On the surface, it appears that Health care and Afghanistan have one detail in common: money. How we pay for health care reform and the war is only one part of the equation. Who profits from these changes should be the second question. There is at least one other detail both plans share:
Both are throwing women under the bus.
Our vaunted health care reform seems to be removing federal dollars for abortion. The Afghan government has a less than stellar record for women’s rights. Neither health care reform nor the war in Afghanistan can succeed without taking into account what women need. Any attempt to secure some other goal–expanded coverage or more security–at the expense of women is not progress. It is regress.
So guess what I’m going to look into for December? Health Care and the War. Feel free to send me any links you think I need to read.