Health Care and Social Security “Roundtable” Held at Library

This afternoon, the Obama campaign held a roundtable discussion for seniors on health care and social security with 25th House District candidate Mary Still. The discussion was a chance to hear Still explain the differences between Sen. Obama’s and Sen. McCain’s plans for those issues.

If you didn’t know about it, you’re one of many.

The event was announced this afternoon, probably giving few people time to make room for it in their schedules. The result was a small but lively and partisan discussion of health care and social security issues. The discussion focused primarily on the economic aspects of these issues.

“I believe the financial turmoil of the past few weeks really provides us an opportunity to stop and pause and look at (these) two important issues that the campaigns have discussed,” Still said. “Both are economic issues.”

Still and others raised concerns about the rising costs associated with everyday life.

“I can’t even afford to go to a Mizzou football game nowadays,” said Henry Hager, a retired MU professor living in Columbia.

Still focused her comments on explaining and supporting Sen. Obama’s plan to create a national health care system for those not covered by their employers.

“I’m a retired state employee. I have excellent coverage,” Still said. “What’s he’s proposing allows farmers, other workers to get into a similar program. I think that could work in the state of Missouri.”

Want to know the differences between Sen. Obama’s and Sen. McCain’s plans for health care, social security, and other top issues? Not to plug my own work, but please check your Saturday edition of the Missourian in mid-October for a piece that Amanda Kushner and I have been working on, working title — “Political Translation.” The article takes a look at both candidate’s platforms and fairly analyzes them from the viewpoint of “unbiased experts.”

In the meantime, I urge you to supplement your daily dose of news with Web sites like The site is a product of the Annenberg Center for Public Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, and essentially does what it name says. Every campaign commercial, speech and quip is checked for accuracy and explained.

In a world filled with spin — unfortunately and regularly peddled by the media — I think this type of coverage, while not presenting the whole picture, is really key to getting a handle on what the candidates are actually saying and doing.


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