Wednesday, August 8, 2007

The Tipping Point?

Yesterday, Georgia Gov.Perdue had a sort of Sonny-Van Winkle moment-as in he woke up from a long slumber, dreaming he was a Republican and found his Democratic heart. Perdue unveiled a plan to make it easier for small business owners to get insurance for themselves and their employees, and, yes, the state would cover a portion of the cost. The devil is always in the details, and I am suspicious of the statement that the plan would be paid for in part by "Medicaid reform." Plus, we don't yet know what the premiums will be, but at least he's talking about doing something. His plan, on the surface, looks similar to the one Cathy Cox proposed during her campaign, and, while it does not go far enough to address the healthcare needs of the 1.6 million uninsured Georgians, it is a step.

Then, last night, without question, disabled, retired steelworker Steve Skvara provided the most poignant moment in the AFL-CIO debate last night. Skvara lost his health insurance and a third of his pension when the company he had worked for filed bankruptcy. So powerful was that moment, that after the debate, the anchor wondered aloud whether or not it marked a tipping point in the whole healthcare debate. See his question, and Sen. Edwards' response below:

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