The number of uninsured in America is 49.9 million people, according to the U.S. Census. It’s easy enough to track – the united states Census Bureau annually reports statistics on the uninsured.
In an excellent piece on Media Matters, entitled “No Excuses; Why the TV nets must carry Obama’s press conference this week,” Eric Boehlert explains in no uncertain terms why it’s vital for the American people to hear from their president (on airwaves which belong to the public), and he destroys the networks’ major complaint (not just Fox), that Obama holds too many press conferences and is cutting into their valuable advertising revenue. Among other points, Boehlert reminds the networks that Obama’s press conference might actually provide them with a viewing boost, since ratings this summer have been the lowest in the history of broadcast television (Boehlert’s column is too long for me to recap here but I strongly encourage you to read the whole piece).
Democrats and Republicans alike battled over health care reform while people like me were dying all around them. Only four years ago, in 2005, 186,467 women and 1,764 men were diagnosed with breast cancer. 41,116 women and 375 men died from the disease that same year. * Could nobody understand that these numbers represented People?
Senator B: The President is an ideologue who is bent on imposing his views on the America people. Calling the summit is really is a futile effort to give a semblance of bi-partisanship.
In all honesty, though it pains me to say this in writing, if those programs had not been made available to me, or if I had had lung or some other form of cancer not covered in the available programs, I would not have burdened my family with the financial responsibility of caring for me. They would never have known, unless perhaps they decided to have an autopsy performed, why I died so suddenly.
So that’s why I say, this is a legitimate debate. I think that we can craft a system in which you’ve got a public option that has to operate independently, not subsidized by taxpayers — it would be nonprofit, but we’ve already got nonprofits out there like BlueCross BlueShield — that they would have to go on the market and get a market price for capital, so they wouldn’t be able to just have the Federal Reserve write them a check. I think there are ways that we can address those competitive issues. And you’re right, if they’re not entirely addressed, then that raises a set of legitimate problems.
The new laws should make counting fast food calories easier, but the real trick is to get consumers to read the labeling and put it into context. On average a healthy daily calorie amount is between 2000 and 3000 calories depending on your weight and activity level. An athlete can get away with more calories because they burn them regularly. The normal person though needs to look at how many calories are in a fast food meal as a part of their complete goal for daily caloric intake.