Monday, August 24, 2009

Lieberman--A Voice in the Wildness

Joseph Lieberman, (IDem) Senator from the nutmeg state, CT boldly goes where no man goes before...a voice of reason, perspective and quiet reasoning. (typical of Lieberman).

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One of the Senate's most powerful Democrats, Joseph Lieberman  said  Sunday that President Obama should take an "incremental" approach to fixing health care and argued that the country should postpone adding nearly 50 million new patients to the government system until after the recession is over.

"We morally, every one of us, would like to cover every American with health insurance," Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, told CNN's John King on the "State of the Union" program.

One of the Senate's most powerful Democrats said Sunday that President Obama should take an "incremental" approach to fixing health care and argued that the country should postpone adding nearly 50 million new patients to the government system until after the recession is over.

"We morally, every one of us, would like to cover every American with health insurance," Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, told CNN's John King on the "State of the Union" program.

"I'm afraid we've got to think about putting a lot of that off until the economy's out of recession," he added.

"There's no reason we have to do it all now, but we do have to get started. And I think the place to start is health delivery reform and insurance market reforms."

 

 

Although we physicians recognize perhaps more than most that out health system is flawed, most know that this must be accomplished in small steps, focusing first on defects in our insurance system, which lead to the increasing numbers of insured, and increasing overhead to physicians and our society in general.

In the back of each our minds are the millions of uninsured who present in our offices, on an hourly basis,  in the emergency department and public health clinics. 

The term "The Public Option" thus far remains clouded in hyperbole, sounds good or bad, depending  if your leaning is to the left, or to the right.

For many "The Public Option" remains a poorly disguised euphemism for Socialized Medicine.

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