As described on the “About” page, this blog has been created so I can avoid cluttering up my other blog, The Alan Katz Health Care Reform Blog, with posts that deal purely with politics.
Since this is the first post in the new blog, I thought it might be helpful (or at least easy) to link to some of the posts over there that, had this existed, might have shown up here.
I offered my take on the impact of the Iowa Caucuses and then, after the New Hampshire primary I separately posted my thoughts on what the results meant for Republicans and Democrats. In between these two campaign milestones was the first Alan Katz Health Care Reform Blog Unscientific Presidential Survey. The second survey (coming soon) will be conducted on this blog. (Please note, Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama tied in this survey, making it more accurate than most of the scientific ones!)
Former-Senator John Edwards talks of change, but promises to continue the harsh, unproductive partisan foolishness that permeates Washington today. This is not only foolish, but, can be dangerous. Then there was the post that described how Senator Clinton’s attack on Senator Obama’s health care reform package, among other issues, could undermine her “inevitability strategy.”
California’s Budget Woes
The state budget is a mess. Obviously, what happens to the budget has a tremendous impact on health care in California. This post pointed out the connection, but focused more on the need for lawmakers in both parties to rise above their usual positions on spending and taxing if the state if the budget crisis is to be successfully resolved.
Health Care Reform and Politics
Part of the problem California has had in fashioning comprehensive health care reform is that the first nine months of the debate focused more on politics than policy. Not surprisingly, then, a number of posts on the Alan Katz Health Care Reform Blog could just as easily have been posted here — if this blog had existed. For example, this post discussed what lessons the California debate might hold for national health care reformers. This one dealt with how the health care reform issue was impacting the presidential primaries. While this post reported on where health care reform stands as an issue in the presidential campaigns.
There were other political posts, but you get the idea.
I want to thank all of you who are regular readers of the original blog. Your comments, posted, emailed and phoned, led to that blog evolving in unanticipated ways. I hope you’ll do the same with this one, too.