Yes on single-payer

Sunday October 31, 2010

When President Obama took single-payer off the table in a doomed attempt to win Republican support for his health care reform plan, a rare opportunity was lost. Nonetheless, single-payer should be kept in the public eye, which non-binding Question 4 in the 2nd and 4th Berkshire District can accomplish. In asking the representatives from the districts to support single-payer, the question advocates the establishment of what is essentially a Medicare-for-all plan. The insurance company middle men would be eliminated from the equation, reducing bureaucratic costs by hundreds of millions of dollars and assuring that everyone would have health insurance, even those with pre-existing conditions. Single-payer is supported by a majority of doctors, who are being driven out of the profession by the current failed system. The Eagle endorses a Yes vote on Question 4 in the 2nd and 4th districts.

No on public nudity

Question 4 in the 3rd Berkshire District advises legislators to provide equal rules for men and women on going topless in Pittsfield. Katherine Gundelfinger, the advocate for the non-binding ballot question, sees it as a women's rights issue, equating it with the fight for workplace equality. However, when women were treated unequally in the workplace or denied the right to vote, they were truly disenfranchised. Women are not harmed by having to wear shirts in public and there are nude beaches in the area for sunbathing. Brattleboro, Vermont, which passed an anti-nudity law in 2007 because the presence of naked men and women downtown offended residents and visitors alike, provides an object lesson on the need for such restrictions. We would just as soon everyone, men and women, wore shirts in public at all times. The Eagle urges a No vote on Question 4 in the 3rd Berkshire District.


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