The Ministry of Lisa Copen

Lisa Copen, Founder of Rest Ministries which serves the chronically ill, shares about mothering, illness, ministry and more.

Health Care Reform – Just Checking In

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Some of you may be on top of all the conversation that is going on politically regarding health care coverage. I should be. . . but I’m too busy going to and from doctors appointments and figuring out what bills to pay and what deductibles have been fulfilled to spend time listening to promises that are being made that will impact my life significantly.

According to ABC News/Washington Post poll, only 53 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s handling of health care while 39 percent disapprove of it, up from 29 percent in April. An interview with President Obama and Diane Sawyer will air June 24, 2009 on “Good Morning America” at 7:00 a.m. ET or Watch ABC News Primetime: Questions for the President — Prescription for America Wednesday, June 24, at 10 p.m. ET.

If you’re like me and you’ve not yet taken a moment to catch up with what is being said I wanted to at least provide you with a few links of interest.

June 15, 2009 the president spoke at the Annual Conference of the American Medical Association.” You can read the White House transcript about medical reform here. Part of it says,

“I know that there are millions of Americans who are content with their health care coverage — they like their plan and, most importantly, they value their relationship with their doctor. They trust you. And that means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period.

The Senior Vice President of the Christian Medical Dental Society, Gene Rudd, MD, says,

The question is not ‘whether reform,’ but ‘what reform.’ Current trends in healthcare are unsustainable. Reform must come. I wish it had welled-up from within the medical community rather than government. Government imposed reform may be the consequence of our neglect. But government-controlled reform troubles me. These questions explain: Will government-reformed healthcare be more compassionate? Less complex? More efficient? Ethically guided? You get the point.

I find it disingenuous when some claim the government will produce a system that has 1) coverage or all, 2) higher quality and 3) lower costs. The first two are reasonable and laudable goals, but I doubt there are sufficient savings to offset the costs required to provide quality care for all.

President Obama has explained how no insurance plan would be able to “cherry pick” who they cover, denying coverage to those who have a pre-existing conditions–but he has yet to tell us exactly how this would be enforced.

Here is one woman’s story about her battle with diabetes and health care coverage.

I know sometimes this can be more depressing than we want to hear. Sometimes it’s best to let it all play out, but keep your ears open so you know when to fight for what you believe in. If you have some links or new stories of interest on this topic, please leave them below so we can all be best informed.

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  Diana Lee wrote @

I of the opinion that we need huge changes in our health care system and generally favor a not for profit option, but I’d honestly be content if we could at least pass a federal law that would require insurance companies to cover everyone and not penalize people with higher premiums because they have preexisting conditions.

  Rest Ministries wrote @

Another great blog post about this is Laurie Edward’s at A Chronic Dose at

  Rest Ministries wrote @

Visit the White House’s web site/blog about Health Care Reform at

You can also “share your story” there.

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