Tuesday, December 22, 2009

News Talk Online December 22, 2009: Health Reform & Rude Behavior

The attempt by the U.S. Senate to push through a health reform bill full of compromises that irk both progressives and conservatives was the first topic on today's News Talk Online on the Paltalk News Network.

The need to get this done before Christmas - a vote's been called for on Christmas Eve, was attributed by some - myself included - as an attempt to show progress on a key policy issue important to the Obama administration. In the meantime, the initial vision that proponents of national health care had, seems to be a victim.

Presuming a Senate version passes on Thursday, the House will have to pass one as well in January. Then the two bills will have to be reconciled. So whatever ultimately is passed into law could differ measurably from what's approved by the Senate this week.

The second segment featured syndicated newspaper advice columnist and author Amy Alkon - who has launched on a one-woman crusade to combat rude behavior whenever she confronts it. Examples: people who disturb those around them in public places while gabbing on their cellphones, parents who don't control their loud and obnoxious offspring in public spaces and telemarketers who feel it's OK to invade your personal space calling you at home.

Her new book, I See Rude People: One Woman's Battle to Beat Some Manners into Impolite Society, addresses these three examples and much, much more - and gives you tips on how you can fight back.

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