By Angelo Lopez on September 25, 2009
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By Angelo Lopez on September 19, 2009
"Turning now to the rest of the agenda for 1974, the time is at hand this year to bring comprehensive, high quality health care within the reach of every American. I shall propose a sweeping new program that will assure comprehensive health insurance protection to millions of Americans who cannot now obtain it or afford it, with vastly improved protection against catastrophic illnesses." (Richard Nixon, January 30, 1974)Over 35 years ago, Senator Ted Kennedy tried to collaborate with President Richard Nixon to achieve a goal that both dearly desired: universal health care insurance for all Americans. It was an odd partnership, as Kennedy and Nixon were political rivals, and Nixon was fearful of running against Kennedy in the 1972 Presidential election. After Nixon won the elections, Kennedy began secret negotiations with the White House that almost led to an agreement on a health care plan. Nixon introduced his Comprehensive Health Insurance Act on Feb. 6, 1974. It would've built upon existing employer-sponsored insurance plans and would've provided government subsidies to the self-employed and small businesses to ensure universal access to health insurance. Sadly, the Watergate scandal derailed Nixon and Kennedy's efforts at health care reform.
By Angelo Lopez on September 11, 2009
Ted Kennedy is remembered as one of the most effective Senators in the history of the Senate. He authored over 2,500 bills, of which 500 became law. Many of Kennedy's most important bills came about after the 1980s, when the presidency was occupied by Republicans like Ronald Reagan and George Bush and the Congress was frequently had Republican majorities. Kennedy was able to be an effective Senator during those more conservative times because of his ability to collaborate with Republican colleagues on such items as health coverage, educations reform, and immigration reform. One of his greatest collaborators is his friend and political opposite, Orrin Hatch.
By Angelo Lopez on September 7, 2009
Over the years, I'm ashamed to say, I've been somewhat of an arm chair liberal. I've talked a lot with my friends about politics and social change, and I've complained a lot about the things that are wrong with our society. Yet I haven't really volunteered much to try to make any changes in our society. My brother and his wife put me to shame in this sense. Over the years, they have taken part in protests for immigrant rights and to fight the invasion of Iraq, and they are now working with the Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports to reduce pollution in the Ports of southern California. Right now they are working on a postcard campaign to persuade local politicians and Congress to support the Clean Trucks program.
By Angelo Lopez on September 4, 2009
Over the past month, I've been noticing a strong anti-government strain to many of the protests in the recent town hall meetings to discuss health care reform. These strong anti-government feelings run very strong among conservatives, while liberals tend to be very strongly pro-government. This is something I've always been curious about. How did Progressives and Conservatives come about their positions on the role of government? How has the Left's view of the role of the federal government evolved over time? I did a cartoon in the August 26, 2009 edition of the Tri-City Voice on the town hall protests.
The argument about the role of the federal government has been around since the beginning of our country, from the debates of the Federalists and Anti-federalists over the ratification of the Constitution, to the early debates between Alexander Hamilton's Federalist Party and Thomas Jefferson's Republican Party. The Constitution was created because of great dissatisfaction with the government that was formed from the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation was based on the idea that each state would remain sovereign.
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