Healthscare 2009

First off, apologies for taking some time off from blogging. I finished up final exams yesterday. One more semester to go.

Anyways, it’s looking more and more like the Senate will be
unable to pass their version of the health care bill before the Christmas deadline. Now isn’t that a little Christmas miracle. This bill is wrong for America from so many angles and it is completely irresponsible for Congress to try to force it down our throats in such a short period of time.

Recent polling indicates that more American voters believe that they would be better off with the health care system as-is rather than any of the plans being pushed by the House, Senate, or the White House. No one, from the Congressional Budget Office to the Democratic leadership, seems to be able to put a finger on just how many trillions of dollars this monster will cost future generations of Americans. No one seems to agree on how Obamacare will affect the premiums and coverage of the 85% of Americans who currently have health insurance. What about seniors? Will their Medicare benefits be trimmed in the name of “cost savings”? And how about that public option? Will the best doctors and hospitals opt out from government funded medical plans?

Question after question abounds. Given these uncertainties, why are the Democrats wheeling and dealing behind closed doors each day with lobbyists and power brokers downtown to move on this bill before the Christmas break? Are they really that politically selfish that they would force through a hastily made stack of papers affecting each and every American without forming some sort of broader consensus among voters, doctors, businesses, and the like?

Even from a political standpoint, how can liberal politicians pat themselves on the back (or
give themselves B+’s) and tell their liberal supporters with a straight face that they are satisfied enough with the bill to cast a historic vote in its favor? The bill, now basically stripped naked, doesn’t include a public option, doesn’t include a single-payer system, doesn’t extend Medicare to 55 year olds, and certainly doesn’t cover a majority of the currently uninsured.

And yet, Congress has its eyes fixed on that December 25th date. Despite all the red flags screaming like an injured hospital patient, Reid and Pelosi will push onwards.

Now isn’t that leadership...
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A Few Good Reads

This has to be my third blog post from up in the air over the past month or so. Guess I’ve been doing a lot of flying. Currently about an hour and a half away from San Francisco.

It’s been a busy week, so I’ve been a little more detached from the news than usual. I’ve had roughly a million (give or take a few) end-of-semester projects and papers due over the past days so I don’t really have anything political to rant or rave about, though there is plenty going on- health care, the surge in Afghanistan, Climategate, etc.

So, I’ll share with you a book I just finished here a few minutes ago, squeezed in the middle seat between an antsy businesswoman and a man a little too eager to share his germy coughing with myself and the rest of the plane.

The book is called
Joker One by Donovan Campbell. I don’t think it’s out in full release yet, but you can get an early hardcover copy on Amazon or BarnesandNoble.com. It’s written by a Princeton graduated Marine Corps Lieutenant who leads his platoon through Ramadi, Iraq in 2004. He’s a great writer and really captures the feeling and emotion of the scenes he saw on this tour. You’d be hardpressed not to get gooesbumps or a tear a few times throughout the piece.

Anyways, its worth checking out if you’re interested in getting a firsthand account of the war, as well as Nathaniel Fick’s
One Bullet Away and Marcus Luttrell’s Lone Survivor.
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BC vs. BU Hockey

Here’s a really good WSJ article on the historic Boston College vs. Boston University hockey rivalry. Makes me wish Georgetown had some sort of similar rival... or even a hockey team for that matter.
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