Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Yo, Vitter: knock it off!

So here's something I feel fairly outraged about, just 'cause it seems like unfair piling on: because of an anti-abortion amendment Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) attached to the reauthorization of the American Indian Healthcare Improvement Act, the Act is being held up yet again.

Some people think the writing has been on the wall for some time about this (you can read more about the history of this mess at Indian Country Today), but the reality is that the state of health care for Native American people on and off the reservations in this country is a national shame ... and to tie the fate of health services to the perennial third rail of politics is a travesty.

Hat tip to the Kaiser Health Disparities Report (which does a swell job getting you your weekly dose of reality and high blood pressure--as well as daily reports on health policy and other issues).

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