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Obama: Cleveland Clinic a good model

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Steve Chiotakis: President Obama continues his aim to get health care reform sooner rather than later. Today he holds a town hall meeting in Ohio at the Cleveland Clinic, a place he -- just last night -- called a role model for the type of health care change Americans want.

President Barack Obama: They've set up a system where patient care is the number one concern -- not bureaucracy, what forms have to be filled out, what do we get reimbursed for. Those are changes that I think the American people want to see.

The president at his White House news conference last night. This morning, reporter Tamara Keith gives us the lowdown on why the president's so impressed with that facility.


Tamara Keith: President Obama has said repeatedly the goal of overhauling health care is to cover the uninsured and to improve quality while cutting costs. At a time when health care legislation is getting hit from all sides, the president is highlighting a hospital system that's widely viewed as a success story.

Maggie Mahar: The total cost is lower, outcomes are better, patient satisfaction is higher and doctor satisfaction is higher.

Maggie Mahar is a health care fellow at the Century Foundation, a left-leaning think tank. She says unlike most physicians, Cleveland Clinic doctors are paid a salary with no extra financial incentives for production. Mahar says that means their only aim is quality care, not billable procedures.

Mahar: This means that there's no financial incentive for them to run another test, to try another treatment.

Because health care is one of the few areas where more, isn't necessarily better.

In Washington, I'm Tamara Keith for Marketplace.

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LEAD, FOLLOW, OR GET OUT OF THE WAY. (Thomas Paine)

We have the 37th worst quality of healthcare in the developed world. Conservative estimates are that over 120,000 of you dies each year in America from treatable illness that people in other developed countries don’t die from. Rich, middle class, and poor a like. Insured and uninsured. Men, women, children, and babies. This is what being 37th in quality of healthcare means.

I know that many of you are angry and frustrated that REPUBLICANS! In congress are dragging their feet and trying to block TRUE healthcare reform. What republicans want is just a taxpayer bailout of the DISGRACEFUL GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance industry, and the DISGRACEFUL GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT healthcare industry. An insurance bailout is all you really get without a robust government-run public option available on day one.

These industries have been slaughtering you and your loved ones like cattle for decades for profit. Including members of congress and their families. These REPUBLICANS are FOOLS!

Republicans and their traitorous allies have been trying to make it look like it's President Obama's fault for the delays, and foot dragging. But I think you all know better than that. President Obama inherited one of the worst government catastrophes in American history from these REPUBLICANS! And President Obama has done a brilliant job of turning things around, and working his heart out for all of us.

But Republicans think you are just a bunch of stupid, idiot, cash cows with short memories. Just like they did under the Bush administration when they helped Bush and Cheney rape America and the rest of the World.

But you don't have to put up with that. And this is what you can do. The Republicans below will be up for reelection on November 2, 2010. Just a little over 13 months from now. And many of you will be able to vote early. So pick some names and tell their voters that their representatives (by name) are obstructing TRUE healthcare reform. And are sellouts to the insurance and medical lobbyist.

Ask them to contact their representatives and tell them that they are going to work to throw them out of office on November 2, 2010, if not before by impeachment, or recall elections. Doing this will give you something more to do to make things better in America. And it will help you feel better too.

There are many resources on the internet that can help you find people to call and contact. For example, many social networking sites can be searched by state, city, or University. Be inventive and creative. I can think of many ways to do this. But be nice. These are your neighbors. And most will want to help.

I know there are a few democrats that have been trying to obstruct TRUE healthcare reform too. But the main problem is the Bush Republicans. Removing them is the best thing tactically to do. On the other hand. If you can easily replace a democrat obstructionist with a supportive democrat, DO IT!

You have been AMAZING!!! my people. Don't loose heart. You knew it wasn't going to be easy saving the World. :-)

God Bless You

jacksmith — Working Class

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