October 30, 2007, - 2:56 pm

Something New – Debbie Does VideoBlogging: Presidential Candidates & Healthcare

By Debbie Schlussel
I shot this at the end of last week. It’s a new experiment I’m trying. The lighting is not what I’m used to for my usual TV appearances, so, yes, the makeup is too heavy and severe. Blechhh. And I have quite a few other probs with it. But still, I’m enjoying this and I’ll do and post more. To my harsh critics, don’t worry–nothing you can say about this is tougher on me than I am on myself in watching this. Also, there is no teleprompter or anything like that. I memorized my points so that’s why it’s kinda stiff. Working on that. Would love your reax, even that of the critics. But, please, be constructive. Huge thanks to my friend, “Big T” for producing this.
So, what does Suha Arafat have to do with American healthcare?:


Exit comment: Nope. I’m not a Bears fan (the colors of the football T). I just liked the shirt, which is not a Bears shirt, either.

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Debbie,
Go easy on yourself…this was the “virgin run” and I know that it will get much smoother, entertaining, and informative in time.
Great points you brought out and I’m in full agreement. I have a problem with the quality of my existence in the hands of the incompetent and unknowing. I find it painfully amusing that all the candidates, along with the brain-dead on the hill, feel it’s up to them to decide what’s right for us regarding our health care. Why do they worry…it doesn’t effect them because they have the deep pockets to take care of themselves.
Keep up the videoblogs and have fun while you’re doing it.

1shot1kill on October 30, 2007 at 3:15 pm

Quality video res, you commented fine and looked (and I do mean fiiiine).
All this time though, I thought it was pronounce Schloosel. Now I know, and knowing is half the battle.

CaptShady on October 30, 2007 at 3:21 pm

Hey GREAT JOB on hitting the main points on this other-worldly boring subject. Although it is boring, it is currently 15% of the nations GDP and is projected to be 20% of GDP by 2015.
Your call for out of pocket doctor payments is addressed by the HSA plans. Consumer driven health care is what was addressed by the Health Savings Accounts (HSA) coupled with High Deductible Health Plans. They are already available but not very popular yet. People love their doctor co pays too much. HSA’s are like IRA accounts in that you put tax free dollars in there to pay for your deductible on health insurance.
The rates are lower. The only problem – no co payments. But it is more of a solution than a problem.
Well done Debbie. I appreciate your efforts and look forward to seeing more video posts on topics that are important to me and all Americans in the future. Thanks for your hard work.

ThackerAgency on October 30, 2007 at 3:53 pm

Debbie –
You rock! I can add that a teleprompter or script-queue system will definitely help the delivery; which also gives you a chance to project more emotion on any positive/negative items.
When does the ‘shirt from my first web video’ go on eBay? I’ll bid on a piece of history from an acclaimed blogger/commentator! :)

Stuboy on October 30, 2007 at 3:53 pm

It’s a work in progress, but not bad so far, Debbie. And considering you weren’t using a teleprompter, good presentation of the facts.
You know what’s odd…I had a supervisor from college who was born and raised in Ohio. You and her have almost identical voice patterns. In fact, the first time I heard you on the radio was on the “Take a Stand” with Adam McManus in San Antonio. When I heard your voice and didn’t know who you were, my initial thought was, “What’s Miss Moyer doing on the radio?”

richardzowie on October 30, 2007 at 4:11 pm

I liked it. Good point about no Presidential candidate speaking up for being in control of one’s own healthcare choices. I’d vote for that dude.

Tru on October 30, 2007 at 4:31 pm

Debbie,
Can you make the video commentary part of your site?
[NIN: WHAT DO YOU MEAN? I PLAN TO DO MORE AND HAVE ACTUALLY CUT TWO OTHER VIDS. IS THAT WHAT YOU WERE ASKING? PLEASE ELABORATE. DS]

newinnewark on October 30, 2007 at 4:53 pm

After sitting here and being dazed and blushing at you and your voice and everything you’ve said for the entire video….um….I WANT MORE VIDEOS!!
Who the hell is these canidates to tell me what kind of health care I need? I’m happy with what I have now, and boy I could use some dential insurance!!
You’ll also be seeing me in my own video series (The Jetblack Video) very soon on youtube.

Squirrel3D on October 30, 2007 at 5:17 pm

Very creative first run videoblog! Depending on your time, this would be a great daily or weekly addition to your blog. Keep up the excellent work!

Aunty Dhimmi <>< on October 30, 2007 at 5:32 pm

Like it. Keep ‘em coming.

