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Final Project Source Notes (22)

Posted by mattieliz on March 4, 2009

Source Notes (22): Multimedia

Title: Will Michael Moore Movie, Sicko, push U.S. to fix Health Care?

Summary: A live interview with Michael Moore, director of the 2007 film, “Sicko.” Michael Moore’s controversial film was created to document abuses in the U.S. health care industry and to promote universal health care. You can watch the trailer to the movie here.

Topic: Universal health care

Category: Multimedia

What is it?: A live interview with Michael Moore about his 2007 film, Sicko (from HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher”).

Publication information: http://youtube.com, June 02, 2007, United States.

Author: Allen (no last name provided)

Location: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAx2MgL_djY&feature=related, http://www.youtube.com/user/LiberalViewer

Accessed: February 28, 2009

Support:

Michael Moore, director of Sicko; Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher”; Health Affairs, published two studies in 2004 linking to universal health coverage that Michael Moore covered in the documentary;  The New England Journal of Medicine, a 2003 article about absolute quality versus comparitive quality of health care; The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, a book lead by real reforms in the meat packing industry over 100 years ago; Fox News, commented on the film as “brilliant and uplifting”; youtube.com, multimedia clip used on youtube.

Audience and Agenda: Youtube was founded in February 2005 and is the leader in online video; it is also the premier destination to watch and share videos. Youtube recieved funding from Sequoia Capital in November 2005 and was officially launched one month later. Within a year of youtube’s launch, Google Inc. purchased the company and has been successful ever since. Partnership deals with youtube include: CBS, BBC, Sony Music Group, Warner Music Group, The Sundance Channel, NBA, and so many more.

Usefulness: Michael Moore is a filmmaker known to make controversial documentaries. He does, however, persuade the audience to agree with his thinking. Other popular documentaries and films he has done in the past are: “Bowling for Columbine”, “Farenheit 9/11”, and “This Divided State.” This latest film was created to make Americans realize how much this country needs affordable health care and how the health insurance industry is taking advantage of us.

Works cited:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAx2MgL_djY&feature=related

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Final Project Source Notes (21)

Posted by mattieliz on March 2, 2009

Source Notes (21): Multimedia

Title: Multimedia clip: Health care for America Now

Summary: A clip of Obama’s call for congress to act on health care reform in 2009, which was found on a web site from a national grassroots campaign, called Health Care for America Now (HCAN).

Topic: Universal health care

Category: Multimedia

What is it?: A clip of President Obama’s call for congress to act on universal health care.

Publication information: http://healthcareforamericanow.org, February 25, 2009.

Author: No author listed.

Location: http://healthcareforamericanow.org/

Accessed: February 28, 2009

Support:

ACORN; American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees; Americans United for Change; Campaign for America’s Future; Center for American Progress Action Fund; Campaign for Community Change; Children’s Defense Fund Action Council; MoveOn.org; NAACP; National Council of La Raza; National Education Association; National Women’s Law Center; Service Employees International Union; United Food and Commercial Workers; USAction and Working America.

Listed above are all of HCAN’s major partners. You can find the complete list of the organization’s partners here.

Audience and Agenda: Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is a section 501(c)(4) issue advocacy organization. Members of the HCAN group include a wide range of nonprofit and political organizations that are working together to promote quality, affordable health care to all Americans. HCAN is related to Health Care for America Education Fund, a project of the Tides Center, a section 501(c)(3) public charity.

Usefulness: HCAN is an organization that is devoted to promoting universal health care to all Americans. It’s joined by nonprofit, charitable, and political organizations that believe Americans benefit from healthy communities, where all Americans can have affordable health care and choose the right provider for them. This web site was useful to me, however, there is a whole other side to this situation and they are not stating any of the consequences if the U.S. government does provide universal health care to all Americans. I think we all need to see the big picture, not just one side of the spectrum.

Works cited:

http://healthcareforamericanow.org/site/content/about_us/, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLLc-Iv8MCo

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Final Project Source Notes (20)

Posted by mattieliz on February 27, 2009

Source Notes (20): Image

Title: Universal Coverage and Controlling Costs– Health Priorities for President Obama

Summary: A pie chart of what citizens think the Obama administration should do about the health care reform first in order of importance: improve quality, improve efficiency and cost control, or increase coverage. People then voted on their views, then the Commonwealth Fund Foundation turned it into a pie chart based on what should happen first.

