartoons come from.

Works cited:

http://www.cartoonstock.com/newscartoons/cartoonview.asp?start=2&search=news&catref=rman3985&NC_Category=Health+care+policies+-+USA&ANDkeyword=&ORkeyword=&TITLEkeyword=&NEGATIVEkeyword=,
http://www.cartoonstock.com/newscartoons/newscartoon.asp

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Final Project Source Notes (27)

Posted by mattieliz on March 16, 2009

Source Notes (27): Image

Photo illustration: Everett Blogue;
Photos: Getty Images

Title: Obama Wasn’t Kidding about Health Care

Summary: When President Obama gave his non-State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 24, 2009, he stated that this country cannot wait another year for health care and it will not wait. On February 26, 2009, Obama submitted his budget to congress including a $634 billion over ten years as a down payment toward creating a universal health care system in the U.S.

Topic: Universal health care

Category: Image

What is it?: An image of Barack Obama head on a doctor.

Publication information: http://nymag.com, February 26, 2009, New York.

Author: Dan Amira

Location: http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2009/02/obama_wasnt_kidding_about_heal.html

Accessed: March 12, 2009

Support:

Igor Volsky, author of Wonk Room/Think Progress; Johnathan Cohn, political blogger; Ezra Klein, political blogger; Jennifer Ruben; author of Contentions/Commentary; Paul Krugman, author of New York Times; Allahpundit, author of Hotair.com; Senators Max Baucus and Ted Kennedy; David Rogers, political blogger; Steve Benen, author of Political Animal/Washington Monthly; Ben Pershing, author of the Washington Post; Chuck Todd, author of MSNBC; Rick Klein, ABC News blogger.

Audience and agenda: New York Magazine was founded in April 1968 and reaches 1.6 million readers each week and is published by New York Media Holdings, LLC. This magazine was created to cover and analyze the most current news, culture, entertainment, lifestyles, personalities and fashion of the average New Yorker. This is a perfect magazine to read if one wants to stay up-to-date with the newest things going on in the city.

Usefulness: The article that goes with the image above was created to send out the message that President Obama means what he says when he wants universal health care for the U.S. now. Followed by the article are comments that have been said in other articles and blogs by political bloggers and authors about this issue. All of the authors’ names are linked, which was very useful in discovering more on what they had to say on the topic.

Works cited:

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2009/02/obama_wasnt_kidding_about_heal.html, http://nymag.com/news/

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Final Project Source Notes (26)

Posted by mattieliz on March 12, 2009

Source Notes (26): Image

Title: Side-by-Side: No Comparison

Summary: With the United States having the most expensive health care system on earth, it is shocking to see that the general health of the population in the U.S. is lower than in most industrialized countries. Above is an illustrated comparison of the difference in health care of the United States and Canada. According to World Health Organization, Canada has had positive improvements all around in its health care system, compared to the U.S. which does not have universal health care.

Topic: Universal health care

Category: Image

What is it?: A graph of the comparison of U.S. health care versus Canadian health care.

Publication information: http://martindemocrats.org, 2006, Stuart, Florida.

Author: Holly Dressel

Location:

http://www.martindemocrats.org/archived/060901canadianhealth.html

Accessed: March 8, 2009

Support:

Blue Cross, nonprofit private insurance company; Terry Boychuk, author of The Making and Meaning of Hospital Policy in the U.S. and Canada; Canadian Medical Association Journal; P.J. Devereaux, a cardiologist at McMaster University.

The sources listed above were used in the article for statistical use and data.

Audience and agenda: The Martin County Democratic Party is a grassroots network of people, that is open, inclusive, and accessible to the public. It is a community organization that reaches out to all races, gender, minorities and youth, increasing participation by democrats on local issues and supporting democrats locally, statewide, and nationally. This web site is paid for and approved by the Martin County Democratic Executive Committee.

Usefulness: This web site is a paid political advertisement and was created to persuade people to vote democrat. The article was adapted from Holly Dressel’s book God Save the QueenGod Save Us All: An Examination of Canadian Hospital Care via the Life and Death of Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, published in 2007 by McGill/Queen’s Press.

