Wednesday, August 19, 2009

They're Awaiting Your Questions

President Obama is holding some sort of online discussion about health care reform tomorrow at 2:30PM EDT. Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend, but there's a form for the discussion that allows you to submit questions. Mine was:

Medicare is a successful government program. It’s more economically efficient than private insurance, and has much better customer satisfaction ratings. I’d pay for Medicare coverage, because I know I could count on it. Yet none of the bills in Congress support extending Medicare to those who want it, even if they are willing to pay premiums. Instead, another bureaucracy is being proposed to do virtually the same thing for a public option. Why?

Even if you can't attend, you can still leave a question. If you wonder about why single payer hasn't even been considered, or why the public option is being quashed by some and neutered by others, or how the government can feel good about requiring that we buy into a corrupt and increasingly useless way of financing health care, then go ahead and ask. Even if they don't get to your question, they'll be interested in what people are asking.

It's a way of making your voice heard.

If you have hopes of getting your question answered during the discussion, here's a tip - try to keep it concise but get your point across. My question takes about twenty seconds to read out loud. That's almost too long. Try to relate why you're asking the question, but be brief. Brevity is the soul of wit, plus it can make you a star.

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