Virtual house party topics and PR---fellow groundlings, it's time to start the party
[We're having the first virtual House Party tonight at 8PM -- Because it's festivus!]
Suggestions for virtual house party healthcare topics? We can take some of the questions from the list we developed---see below.
Lambert, do you have times that work best for people all over the country? And even some of our foreign friends (hiya, Mandos) to join in? Also, is there anyway to let people who aren't registered to take that survey you created? Or do you want it limited to registrants?
As soon as we have date, time, and topic, we can start blasting out the info---vastleft and pie, would you lead spreading the word? I will make each of you a special hat to wear as you invite the rest of the unwashed to join the effort. (And by hat, I mean cocktail, which I will then drink on your behalf strictly in the spirit of the season.)
DCBlogger, do you have guests we can invite? If you posted about this, I'm sorry I missed it. This special hat is very strong---uh, I mean, this special hat is very heavy on my head and it makes me forget things.
hipp, ready with the facts and figures? Yes. Why do I bother to ask?
Since so many here are on board with single payer as the solution to our healthcare crisis, should we have the first half focused on specific health insurance and financial issues, answering questions about single payer and responding to objections and questions, and dedicate the second half to tactics?
Your input required. If you can volunteer to spread the word or have some creative or technical skill, we can use them. If you want to host a house party, do it. Hell, sign up to host one tomorrow at 6am and then report back that you, your cats and the dying ficus tree want to know why single payer isn't on the agenda. I mean, if a ficus, a dying one no less, knows single payer is the answer, why doesn't the president-elect?
And for the virtual house parties, I'm going to ask as a favor that we skip what each and everyone of us already knows: there's no way Team Obama is going to listen to a scruffy lot like us. Take it as a given---better yet, take it as an advantage, because we don't have to worry about playing nice. Our task is to rouse the rest of the scruffy groundlings.
Here are the questions we came up with:
1. Have you or anyone in your family ever failed to seek medical attention because you couldn’t afford it? (h/t a little night…)
2. Have you or anyone in your family ever failed to seek medical attention because you couldn’t afford treatment though you had health insurance? (h/t a little night…)
3. Have you ever lost your health insurance? If so, why?
4. Have you ever been refused health insurance? If so, why?
5. Have you ever had to change doctors, delay treatment, or pay higher deductibles because of a pre-existing condition or long-term illness? Are you delaying treatment now? (h/t a little night…)
6. Do you have health insurance now? If not, why not? If so, how do you pay for it?
7. Have you ever asked your parents or children to help you financially because of overwhelming medical bills?
8. Have you ever given up a job or assets to qualify for health insurance programs designed to help people living in poverty?
9. Have you ever lost your job because of a medical condition you put off seeking treatment for until it became so serious, you had to miss work a lot?
10. Have you ever foregone treatment because of the paperwork required by insurance companies?
11. Does what you've heard about or your experience of insurance companies stop or delay you from seeking medical help when you need it?
12. Have you ever gone without necessary medication because you can't afford it or it is not covered by your health insurance? (h/t Iphie)
13. Has your insurance company ever refused to pay for your prescriptions, and instead substituted their option over the judgment of your doctor? (h/t Iphie)
14. Have you ever avoided getting a diagnosis because you lacked health insurance, or didn't want to risk going on record with a pre-existing condition? (h/t
15. Has anyone you know ever contemplated either suicide or refusing to get treatment for a life threatening and/or chronic condition because he or she didn't want to bankrupt his or her loved ones? Have you known anyone that died because of such a choice? (h/t tnjen)
16. Have you, or someone you know filed for bankruptcy because of medical costs? (h/t gqm)
17. Have you ever decided to accept or turn down a job because of health insurance benefits? (h/t VL)
18. Have you ever stayed in a marriage or relationship because you had health insurance coverage you would otherwise not be able to get?
19. Have you ever skipped out on activities (skiing, running a marathon, etc.) because you might not be able to afford an injury? (h/t gqm)