Health? Did someone mention health?

I was looking forward the other day to an Obama transition team press conference on the appointment of Tom Daschle as the next US Secretary of Health and Human Services.  But that was before hometown hero Rod Blagojevich (yes, I live in Chicagoland, where the surprise inspired by the governor’s antics is rivalled only by the lack of surprise inspired by the same) pulled out all the stops to make the news all about him.

As much as I think the future of the American medical system is vastly more important than Blagojevich’s (admittedly spectacular) lapses of moral judgment and common sense, it’s hard to blame the media for succumbing to the fact that “more important” doesn’t always equal “more interesting.”

By the way, the real irony in this is that, according to the massive complaint filed against Blagojevich earlier this week, one of his corruption-laden fantasies involved trading Obama’s vacated Senate seat for the Secretary of Health and Human Services position . . . for himself.  I’m not entirely sure how he thought that was going to happen, but I think it’s safe to say the nail went into the coffin of that dream when the same complaint alledged that he tried to withhold $8 million in state funds from a children’s hospital if he didn’t get a $50,000 donation from a hospital executive.  Ouch.

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~ by h.e.g. on December 12, 2008.

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