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The World According to M.I.S.S. President Obama’s Health Care Reform Video Challenge

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The World According to M.I.S.S. President Obama’s Health Care Reform Video Challenge


The World According to M.I.S.S. President Obama's Health Care Reform Video Challenge

The World According to M.I.S.S. President Obama's Health Care Reform Video Challenge

Lights! Camera! Reform!

In an effort the further push his health care reform agenda, President Obama is enlisting the help of the people who would be most likely effected by the change to health care. These people being you and I. In partnership with Obama’s website, Organizing for America, the President is calling American citizens to submit 30 second videos explaining why health care is important to them, and why this reform is so vital to the improvement of lives in this nation. As personal as health care is to each and every one of us, it’s important to highlight how significant good health care coverage can save lives and families. Our stories may never be the same, but our cause surely can be. So here’s the challenge:

Create the best 30 second video you can that makes the case for passing health insurance reform in 2009. This is a complex and often personal issue, and there’s way more angles to cover than anyone can squeeze into 30 seconds. So here are some themes to consider as you choose what to focus on:

The need for reform

•  Personal stories: It’s hard to get more powerful than sharing a personal story about how the broken status quo has affected you and the ones you love.

•  The cost of inaction: There’s lots to cover about how spiraling costs are breaking the budgets of families, governments and businesses, and the high price we’ll all pay if we don’t act.

•  The opponents of reform: It’s amazing the levels some will stoop in order to score political points or protect their profits. This is your chance to call them out.

The President’s plan

•  For those with insurance, the President’s plan will provide more security and stability. You won’t get cut off for being sick, face discrimination because of your gender, or run up against an annual or lifetime cap ever again.

•  For those without insurance, the plan will guarantee affordable options so that every American finally gets the peace of mind and quality care we deserve.

•  And it will rein in out-of-control health care costs and accomplish reform without adding a dime to the deficit.

Your video can be serious or funny. It can feature charts and graphs or satire and songs. It can just be you with a good idea in front of a basic web camera, or it can be a special effects filled mini-spectacular. Just keep it to 30 seconds, keep it honest, and make sure that folks who see it will be fired up about passing health reform in 2009.

President Obama seems to be sticking to his grassroots background, the same initiative that got him his Presidency in the first place. This is the best possible way for American citizens to make their voices heard amongst the complaining and fighting between the Democratic and Republican parties. The same bickering that seems to be taking the place of rational conversation between these two groups, causing our politicians to forget who this reform will most effect: The American people. So if you’ve got a story, the President wants the hear it! Deadline for submission will is October 18, 2009. After the submissions are judged by a panel of hand picked Obama officials, college students, and even a few celebrities, the winning video will be aired nationally. That’s right, you could be on television urging our nations leaders to create better health care coverage for the American people!

For rules and regulations or if you have any questions or would like to see sample videos, check out Organizing for America.

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The World According to M.I.S.S. The Ongoing Debate: Health Care Reform & Abortion.

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The World According to M.I.S.S. The Ongoing Debate: Health Care Reform & Abortion.


Health Care Reform - Abortion

The intense and ongoing debate over the reform of health care in the U.S. is expanding to include discussions as to how abortion will be dealt with

The intense and ongoing debate over the reform of  health care in the U.S. brought on by President Obama is expanding to include discussions as to how abortion will be dealt with. Under the current version of the health care bill most Americans would be forced to participate in a plan that covers abortion services. A group of bipartisan congressmen, all of them being pro life, have pledged to fight any bill that includes provisions for for the procedure citing what they believe is the abortion industries plan to make the procedure mainstream. Abortion rights advocates have shown no concern for these arguments, seeing as the coverage of abortion is something that will be decided by individual providers, and not the government itself.

“This issue is not about party politics. It’s not about obstructionism. It is about saving lives and protecting pro-life Americans across the country,” Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pennsylvania, said.

Just a few days ago, Wednesday to be exact, the Senate rejected Republican amendments that would broaden the current restrictions for the federal funding of abortions. These amendments, brought about by Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, proposed a ban on the federal funding of abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or danger to a mothers health. It would not cover the recreational use of the procedure, which initially caused me to wonder if abortion is EVER used in recreation.

If this amendment would have been a win for Senator Hatch it would have placed obvious restrictions on what type of care a woman received in the case of an unplanned pregnancy

If this amendment would have been a win for Senator Hatch it would have placed obvious restrictions on what type of care a woman received in the case of an unplanned pregnancy

If this amendment would have been a win for Senator Hatch instead of an epic failure, it would have not only placed obvious restrictions on what type of care a woman received in the case of an unplanned pregnancy, but what I found most shocking and probably the most idiotic was the fact that the coverage needed to fund the abortion procedure would need to be bought separately from the coverage you’d need if you had a cold or broke a bone. Republican Senator Olympia Snowe brought up a valid point after the vote, one that I agree with fully. She stated the obvious by pointing out most aborted pregnancies are unplanned, and it’s highly unlikely a woman would purchase the supplemental coverage needed to for an abortion, because let’s face it: who plans to have an abortion. I know it may happen, but in the majority of situations where an abortion procedure is needed or even wanted, the pregnancy isn’t planned. So should women be subjected to purchase abortion coverage they may or may not need, in a supplemental package or should the coverage be included in the health care we receive every day?

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