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The Cosmopolitan Review

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 11/21/2013, 1:35 p.m.

Among those smacking their lips were actor Robert De Niro and his gorgeous wife, Grace Hightower; columnist Liz Smith; André Leon Talley (who loves to come to Harlem); Tom Leonardis, Goldberg’s assistant; and her granddaughter, Amarah Skye Martin, who actually looks like Goldberg but much prettier (sorry, Whoopi). Sylvia’s red velvet cake was served for dessert, which was to die for.

While I was attending a gala the other evening, the conversation actually turned to the subject of stop-and-frisk. Can you believe it? One partygoer stated that he never even thought about the issue of stop-and-frisk until he began hearing so much about it on the news.

“I used to just walk down the street; now I start to look over my shoulder to see who’s coming.” 

“Boy oh boy,” I thought to myself, “What planet does he live on? It must be nice.”

As always, lo and behold, everyone turned to me to ask my opinion. I had to be honest as, after all, I am the “Cosmopolitan Reviewer.” 

“Well,” I began, “it’s really hard to say. Unless you live in a neighborhood where gunshots are going off anywhere from 2 in the afternoon [when most thugs get up] until 5:30 in the morning [when most thugs are getting ready to turn in], innocent people are getting shot just walking down the street and mothers are afraid to take their children to the playground for fear they will be caught in the crossfire or see a person lying dead in the street, you don’t know enough to take an intelligent, well-informed position.” With that, everyone cringed and quickly changed the subject to the next topic of the day—Obamacare.

I am really trying to figure out what is the problem, because I refuse to believe that Congress is so radically against Obamacare just because it’s related to President Barack Obama. Currently, my family pays $1,505 per month for bare bones, no frills, no specialist-included health insurance. Under nystateofhealth.ny.gov, I found a family plan for only $738 a month that includes basic dental coverage and chiropractor visits. Are we going to sign up for this? Yes, we are. Plus, all of our current doctors accept this particular coverage. Right now, I’m in health care heaven. 

While I confess to not knowing all of the inner idiosyncrasies of how the government is able to offer this type of coverage, the truth is, I don’t want to know. What I do know is that there has never been health care reform that I can remember, and here is an opportunity for everyone in the country to get coverage. As I heard Obama state in a recent televised press conference, “Over 30,000 people in the state of Kentucky signed up for health care under the new health care package on the first day it was offered, and I didn’t even carry the state of Kentucky.” This is a great thing that the president has done—making health care affordable for all of the people, all of the time.  

Get well soon, Albert Mitchell.

Until next week … kisses