HEALTH CARE FOLLIES
Health care reform Senate-style is more than 2,300 pages long and might be better suited as a projectile, to be stowed aboard a drone and catapulted down upon the hide-out of, oh, some terrorist somewhere. That’ll teach ’em. The sky’s raining heath care reform. Run for the hills.
And that Christmas Eve vote. Some Americans have taken offense at this odd phenomenon, deeming it “offensive” and even “sacrilegious” that lawmakers will be holed up on a sacred night, saying “yea” or “nay” rather than “amen” or “alleluia.” Six out of 10 likely voters, in fact, say the Senate should have waited on its vote, according to Rasmussen Reports.
Maybe the senators should just go ahead and stage a Christmas pageant, though there would be fisticuffs over who gets to play the Wise Men. Another idea: “Health Care Reform, the Musical.”
The press may have failed in its obligation to inform the public and explain the facts, meanwhile. “Obamacare” coverage seems like election coverage: long on speculation, horse race and meaningless partisan details — short on issues, red meat and clarity.
Indeed. Where is “Health Care for Dummies” when you need it?
“What is in the health care bill? The Senate version? The House version?” asks Michael Wolff, founder of Newser.com. “I have been looking through the coverage — the vast sturm und drang about it — and can´t find any news organization that has in any accessible way summarized the damn thing and made it easy reading.”
“In essence, we have a raging argument about a bill that no one, except maybe people with very peculiar interests, actually understands. On top of that, no final bill yet exists,” Mr. Wolff continues.
“Even for the hot-button issues — like the public option and abortion funding and opting into Medicare (whatever that is) — you´d be hard-pressed to find a neighbor or colleague or family member who could tell you just what the resolution has been,” he adds. “The country is deeply polarized by a legislative overhaul, the details of which remain opaque to almost everybody. I’ll bet even most members of Congress haven’t the foggiest.” than climatic.
“Copenhagen failed, no surprise there. The big winner is the global economy, which was spared an international pact to ration energy. By any sensible calculation, the dangers of economically ruinous global-warming policies far outweigh the dangers of the warming itself,” William Yeatman tells Inside the Beltway.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute analyst actually attended the summit.
“The big loser is the United Nations. U.N.-sponsored climate confabs long have been forums for kleptocrats from poor countries to browbeat rich countries for aid, but the pandering got out of hand in Copenhagen. Worse still, the U.N. demonstrated awesome incompetence in its handling of the event,” Mr. Yeatman continues.
“It gave out more invitations than the event site could accommodate so thousands of people were out in the cold, literally. I can’t imagine negotiations continuing under the auspices of this inane organization. Expect future discussions to shift to another forum, most likely the major economies’ meetings, which are run by the White
House.” heavyweight and longtime buddy of Presley — moderated by Timothy Naftali, director of the Nixon Presidential Library, and introduced by David S. Ferriero, archivist of the United States.
Consult www.archives.gov for information. The event is free.
Still the King: President Richard Nixon, left, meets with Elvis Presley on Dec. 21, 1970, in Washington. The meeting between two of the most improbable cultural icons of the 1970’s lasted all of 30 minutes, but it has fascinated the nation for years.