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Obama Will: Barack Obama’s Agenda for Health Care

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The following are verbatim Barack Obama positions on health care drawn from the ISSUES area of the official Obama site. They consist of positions with the keyword “health” in almost every case. They tell us what we might reasonably expect to be Barack Obama’s health care agenda if he becomes President. The numbers of the positions below refer to two master lists: 92 Obama Positions and 102 Obama Positions. I intend to create thematic pages drawn from these lists to show that Barack Obama has a definite and detailed agenda for constructive change.

Obama Will: Barack Obama’s Positions on Health Care

3. Obama will provide job training, substance abuse and mental health counseling to ex-offenders, so that they are successfully re-integrated into society.

10. Obama will encourage the deployment of the most modern communications infrastructure to reduce the costs of health care, help solve our energy crisis, create new jobs, and fuel our economic growth.

71. Obama will embrace the Millennium Development Goal of cutting extreme poverty around the world in half by 2015, and he will double our foreign assistance to $50 billion to achieve that goal. He will help the world’s weakest states to build healthy and educated communities, reduce poverty, develop markets, and generate wealth.

87. Obama will make available a new national health plan to all Americans, including the self-employed and small businesses, to buy affordable health coverage that is similar to the plan available to members of Congress.

88. Obama will require that all children have health care coverage. Obama will expand the number of options for young adults to get coverage, including allowing young people up to age 25 to continue coverage through their parents’ plans.

89. Obama will expand eligibility for the Medicaid and SCHIP programs and ensure that these programs continue to serve their critical safety net function.

90. Obama will strengthen antitrust laws to prevent insurers from overcharging physicians for their malpractice insurance and will promote new models for addressing errors that improve patient safety, strengthen the doctor-patient relationship and reduce the need for malpractice suits.

90a. Obama will invest $10 billion a year over the next five years to move the U.S. health care system to broad adoption of standards-based electronic health information systems, including electronic health records, and will phase in requirements for full implementation of health IT. Obama will ensure that patients’ privacy is protected.

91. Obama will allow Americans to buy their medicines from other developed countries if the drugs are safe and prices are lower outside the U.S. Obama will also repeal the ban that prevents the government from negotiating with drug companies, which could result in savings as high as $30 billion. Finally, Obama will work to increase the use of generic drugs in Medicare, Medicaid, and FEHBP and prohibit big name drug companies from keeping generics out of markets.

92. Obama will strengthen funding for biomedical research, and better improve the efficiency of that research by improving coordination both within government and across government/private/non-profit partnerships.

107. Obama will sign into law his Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Act to remove some of the government penalties on married families, crack down on men avoiding child support payments, and ensure that payments go to families instead of state bureaucracies.

108. Obama will expand the highly-successful Nurse-Family Partnership to all 570,000 low-income, first-time mothers each year. The Nurse-Family Partnership provides home visits by trained registered nurses to low-income expectant mothers and their families.

109. Obama supports guaranteeing workers seven paid sick days per year.

143. Obama will allow the federal government to negotiate for lower drug prices for the Medicare program, just as it does to lower prices for our veterans.

144. Obama … will reduce waste in the Medicare system, including eliminating subsidies to the private insurance Medicare Advantage program, and tackle fundamental health care reform to improve the quality and efficiency of our healthcare system.

145. Obama will require companies to send Medicare beneficiaries a full list of the drugs and fees they paid the previous year to help seniors determine which plans can better reduce their out-of-pocket costs and improve their health.

146. Obama will work to give seniors choices about their care, consistent with their needs, and not biased towards institutional care.

156. Obama will also work to provide robust protection against misuses of particularly sensitive kinds of information, such as e-health records and location data that do not fit comfortably within sector-specific privacy laws.

167. Obama will encourage innovation at the local level through federal support of public/private partnerships that deliver real broadband to communities that currently lack it.

168. Obama will invest $10 billion a year over the next five years to move the U.S. health care system to broad adoption of standards-based electronic health information systems, including electronic health records.

169. Obama will make the Veterans Health Administration, the nation’s largest integrated health system, a model in the use of technology to modernize and improve health care delivery.

