Thursday, June 18, 2009
Healthcare, elder care on HPR, PBS tonight
by Larry Geller
Don’t miss Town Square tonight (Thursday), on the national healthcare plan. It’s a moving target, but you’ll have a chance to hear from guests in Hawaii and from Washington DC, including the first person to be arrested protesting at Sen. Baucus’ hearings. Hosted by Beth-Ann Kozlovich. 5-6 p.m. KIPO 89.3 FM or streaming from hawaiipublicradio.org. Do you support Obama’s health plan? What IS Obama’s health plan? Do you support single-payer? Listen, and call in.
Then take a break and tune in for Graying of Hawaii, a documentary, really a series of interviews, which might leave you with the impression that neither our state administration nor Honolulu as a county are stepping up to their responsibilities as our population ages. The film is followed by a panel discussion. Insights on PBS Hawaii, special 2-hour program, tonight (Thursday) 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., PBS. The panel will take calls from viewers.
The poise with which you navigated through the sort of bizarre panel discussion was impressive. No disrespect to the other folks, but if it were a musical offering -- the others talking about "Now, the old buggers can just go online!" and "well, you should just choose to age responsibly!" or my favorite "just buy up some good health insurance!" -- you played your part very gracefully. To be honest, it would have been nice to see the host and others just sort of let out to figure out their lines.. "Welcome back to Insight with Larry Geller.. let's talk substantive stuff: single-payer government health insurance..and all the latest sport scores! Seriously though, people are lucky to have one as well-spoken as you to advocate for them. Keep up the good work! Darren
(Blush) Thank you for your kind words. I'll have to admit I expected more from some of the panel members. Well, from myself, too. There are some things I forgot to say under the glare of the lights, but from your comment, maybe I did ok.