Arthur, blogging at the Richard Howe blog site pleads that a key reason to vote for Attorney General Martha Coakley to fill Paul Kirk's seat in the US Senate is health care.
I would argue that health care is a good reason to NOT vote for Martha Coakley.
I agree that we have a health care problem in these United States. However, the current bill in Congress is not the solution and may delay a solution for decades. The current bill is a combination Health Insurance bill and pork barrel vehicle.
Yes, there are people not getting the health care they need. A lot of those people are in places where there are few health care providers, either due to the thinness of people on the ground or the fact that the socio-economic conditions do not support the kind of health care doctors wish to practice.♠
One of the reasons our life expectancy lags that of Europe is that our infant mortality is so high. If you Aunt Sally dies at 70, it brings down the average a little. If you cousin Rickie dies at six months it has a much greater impact.
Providing health insurance for all, but not providing the medical practitioners will not fix the problem. Why are we not hearing about plans to expand the production of physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners? When either my wife or I go to our clinic of choice we normally see someone who was not born in these United States. Why is that? Did the Federal Government reach out and slow the production of medical practitioners a couple of decades ago?
We need health care reform, but the current efforts going on behind closed doors in the US Congress are only standing in the way. Sending Attorney General Martha Coakley to replace the TSW will not fix that problem. It might, however, change how the pork is dolled out at the end of the day. But health care reform? Not a chance. And we need health care reform—real reform.
Regards —&nbps; Cliff
♠ This could be a ghetto in some decaying industrial city or it could be Lowell, where, my Primary Care Physician tells me, the ratio of doctors to population is not as high as it should be.