Numenorean on October 30, 2007 at 5:54 pm

we must not forget malpractice insurance, my buddy who is in internal medicine has to pay close to $85,000 a year and as NEVER HAD A LAWSUIT AGAINST HIM. and then the insurance companies tell you what they are going to pay, and scumbag lawyer who sue doctor and get millionS, THE SYSTEM IS A MESS AND HOPE CANADIAN HEALTH CARE NEVER COME HERE OR YOU WILL WAIT 3 YEARS FOR HIP REPLACEMENT!!!!!!!!
[PNAM: I AGREE AND HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT LAWYERS AND THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO HEALTHCARE COSTS. BUT THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A SHORTER VIDEO ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE. SO I COULDN'T GET TO EVERYTHING. DS]

PNAMARBLE on October 30, 2007 at 6:28 pm

There are over 100 million “video views” each day on the YouTube website. An entire generation needs to be educated and they can only be reached through video blogs. Keep them coming!

NDN on October 30, 2007 at 7:15 pm

Though you look a little stiff, I thought you were great. You’ve got to learn how to do those exagerated head movements they teach television reporters to do in journalism school. You so fine, I’d drink your bath water.

AynaydaPizaqvick on October 30, 2007 at 8:21 pm

yeah, and maybe some exaggerated hand and arm movements! No, really, sooooo much better than Christianne Imamanpour.

spiffo on October 30, 2007 at 8:28 pm

Great concept Debbie! – especially to combat all the lies the leftists put on youtube.
For a first vid- it’s very good. Don’t let any ridiculous comments effect you. The only thing I can see is that a prompter might be good – mainly to speed up your delivery. The backround visuals are great. I look forward to seeing these about all the current Clinton scandals that go unreported in the MSM – if you choose.
This is definitely a good idea as you come off very well.

CarpeDiem on October 30, 2007 at 8:29 pm

Debbie, you are just cute as a button. That video was very enjoyable and informative, too. I’d like to be your videographer, to say the least.

Anonymous1 on October 30, 2007 at 8:31 pm

Sounds like you have a little Brooklyn in ya. I thought your name was pronounced Shoo-sill. But what do I know? I’m just a public school Brooklyn girl and english in not my first language (Brooklyn is!!).
I thought you looked cute and better than on TV – where the makeup takes away from your personality.
I remember going to the neighborhood doctor and paying with a check – no medical forms. As late as 1990 going to a walk-in clinic doctor for $55 in Westchester. Of course it’s all before Hilary, whom I hold responsible for introducing HMO’s into our lives.

sandy on October 30, 2007 at 8:37 pm

Liked it! Give us more!
I, too, long for the simpler days of pay as you go medicine. We have “Primary Care Physicians” but our first line of defense is a healthy (Mediterranean) lifestyle, and holistic health practicianers, those in the Chiropractic profession. Bottom line, we are what we eat. Our biggest enemy is the “American Lifestyle”. An old “Okie” Native American I used to work with often quoted his ancestors: “White man dig grave with teeth”. That has proved to be sadly true. But that aside, it is true that when we paid our doctors out of pocket, things WERE cheaper and we were able to keep track of the treatments we asked for and paid for. And they made house calls. And the bill didn’t have a bunch of medical gibberish on it! Yes, I can hear Archie and Edith singing “Those were the daaaaaaaaaaaaays!” Sigh.

Floyd R. Turbo on October 30, 2007 at 11:10 pm

Wow Debbie,
I don’t think I’ve ever heard you talk before, even though I just about worship you :) You sound a lot different than what I expected. Thought that you would have a lower pitch.
Overall, the video is cool. Although you like the shirt, I don’t think it fits with the style of the video. How about something a little more formal for the next video?
You’re self criticism is correct, you are a bit stiff in this video, but I think that won’t be a problem as you get use to doing these.
I’m totally looking forward to seeing/hearing more from you. Just promise me that you won’t ever do something like this…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Evdf3HfyUWg

cinerx on October 31, 2007 at 12:53 am

Hey Debbie, Great first effort. You’ll only get better with time and a prompter/cards. Also, the more passionate that you are about a specific issue the more natural and comfortable you will come across.
*** Note to Sandy*** I must politely disagree with you. As someone who was born/raised in Brooklyn and has according to all my friends the thickest accent out of any of them that they’re like damn man! So not for Nuthin’, allz I know is Debbie sounds nothing like us. ;) And if she was from Brooklyn I would have proposed to her already.(sigh)!

