A medical hiatus starting tomorrow means this is my last post for awhile. So read these, if you please, during my absence.
On health care:
- Dave Lindorrf writes that Obama's "unwillingness to lead" on the issue of single payer health care will lead to his "Health Reform Waterloo."
- Pierre Tristam claims that Obama "...plays into the rhetorical ambushes of reform's enemies..." when he says stuff like this to the American Medical Association:
In other words, Obama himself conflates "single payer" with "government run health care."
- Meanwhile, a New York Times/CBS poll finds that most Americans "support" a "government-run health insurance option." That means "single payer."
- Most discerning news readers know that the Khamenei -Mousavi stand-off in Iran does not herald the beginning of the overthrow of Iranian theocracy. Mousavi was, after all, a principal player in the 1979 revolution that brought the mullahs to power. Phil Wilayto offers an economic -and class-- perspective to the conflict:
"Why is there so little discussion of the issue of class in this election? Is it because so many professional and semi-professional commentators on Iran are themselves from the same class as Mousavi's supporters, and so instinctively identify with them?"
What Wilayto means is that Ahmehdinijad appeals to poor Iranians, Mousavi to the wealthier and better educated. He also points out that Mousavi is for more rapid privatization of the economy, which puts him in conflict with the Iranian Constitution. It decrees that all "large scale industries", like oil and gas, should be owned by the state, which enables the government to "fund a vast social safety net" for the poor.
On charter schools:
- Another study shows that charters do worse than their traditional public school counterparts in raising the achievement of students.
- And Caroline Grannan, in a comment to my last charter school post, argues that charters, at least in California, serve a much smaller percentage of special needs students than traditional public schools. And they often get more money per student than the publics.
That's it for now.