- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Community helps Jackson family with two cases of muscular dystrophy (9/19/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Eldorado Resorts to buy Isle of Capri Casinos (9/20/16)7
- Concealed-carry restrictions remain in Missouri despite new state law (9/18/16)22
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)6
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of beating a grandmother to death with baseball bat (9/18/16)
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
Health care Rx
Anyone interested in current efforts to "reform" health care in the U.S. has a special opportunity tonight to be informed. Howard Dean and Newt Gingrich are scheduled to debate the issue at 7:30 p.m. at the Show Me Center. The debate is part of Southeast Missouri State University's speaker series. A wellness fair will start at 6:15 p.m. prior to the debate.
Dean and Gingrich are well-informed and outspoken on the issue of health care. Dean favors far-reaching reforms that would provide coverage to nearly everyone who wants it. Gingrich argues that some of the proposed reforms are too costly to be practical.
Both men are particularly well-suited for this debate. Dean is a medical doctor who served as the governor of Vermont and chairman on the Democratic National Committee. Gingrich is a former speaker of the U.S. House of Representative. Both men have founded organizations to promote their views on health care.
Much of today's Opinion page is devoted to op-ed columns by Dean and Gingrich regarding health care. These informative pieces offer a glimpse of the quality of arguments each man can be expected to put forth at tonight's debate, which is a rare opportunity for a close-up look at a national issue.