OneIrishJew on October 31, 2007 at 1:22 am

[To my harsh critics, don't worry--nothing you can say about this is tougher on me than I am on myself in watching this.]
Do you not feel one ounce of shame or guilt for continually mischaracterizing what happened between Hillary Clinton and Suha Arafat?

Norman Blitzer on October 31, 2007 at 1:57 am

Debbie, probably what newinnewark means by their comment is can you make your video blog a part of your website like Michelle Malkin’s “HotAir”. I’ve seen you on Foxnews several times before and all I have to say is you’re as beautiful as ever Debbie. Too bad I’m not Jewish and you live in the Detroit area. Too much urban decay for my taste. Although KC isnt much different…just a little warmer in winter and far less crime.

RadicalRightWinger on October 31, 2007 at 9:39 am

Keep piling on the Hildebeast…regardless of what “happened” between her and dame Arafat.
Love the video!

Southernops on October 31, 2007 at 9:41 am

Leave it to “AbNormal Shitster” to take the first proverbial dump on the mainstreet. It’s hard to feel any shame outing Billary and her sellout to islamo-pandering. Let’s not forget her campaign bankroll, compliments of Shu and the Chinese underworld.
Crawl back in your sewer hole maggot!

1shot1kill on October 31, 2007 at 9:42 am

I think that you look beautiful and sound great.
I disagree that no presidential candidate is taking on the third-payer aspect of health care. Ron Paul has written extensively on the issue and has pointed out how detrimental the system is to the doctor/patient relationship and how it has increased costs. Here is an interview where he talks about this very subject: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1l0e5Q2nGA
I also think that the third-payer aspects of health care funding is eroding medical ethics. I have had experience with this in my pro bono representation of families against futile care protocols effected by hospitals like in the Emilio Gonzales case in Texas.

Sue Bob on October 31, 2007 at 12:11 pm

Debbie,
I was asking you to make your video commentaries a permanent fixture on your site. I now see that you are testing the waters to possibly do just that. It is so nice to put a voice with your face.
It seem that you wanted to reel off some one liners about the absurdity of the people involved in subject matter?

newinnewark on October 31, 2007 at 3:05 pm

Please, Debbie, keep them coming.

warpmine on October 31, 2007 at 10:15 pm

B”H Hey, Debbie! Great V-Blogging! I look forward to more. :-)
I’m out here surviving Israel’s socialized medicine,…cuz that’s what they had when I got here. Only gotta wait one month for appts. with specialists, and I see my own choice of doctor for free. God help me if I get seriously ill, though! It’s not a complete disaster here because these is some competition and plenty of choice, AND we’re a tiny country. Anything like this in the US would be nothing less than a horror flick gone horrible wrong!

Ben-Yehudah on October 31, 2007 at 10:59 pm

Debbie – What a great start. The topic is right on target and something that should be of utmost of concern to all voters.
Your performance was great and no tele prompter…I’m impressed. Don’t be so hard on yourself. This is an excellent start. You really look great.

bobham on November 1, 2007 at 8:36 am

It is a great first effort! You have phenomenal potential so don’t get discouraged. The points in the video were right on target. I could not agree more!!

HoustonGal on November 1, 2007 at 8:43 am

I liked the content! The only twitches you had were glancing off to the sides. The slides were great, particularly the Hillary. Of course, you realize that among the candidates, only Dr. Ron Paul agrees with you, right?

Mongo on November 1, 2007 at 9:46 am

I have been reading your insightful columns with great interest, as you are one who seeks the truth and unmasks those who succeed because of public ignorance and support from the far left.
LOVED YOUR VIDEO BLOG. The fact that it was not a “professionally packaged piece” made it more authentic. It indicates that you are dedicated to turn to another forum to expose the dirty little secrets these agenda-driven groups are keeping to slowly turn America into a Euro-socialist state.

Mataman on November 1, 2007 at 10:30 am

Great points. I fully agree with you about the pay up front and request reimbursment from your carrier procedure which is long gone, I’m sorry to say. The liberal mindset that knows what is better for me than I do has taken over many issues, not only healthcare. They have done this incrementally, and it will take us some time to fix and cannot be done overnight. Getting started will be the hardest part, beginning with electing replacement congressional representatives and senators who will be more responsive to the constituents.

Wild Bill on November 1, 2007 at 11:02 am

It was nice, I think your T-shirt should have contrasted the background.

Derieux on November 1, 2007 at 11:21 am

Amen and Amen! Your video blog is great.As a long time health care professional I’ve seen the abuses of both the medical profession and the Insurers. However, the insured are to blame as well.Check out the hospital E.R.s any night of the week and see how many runny noses are there for an “emergency”.

