Friday, June 22, 2007

Democratic Strategies on Healthcare?

A followup to my entry on the 2008 candidates' strategies on Iraq... since 'Sicko'-mania is sweeping the nation (really great review from an EMT worker in the NY Daily News), momentum will continue to build for the candidates to develop clear healthcare policies.

Via blogger 'Digby', the LA Times breaks down where the following candidates stand: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, John Edwards, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Barack Obama, and Bill Richardson. Kucinich is the only one so far calling for truly universal health care, but many of the front-runners do lean in that general direction.

On the Republican side, Rudy Guiliani, Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, John McCain, and Ron Paul don't even have listed healthcare positions. Healthcare crisis? What healthcare crisis? We have islamofascists to bomb, dammit! Of the candidates who have a position-- Mitt Romney, Sam Brownback, Tom Tancredo, and Tommy Thompson-- all advocate a market-based solution to the issue. Because, you know, everyone's complaint is that private enterprise doesn't control our healthcare decisions enough.

And that's where we stand. Stay healthy, everyone! You literally can't afford not to.


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