The health care system in the US is ranked 37th overall in the world even though it spends almost double per capita of what other industrialized countries spend. 47 million are not insured and almost 2 million filers and their dependents per year claim medical bankruptcy. The Real News Network spoke to Dr. Steffie Woolhandler of Harvard Medical School and Dr. Don McCanne of Physicians for a National Health Program who say John McCain’s health care proposals would make things worse than they are now and Barack Obama’s proposals won’t work and won’t be enough to fix the problems. The US government must do more on behalf of the American patient.
In the third and last presidential debate Senator John McCain defended a free trade agreement between Colombia and the US as a "no brainer" and once again derided Senator Obama for never having traveled south of the border. Obama, to McCain’s amazement, actually showed he knew one or two things about the situation on the ground. But journalist and author Forrest Hylton, an expert on Colombia and Bolivia, argues neither candidate is really aware of crucial political, economic and social processes developing in South America for a few years now, and he is pessimistic on the US under a new presidency making up for lost time.
After a long stretch of ultra-negative campaigning, with his numbers still slipping in any number of polls, Senator John McCain has made another U-turn in a rally in Virginia Beach, and now fashions himself as a Rocky character fighting against Washington, Wall Street and an inexperienced tax-and-spend liberal, Senator Barack Obama. Still McCain blames the media for his problems, and still he has to announce his new economic proposals – which seemed to be the initial idea before Obama leapfrogged him early this week.
On Tuesday night in the second presidential debate, John McCain announced for the first time that he supported the idea that the federal government should buy up all the bad mortgages at the root of the financial crisis. Senior Editor Paul Jay moderates a discussion between Conn Carroll and Danny Schechter on what exactly is meant by this proposal.
After a technical problem brought an abrupt end to the debate between Conn Carroll and Danny Schechter, Danny joined Senior Editor Paul Jay in a one-on-one discussion about the financial crisis in the debate. Danny critiqued McCain’s haste in proposing a poorly thought-out mortgage plan as well as Obama’s oversimplification of the financial crisis into a problem of regulation. Danny also criticized the lack of any thorough analysis of the crisis on anyone’s part, along with an absence of any new ideas on how to effectively address the situation.
Minutes after the termination of the second of three Presidential debates between Barack Obama and John McCain, Senior Editor Paul Jay sat down with Bill Fletcher Jr.. In part one of their conversation Bill shares his dissatisfaction with Obama’s unwillingness to advocate for any radical policy changes on the major issues and his analysis of the contempt which McCain has shown for Obama over the campaign.
Senior Editor Paul Jay spoke to Real News Analyst Pepe Escobar after the debate to get his reaction. Pepe believes that the election is all but over and he identifies the "that one" moment as the defining moment of the debate and a clear illustration of the contempt which McCain harbors for Obama.
Does Sarah Palin believe in the Anti-Christ? Does she believe true Christians will be whisked up to heaven sometime in the near future? Does she expect Jesus to come back to earth in our lifetimes and battle the armies of Satan? Would biblical prophecies about Armageddon influence her foreign policy positions on Israel and Russia? These are urgent questions the media have failed to ask. According to Chip Berlet, a leading expert on the Christian right, mainstream reporters tend to view apocalyptic fundamentalists as a "silly little side show" in American political life, when, in fact, one of their own may soon be a heartbeat away from the most powerful office in the world.
In attack ads and interviews, John McCain repeatedly claims Barack Obama will raise taxes on middle class. Though Obama's proposed tax plan would decrease taxes for most middle class voters more than McCain's, recent polls found a majority of Americans think Obama would raise their taxes. ANP traveled to Winchester in the battleground state of Virginia and found that McCain's controversial charges seem to have had an effect.