Senator Christopher Dodd Will Continue Ted Kennedy’s Fight for Health Care Reform
Certainly, Senator Kennedy left his mark on the members of the United States Senate. Connecticut senator, Christopher Dodd has attached himself to the late Kennedy’s health care reform mission. Reportedly, he has committed himself to advocate for the health care reform for which Kennedy fought so vehemently. Longtime friends, Kennedy and Dodd have been committed to the ultimate goal of universal healthcare for the American people. In recent months, Dodd has graciously stepped in for Kennedy when he was too ill to attend a committee geared toward addressing an important health care bill.
CIA’s Questionable Interrogation Practices: Sleep Deprivation of Terror Detainees
Currently, President Obama’s investigation of possibly inhumane interrogation practices by the CIA is a hot button issue. It has been reported that, under the Bush administration, the CIA used interrogation practices such as depriving detainees of sleep for days at a time. In one particular case, government lawyers authorized the use of sleep deprivation in the interrogation of a terror suspect. The detainee was made to stay awake for six consecutive days. According to Andrea Northwood, director of Center for Victims of Torture, keeping an individual awake for 96 consecutive hours (four days) is considered torturous.
How Will Afghanistan’s Presidential Election Influence American Action in Afghanistan?
Afghanistan’s presidential election is complicated by enormous amounts of corruption. In Afghanistan, it is often the tribal leaders who dictate which candidate will receive the votes of all members of their tribe. During this volatile time in Afghanistan, the people are threatened with death if they are caught voting in the election. In general, they are at the mercy of their tribal leaders and the insurgents who threaten them. United States General Stanley McChrystal who is conducting a survey of the situation in Afghanistan is anticipated to conclude that President Obama needs increase troop presence to fight against the Taliban militants in Afghanistan.
Older Americans Wary of Health Care Reform
Older Americans may be wary of Obama’s proposed health care reform. Many elderly individuals feel that revolutionizing the current health care system will grant the federal government too much control. One fear is that the simple, but vital choices will be out of the hands of patients. Losing the ability to choose one’s doctor is one such concern. Another concern is about where the government will get the resources it needs to provide universal health care. Will the reformed health care system gain its resources by breaking down existing health care resources like Medicare, which is available to elderly Americans? By and large, supporters of the reform feel that the concerns about a major health care reform are the product of misinformation, myths from reform opponents and lack of information provided to older Americans.
Governor Bill Richardson Not to be Indicted
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson will not be indicted on charges that he was planning to benefit one of his donors through his involvement with state bond deals. Richardson was President Barack Obama’s pick of commerce secretary, but in the wake of a federal investigation, he withdrew himself from consideration.