If There’s No Public Plan…

Then the supposed healthcare “reform” has already failed. Obama’s healthcare reform is about 2 things – cutting both short and long term costs and expanding coverage to those who don’t have health insurance.

Cutting costs should be a normal thing, it shouldn’t be called reform when you try to make things more efficient and operate on less money. Never mind the fact that Medicare and Medicaid (along with Social Security) costs are going to skyrocket over the next few decades to unsustainable levels, regardless of the current/projected budget deficit and national debt. So doing something about that is absolutely necessary, not reform.

The key component is significantly expanded coverage, or universal coverage. This is true healthcare reform. There’s so much disinformation out there and ignorant idiots across America are eating it up like cake. And this is creating a significant political problem for Obama, who’s already backing away from a public health insurance plan. If so, this supposed reform has already failed.

Obama’s 30 Minute Infomercial

Any Presidential campaign with enough money to pull something like this off would jump at the chance to do it. Obama’s campaign is unrivaled in size, depth, scope, and coherence. That’s been made possible by millions of ordinary people donating to his campaign, completely shattering fundraising records. McCain would be an absolute hypocrit if he says he wouldn’t do it if he had the money. The segment had strong ratings and it was a great opportunity for Obama to talk directly with the American people and explain exactly what he would do as President.

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It Ain’t Over Yet

Most polls and electoral map predictions so far put Obama in a very good position with 9 days to go until the election. But it ain’t over until the fat lady sings. Polls are all well and good but the biggest thing I fear is voter fraud and those damn electronic voting machines. I really don’t know what I’ll do if McCain wins or worse, the election is stolen. I do find it very inspiring seeing images of Obama hold rallies with more than 100,000 people in attendance (Missouri and Colorado, both battleground or red states). Can McCain create that kind of enthusiasm?

Bridge to Nowhere

I was watching the Vice Presidential debates tonight and wanted to mention a certain moment early in the debate. Biden was responding to Palin about healthcare and he blasted McCain’s plan for a $5,000 healthcare credit (that replaces an employer-paid $12,000 policy) and stomped it down as a “true bridge to nowhere”. Did you guys catch that? Even the live audience reacted to it. Man, I laughed out loud at a political debate for the first time ever. Wow, Biden freaking owned her with that. BOOM. Debate over.

Vote This November

This is one of the most important elections of our time and I encourage everyone to get out there and vote. My views are pretty clear on this blog but whatever your views are, you should vote. Register now if you’re not registered. Make sure your address is updated with your state and you know your polling place. You’ve probably noticed the “Rock the Vote” link on the left. This convenient form allows you to register to vote in your state – it’s powered by Rockthevote.org so absolutely no data gets passed through my website (so don’t worry about that).

The deadline for voter registration in many states is fast approaching. Go to maps.google.com/vote to check the deadline in your state, and register!

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