I don't know that TRICARE is the best possible care, but I can point to my parents, who still ride their tandem bike every day and swim every day and are healthy enough to plan a January trip to Antarctica.
Employer-sponsored insurance is an endangered species. Without health care reform, including a public option, many more Americans will join the ranks of the uninsured. Including, potentially, my family.
On issues of race, Obama will forever be either the man who healed the septic wound that runs across the back of this nation, or the man who turned away from the mirror to solve more "practical" issues.
How is it that racism has been so successfully rejected as a description, precisely by the people it is meant to describe? How can they so stubbornly deny their obvious feelings, and why would they want to?
Apologizing has become some formal social, political, and media condition. It's a ritual and nicety like a thank you; it's part of a political process, like a campaign; it's a media event like a season finale.
Guantanamo, Afghanistan, health care, Iraq: listing these real stories feels almost pointless in the presence of Joe Wilson's public flogging. He shouted during Obama's speech, but he didn't interrupt a king.