Obama has come out with some positive proposals lately. When I read that he was pushing for free community college I was super excited. For about five seconds. Then I realized it has zero zilch nada chance of passing congress and that it was political grandstanding on his part. I think it’s a fantastic proposal and well worth spending money on – and I’d be willing to pay higher taxes to support it. I could go on about why it’s a great idea, even if it’s pricey, but it’s pointless. It’s not going to happen, at least not during Obama’s presidency. Seriously the best thing about Georgia is the Hope scholarship. I’m not sure what it’s status is today, but fifteen years ago, it was an amazing thing.
Then, today I read he’s pushing for six weeks paid maternity leave for federal workers. On the one hand, this would be a great thing. Are there federal workers out there not currently getting paid maternity leave? My NASA counterparts get six weeks, don’t you, even without sick leave? So, I’m a little confused. Second, what about the rest of the country, all the non-federal workers who actually need the leave? If this was really important to Obama he would have brought it up sooner.
On the bright side, I read that the percent of families suffering major financial insecurity due to medical costs dropped five percentage points in 2014 (from 2013, I think.) I think it’s safe to say that Obamacare gets the credit. That is a plus. I just hope the Republicans don’t dismantle Obamacare. While it’s obviously not a great system, I have yet to hear any counterproposals. My first would be, how about the US stops funding the pharma companies all on its own and the rather smug Europeans and Canadians get to start pulling their weight?
I read in the NYT the other day that people with health insurance use the emergency room more than those who are uninsured. Remember when we were going to save money by insuring more people because they’d stop using the ER? In retrospect, that POV was rather insulting to the uninsured.