We’re currently volunteering at the Open Door Community in Atlanta, while looking at urban poverty issues. The Open Door is an outreach to the homeless that includes some beds, meals, showers… The Open Door also has a health clinic on Wednesday nights. Several of the volunteers for this are medical students at nearby Emory University. I recently talked at length with one of the students, Gretchen Snoyenbus. She said she is currently taking a class on health care issues for seniors. Ms. Snoyenbus said one of the problems, the way she sees it, is insurance companies generally only allow for 15 minutes with the doctor per: visit, yet seniors often times have a cornucopia of health issues that need longer attention and considered discussion about medication, nutrition, and so on… If this doesn’t happen at that point, then long term there’s a much better chance the senior will end up in the hospital, including health care expenses rising exponentially at this point. Ms. Snoyenbus said common sense would be that insurance companies should make provisions for covering longer visits for seniors at the outset to, in turn, cut down on extensive health care expenses on the other end of the continuum. Or put an old-fashion way: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Note: At the climate conference in Cancun, Mexico, a frustrated Bolivian president, Evo Morales, said dragging feet on this issue is akin to “ecocide.” It’s been my experience that the Green Party has, by far, the best platform when it comes to reversing global warming.