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How Has Health Care Reform Law Affected U.S.?

I agree with John Warren that the term "Obamacare" has become a code word for those who oppose the changes to health care in our country. The term is used by demagogues who want to rile up the opposition--Republicans and the tea party--to further their own goals. People like me who support health care reform and who support President Obama do not refer to the legislation as "Obamacare." Despite John's statement, Bob Kittle later in this segment referred to "Obamacare" and disingenuously said that he didn't consider the term pejorative. Who does he think he is kidding?

In the same segment David King shared an anecdote about getting a prescription from a doctor in the Netherlands without actually meeting with the doctor. He characterized the Netherlands as "Nanny State" and seemed to be offended that he could get a prescription without being seen by a doctor (even though he was a foreign visitor in that country). For whatever it's worth, some of my friends have received very good emergency care in European countries when they were they also mere visitors. And let's not forget that a number of health care economists have pointed out that our health care system is not especially effective compared to those of other developed countries

I'm fine with the editors having opinions, but I expect more than anecdotes and knee-jerk responses.

March 25, 2011 at 11:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Unified Sends Out Layoff Notices

I wish the editors would examine their assumptions and prejudices about teachers. Their most obvious assumption is that young teachers are more energetic and therefore better than teachers with seniority. Where is the statistical data that supports that assumption? Do newspapers customarily layoff experienced reporters before laying off novice reporters? Does experience not count? Their second and unstated assumption is that teacher unions are unequivocally a bad thing. Schools and composition of the school population have changed drastically since I was a child and blaming teacher unions for all that is wrong with schools will not help our community make progress.

Just for the record, I am not a teacher or an employee of San Diego Unified.

March 20, 2011 at 8:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )


The problems the VoiceofSanDiego and the U-T reporters have had getting public records from the Mayor's office makes the office look very secretive. The public is not well served by PR people who want to control information in order to protect public elected officials. His representative asks whether the media should pay for requests for information. Absolutely not.

July 31, 2009 at 10:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )