Health care reform: What happened to dental?


Sure, Washington passed a historic measure in order to provide millions of uninsured Americans health care, but the media is obsessed with the abortion debate, including why Rep. Neugebauer of Texas shouted "baby killer." (Still no word on whether Neugenbauer has Tourette's or was simply yelling out the title of his favorite x-rated horror rap by Brother Lynch Hung.)

Regardless, what's been missing lately from the debate has been any discussion of dental care. I don't mean why Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi always looks like smiling is painful. I mean dental care for all Americans.

After all, according to the Center for Disease Control, fewer than one million abortions are performed every year. Yet Americans have over nine billion teeth. Why is no one talking about that?