176, Obama will make the VA a leader of national health care reform so that veterans get the best care possible. He will improve care for polytrauma vision impairment, prosthetics, spinal cord injury, aging, and women’s health.

182. Obama will improve mental health treatment for troops and veterans suffering from combat-related psychological injuries.

183. Obama will improve mental health care at every stage of military service. He will recruit more health professionals, improve screening, offer more support to families and make PTSD benefits claims fairer.

184. Obama will establish standards of care for Traumatic Brain Injury, the signature injury of the Iraq war.

186. Obama … will make sure that every child has health insurance, expand educational opportunities for low-income children, extend resources for low-income families, support and supplement our struggling foster care system, and protect children from violence and neglect.

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Obama Will: Barack Obama’s Agenda for A New Foreign Policy

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The following are verbatim Barack Obama positions on foreign policy drawn from the ISSUES area of the official Obama site. They consist of positions with the keyword “foreign” in almost every case. They tell us what we might reasonably expect to be Barack Obama’s foreign policy agenda if he becomes President. The numbers of the positions below refer to two master lists: 92 Obama Positions and 102 Obama Positions. I intend to create thematic pages drawn from these lists to show that Barack Obama has a definite and detailed agenda for constructive change.

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8. Obama will fight for a trade policy that opens up foreign markets to support good American jobs.

9. Obama will also pressure the World Trade Organization to enforce trade agreements and stop countries from continuing unfair government subsidies to foreign exporters and nontariff barriers on U.S. exports.

70. Obama will stop shuttering consulates and start opening them in the tough and hopeless corners of the world – particularly in Africa. He will expand our foreign service, and develop the capacity of our civilian aid workers to work alongside the military.

71. Obama will embrace the Millennium Development Goal of cutting extreme poverty around the world in half by 2015, and he will double our foreign assistance to $50 billion to achieve that goal. He will help the world’s weakest states to build healthy and educated communities, reduce poverty, develop markets, and generate wealth.

72. Obama will rally NATO members to contribute troops to collective security operations, urging them to invest more in reconstruction and stabilization operations, streamlining the decision-making processes, and giving NATO commanders in the field more flexibility.

73. Obama will forge a more effective framework in Asia that goes beyond bilateral agreements, occasional summits, and ad hoc arrangements, such as the six-party talks on North Korea. He will maintain strong ties with allies like Japan, South Korea and Australia; work to build an infrastructure with countries in East Asia that can promote stability and prosperity; and work to ensure that China plays by international rules.

74. Obama will secure all loose nuclear materials in the world within four years. While we work to secure existing stockpiles of nuclear material, Obama will negotiate a verifiable global ban on the production of new nuclear weapons material. This will deny terrorists the ability to steal or buy loose nuclear materials.

75. Obama will crack down on nuclear proliferation by strengthening the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty so that countries like North Korea and Iran that break the rules will automatically face strong international sanctions.

76. Obama will set a goal of a world without nuclear weapons, and pursue it. Obama will always maintain a strong deterrent as long as nuclear weapons exist. But he will take several steps down the long road toward eliminating nuclear weapons. He will stop the development of new nuclear weapons; work with Russia to take U.S. and Russian ballistic missiles off hair trigger alert; seek dramatic reductions in U.S. and Russian stockpiles of nuclear weapons and material; and set a goal to expand the U.S.-Russian ban on intermediate- range missiles so that the agreement is global.

77. Obama will make the investments we need so that the finest military in the world is best-prepared to meet 21st-century threats.

81. Obama will restore the readiness of the National Guard and Reserves. He will permit them adequate time to train and rest between deployments, and provide the National Guard with the equipment they need for foreign and domestic emergencies.

83. Obama will seek consistency and integrity at the top of our intelligence community – not just a political ally.

84. Obama will reverse President Bush’s policy of secrecy. He will institute a National Declassification Center to make declassification secure but routine, efficient, and cost-effective.

85. Obama will bring foreign policy decisions directly to the people by requiring his national security officials to have periodic national broadband town hall meetings to discuss foreign policy. He will personally deliver occasional fireside chats via webcast.

