The President

September 8, 2009

Barack Obama is the president, and we should listen to what he has to say.

I’ll be watching his health care speech tomorrow night, and I’m picking up my kids early from preschool today so that we can watch his address to schoolchildren at noon.

I’m absolutely befuddled that this isn’t everyone’s response.  What happened to interest in information and critical inquiry?

You don’t have to agree with someone to want to hear what they have to say.

Right?  Isn’t that one of the things that our schools are teaching?


Pre-existing conditions

October 15, 2008

I try to stay out of politics. Really, I do. But the presidential debate tonight really highlighted the candidates’ differences on health care in America. If you missed it, here is the briefest of comparisons, as presented in the debate and elsewhere.

Under Barack Obama’s plan, insurance companies will not be allowed to discriminate based on pre-existing conditions. Like, oh, say, cancer.

Under John McCain’s plan, there is no such assurance.

Under Barack Obama’s plan, all children will have health insurance, through their currently held family plan, through Medicare, or under a new plan similar to that held by federal employees.

Under John McCain’s plan, there is no such assurance.

Under Barack Obama’s plan, I would be able to continue to get treatment at my current hospital, with my current doctor. I would be able to change jobs without fear of losing access to health insurance, due to my pre-existing condition. The little children in my son’s school would all have coverage as well, and be able to get care when they need it, instead of waiting to see if an ER visit is necessary.

Under John McCain’s plan, there is no such assurance.

The difference is striking. And huge, for those of us who have, have had, or will develop cancer in our lifetimes.

That number is one in three.


Off-site today

May 4, 2008

Oops!  I’m not here today.  I’m over at DC Metro Moms, telling my story and my reaction to the Avon Walk here in Washington, D.C. today.  Feel free to drop by and say hello!

Before you go, though, a BIG THANKS to the MOMocrats, both for their steady writing and analysis, and for this gift that they’re sending me this week!  A bunch of us just won in their Mother’s Day comment contest, and I’m getting a brand-new MOMocrats tank to wear out and about.  Hurrah! 

Did you see their exclusive interview with Barack Obama?