Promethius on November 1, 2007 at 5:11 pm

OneIrishJew: Not that she’s from Brooklyn, but that she sounds like she has some Brooklyn in her accent. I’m not a linguist but the Brooklyn accent of the 30’s & 40’s probably has it’s roots in Jewish, Italian and others. Some older cities have elements of the accent while the newer western cities do not. I had family that were born and raised in Monroe Michigan and they did not sound anything like Debbie.

sandy on November 1, 2007 at 11:04 pm

This is great, Debbie! This was the very first time I’ve ever heard you speak, so I really hope you’ll continue with the videoblogs! I love your personality, which shines through!
I love Ann, too, but I wish she had your view of Romney. You need to tell her to put her support behind Huckabee or Hunter; not backing Romney and/or Guliani, like she did yesterday on TBN! I would never vote for anyone claiming to be a “Christian” who endorses abortion (infanticide)! Both these men have endorsed abortion in the past, and if they did it before, it’s likely they will re-endorse it after they become President. Unfortunately, the Republican Party has allowed itself to become integrated by those who aren’t genuine Christian Conservative Republicans, like our Founding Fathers who came here from Europe to establish our government based on The Holy Bible and Ten Commandments. Those who doubt that need to click on http://www.wallbuilders.com, then click their link to our National Archives in Washington, DC so they can read the actual historical documents of our Nation, as well as the business and personal letters of our Presidents and other officials, the majority of whom were Evangelical Christians, because they mentioned the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in these documents and their correspondence. We must return to the political party of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan and boot out those we know aren’t genuine conservatives, who don’t endorse our original political platform we desperately need to return to, immediately!
Back to your remarks, are you ever right! When I was growing up in the 1950’s, our doctor came to our home to treat us. His home visits were $10, and his office visits were $8. He used to make his own salves–I used to jokingly call it “Dr. Boon’s Stinky Salve–but boy, did that stuff ever knock out bronchitis and clean out your sinuses after Mom would stick her fingers under my nose right after rubbing that salve on my chest! In fact, Dr. Boon pierced my ears when I was a Junior in high school, for $15! I don’t even know if Mom and Daddy had insurance or not, I just remember them paying up-front. That’s when things were cheap and uncomplicated!
I lived in Germany for 5 yrs., and I have German friends, and I want my fellow Americans to know what a nightmare Socialized medicine is! I also had a Swedish foreign exchange student when my Son was in high school, and she said her Dad moved them from Sweden to Germany because getting treatment at a doctor, dentist, or hospital was next to impossible! My foreign exchange student confirmed that. She said it was next to impossible to get treatment during the summertime because the doctors and dentists are normally on vacation the entire summer! I heard on the news only about a month ago that people are pulling their own teeth that have abscesses because they can’t get in to see a dentist! Europeans are literally dying because they can’t get any doctor, dental, or hospital appointments all thanks to Socialized medicine! And we wonder why all the people of the World are willing to die to get to our US Shores?
God help all Americans if we’re actually stupid enough to elect a Socialist Democrat as our next President! The real political agenda of these Socialists is the destruction of our Christian Republic that our European Founding Fathers created, because they want it replaced with a government that’s a Western Hemisphere extension of the One World Government being planned by the EU/UN.

BJ1949 on November 2, 2007 at 3:36 am

Every time that I visit this site, I get a pick me up. It is so refreshing to have someone on the national scene, who doesn’t want to turn over their responsibilities and personal freedoms to the federal government. The left realizes that they have enslaved a portion of the population to whatever agenda they want. As long as they keep sending out the checks to the lazy and uninspired, they can push whatever morally corrupt issue that they want and will blindly receive their support. Now, they want to expand their influence. They see health insurance as another area to increase people’s dependency on the federal government. As a tax accountant, I deal with federal and state governments on a daily basis. The last organization that I want to put in charge of my well-being is the federal government. Don’t be fooled by the whole it is for the children nonsense. They just want to get their foot in the door. Once they get this insanely expensive program passed, they will say see its working. Let’s give it to everyone.
I personally like EARNING a living, HAVING a view that is not spoon-fed to me, NOT BEING ASHAMED to have morals and TAKING care of my family. I don’t feel the need to apologize for PAYING ATTENTION in high school or going onto college to further my education. I worked my way through college and borrowed what I couldn’t afford. I didn’t wait for a handout from the government or blame my failures on an unhappy childhood or someone holding me back.
Keep up the good work!!!

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