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US: 3rd Presidential Debate « Previous | |Next »
October 14, 2004

Apparently, the US presidential race has tightened with Kerry edging ahead.

NewsUS1.jpgThe video of the third presidential debate at Arizona State University in Tempe.

It was moderated by CBS's Bob Schieffer, who devised and asked the questions. A summary of the debate is here. The full transcript of the debate is here.

I'm listening to the video. Though this 90-minute debate is focused on domestic issues it opened with national security, terrorism and the war. Then it stayed on Kerry's turf, domestic policy especially health care, where Bush did badly.

Bush argued that the tax-and-spend liberal conception of a government run Medicare is bad. The proof? The US' privately run system is better than the government ones in countries overseas. I guess President Bush forgot about Australia. No doubt he would say it has rationing, therefore it is bad. But it covers all Australians whereas many Americans do not have medical insurance because it is expensive. Yet Kerry is not proposing government run Medicare in the guise of a federal takeover. You can choose to take it up or not. So Bush distorts to soften his position.

Keryy looked far more presidential and confident on health, abortion, social security, jobs and minimium wage. Bush was defensive and attacked the big government tax-and-spend liberal senator, and so he opened himself up to the charge of lack of fiscal discipline.

Iraq kept on coming up again and again. The environment and energy never even came up. Why not?

Bush did better than Kerry on immigration. But Kerry won on health care and jobs. Kerry sure talked a talk a lot about his religious faith, but he consistently distinquished faith from constitutional rights.

The polls show that Kerry did better. Now the spin comes into play.

I guess the Republicans knew that Kerry would do better than Bush in this debate. So Bush came across as kinder, more concerned and compassionate and he talked a lot about education. Bush only dropped his mask when he spoke openly about the importance of religion in his life at the end.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 2:57 PM | | Comments (3)


Sure, U.S. health care is technically excellent, but it's not cheap. When I was a freelancer in the US, it cost me US$750 per month for health insurance for me, my wife and our child. (Believe me, this was the best deal we could find.) For that sort of money it better be pretty damn good. A huge worry for many Americans is that if they lose their job, they also lose their health insurance, which is generally paid for by their employer. So unemployment, along with all its other burdens, brings the extra, crushing expense of private health care.

I cringe whenever I hear someone say how a more US style health care system is the way to go in Australia.

so do I.It is wrong for the private insurance fund (owned by a tirecompany) to organize the health system so they can make good profits at the expense of good health outcomes.

The consequences of the America way means that if you lose your job and get sick then it is going to be a disaster.

There should be a proper safety net for people's health.That is the strength of social democracy. That is the Australian way. It should be retained.

Well I dont know much about health insurance or what it is like to face these major problems because I am merely 15 but I do know the positions each candidate has but I am stuck between a rock and a hard placing trying to figure out who did best the 3rd debate? Can someone please help?here's my email: thanx. Well here's something interesting you may not have known:
Bush's assertion that Kerry's health plan would cost $5 trillion over 10 years far exceeds most other estimated costs for the senator's ambitious proposal -- including numbers cited by critics of Kerry's proposal and, in the past, by the president himself. According to a study by the American Enterprise Institute, a Bush-friendly think tank, the cost of Kerry's plan is about $1.5 trillion over 10 years. At other campaign events, Bush has used the AEI number. Other experts have put the price tag lower. In May, Emory University health economist Kenneth E. Thorpe, who analyzed the cost impact and coverage benefits of the various health care proposals offered during the campaign, estimated that Kerry's plan would cost about $650 billion.
Well thanx again 4 those who decide to help me on this BIG ASS project I have on who did better the 3rd Debate! PLEASE HELP & THANX!!!