86. Obama strongly supports the U.S.-Israel relationship, believes that our first and incontrovertible commitment in the Middle East must be to the security of Israel, America’s strongest ally in the Middle East.

173. Obama will work to ensure intellectual property is protected in foreign markets, and promote greater cooperation on international standards that allow our technologies to compete everywhere.

174. Obama will ensure that our patent laws protect legitimate rights while not stifling innovation and collaboration.

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Barack Obama Stands Up to Bush, McCain on Foreign Policy

In a clear signal that Barack Obama will not take his place in a stream of losing Democratic Presidential aspirants, the Illinois Senator has thrown the gauntlet down to President Bush and Senator McCain with a resounding commitment to a new foreign policy that is proactive, reasonable, careful but, above all, smart. The full Obama statement is quoted below.

With their words today, George Bush and John McCain called for staying the course with an endless war in Iraq and a failed policy of not talking to leaders we don’t like, but Americans of all political persuasions are calling for change. The American people aren’t looking for tough talk about fighting for 100 years in Iraq, because they know we need to end this war, finish the job in Afghanistan, and take the fight to al Qaeda. The American people aren’t looking for more of a do-nothing Cuba policy that has failed to secure the release of dissidents, failed to bring democracy to the island, and failed to advance freedom for fifty years, because they know we need to pursue new opportunities to achieve liberty for the Cuban people. If I am the Democratic nominee, I will offer the clearest contrast to John McCain’s call for four more years of George Bush’s policies, because I want to fundamentally change our foreign policy to secure the American people and restore our standing in the world.

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Obama Tuesday Victory in Sight — A Sweep or Three-to-One

BLOOMBERG POLL RESULTS: My Bloomberg poll is complete. It sees Bloomberg NOT as Obama’s VP. The bulk of respondents saw Bloomberg as Infrastructure Czar — a Cabinet Level position that would make him responsible for an integral renewal of our entire country, moving it into the future. One fourth of the respondents said None of the Above. In today’s NYTimes, Bloomberg takes himself out of the running as an independent but sagely indicates he will support an independent approach by one of the contenders. That would be Barack. The Veep door is not closed. Polls change.

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Obama Could Sweep on Super Tuesday

My predictions show Obama winning three out of four states. But he could sweep all four. We are waiting for definitive poll information over the weekend. The state we find most shaky is still Texas. This is in defiance of most polls. But if you click on the Polls link above and relevant links below, you will be reading the only poll that has hitherto been on the mark in anticipating the Obama surge. Public Policy Polling has indicated that Texas will hinge on how well Obama does in shoring up his position with Hispanic voters.

Bookmark this page and return over the weekend for advisories. We are at the critical moment now when victory is in sight, but also when the presumption of victory is ratcheting up attention by a factor of ten.

The media have decided they have gone too soft on Obama and this is no time to be complacent about the capacity to face down all media attacks. I use the word attack advisedly. We are moving into what Bob Dylan calls the arena in his remarkable song Angelina.

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Maxim Noah Khailo's Whimsical Web Works: Poverty, Crime, and the space you live.

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“We often assume socio-demographic reasons for crime in an area such as race, income, and education. With the emergence of GIS technology, studies have been done to investigate whether connectivity of neighborhoods affects income and crime. There have been studies that showed a strong correlation and ones that showed a negative ones.

“The architect Christopher Alexander and his theory of centers created a different model of understanding well being in the context of the physical space around you. His idea is that physical space (the actual space of objects and where objects do not exist) has a degree of life to it that can be increased by proper incremental enhancement of centers. Centers specifically are anything that attract the eye. In his book series “The Nature of Order”, Alexander explains several practical ways of increasing the life of centers and therefore increasing the life of a specific location. How this affects our mood and consciousness can be scientifically tested and maybe eventually pave a way to construct objects, neighborhoods, and cities that is beneficial for everyone.”

Thinking of this sort is what I devoutly hope will sprout up on the Web. Our politics is meaningless and counterproductive if it does not think about issues like space, its function and shape, aesthetics, the relationship of wellbeing to more than one’s personal problems. I have quoted perhaps too much, but I do like the thought and I add this in hopes of encouraging more of the same.

