Buzzkill: Health (don’t) care

Rob Wilber

 Before dying from brain cancer last August, Senator Ted Kennedy wrote a letter to President Obama. Within the letter, the nine-time re-elected Senator emphasized the need for an overhaul of the American health care system, describing it as the “great unfinished business of our society.” Sunday night, Kennedy and Obama’s long-sought goal took a big step toward coming to fruition. After a bitter, year-plus debate between Republicans and Democrats, the new health care bill was narrowly passed with a vote of 219-212. Highlights of the bill taken from include extending coverage to about 32 million Americans, as well as preventing insurance companies “from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions. Insurers would be barred from canceling coverage for sick people, as well as charging higher premiums based on a person’s gender or medical history.”