05/26/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How Does Health Care Reform Impact The Youth Vote?

After that gloriously humanizing gesture (or spoken word) by Mr. Vice President, the health care reform debate is over (right? Fingers crossed, I guess). Now, how is this going to impact the young voters, those people who came out so passionately for President Obama during the campaign? Extending parental coverage to 20-somethings is a big deal, but it sounds like young activists are moving on to other issues - marriage equality, clean energy, immigration. After all, the big protest in DC over the weekend wasn't the Tea Partiers; it was the immigration march, with over 100,000 people in attendance, demanding reform. On the other side of the equation: Will the Tea Partiers ever reach young people, possibly with their "small government" argument?

Last week also held an important event in the Don't Ask Don't Tell saga: Lieutenant Dan Choi was arrested in front of the White House, protesting the military policy discriminating against gay soldiers. While there have been some developments at the Pentagon on this issue, this issue is fracturing gay activists, with many believing that gay rights organizations like the Human Rights Campaign just aren't attacking this issue passionately enough. Has HRC outlived its usefulness? Do these major gay rights groups accomplish most of their work behind the scenes?

Finally, we talk Sarah Palin's Alaska and the Real Housewives of DC, featuring the White House crashers themselves, the Salahis. Palin's rise into reality TV is fascinating but predictable; she always has seemed more interested in personality and exposure rather than power and responsibility. Would we take her seriously if she ran for office? (See Thompson, Fred.) And is this all about the MONEY?

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