|Gore appears to have concluded that substantially expanding health insurance coverage is not a major national priority. All of his measures, taken together, would expand coverage only modestly... Who would win the most under Gore's vision? Parents and children who would be made eligible for public programs. Who is left out? The working low-income people who are struggling to cover their families now, and those who have decided they can't afford private insurance but who make too much money to qualify for public insurance. Gore, in the name of fiscal prudence, offers them little relief... Bradley's winners extend to a much larger number--the entire low-income population--since they would all receive the same subsidy for buying their own private health insurance plan, whether or not they are currently insured. The losers are higher-income taxpayers, who would either forgo tax reductions or pay higher taxes. Bradley would change who pays for health care more than inject new money into the system; he thinks that equity in access to health care is in our society's long-term interest.|
|I think it represents a pivotal moment in the Democratic campaign. I'm not sure whether the effect fully comes across in written form but on television Bradley made Gore look like a complete ass...Throughout the entire debate in fact, Bradley's facial expressions and body language were those of a grown-up compelled to contend with an obnoxious punk...While Gore rolled around in the muck, Bradley did no more than take off his jacket and roll up his sleeves...[Bradley] came across as straightforward and real, his authenticity underscored by Gore's plasticity. In sum, Gore may want to reconsider his request for twice-weekly debates. A few more like this morning's and he'll be kaput.|
|HOW DO YOU SLEEP? Re: "Taxes become Debating Point for Democrats," etc. As a lifelong Democrat, I am absolutely and thoroughly disgusted by the depths to which the Gore campaign has sunk in its increasingly desperate attempt to retain the nomination. The Vice-President's decision to unearth the ancient "tax and spend" slur from the GOP dirty trick vaults and unfairly level it against a fellow Democrat marks a new low, even for Mediscare Al. If the Gore campaign thinks they can resort to such tactics and expect disillusioned Democrats to return to the fold next November, they are sadly mistaken. Gore's "scorched earth" campaign has ensured that I - along with dozens of other Democrats I've spoken with - will be forced to bolt the party should he win the nomination. Naomi Wolf and the rest of the Gore handlers might want to start prepping the veep for a particularly hard question from fellow Democrats: "How do you sleep?"|
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