Daily Archives: March 15, 2010

Health reform could reduce abortions

abortionprotestA Washington Post commentary by T.R. Reid takes aim at the notion that opposition to abortion is a reason to oppose health reform. “Increasing health care coverage is one of the most powerful tools for reducing the number of abortions — a fact proved by years of experience in other industrialized nations. All the other advanced, free-market democracies provide health care coverage for everybody. And all of them have lower rates of abortion than does the United States,” he wrote. A Roman Catholic cardinal offered one explanation to Reid: “If that frightened, unemployed 19-year-old knows that she and her child will have access to medical care whenever it’s needed, she’s more likely to carry the baby to term. Isn’t it obvious?”

Limbaugh’s health care threat

limbaughRadio talker Rush Limbaugh told a caller last week that “if this passes and it’s five years from now and all that stuff gets implemented — I am leaving the country. I’ll go to Costa Rica.” Hard to say whether that promise will help or hurt health care reform. If Limbaugh does move to Costa Rican, he could take advantage of a high-quality government-run health care system that costs a fraction of what the United States spends.

Open thread 3/15

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Goyle will get key help

goyle,rajThe 4th Congressional District bid by State Rep. Raj Goyle, D-Wichita, has landed on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Red to Blue” list, signaling that Goyle can expect the committee’s support. Roll Call said of the 13 races on the list: “The rollout is the latest signal that the DCCC is still trying to play offense in open seats and challenger races in competitive areas even though the party is expected to lose seats in November.” Specific to Goyle’s inclusion, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza said Friday: “I think it’s smart for House Dems to pick a few targets of opportunity rather than simply accept the fact that they will be on defense in lots of places this fall.”

Jayhawks for higher education

self,billIt’s not just K-12 education that is rallying supporters to prevent further budget cuts. So is higher education. University of Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self is encouraging KU alumni to make their voices heard in Topeka. “During the current economic crisis, higher education has withstood dramatic cuts, resulting in fewer instructors, larger class sizes and fewer course offerings, especially in key areas such as nursing and engineering,” Self wrote. “Additional cuts would harm teaching and research — and our state’s economic recovery.”