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For months now we have been left with the impression by the news media and the Republicans that Americans are in revolt against Obama’s health care legislation. What’s the evidence? Polls have shown more Americans currently disapprove than approve of the legislation. Now we have a poll that finally asks several of the right questions, including whether the law should have done more!
“A new AP poll finds that Americans who think the law should have done more outnumber those who think the government should stay out of health care by 2-to-1.”
Read the article here: AP Poll: Repeal? Many wish health law went further Many of us have thought that there was something seriously misleading about polls that simply asked whether you favor the President’s health care legislation. We now have a good idea why. The Democrats should not run away from health care. They need to tell the American people that if the Republicans take over, they could lose any chance for getting the health care that the majority of Americans need and want.
I am prepared to admit that my sense of humor can be as sick and dark as the next guy. But I was not prepared for the front page of Sunday’s New York Times.
Splashed across most of the top of the front page was this photo, with this headline:
A Place Where Cancer Is the Norm
The article was about about M.D. Anderson hospital in Houston.
As I recall, there was recently much press over the fortieth anniversary of the Beatles’ iconic Abby Road photo:
So, here is my conclusion: there are people at the New York Times with a pretty sick sense of humor (no pun intended) or this is one of the most brilliant pieces of political commentary that we have seen in years. The Times is really making a statement about the health care system in the U.S., comparing it to the British system which manages to produce healthy and beloved artists, while we have people walking around in the Texas sun with I.V’s and pink sandals.
Perhaps there is a third option: incompetence.
If you think that the insurance industry can be trusted to police itself without a public option and new federal regulations, just check out the clip below. It would be nice to believe that this is just an isolated incident, but we have all heard too many stories about companies cutting coverage when coverage cuts into their profits.
(Photo: Donald Stout/The Times-Picayune)
Senator Mary Landrieu, Democrat of Louisiana, doesn’t believe that we need a public option to help hold insurance companies in check. Here is her web site: Senator Mary Landrieu. Please send her a message.