Thursday, November 19, 2009

Politics Around The World

In today's edition of Around The World we will look at events that happened this week regarding the new mammogram ruling by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. They stated that women should no longer get the screening before 50 unless they are in a high risk group. If you are in a high risk group then women are advised to continue to get the screening after 40.

These new guidelines are very suspect and women should be very wary of following these. In fact, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius came out Wednesday stating that she disagrees with the findings and that the Federal Government will not be advising women to follow these new guidelines.

Elsewhere in the world, Iran continues to be defiant with their nuclear program and the world is applying more pressure for them to cooperate. President Obama is meeting with leaders of other nations to discuss further sanctions. The problem with this is Iran will just pass on these sanctions to their people and not stop their activities of nuclear production. They have shown for years that they are willing to deny their country goods and continue to focus on building a nuclear program. This is without a doubt geared toward bomb production, not energy like they continue to claim.

Finally, the Senate released their version of the new health care bill.  Their plan is claimed to cost 848 billion dollars over the next 10 years and actually reduce the deficit during that time.  We all have to take this with a grain of salt, since when does government actually stay under budget and stay true to estimated costs.  Plus, knowing the basics of this plan I find it hard to believe that we will be better off the way it is currently constructed.   The system adds more people to cover without addressing the fact that the system can not support the amount of people it needs to care for already.  Stay tuned over the next couple of years.  I have learned that if something doesn't make sense it probably isn't, and this health care bill reeks of issues that will plague us for years. 

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