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Health Care for All NOW - Before 9-9-2009

The Handout

The small, double-sided handout [pdf] is designed to minimize the impact on the environment and on our pocketbooks, but its graphical image helps to maximize its impact.

Presentation of the Handout

Following is roughly how I present the handout to someone else when the other person and I have time to cover all of the points below.. The italicized words are places where I place extra emphasis in my tone of voice. I allow time for the other person to speak and me to carefully listen to them and to respond to any comments or questions they have. Sometimes I can do this with pauses, if time permits, but I ask them at the end if they have any questions or comments.

I do not not always have enough time to present all of these points, but they are items that I consider.

  1. Starting Point - an “attention getter”. “I’d like to show you an amazing graph.”
  2. Explanation of Graph
    • (pointing to the U.S. dot on the graph)
      • “This point on the graph shows that the U.S. spends approximately $6,000 per person per year for health care for every person of the 304 million people in the United States.”
      • “But there are millions of citizens without any health insurance and many more millions without adequate health insurance.”
    • (pointing to the lower area of the graph)
      • “All of these other dots on the page show that the other countries spend only $2,000 to $3,000 per person per year, but those countries and provide health care to everyone, and their citizens have a higher degree of satisfaction with the health care system.”
    • “Even though we spend more than twice as much money per person per year, our life expectancy is shorter!”
      • (pointing to the heading at the top)
        • “The U.S. is 28th in life expectancy!”
    • (pointing to the U.S. bar)
      • “The U.S. has a life expectancy of 77, along with Cuba and Costa Rica.
    • (pointing to the higher bars)
      • “Here are some examples of the 27 countries which have a life expectancy better than the U.S.” (I mention a few examples of those countries).
  3. Inform them it’s their copy.
    • “By the way, this is your copy to keep.”
  4. Causes. “There are two logical questions that come from this graph:
    • Why do an amazing 27 other countries have citizens who live longer?
      • The answer is because people in the other countries tend to automatically get more preventive care because they go to the doctor when they have a problem instead of ignoring the problem due to lack of insurance or lack of money.
    • Why do we spend so much more money?
      • The answer to that is that we have too much private insurance bureacracy and too much government bureacracy. The result is that 31 cents out of every dollar is spent on administrative rules and paper work, not on health care.
        • Unfortunately, proposals other than national health insurance are going to increase both private and government spending and the condition will get worse at a faster rate. This is crazy!
  5. Health insurance companies influence. “The health insurance companies spend literally hundreds of millions of dollars to fight what the United States needs, which is non-profit national health insurance. They will continue to hire firms to try to control our minds (our attitudes, our opinions). They are a source of money for politicians and for the media, such as television stations, radio stations and newspapers.”
  6. What we need.
    • Single-payer national health insurance is a simple, efficient way to finance health care that replaces hundreds of private insurance companies and multiple government programs with one public agency that is independent of the normal day-to-day government meddling by politicians.
    • All other proposals will cause us to lose twice: higher spending for private plans and higher spending of our tax dollars trying to get everyone covered. *(pointing to the web site addresses on the side without the graph)
      • “This web site has some good, concise information about the benefits of single-payer national health insurance. It has links to the sources of information for further reading.”
  7. Our notes and our votes are required to get the U.S. Congress to provide what over half of citizens want: single-payer national health insurance.
    • I am convinced that we must write our opinions to our U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators who want our votes in the next election.
    • (pointing to the “Get names, addresses and stationery”)
      • “The web site helps you get the names and addresses for sending your note to the U.S. Congress. The idea is that we send notes every three months with the number growing and growing and applying more and more emphasis on the Representatives and Senators that we want this.”
  8. We need to Stay Focused. Keep in mind that the health insurance companies will continue to try to control our minds via the media, such as the TV, radio and newspapers. The arguments might sound either scary and/or convincing. We must keep in mind that it’s time that we care for all of our people, which is what every other industrialized country does. Go to the web site Learn section as needed to stay firm that the U.S. needs single-payer national health insurance.
  9. Questions or comments?. I ask if they have any questions or comments. This is critical, especially if the interaction has been primarily or only me speaking. I can’t read their mind, so I need to ask to give them a chance to share what is on their mind.
  10. Plans to Check Back with the Person. I mention to them that I will check back with them at some point in the coming weeks to see if they have any questions or comments. I write down their name and phone number in order to make that future contact.
    • So far, my experience has been that people have been receptive to my plans to contact them. Some express definite appreciation that I would be contacting them to help ensure that they take action, whether it is reviewing the web site or writing their notes.

Introduction to Some of the Web Site Content, If Time Permits

  • I have a set of printed pages from the web site that I have in a binder and review if the person and I have time. I first ask them if it would be okay to give them a sneak preview of what is available at the web site.
    • The printed pages are largely from Single-Payer Education.
    • Comparison to Current System — I like to show them the long list under “Complex with many costs” to show them the very long list of our out-of-pocket expenses and the long list of how our government spends our tax dollars, much of it subsidizing the health insurance companies
    • What Single-Payer Provides
    • What Single-Payer Eliminates
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