Politics, Information Technology, and Genomics

Health care expansion expands more than just coverage

Fareed Zakaria is one of those rare news analysts that has a deep understanding of issues and is able to distill complex topics into their most salient points. Early this past November, nearly two months before the Senate even passed a bill, Mr. Zakaria's column in Newsweek had this to say about the health care overhaul. There are two great health-care crises in America—one involving coverage and the other cost. The Obama plan appears likely... Full Post

The End of Idealism

To many it seems that idealism and partisan rancor in politics is at an all time high. While the latter may be true, the former is not. Over the last several decades, the two major political parties in the United States have loosened their ties to the traditional planks in their platforms and tightened their ties to lobbyists. There are many examples that show that each party is defined more by whether they are in... Full Post

St. Louis Auto Dealers Charity Gala

The St. Louis Auto Dealers Association will be holding its annual charity gala, Cheers for Children!, benefiting several local children's charities (including the St. Louis Crisis Nursery), at the America's Center on January 30th, 2010 from 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Tickets are $50 and include valet parking, appetizers, open bar, silent auction, a private tour of the Auto Show floor, live music and admission to the after-party at Mosaic Lounge. Tickets can be purchased... Full Post

Change Congress

Below is an email from Lawrence Lessig of Change Congress. The Senate passed its health care bill last week, and as you may have noticed, the final version looks quite different from the original legislation introduced last summer. What's happened in the meantime is a case study in what's wrong with Congress -- and a map of the work that lies ahead of us as we enter into a new year. Take a look at... Full Post

Joe has gotta go

First he torpedoes the public option, now he has done the same to the expansion of Medicare. This despite the fact that he has repeatedly campaigned on expanding Medicare and as recently as three months ago spoke favorably of expanding Medicare. Seems his health insurance company sponsors are keeping Sen. Joe Lieberman on a very short leash lately. I wonder if he will start wearing their logos on his suits soon. Visit msnbc.com for breaking... Full Post