wAug 29, 2008

"America, now is not the time for small plans."

I cannot believe that the president of the National Center for Policy Analysis could say something so stupid.

Mr. Goodman, who helped craft Sen. John McCain's health care policy, said anyone with access to an emergency room effectively has insurance, albeit the government acts as the payer of last resort. (Hospital emergency rooms by law cannot turn away a patient in need of immediate care.)

"So I have a solution. And it will cost not one thin dime," Mr. Goodman said. "The next president of the United States should sign an executive order requiring the Census Bureau to cease and desist from describing any American – even illegal aliens – as uninsured. Instead, the bureau should categorize people according to the likely source of payment should they need care.

"So, there you have it. Voila! Problem solved."

What happens when these people leave the emergency room, Mr. Goodman? Who pays for the prescription drugs they might need to stay alive? Access to an emergency room does not constitute health care. Is a homeless person not homeless if they can take advantage of a homeless shelter? No. What an idiotic statement to make.

Barack Obama addressed this and a multitude of other issues in his speech last night at the Democratic National Convention.

America, we are better than these last eight years. We are a better country than this....

We are more compassionate than a government that lets veterans sleep on our streets and families slide into poverty; that sits on its hands while a major American city drowns before our eyes.

Tonight, I say to the people of America, to Democrats and Republicans and independents across this great land -- enough! This moment -- this election -- is our chance to keep, in the 21st century, the American promise alive. Because next week, in Minnesota, the same party that brought you two terms of George Bush and Dick Cheney will ask this country for a third. And we are here because we love this country too much to let the next four years look just like the last eight. On November 4, we must stand up and say: "Eight is enough."

The entirety of Obama's speech can be read here.

Who are you voting for?

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