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Bryan Young

Bryan Young

Posted: October 7, 2008 11:05 PM

Obama's Missed Opportunity on Health Care at the Debate


At the debate tonight a woman in the audience asked Obama: "Should health care be treated as a commodity?"

The moral, ethical, and American answer is, "No."

Obama's answer? A laundry list of what his plan will do, but no answering of the question. His plan was laden with health care policies that co-exist the status quo. He missed an opportunity to explain that the health of our nation's citizens cannot be held hostage to a corporate profit motive.

He said that health care was a right, but how can a purchased "commodity" for only those who can afford it be a right?

Obama needs to clarify his answer.

The problem with the state of health care in this country (among other social issues) is that it's pegged to the bottom line of a corporation instead of the common good. If Obama is unable to attack an industry as large as the health care industry as a candidate, will he be willing to take it on in office?

I'd like to think that maybe he is, which is why I hope we hear more about health care from the Obama camp and they make it clear that the health of our nation can't be treated as a commodity.

If we don't hear this from the Obama campaign, a vote for Nader seems all the more likely.

(Bryan Young is the producer of Killer at Large)

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