I’ve talked about health care reform over and over again (I don’t see how Joan does it every day without going insane). I’ve talked about healthcare from an emotional standpoint and from an American legislative standpoint. I’ve talked about all the benefits of health care reform. Well, I’d like to take a different tactic. I would like to review the medical literature. I’ve picked several studies which I will describe over the next several days. The one thing that all of these studies have in common is that they point out that health insurance is a predictor of outcome. On Wednesday or Thursday, I’m going to review an article from the Journal of the American Medical Association which clearly states that having a unified health program has survival benefits. (We don’t have a coordinated, organized healthcare system in the United States.)
The White House has decided to really and truly go after those who were standing in the way of a budget deal. The White House has released a breakdown of how the sequester will hurt states on a state-by-state basis.
It appears that a White House official has visited North Korea. I like the idea of talking with both our friends and our enemies.
The father of a victim of the Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre sent his senators a letter. Both Sen. John McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake received letters that supported gun control. One would figure that they would get a letter written by a staffer and signed by the senator. If you thought that, you’d wrong. Tom Teves received a form letter. I remember years ago, when President Clinton was attempting healthcare reform, I sent a letter to the White House. I got a form letter back. Welcome to Washington. We really should expect and get more from our representatives.
Civil rights leader and representative of his district in Georgia John Lewis has written an op-ed in the Washington Post. The Voting Rights Act should stand. This op-ed is well worth the read.