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1. “I wouldn’t give you two cents for all your fancy rules if, behind them, they didn’t have a little bit of plain, ordinary, everyday kindness and - a little lookin’ out for the other fella, too.” I think of that quote from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington whenever I watch video of people screaming, “I don’t want my taxes to go for their health care” at some public meeting or rally…

2. Many teenagers have never seen that film, or any other black-and-white movie. If this is your kid, you need to sit them down and teach them how to watch old movies, for everyone’s sake…

 

3. Overall life expectancy in the United States is 2.6 years shorter than in Canada, despite significantly higher spending on health care costs in the U.S. (16 percent of economic activity vs. 10 percent). Infant mortality rates are 18 percent higher in the United States than in Canada…

4. Those of us who are 65 or older already have a good idea of how the Canadian health care system works. Everyone pays a relatively small premium, doctors and hospitals are independent contractors who charge according to a set fee schedule, and the government pays your medical bills. The Canada health care system is officially called Canada Health, but is popularly known there as “Medicare.” It was largely modeled on the U.S. program, except that coverage was extended to all ages…

5. The deluded Canadians also have well-regulated banks that avoided the sub-prime mortgage debacle. I’m just saying…

6. It seems like another planet in some far away galaxy now, but in July 1965, 70 Republican members of the House of Representatives joined with 237 Democrats to pass the bill creating the Medicare program. The next day, 13 Republican Senators joined with 57 Democrats to pass the bill, which was signed into law a few days later. As of this moment, it is not clear that any Republican Representatives or Senators will vote for health insurance reform of any kind…

7. I’m sure that you’ll join me in wishing County Comptroller Howard Weitzman a quick recovery from his recent illness. By the time this is published, it is hoped that he will be back at the office…

8. Up in Broome County, the Mayor of Binghamton had a serious challenge in the recent Democratic primary, with active campaigns and extensive local media coverage. Turnout among the city’s 11,000 enrolled Democrats was 25 percent, which could be about the turnout in the Nassau County general elections this November, if voting patterns of the last 10 years hold…

9. Turnout in the Democrats’ contested 3rd county legislative district primary last week: 8.5 percent. Participation has been in crisis here for a decade. We’re now working on turning off a second voter generation to local affairs…

10. Rochester’s daily newspaper, the Democrat-Chronicle, ran a hard-hitting editorial complaining about the “paltry turnout” in their local Democratic primary. Turnout in Rochester: 12 percent…

11. An unprecedented and disturbing aspect of last week’s primaries was the decision by county Democratic leaders to invest openly and directly in the campaign of one of the candidates in the 13th county district. In 2006, a court decision took the teeth out of the longstanding section of the state’s Election Law that prohibited parties from expending funds in contested primaries, a law and tradition that dates back to the 19th century. The court case involved a third party supporting candidates in a Democratic primary and centered around “freedom of speech” issues. While most of New York’s party organizations showed restraint (some questioned the scope of the ruling, some the wisdom of alienating fellow party members), Nassau Democrats jumped in to set a new standard, supporting one of the primary candidates with a series of mailings, party workers and other resources. Apparently, civilian Democrats were not impressed with the Nassau Democracy’s lowering of this bar; the party’s designated candidate was defeated…

12. If you aren’t among the millions who have watched the two videos of housewife Ann Minch telling her credit card company what to do with their 30 percent interest rates, or you are baffled about why it has touched a national nerve, you may be a member of Congress.

Michael Miller is a freelance writer, designer and strategic consultant who has worked in state and local government. He lives in New Hyde Park.

Michael Miller is a freelance writer, designer and strategic consultant who has worked in state and local government. Email: millercolumn@optimum.net