“Daring to Complain About Obamacare: Has Obamacare made it un-P.C. to be concerned by a serious burden on a middle-class family’s well-being?”
This is the exact title of a lead op-ed in (drum roll please) The New York Times.
“President Obama doesn’t care much about the relatively small percentage of us with canceled coverage and no viable replacement. He keeps apologizing while maintaining that it’s for the good of the country, a vast improvement ‘over all’,” writes Lori Gottlieb, a contributing editor for The Atlantic
“And the ‘over all’ might agree. But the self-employed middle class is being sacrificed at the altar of politically correct rhetoric, with nobody helping to ensure our health, fiscal or otherwise, because it’s trendy to cheer for the underdog,” Ms. Gottlieb continues. “Embracing the noble cause is all very well — as long as yours isn’t the ‘fortunate’ family that loses its access to comprehensive, affordable health care while the rest of the nation gets it.”
BOUND FOR THE PHILIPPINES
In the post-typhoon world, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered the aircraft carrier USS George Washington with 5,000 sailors and 80 aircraft “to make best speed” for the Philippines from its current port visit to Hong Kong. Also on the way: the cruisers USS Antietam and USS Cowpens, the destroyer USS Mustin, and the supply ship USNS Charles Drew. The ships should arrive in 48 hours.
“These ships and aircraft will be able to provide humanitarian assistance, supplies and medical care in support of the ongoing efforts led by the government and military of the Republic of the Philippines,” says Defense Department spokesman George Little.
The documentary film “Rescue in the Philippines” recounting the rescue of 1,300 Jews from Nazi Germany from 1937 to 1941 by Manuel Quezon, first president of the Philippines; then-Army Col. Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. High Commissioner to the Philippines Paul V. McNutt, and Cincinnati-based cigar makers Philip, Alex, Morris and Herbert Frieder. The conscientious folks behind the film, however, have been at work for the past month on their own rescue project. The Maryland filmmakers and Pennsylvania-based Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics will donate $750,000 worth of prosthetic limbs to the Philippines.
Their efforts predate the typhoon. The need for the limbs, however, likely has intensified.
“What had been planned as a way to thank the people of the Philippines for their heroic generosity for welcoming the refugees from Nazi Germany has taken on a new and more vital importance in the wake of the typhoon,” says Russ Hodge, president of Three Roads Communications, which produced the film.
With co-producer Cynthia Scott, and Ability CEO Jeffrey M. Brandt, Mr. Hodge will screen the film at the Cannon House Office Building on Tuesday for House Speaker John A. Boehner and other lawmakers. The prosthetic limbs will be distributed in the Philippines through Physicians for Peace, a nonprofit group.
POLL DU JOUR
• 54 percent of Americans currently work for a male boss, 30 percent work for a female boss.
• 41 percent say it makes “no difference” if they have a male or a female boss; 51 percent of men, 32 percent of women, 42 percent of Republicans and 34 percent of Democrats agree.