Calmes and Pear write a good synopsis of the politics behind the health care debate, but this little space filling graf at the end caught my attention:
For years, governors have wanted more discretion to tailor Medicaid benefits to the needs of different population groups. But Jocelyn A. Guyer, co-executive director of the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University, expressed concern. “Low-income people without children tend to have extensive health care needs — higher rates of mental illness, physical disability and chronic conditions,” she said.
You know, because it is too expensive to cover sick people with no family to turn to for help.
I'm sure it is happening, but I can't find the news coverage for it.
Why aren't we hearing from the different departments on the need for health insurance reform? Like, we know that one of the major causes of foreclosures is people getting sick and filing bankruptcy because of sky high medical bills. Why isn't HUD talking about this?
Or, could the EPA write a memo saying "we'll be doing our part by enacting renewable energy policies that will have people breathing cleaner air and drinking good water? A healthier America begins with these basics."
Where's the department of education talking about how schools will be more efficient if kids miss fewer days because of illness - and aren't spreading their germs to other kids?
Where is labor talking about how nurses can get back to the work they went to school to do - caring for patients rather than pushing paper.
Where is the Dept. of Ag pushing access to fresh fruits and vegetables as a part of a healthy diet?
I don't see where the other departments in government are working to get health reform passed. Maybe they are, but I'm not hearing about it.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% would vote to replace the entire Congress and start all over again. Eighteen percent (18%) are not sure how they would vote.
Overall, these numbers are little changed since last October. When Congress was passing the unpopular $700-billion bailout plan in the heat of a presidential campaign and a seeming financial industry meltdown, 59% wanted to throw them all out. At that time, just 17% wanted to keep them.
Sounds like Congress needs to do a better job of telling people what they've been up to lately, or something.
From a Republican Party questionnaire (as reported by David Weigel):
It has been suggested that the government could use voter registration to determine a person's political affiliation, prompting fears that GOP voters might be discriminated against for medical treatment in a Democrat-imposed health care rationing system. Does this possibility concern you?
Now we know the real reason the President is advocating health insurance reform - to kill Republicans. What a BRILLIANT re-election strategy!
The challenges of change are always hard. It is important that we begin to unpack those challenges that confront this nation and realize that we each have a role that requires us to change and become more responsible for shaping our own future. -Hillary Clinton