>> Thursday, January 28, 2010
Sorry for the lack of SOTU coverage on my end; because a seemingly endless series of random January illnesses culminated in mysterious but excruciating foot pain, I just caught random snatches while waiting for x-ray results, going to the pharmacy, etc. What I was thinking about was how fortunate it was that I had decent insurance so I could get the problem diagnosed and also afford what turns out to be relatively simple pharmaceutical treatment. And so even more I was thinking about the many Americans who could have lost their jobs or had to live with debilitating pain that would be easiy treatable for months because they don't have access to basic medical care. In short, the House needs to pass the Senate bill, a simple majority of the Senate needs to pass the best reconciliation fix possible, and once the policy is in place progressives have to fight to make the policy better. Because the bottom line is that the number of uninsured people in this country is a disgrace.