Thursday, December 4, 2008

Health Care, the Census & An Inauguration Inspiration

Only a single, government-financed system can eliminate the administrative waste, unfairness and economic burden of our current health insurance scheme. Timidity is no longer an option.

NY Times has an interesting opinion piece about the health care mess.
  • Fundamental health care reform would also stimulate more consumer spending, as previously uninsured families would no longer need to save every extra penny to cover a medical emergency. When the federal government expanded Medicaid in the 1990s, ... research has shown, the newly insured significantly increased their spending on consumer goods.

And now, one more thing to add to the list of Bush presidency incompetence: the census.
  • The most plausible explanation, beyond incompetence, is that the administration aimed to make it even more difficult than usual to count hard-to-count groups, like minorities, immigrants and the poor, who tilt Democratic. Their numbers, if accurately gauged, could reshape electoral maps.
  • The White House, with the early support of a Republican-led Congress, shortchanged and delayed financing for the Census Bureau. The administration left top bureau positions unfilled for long stretches and allowed political judgment to dominate bureau management, which damaged morale and impaired performance.

But this will make you proud. "A Virginia businessman ... wants to bring to the inauguration disadvantaged people, terminally ill patients, wounded soldiers and others down on their luck."

It was the "JW Marriott's $1 million 'build-your-own-ball' offer. You get 300 rooms, four suites, $200,000 worth of food and drink, and a primo site overlooking the Pennsylvania Avenue parade route."

Amazing. Awe-inspiring. Wonderous.

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