House Passes the health care reform act.
I thought the World Series was exciting but watching the debate in the house and the vote on the health reform bill was nerve racking and the debate was illuminating. Democrats were impassioned and the Republicans were passionless in their opposition to the bill. The Democrats talked of the poor, the uninsured, the high cost of health care and the burden it imposes, and the denial of coverage even when you have paid your premiums and it's effect on families and communities. The Republicans talked about the government bureaucracy, about the cost, and about the freedom of choice. It was a lesson in decency over hypocrisy and indifference to the suffering of millions of Americans.
Now the debate moves to the senate. The question is will they pass a bill or will the employees of the health insurance industry like Joe Leiberman act on behalf of their employers and attempt to stop the bill. He doesn't want to see his employers, the health insurance companies, lose money as they have benefited his campaign and his wife's career.
It seems that the Japanese are tired of American bases on their territory. Unfortunately they are stuck with us. The United States has strategic interest in Asia and Japan plays a role in that strategy. The United States can leave but then Japan loses it's shield and we lose an important base in the area. Our major base is in Okinawa and the United States will continue to be there for the forceable future as insurance and a trigger against an act of war from North Korea and rapid support force for American troops in South Korea against the actions of both China and North Korea.
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The reaction to the health care reform bill