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Now I’ve been pretty clear about not wanting a government run health care system, viagra online pharmacy and I attended the luncheon knowing I did not have a clear grasp on the President’s proposal. Viagra online pharmacy (I have downloaded the Bill, viagra online pharmacy 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. Viagra online pharmacy That is exactly what I did.
It was not easy.
Ms. Viagra online pharmacy Jarrett is warm, viagra online pharmacy sincere and truly passionate about the President’s efforts at health care reform; Ms. Viagra online pharmacy Jarrett has full faith in the ability of the President to positively reform our health care system.
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These questions were more rhetorical in nature. Viagra online pharmacy Honestly, viagra online pharmacy 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, viagra online pharmacy 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, viagra online pharmacy 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, viagra online pharmacy or were you stuck in the public plan once it was chosen.
I didn’t get a chance to ask, viagra online pharmacy as the discussion moved forward with two bloggers sharing stories of their personal experiences with the health care system. Very personal, viagra online pharmacy heart wrenching stories. Viagra online pharmacy Their frustration and anguish was palpable. Viagra online pharmacy Ms. Viagra online pharmacy 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.
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I like Valerie Jarrett. It was amazing that she took time to come and speak to us, viagra online pharmacy and it was informative. Viagra online pharmacy She speaks straight, viagra online pharmacy 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. Viagra online pharmacy 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. Viagra online pharmacy It’s over; time to move on.
Now for my totally off-the-cuff observation. Viagra online pharmacy I could not help but notice this was the exact opposite of my experience in DC last week. Viagra online pharmacy This was a full-on Obamafest, viagra online pharmacy last week seemed like an “anything BUT Obamafest”. Viagra online pharmacy This week the “opposition” was putting out misinformation, viagra online pharmacy 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, viagra online pharmacy 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. Viagra online pharmacy It was actually live-blogged in real time and if you would like to read the entire transcript, viagra online pharmacy it is written here: Valerie Jarrett/Health Care Reform Live Blog BlogHer 09.