Yes it’s a budget that would cut year to year spending for the first time in a long time.
The Obama Administration has been smoothing a new message as of late that they are simply trying to make all of our pain go away. Not everyone believes in the system, but many people really do believe in Barack Obama. The problem is, the various systems are being questioned for good reason.
Let's begin with the economic crises. America has recently had their world turned upside down, after seeing trusted politiicians talk about fundamentals being strong.
We've seen the Iraq war expand in numbers of troops and dwindle in respect to popularity. We've been feeling a little bit let down as the unemployment and foreclosure rates have risen. It is easy to think that even if these elected officials have 'good intentions' maybe they are simply out-of-touch or ill-informed.
I am circulating this plan at this late stage of the health care debate because most of the proposals out there are totally inadequate. This plan is a hybrid of government provided coverage, private insurance and regional and trade association co-ops (Not as public option replacements, but as an additional choice. I'd be very disappointed if the eventual health care bill doesn't include a public option and co-ops are inadequate alternatives).
Several volunteers gathered on the afternoon of August 21, 2009, at 12pm to each make a single phone call to the member of congress who represents their district in New York. In all, eighteen phone calls were made between 12-12:30pm. No calls were made to any member of congress who represents districts 19 to 29. The purpose of the call was to inquire about the congress members plans to hold a face to face health care town hall meeting before Congress is called back into session next month. Here are the results.
The eighteen phone calls resulted in just three congress members stating they have plans to hold a face to face town hall meeting on health care before September 8. Two members have tentative plans and nine other members are not planning to hold town hall meetings at all. Four members have already had some form of town hall meeting on health care.
Single issue politics is a destructive force; and those driven by it may achieve a Pyrric victory. Senator Clinton has been heavily criticized for not apologizing for her Iraq war vote, but this should not drive the debate. These are serious times, and we require serious debates and serious candidates. Senator Obama has the luxury of having been against the war from the beginning, but his opinion came from the "cheap seats" of the Illinois State Senate, and one wonders if he would have voted against it if he had the burden of being in the US Senate at the time.
That said, we all accept that the initiation and execution of this war has been a disaster fromt he beginning. But I have no doubt that Senator Clinton, as President, would extricate us from this war as quickly and effectively as Senator Obama.
The Berger Commission has had the necessary but non-enviable task of compiling a report and making recommendations to reduce New York State hospital costs, spiraling Medicaid costs and still maintain/improve the quality of health care service. I would like to commend the commission for their concerned and thorough job.
I commend the Commission for their efforts but beg to differ with their conclusions calling for the closure of several NYC hospitals, particularly those situated in Brooklyn.
The Commissions conclusion that underutilization of hospital beds is a primary indicator of a lack of need for those beds is faulty at best. At worst, it is indicative of a failure to consider the possibility that many people served by these hospitals can’t afford the beds and/or don’t have access to basic health care that would result in required in-patient care.