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Latest Poll: Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama All Even in Texas

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The latest Public Policy Polling Texas Democratic Poll suggests that Barack Obama needs to work like mad to nail down the Lone Star State. Why? Because the poll finds Obama and Clinton deadlocked, tied, all even. This is deceptive because PPP has consistently shown a likely Democratic win for Obama by predicting nearly ten points beyond the rest of the polls in Obama’s favor. But these are honest pollers and the results below show that PPP is in AGREEMENT with the rest of the Texas polls. I would be willing to gamble on this basis that Obama will do better in Ohio than in Texas. Unless…

Unless the Obama Campaign reads these figures as a call to redouble efforts in Texas. If I am right, Barack can win in Ohio but a Texas win is uncertain. I believe I am right because PPP has never called Obama even with Clinton — in Wisconson and South Carolina they CONTRADICTED the other polls and showed Obama well ahead — accurately.

So, read the results in full below. And redouble efforts in Texas. A win in texas should lead to a SWEEP next Tuesday for Obama. A loss will not sink the Obama campaign, but it would not lead to a the knockout blow that a sweep would.

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February 25, 2008 888-621-6988 / 919-880-4888

Obama, Clinton tied in Texas

Raleigh, N.C. – Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are dead even in the Texas democratic primary, according to the newest survey by Public Policy Polling.

Each is at 48%. Obama has taken the lead among white voters 51-44 and as usual leads by a wide margin with black voters, 73-27. Clinton is hanging on due to strong support from Hispanic voters, with whom she holds a 68-27 advantage.

“With major disparities between Obama and Clinton’s support along racial lines in Texas, this contest is likely to be decided by what groups turn out the most,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling.

“Clinton is not going to win without significant Hispanic turnout, and Obama is going to have a hard time if African Americans don’t turn out in large numbers.”

Clinton leads among Democrats 52-44, but Obama is doing very well with Republicans
(76-20) and independents (51-40) who plan to vote in the Democratic primary

On the Republican side, John McCain leads Mike Huckabee 52-36 with Texas Congressman Ron Paul at 9%, which would be one of his stronger performances.

“If he can’t win southern states like Texas, this is the end of the line for Mike Huckabee,” said Debnam. “It’s really hard to see where there’s room for him to turn this around.”

In the Texas Democratic primary for Senate, state representative Rick Noriega has the
lead with 32%, but 42% of likely primary voters remain undecided. Perennial candidate
Gene Kelly is second with 15%.

PPP surveyed 434 likely Democratic primary voters and 423 likely Republican primary
voters on February 23rd and 24th. The survey’s margins of errors are +/- 4.7% and +/-
4.8% respectively. Other factors, such as refusal to be interviewed and weighting, may introduce additional error that is more difficult to quantify.

PPP will release a final Texas poll the day before next week’s primary.
Complete results are attached and can be found at http://www.publicpolicypolling.com.

If you have questions about this release or would like an interview regarding this release,please contact Dean Debnam at (888) 621-6988 or 919-880-4888.

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February 23-24, 2008

Survey of 433 likely Texas Democratic primary voters

Texas Democratic Primary Survey Results

Q1 The Democratic candidates still running for
President are Hillary Clinton and Barack
Obama. If the primary was today, who would
you vote for? If you would vote for Hillary
Clinton, press 1. If for Barack Obama, press 2.
If you’re undecided press 3.

Clinton……………….. .48%
Obama………………. .48%
Undecided………….. . 4%

Q2 The Democratic candidates for US Senate are
Gene Kelly, Ray McMurrey, Rick Noriega, and
Rhett Smith. If the election was today, who
would you vote for? If Gene Kelly, press 1. if
Ray McMurrey, press 2. If Rick Noriega, press
3. If Rhett Smith, press 4. If you’re undecided,
press 5.

Kelly………………………………………………………. 15%
McMurrey……………………………………………….. 8%
Noriega ………………………………………………….. 32%
Smith …………………………………………………….. 3%
Undecided………………………………………………. 42%

Q3 I am going to name 7 issues. Which of these is
most important to you? The War in Iraq,
education, the economy and jobs, taxes, moral
or family values, health care, or immigration. If
the War in Iraq is most important, press 1. If
education, press 2. If the economy and jobs,
press 3. If taxes, press 4. If moral and family
values, press 5. If health care, press 6. If
immigration, press 7. If some other issue is
most important, press 8.

