The Boston Globe has an editorial today, suggesting former Governor Michael Dukakis as the TSW.♠
This is the Michael Dukakis who thinks high speed rail is 110 mph.
The good news is that at least former Governor Michael Dukakis is not former President Jimmy Carter.
And, the White House is urging the Massachusetts Great and General Court to create the position of TSW so that health care reform can be passed. The White House, and the US Congress, would be better off focused on getting together a bill that meets the needs of the American People and does it in a way that is politically acceptable to those same American People. Having a Senator Dukakis there won't change the outcome if we don't change the bill.
We need to change the way we are doing business with health care. The problem is, the monster bill HR 3200 and its siblings, are not getting the job done. A simpler bill, which addressed the need for more providers where they are needed and a simplified safety net would be a much better solution than what we have now. Don't break the current system—find solutions to the problems on the edges.
And, as for those who are concerned that we rank down in the 30s in terms of life expectancy, I suggest they urge their US Representative and their Senators to spend some money on newborns and the very young. Our high infant mortality is what is driving the our life expectancy numbers, statistics being what they are.
Regards — Cliff
♠ The Teddy Seat Warmer.