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The next needed step in health care

March 27, 2010 - Mike Maneval

I considered, during the past two days, whether I'd take the topic of health care up again or move on to other issues - another nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration has withdrawn, President Barack Obama used the recess appointment process to bypass Senate obstructionism, and legislation increasing oversight of the financial sector is in negotiations in the Senate. The health care reform package is monumental, but other developments continue.

But one critical challenge still confronts America on health care, and it is a challenge that will not wait. The men and women deployed to Afghanistan deserve a higher quality of medical care and better efforts to preserve their lives and health.

The U.S. troop casualty rate for the first three months of 2010 has doubled from the same period in 2009. Injury rates are also rapidly rising, according to a Saturday report on Huffington Post. President Barack Obama in 2009 committed more Americans to the fight in Afghanistan than ever before - twice. He now needs to commit more resources to protecting them - as he should've done at the time. Not because of the economic or political benefits, but because it's the right thing to do.


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