‘Free State Politics’ Episode 3: Israel vs Hamas, COVID-19 and Health Insurance


Episode 3 of the “Free State Politics” podcast presented by MarylandReporter.com is now available for Download.

It stars award-winning journalist John Rydell and producer Douglas Christian, a Freelance White House multimedia reporter. If you haven’t subscribed to the podcast, please do it now.

The 22-minute episode features interviews with Larry Luxner, a freelance writer and native of Bethesda who now lives in Israel, as well as the president of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, Vincent DeMarco.

Luxner recently wrote an article on the Hamas attack for the Baltimore Post Examiner. In the podcast, he spoke about being caught amid the escalating conflict between Israel and the Palestinian terror group Hamas last month and having to take shelter from incoming rockets that landed nearby. Tel Aviv neighborhood.

Earlier this week, Israel continued to make headlines in the United States, particularly when Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) Drew bipartisan criticism after apparently suggesting in a tweet that the military actions taken by Israel and the United States are morally equivalent to carried out attacks. by terrorist organizations.

She wrote: “We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the United States, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan and the Taliban. I asked @SecBlinken where people are supposed to seek justice.

Omar refuted claims that she “equated terrorist organizations with democratic countries”.

Luxner talks about the rocket attack

“The vibe here is actually quite calm,” Luxner said. But at the height of this 11-day battle, people were of course traumatized. Tel Aviv has been isolated for years from this stuff. Most of Hamas’ rocket and missile attacks generally fell around the perimeter of the Gaza Strip… I can tell you that this is the first time since 1992, during the war in Iraq, that Tel Aviv is indeed targeted by rockets of all kinds. “

Luxner refuted claims that Israel’s military response to Hamas rocket attacks was disproportionate.

“You could say that Israel overreacted… Yes, it is true that 12 Israelis died and over 200 Palestinians died in Gaza. This is absolutely true. But that doesn’t mean that one side is right and another is wrong. During World War II 60,000 Britons died in the London Blitz and half a million Germans died. Does this mean the Nazis were morally right? No, I do not think so.”

DeMarco congratulates the state for insuring people

“Maryland has done a great job in a bipartisan fashion to implement the Affordable Care Act. Our rate of uninsured has fallen to six percent. But the pandemic has caused many people to lose their jobs and their health coverage. But we are coming back. “

DeMarco stressed the importance of enacting in law a permanent source of funding for the Maryland Prescription Drug Affordability Board.

“It’s not about the price… It’s about what the Marylanders pay. And the attorney general and top legal experts have said the state can put a limit on what people pay for their drugs. Pharmaceutical companies can charge whatever they want. But there will be a limit to what the Marylanders pay. “

The podcast ends with Rydell’s two-minute societal self-reflection: “A Moment of Clarity.”

This week, the host discusses the ongoing debate on Capitol Hill over President Joe Biden’s nearly $ 2 trillion infrastructure package and Biden’s frequent use of Amtrak over the more than three decades. where he served in the US Senate.

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