Topic: Universal health care

Category: Image

What is it?: An image of a pie chart found on a blog.

Publication information: http://healthpopuli.com, January 20, 2009

Author: Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Location: http://www.healthpopuli.com/, http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Content/Publications/Data-Briefs/2009/Jan/Health-Care-Opinion-Leaders-Views-on-Priorities-for-the-Obama-Administration.aspx

Accessed: January 20, 2009

Support: Commonwealth Fund Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey

Audience and Agenda: This chart was originally created by the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation working toward a high performance health system. The fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy.

Usefulness: This site offers many other charts, graphs and statistical data about universal health care in the U.S. I found the pie chart from a blog strictly about health care. Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, the author of this blog, is a health economist and management consultant who has worked with health care stakeholders for over twenty years.

Works Cited:

http://www.healthpopuli.com/, http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Content/Publications/Data-Briefs/2009/Jan/Health-Care-Opinion-Leaders-Views-on-Priorities-for-the-Obama-Administration.aspx

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Final Project Source Notes (19)

Posted by mattieliz on February 23, 2009

Source Notes (19): What Obama’s Budget Does–and Doesn’t–Say

Title: What Obama’s Budget Does–and Doesn’t–Say

Summary: Health care will be financed by two big revenue streams as I had mentioned in the last source note. However, the White House is offering enough funds to show commitment, but not enough to fully offset the costs of the policy. The administration means to leave the rest of the financing question up to congress.

Topic: Universal health care

Category: Citizen (Stakeholder)

What is it?: A political blog through The American Prospect about Obama’s budget plans.

Publication information: http://prospect.org, February 22, 2009.

Author: Ezra Klein

Location: http://www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/ezraklein_archive?month=02&year=2009&base_name=what_obamas_budget_does_and_do

Accessed: February 23, 2009

Support:

Jonathan Cohn, senior political writer for The New Republic (TNR.com); Ron Wyden, U.S. senator from Oregon; Max Baucus, U.S. senator from Montana; Barack Obama, President; John McCain, former presidential candidate.
Many of the people listed above either commented on the topic or are a major supporter of affordable health care in the United States.

Audience and Agenda: The American Prospect was founded in 1990 as an authoritative magazine of liberal ideas, an enriched democracy and effective liberal politics. Since then, The Prospect has grown to a highly credited magazine with a paid circulation of more than 37,000 and a daily web magazine with over 1 million visitors a month.

Usefulness: This web site was found through one of the other blogs I found on this issue. They all seem to be interlinked with eachother, which is great because each of these blogs has different but similar information on the issue. I’m finding blogs to be very useful as long as I know the author comes from a credited source.

Works Cited:

http://www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/ezraklein_archive?month=02&year=2009&base_name=what_obamas_budget_does_and_do, http://www.prospect.org/

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Final Source Project Notes (18)

Posted by mattieliz on February 23, 2009

Source Notes (18): Taxing Health Care, Despite the Campaign

Title: Taxing Health Care, Despite the Campaign

Summary: One of the key structural aspects of Obama’s new budget is that health care reform will be given its own financing stream; one derived partially from cuts on Medicare and Medicaid spending, and partially from a new tax described as it finances coveage for the uninsured and pushes employers to cover more workers.

Topic: Universal health care

Category: Citizen (Stakeholder)

What is it?: An online blog about health care and other political issues through politico.com

Publication information: http://politico.com, February 22, 2009, New York.

Author: Ben Smith, senior political writer

Location: http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0209/Taxing_healthcare_despite_the_campaign.html

Accessed: February 23, 2009

Support:

Jonathan Cohn, a senior blogger for the website, The New Republic (TNR.com); Ezra Klein, associate editor at The American Prospect; Barack Obama, president; John McCain, former presidential candidate.

This very short article compares the information both bloggers, Cohn and Klein, have stated in their own blogs about this budget issue. Of course Obama and McCain are both mentioned in the articles, comparing the two and their original plans.

