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POLICY/POLITICS: Congress acts in health care emergency

Last week a young Florida child sank into a coma. Due to recent cutbacks, he
wasn’t eligible for the state CHIP program and with no health insurance and
precious little money available from her job at Wal-mart, his mother had skipped
on taking him to the ER until it was too late. With a sudden realization that
American health care was in crisis, late last Saturday night Congress passed a
bill completely changing the nation’s health care system. President Bush flew in
from yet another vacation to sign the new law, saying that the health care
system ought to preserve the culture of life. Evangelical religious groups
picketed Congress holding banners denouncing the impact of the lack of health
insurance and the high cost of health care for poor and middle class Americans.
Self-appointed moral values spokesmen denounced the nation’s courts for doing
nothing to improve the infant mortality rate, claiming that it was below that of
Cuba. Finally, all the cable news channels turned their networks over 24 hours a
day to covering the crisis. Even though there were bitterly opposing sides in the dispute and polls seemed
to show that most Americans didn’t agree with Congress or the President, the
politicians insisted that the moral imperatives made their action necessary. Sage editorials in the major newspapers explained that the Florida
tragedy had at least had the virtue of having families in the nation discuss
whether or not they wanted access to health insurance. Sadly the young boy died unaware that his fate had transformed a nation.

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Jeff Thomas

Good luck, BW McCartt. Unfortunately we aren’t rich enough to deserve the attention. Peter Jennings’ recent announcement, while sad and tragic and I truly hope he recovers, demonstrates that.

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BW McCartt

While this may be a joke, it’s not funny. As Mel Martinez (FL)sought to build his conservative religious base through the Terri Schiavo case, and as the Bishop of Orlando FL intoned that a good society must protect the weak and helpless, our family – members of the working poor who literally live from paycheck to paycheck and have no health insurance – learned that my husband has testicular cancer. There were no prayer vigils, there were no Right to Life folks around, there were no priests berating the Judicial system, and certainly no Congress seeking to pass a special… Read more »

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Jeff Thomas

I too, have rated GW as among the worst of all time, and certainly the worst of modern times – let’s define that as “since the industrial revolution”. I had a hard time putting him in front of LBJ since Vietnam was so tragic, but then I considered another noble, if not well-intentioned, domestic failure: The War on Poverty. It seems to me that our second recent President from Texas has the same thing in mind, yet misunderstands (I was sooooo tempted to write GW’s own word; “misunderestimated”) the concept. The point of the War on Poverty is to eradicat… Read more »

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Ellen Lincourt

maroonman1967, I would put forth two other names for worst President of History. Although, I think B-43 is up there, I would say that Millard Fillmore, who signed the Fugitive Slave act is probably a little worse and my all time most hated President is Andrew Jackson. Let’s face it, Jackson was responsible for Genocide with the Trail of Tears. However, if you look at his refusal to accept the SCOTUS rulings against the forceable removal of Native Americans, you will see what a truly impeachable act looks like. Throw in his lack of fiscal understanding and his feud with… Read more »

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At what point does b43 see that “free” health care is a right, not a privilege. Of course taxes would go up. If you get a bang for your buck, so what. If the “moral” b43 won’t give us national health insurance, at least let us write off private health expense dollar for dollar. On the social security private accounts, which I’m against. If b43 is so interested in younger workers,why not allow the money stay in local financial institutions instead of sent to Wall Street. W. St brokers would not have to bribe congress yada yada. Last, but certainly… Read more »

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Look! Flying pigs!

anonymous
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anonymous

Ouch! I didn’t realize the date and completely fell for this. :-O
The sad thing is that this is the Florida story could be true – yet unnoticed, unreported, and not the stimulus to the least bit of action.

Ben
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Ben

OFF TOPIC: At the risk of saying something completely inapropriate: if the Pope does in fact die on April Fool’s Day … what exactly does that imply for humanity?

James
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James

And a Happy April Fool’s Day to you as well.