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Friday, August 22, 2008

Obama picks Joe Biden for VP!

I know a lot of people have been wondering and hoping for their Presidential candidates to choose their VPs. I'm certainly one of the crowd that has been hoping and praying that Obama would pick Joe Biden for his VP. And he did. Just announced after midnight, Joe Biden of Deleware is the VP pick for the Democrats.

I'm a big fan of Biden. Biden, 65, is a veteran of more than three decades in the Senate, and one of his party's leading experts on foreign policy, an area in which polls indicate Obama needs help in his race against Republican rival John McCain. With Biden on the ticket, Obama has the potential to pick up many of Hilary Clinton's supporters who said they would move over to the moron Republican party and support 7 houses and OLD McCain. Hopefully those people will move back where they belong and realize that with Biden joining Obama at the helm, foreign policy will be well handled like Democrats and not like War Mongers.

Besides being the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Biden also serves on the following committees in Congress:

For a comprehensive accounting of Biden's voting record see Project Vote Smart[12] and other material noted in the Reference section.

Biden is a soft-spoken man with strong ethics and a real desire to work in public service. He first began his political career in 1970, and has run unsuccessfully for president several times. Biden supported the Farm Bill and has supported funding the Farmland Protection Program. These are both very important issues to me, and I have appreciated Biden's work on behalf of Delaware, a tiny but highly agricultural state.

Biden supports energy conservation and has a plan for a secure energy future in America including investment in alternative energies, learning how to conserve energy, increasing renewable energy sources, etc. He's on the ball with energy conservation.

Biden's views on Health Care, while not exactly mine, are going in the right direction. Since I'm not thrilled with Obama's health care policy either, I guess I'd much rather take rather big steps towards health care for all than deal with the Republican of health care for those that can afford it. Senator Biden is committed to reducing the ranks of the uninsured—especially the 9 million children without health insurance—and improving American’s access to essential health care services. He is working to provide health insurance to more Americans by:

  • Expanding the SCHIP program to allow more children to participate, and increasing outreach efforts to enroll every child eligible for SCHIP and Medicaid—so that families won’t have to rely on emergency rooms to get needed health care for their children.
  • Allowing uninsured Americans the opportunity to purchase an insurance plan that mirrors the Federal Employee Health Benefit Plan (FEHBP) and by giving people 55 and older the chance to buy in to early coverage under Medicare.
  • Providing federal coverage for catastrophic cases so that patients have a limit to the burden of astronomical health care costs and to help lower premiums to make insurance more affordable for businesses and individuals.
Encouraging Prevention and Modernization: The United States spends more money than any other nation on health care—currently around $2.2 trillion—but does not have the expected health outcomes to show for it. Obesity rates have doubled over the last two decades and we currently spend 75 cents of every health care dollar on patients with chronic diseases. Senator Biden wants to bring health care costs under control and increase the quality of care by:
  • Placing a greater emphasis on prevention and wellness to contain health care costs associated with chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, asthma, osteoarthritis and heart disease.
  • Establishing a Comparative Effectiveness Panel to evaluate treatment protocols, medical devices and new technology, and establish best practices for management of chronic diseases.
  • Continuing support for and increasing investment in health information technology like electronic medical records.
  • Urging the adoption of uniform billing and claims processes to reduce administrative costs.
Strengthening the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program: Senator Biden fought for years to expand the Medicare program to cover prescription drugs with a plan that would provide valuable coverage, be easy to use, and affordable to most seniors. Senator Biden supports improving Medicare’s prescription drug program by:Allowing the federal government to directly negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies, which could help lower drug prices for consumers.
  • Eliminating the benefit gap in coverage, otherwise known as the “donut hole.”
  • Speeding up availability of generic drugs.
Increasing Funding for Biomedical Research: Senator Biden understands the important role the federal government plays in finding cures for cancer and other diseases by supporting important biomedical research. He is working to strengthen these efforts by:
  • Continuing robust funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), building on the successful effort that doubled NIH funding over five years.
  • Adopting the NIH guidelines on federal funding for stem cell research.
  • Establishing a biotechnology coordinator in the Executive Branch.
  • Developing vaccines and other effective responses to potential biological weapons.
Protecting the Privacy of Medical Records: Senator Biden knows how important it is to patients that their personal medical information be kept private. He supports:
  • Making sure individuals’ medical information is not used against them or unknowingly sold for commercial profit.
  • Ensuring that as we move toward more efficient, cost-saving electronic medical records, privacy interests remain a priority.
  • Preventing the use of predictive genetic information, such as whether someone carries the gene for breast cancer, from being used to discriminate against persons in decision-making related to employment or health insurance.
As I said, not nearly enough, not my hopes and dreams, but at least with Obama's view on healthcare, steps forward instead of stagnation.

Biden has been a great supporter of veterens rights and has worked to make the health care system for veterens more accountable. He's helped to secure family security for vets, to provide healthcare and family and medical leave for up to 6 months.

His views on Afghanistan and Iraq can be seen here.

I hope that you can learn to support the Obama/Biden ticket. Try to learn all you can about Joe Biden. Although he is a bit more conservative than I am, I think he is going to make a very positive impact on the US, and I believe he can add much that has been missing in the Obama campaign.

If not, there's always this option:

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Blogger Rhea said...

For me, Biden rocks for his work on the Violence Against Women acts he worked on.

23/8/08 7:58 AM  

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