Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search


Stateside: What (Or Was) The Doctor Ordered?

Stateside with Rosalea

What The Doctor Ordered, Or Was The Doctor Ordered?

Pardon my cynicism, but you get like that in the US once you realize what a crock this ''model democracy'' is. How convenient for diverting the focus of the election from Iraq and the economy is the sudden news of Justice Rehnquist's thyroid cancer. It also balances out the cutesy appeal of Clinton stumping for Kerry just seven weeks after his heart surgery.

Next thing you know, there'll be lousy weather all day next Tuesday driving down voter turnout. Low voter turnout always favours the Republicans, because Democrats are such a wimpy lot.

One thing I've noticed about myself of late - and many people I talk to seem to suffer from it too - is forgetfulness. It's hard to remember what people tell you from one sentence to the next, and you'll look up a phone number then have to look it up three more times before you can dial it. All part of a National Anxiety Syndrome attack, I reckon. An attack that's largely driven by the media reiterating the words "scare tactics" at any opportunity, even on the Sunday talk shows.

There's only one cure folks: VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE! At least you'll have the comfort of knowing YOU did the right thing, no matter the outcome.

Anyways, I've been a tad distracted of late with having to participate in the US healthcare system a little more than usual. On a recent trip to Oregon I learned that physicians there no longer provide urgent care - that is, they only see patients during their regular surgery hours. This has come about because the liability insurance premiums they have to pay are huge. Physician groups took out a full page ad in the Oregonian a couple of weeks ago to that effect.

On the front page of the same paper were reports of visits by both Kerry and Bush to Oregon, which is a swing state. How convenient for things to come to a head just right now, when the cost of liability insurance is one of the Bush campaign's mainstays. Oops, there goes my cynicism again.

Meanwhile, back here in California a number of propositions to do with health care delivery are on the November ballot. A very good resource for reading background material about them is at The same website also has a good backgrounder about how California came to use direct democracy to such a large extent. This is not the kind of direct democracy that Switzerland has; for one thing, California law allows campaigns to pay professional signature-gatherers to get petitions signed.



© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news