War in Iraq ………… 25%
Education ………….. 9%
Economy and jobs. 38%
Taxes ……………….. 2%
Moral and family values………………..5%
Health care………… 12%
Immigration ……….. 7%
Other ………………… 2%

Q4 If you are a woman, press 1, if a man, press 2.

Women ……………… .54%
Men…………………… .46%

Q5 If you are a Democrat, press 1. If a
Republican, press 2. If other, press 3.
Democrat ……………………………………………….. 79%
Republican……………………………………………… 9%
Other……………………………………………………… 12%

Q6 If you are Hispanic, press 1. if you are white,
press 2. If you are African American, press 3.
If other, press 4.

Hispanic …………….. .29%
White ………………… .45%
African American … .22%
Other…………………. . 4%

Q7 If you are 18 to 29 years old, press 1 now. If
you are 30 to 45, press 2. If you are 46 to 65,
press 3. If older than 65, press 4.

18-29…………………. .12%
30-45…………………. .29%
46-65…………………. .44%
Older than 65 ……… .15

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The Political Death of Hillary Clinton — A Work In Progress

COSTUME FLAP: Because Hillary Clinton is in an unpredictable state of mind, leading to weird character swings, and because MSNBC is not as friendly an environment as CNN, tonight’s debate requires Obama to take the high road with a vengeance. There is NO percentage in pushing the initial reaction of rage at the release of the costume photo. None at all. Whoever put the picture out, it is part of the mix and all one can say is that if a private moment on a visit to Africa is going to be used against me politically, that’s the breaks. The initial anger was to think that the Clinton campaign would stoop so low. That is legitimate. But let the sun set on it. High road in the debate is the only road. Cool is the only mode. Measured is the best response. Humor and ease the best attitude. Go back to the “when this is over” sentiment. If questioned on the, Are you tough enough? front (and I don’t doubt it will be asked, one way or another), talk about perceptions created in the public mind by the likes of Roger Ailes and other political enemies. Then simply say you do not come from 20 points down in a race for the Presidency without being tough, you do not learn to rise above the worst an opponent can throw at you without being tough, and you do not take a stand against the Iraq war when everyone is rushing to do the will of a deluded President without being tough. Tough and high road is the formula for winning when the knives are out. The audience is the American people and they will appreciate it.

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Whatever or whoever is running Hillary Clinton is killing her politically. The recent outbursts are doing her no good, so they cannot be argued to be effective. The Main Stream Media insist on believing polls that have been proven wrong. So they will not accept the probability that Obama will sweep next Tuesday. Hillary may be emoting at our expense and that would be the most charitable interpretation.

Her political death will be arrested only by a supreme act of damage control. She has lost her own five million. She has lost the respect of anyone who values decency — I am referring to her almost unpardonable descent into the politics of mockery.

She is doing her apparent constituency no good with her antics. It would seem this is a work in progress. I shudder to think of her public meltdown if she seeks to sustain her “let’s have a debate” pugilism. It leads to the supposition that she may want to provide herself as the reason for her coming humiliation in her firewall states.

She can get another five million by writing her story of this political season and advance the simple theory that she brought it on herself. She can then blame all the people who have been doing nothing at all to help her win a single vote.

Hillary Clinton’s political death is all the more horrible because she has willed, in a sleep-walking fashion, that it be played out before our eyes. She looks terrible in her role of angry pugilist. She is continually displayed in her various meltdowns. It will be impossible for her to morph back into the graceful figure who delivered her own valediction forbidding mourning last week.

It is really like watching an A. Alvarez suicide where the victim moves forward in response to forces over which one has no apparent control.

She will go back to the Senate and maybe she will get elected to another term. But she will do so without wresting any victory from the jaws of her defeat. That is a horrible thing to say or think. But this is shaping into an event of nearly tragic proportions.

It may be that Hillary Clinton will end up Like Nixon — larger than life — the subject of an opera some day. She should be so lucky. The other options are hardly appetizing.

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