Audience and Agenda: Politico.com is a web site that focuses mainly on: the politics of Capitol Hill, the presidential campaign, and the business of Washington lobbying and advocacy. The author, Ben Smith, is a senior political writer with a linguistics degree from Yale College. He has also worked with many NY newspapers, such as New York Sun and New York Observer. Now he writes for three of New York City’s leading political blogs: The Politicker,  The Daily Politics, and Room Eight.

Usefulness: This article was so short, it seemed to have left out some information. The links to other blogs were very useful, however. It was like a gateway to other similar issues I am searching for and from writers that have a strong background in politics and journalism.

Works cited:

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0209/Taxing_healthcare_despite_the_campaign.html, http://www.politico.com/

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Audio Slideshow Reflection

Posted by mattieliz on February 23, 2009

When assigned to make an audio slideshow for class, I was so excited to do this project. The way I see it, it’s way better than having to write a paper and sit at a desk for hours upon hours. Instead, we got to go out and take pictures of some random person all day long.

The person I chose was my boss, Blaine. Like me, he is a barista, so I knew I could get some really great shots of him interacting with the customers and making coffee. He is also a JV basketball coach at Thurston High School so again, I knew it would make a great slideshow.

The challenging part for me was the interview. He seemed laid back abou the interview until I stuck the recorder in front of him. When I asked him some questions, he started speaking extremely fast and mumbled a lot. I knew that later down the road it would be very difficult to edit the audio, so I made him redo it. After doing the interview three different times, I felt like I had enough to work with.

Overall, I wasn’t too pleased with the audio part of my slideshow, but I do like the pictures. I think next time I just need to tell my interviewee to relax and speak slower and hope that works.

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Final Project Source Notes (17)

Posted by mattieliz on February 23, 2009

Source Notes (17): Interview- Citizen (Expert)

Interviewee’s name: Sue Currin, Expert Citizen

Summary: Sue is the Chief Nursing Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and recently became the Chief Executive Officer of the San Francisco General Hospital. She has been campaigning for universal health care her whole life and is a strong believer of the issue.

Me: “Sue, why do you think it is so important for this country to have available health care provided to all Americans?”

Sue: “It seems to be a growing trend worldwide and it’s a scary thing to see when there are nearly 50 million people in this country who don’t have health insurance; why do you think our mortality rates are higher than the other countries who do provide it to their people?”

Me: “Working in a hospital, do you deal with that kind of stuff  [people not being able to pay for health insurance] quite frequently?”

Sue: “Unfortunately, I deal with it more than I would like to. It’s devastating to see someone who desperately needs the attention, and is not be able to pay for it, it’s absolutely horrible.”

Me: “How soon do you think this will take effect?”

Sue: “I think it’s going to take a lot longer than what the Obama Administration is hoping for; it’s such a complicated issue, plus they need enough votes just to pass the bill… it’s going to take longer than a year, probably even two. I would like to see it happen immediately, but that won’t happen.”

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Final Project Source Notes (16)

Posted by mattieliz on February 23, 2009

Source Notes (16): I Hate Universal Health Care. Except that I Don’t.

Title: I Hate Universal Health Care. Except that I Don’t.

Summary: This blog is in response to an article titled, “Fix America’s Health Care System– the Capitalist Way”, that was written in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution by the CEO of Waffle House, Joe Rogers. Rogers explains how Waffle House, Inc. has offered affordable group medical insurance to their hourly employees for over 25 years but many employees choose to risk not being insured and spend their money on other things.

Topic: Universal health care

Category: Citizen (stakeholder)

What is it?: A blog from The New Republic, a Journal of Politics and the Arts

Publication information: The New Republic, Washington D.C., February 19, 2009.

Author: Jonathan Cohn

Location: http://blogs.tnr.com/tnr/blogs/the_treatment/archive/2009/02/19/i-hate-universal-health-care-except-that-i-don-t.aspx

Accessed: February 19, 2009

Support:

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, an Atlanta, GA newspaper; Joe Rogers, CEO of Waffle House and author of article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Ezekiel Emanuel, advisor for Obama; Ron Wyden, U.S. senator from Oregon.

