Coronation Coverage

The groundhog has seen his shadow, so to speak, and now we're guaranteed eight more months of George W. Bush plastered across our TV screens, magazine covers, and newspaper front pages. With this much media scrutiny, one has to wonder how much longer Bush can keep the lid on how little substance he would bring to the most powerful political office in the world.

Now that we're into the general election campaign, perhaps the press can zero in on another area (among many) where Bush has little to offer: health care.

The Wall Street Journal on March 16 noted that Democratic nominee-to-be Al Gore had managed to whip Bill Bradley -- a proponent of universal health care who had cultivated early support on his health care proposals -- by pointing out the lack of specifics in the plan. Given that Bush has no plan, vague or otherwise, the Journal speculated that Bush could have a huge target stitched to his back. This failure of vision on Bush's part will be compounded by his state's insurance problems -- the Journal wrote that in 1998, "according to the U.S. Census, 24.5% of Texans had no health insurance, the highest rate in the country."

Interestingly, a local source beat the Journal to the story: The Good Life, the health and lifestyle magazine aimed at the over-40 crowd produced by Rebecca Melançon and Ken Martin, who are also responsible for the excellent city politics newsletter In Fact Daily. In his December and February columns, Good Life health writer Scott Henson outlined the very same issues.

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