Sunday, October 23, 2005

Three and a half more years, minimum

U.S. Reps. John Conyers, D-Mich., and Artur Davis, D-Ala., haven't given up on the idea of universal health care. As Conyers said, "We want health care as a matter of right, and not a privilege." In a sign that their quest faces a sizable uphill battle, though, only about 50 people attended the congressmen's forum about the issue Saturday in Davis' hometown of Birmingham. Still, turnout could have been worse on a big day for college football in the state.

On another note, here's a disconcerting statistic from The Birmingham News' coverage of the event: "Only 58 percent of the blacks eligible to vote in Alabama are registered."

2 Comments:

Blogger Kathy said...

Once again, there were too many progressive events scheduled at the same time (although it's nice to have more than one). I was in Montgomery to hear Dr. James Forbes from Riverside Church in NYC and Dr. Charles Marsh, author of The Beloved Community. There were quite a few people who came for the speakers and the opening of the civil rights museum there.

The registered voter statistic is scary and should be remedied ASAP. Thanks for publicizing it.

8:42 PM  
Blogger RightDemocrat said...

Something must be done about the health care situation. We simply have too many Americans going without basic medical care. The present system is terribly inefficient - I am not sure that single payer could be any worse although there are other alternatives. One thing that I feel sure of is that the Republican solution of health savings accounts will not help the uninsured and may make matters worse.

I am quite impressed with Artur Davis. He seems to have a lot of good public policy ideas. If the Democratic Party had more leaders like Davis, I think we could restore the two-party system to the South.

10:07 PM  

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