Audience and Agenda: The New Republic is a journal that was founded in 1914 and its goal was and is to provide its readers with an intelligent and somewhat entertaining examination of American politics, culture and foreign policy. The New Republic tries to deliver the news before it hits mainstream news and that’s why they

Usefulness: Hearing other people’s point of views on this issue helps influence my decision on the should question. I’m still not 100% if I agree or disagree with my question but hearing what real people have to say is very useful.

Works cited:

http://blogs.tnr.com/tnr/blogs/the_treatment/archive/2009/02/19/i-hate-universal-health-care-except-that-i-don-t.aspx, http://www.tnr.com/

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Final Project Source Notes (15)

Posted by mattieliz on February 20, 2009

Source Notes (15): Okay, How About Sebelius for HHS, Then?

Title: Okay, How About Sebelius for HHS, Then?

Summary: As some of us may have already heard, Tom Daschle stepped down from taking the open position as the White House’s Health and Human Services Secretary on February 3, 2009. As of February 18, 2009, The New York Times has reported that Mr. Barack Obama has chosen Kathleen Sebelius, governor of Kansas, to fill the open position as HHS secretary.

Topic: Universal health care

Category: Citizen (commentator)

What is it?: A blog about health care on the website, change.org.

Publication information: http://change.org, February 18, 2009, New York, NY.

Author: Timothy Foley

Location:

http://healthcare.change.org/blog/view/ok_how_about_sebelius_for_hhs_then

Accessed: February 19, 2009

Support:

Tom Daschle, former U.S. senator of South Dakota; Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont and possible candidate for HHS secretary of the White House; Kathleen Sebelius, governor of Kansas and possible candidate for HHS secretary of the White House; John Kerry, former presidential nominee of the Democratic Party in 2004; Barack Obama, president.

Three of the people listed above are or were candidates of the open position of HHS secretary of the White House. Kathleen Sebelius recieved strong consideration for VP by both John Kerry and Barack Obama.

Audience and Agenda: Timothy Foley has been an online organizer and blogger on health care policy for the Obama for America campaign (during the primaries) and currently for a labor union for intern and resident doctors. His views on this blog are completely his own opinions and are open to the public to comment freely upon.

Usefulness: It’s nice to see one side of this controversial issue. Obviously Foley is a supporter of universal health care and the new stimulus package Mr. Obama has just signed, but I am curious to see what the other side of the fence (republicans) believe.

Works cited:

http://healthcare.change.org/blog/view/ok_how_about_sebelius_for_hhs_then, http://www.change.org/

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Final Project Source Notes (14)

Posted by mattieliz on February 18, 2009

Source Notes (14): The U.S. Health Care Non-System, 1908-2008

Title: The U.S. Health Care Non-System, 1908-2008

Summary: The history of how health insurance has become what it is today from the last 100 years or so and how it has changed through the government.

Topic: Universal health care

Category: Academic Research

What is it?: An online journal from the American Medical Association.

Publication information: The American Medical Association, May 2008.

Author: George B. Moseley III, JD, MBA

Location: http://virtualmentor.ama-assn.org/2008/05/mhst1-0805.html

Accessed: February 16, 2009

Support:

American Medical Association (AMA); American College of Surgeons, founded in 1913; Baylor University Hospital; American Hospital Association (AHA); Blue Cross Insurance; Blue Shield Insurance; National Labor Relations Board; The Hill-Burton Act, passed in 1946 to provide loans and grants for construction of new hospitals; the Health Professions Educational Assistance Act, founded in 196, which provided financial assistance to medical schools; the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, founded in 1945; the Health Maintenence Organization Act, passed in 1973.

Audience and Agenda: This site explores the ethical issues and challenges a student, resident, or physicians would face. The free online journal, Virtual Mentor, was started in 1999 and is open to the public, especially targeted towards doctors, and doctors-to-be.

Usefulness: Showing the history of health care and how it began back in 1908 was very useful to me. The sources used in this article was helpful as well, as I will go back and use those in my final project.

Works cited:

http://virtualmentor.ama-assn.org/2008/05/mhst1-0805.html

Moseley III, George B. “The U.S. Health Care Non-System, 1908-2008.” Virtual Mentor 10 (2008): 324-31.

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