Works cited:

http://www.martindemocrats.org/archived/060901canadianhealth.html,

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Final Project Source Notes (25)

Posted by mattieliz on March 9, 2009

Source Notes (25): Image

Title: Political cartoon on health care

Summary: A political cartoon about the irony of health care in other countries and health care in the United States. (This cartoon was found at http://www.unionleader.com.)

Topic: Universal health care

Category: Image

What is it?: A political cartoon on health care.

Publication information: http://unionleader.com, February 19, 2007, New Hampshire

Author: No author listed

Location: http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Editorial+Cartoon%3A+Health+care+in+Cuba&articleId=ffbaf98e-942f-47c9-a85f-39c0530efc2f&toontype=news%2Fhealth#commentspanel

Accessed: March 8, 2009

Audience and agenda: NewHampshire.com was started in 1999 and is the fastest growing and most popular website for community news, entertainment, recreation, and local business information in New Hampshire. This website is the homepage for New Hampshire and has a growing list of weekly newspapers around the state.

Usefulness: This editorial cartoon was most likely created for the political section of the newspaper. The irony of the cartoonis what I like about it. I think what the artist is trying to say is even if the United States gets universal health care, it’s not going to be perfect, like other countries, such as Cuba. It may be affordable but the quality will most likely decrease. The overall message is we can’t have it all.

Works cited:

http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Editorial+Cartoon%3A+Health+care+in+Cuba&articleId=ffbaf98e-942f-47c9-a85f-39c0530efc2f&toontype=news%2Fhealth

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Final Project Source Notes (24)

Posted by mattieliz on March 4, 2009

Source Notes (24): Multimedia

Title: Real Americans on the Need for Health Care Reform

Summary: A very touching two minute video of different pictures and voices of average Americans dealing with the hardships of not being able to afford health coverage for themselves or their children.

Topic: Universal health care

Category: Multimedia

What is it?: A multimedia video

Publication information: http://www.standupforhealthcare.org/page/s/president, October 22, 2008.

Author: No author listed. (A project of Families USA)

Location: http://www.standupforhealthcare.org/page/s/president

Accessed: March 3, 2009

Audience and agenda: Stand up for health care is a project of Families USA, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization working together to achieve affordable health care for all Americans. Stand up for health care has earned a national reputation as an effective voice for health care consumers for over 25 years. The goal is to take a stand and make a strong, nationwide movement for universal health care for all and that’s why this website was created.

Usefulness: This website is for anyone who wants to see change in the near future with our health care system in the United States. At this website, you can provide your information and sign a petition for the president to make this happen. With enough people signing up, it could impact positive change.

Works cited:

http://www.standupforhealthcare.org/page/s/president/

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Final Project Source Notes (23)

Posted by mattieliz on March 4, 2009

Source Notes (23): Barack Obama’s Health Care Plan (multimedia)

Title: Barack Obama’s Health Care Plan

Summary: An interview with Barack Obama about his key points of what will change, health care wise, if he becomes the next president of the United States. His main focus is to lower the cost per person per capita in this country and to lessen the number (47 million people) of the uninsured and make that affordable to all Americans. He states that over the last ten years alone, the drug and insurance companies spent over 1 billion dollars in preventing health care reform from happening.

Topic: Universal health care

Category: Multimedia

What is it?: A mutimedia clip of an interview with Senator Barack Obama about his plans to improve the health care system in the U.S. if he is elected President.

Publication information: http://video.google.com, October 25, 2008, Mountain View, CA.

Author: No author listed.

Location: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4658526787206077222&ei=4bOtSbClNKe4qAPtnL30Cw&q=Obama%27s+health+care+plan&hl=en

Accessed: March 2, 2009

Audience and Agenda: Google Inc. was started in the mid to late 1990’s by two men, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. The two co-owners recieved a $100,000 check from Andy Bechtolsheim, Sun co-founder. Google eventually grew to become the world’s largest search engine in June 2000 and is still the leading website for finding information. Like youtube.com, google has a similar link where you can browse videos and images.

Usefulness: Like searching for text and other factual information on google, the popular search engine also offers searching only for images, videos, blogs, and much more. That’s how this video was found. This specific video of Barack Obama’s interview was meant to intrigue more Americans to vote for him because he plans on providing universal health care to all.

Works cited:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4658526787206077222&ei=4bOtSbClNKe4qAPtnL30Cw&q=Obama%27s+health+care+plan&hl=en

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