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Now I’ve been pretty clear about not wanting a government run health care system, cialis professional 100 mg and I attended the luncheon knowing I did not have a clear grasp on the President’s proposal. Cialis professional 100 mg (I have downloaded the Bill, cialis professional 100 mg have not had a chance to finish it.) I wanted to keep an open mind; I wanted to learn as opposed to opine.

The best way to learn is to keep your mouth shut and listen. Cialis professional 100 mg That is exactly what I did.

It was not easy.


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These questions were more rhetorical in nature. Cialis professional 100 mg Honestly, cialis professional 100 mg I don’t think time would have permitted in-depth discussion.


There was discussion on how bloggers can get out the message of health care reform and ideas on how the President can best communicate his ideas to the public.  It was noted that the President is holding press conferences for which he is asking full coverage because he wants the entire story told, cialis professional 100 mg not just sound bytes.  (Side note: I found this interesting because just recently ABC News encamped in the White House for an entire day – and the topic was health care reform.)

I actually did have a question enter my mind, cialis professional 100 mg as I was intrigued by the idea that the public plan was an option: I wanted to know if one could move in and out of the public plan as desired, cialis professional 100 mg or were you stuck in the public plan once it was chosen.

I didn’t get a chance to ask, cialis professional 100 mg as the discussion moved forward with two bloggers sharing stories of their personal experiences with the health care system.  Very personal, cialis professional 100 mg heart wrenching stories. Cialis professional 100 mg Their frustration and anguish was palpable. Cialis professional 100 mg Ms. Cialis professional 100 mg Jarrett listened with empathy; she truly cared about what my fellow bloggers had/were enduring.

I found out later that both bloggers left with her personal business card with her office number for them to call her directly after the conference.  That was impressive.


So, cialis professional 100 mg some final thoughts.

I like Valerie Jarrett.  It was amazing that she took time to come and speak to us, cialis professional 100 mg and it was informative. Cialis professional 100 mg She speaks straight, cialis professional 100 mg she is sincere and she seems very passionate and compassionate regarding health care reform.  I’m a bit more informed about what the President is looking for.  This was the advantage shutting up and listening. Cialis professional 100 mg I don’t necessarily agree but I’m starting to at least get a hold of the concept.

Gratuitous political commentary: I think a little too much time was spent decrying the last administration. Cialis professional 100 mg It’s over; time to move on.

Now for my totally off-the-cuff observation. Cialis professional 100 mg I could not help but notice this was the exact opposite of my experience in DC last week. Cialis professional 100 mg This was a full-on Obamafest, cialis professional 100 mg last week seemed like an “anything BUT Obamafest”. Cialis professional 100 mg This week the “opposition” was putting out misinformation, cialis professional 100 mg last week the “opposition” was trying to cram a bill through before Congress could read it.

Is there no middle ground? Does it have to be this contentious? Maybe it’s the way of politics and I’m just now realizing it.

Between the two events, cialis professional 100 mg I guess I have now been exposed to a “fair and balanced” view of health care reform by Washington insiders.

So….why does it still feel like I have vertigo?


This post was written from my own notes and memory. Cialis professional 100 mg It was actually live-blogged in real time and if you would like to read the entire transcript, cialis professional 100 mg it is written here: Valerie Jarrett/Health Care Reform Live Blog BlogHer 09.

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