Personally, I think a public health insurance plan is not going to accomplish anything as long as patients still have to deal with no co-pays, deductibles, out-of-pocket expenses, limited provider networks, and lifetime benefits caps.
Another reason why medical conditions are a major contributor to personal bankruptcies is the loss of income, so even if your medical expenses are covered, unless you have managed to build an emergency fund, you are still in danger of losing everything.
What really annoys me about the healthcare debate is that everybody talks about what it's going to cost, but nobody seems to talk about how much money it is going to save; or the fact that healthy people will be able to work instead of staying home sick, which means increased tax revenue.
Thank you, Brian Crooks from Naperville, IL, for putting words to something that's been bugging me for a long time!
This morning finds me at the same time elated because Obama won and dismayed because at least two anti-gay constitution amendments passed. I rejoice at the sound defeat of abortion limitations in South Dakota and of the absolutely ridiculous attempt to declare a fertilized egg a person (was that in Colorado? I forgot).
I was saddened to hear the crowd booing again when McCain mentioned Obama's name during his concession speach, which almost made me cry. If we had heard more of that McCain during the campaign instead of smears and fears, the result might have been different yesterday.
Most of all I'm glad this election is over, though. In a good way!
ETA: I just realized that this was the second major historic event I had the privilege of witnessing in my lifetime: the first one was the fall of the Berlin Wall.
"Maybe market meltdowns are what happen to a country when commentary on matters economic becomes the exclusive province of business thinkers. When labor unions are systematically crushed. When dissent is divorced from matters economic or social and becomes instead a quality of middle-class taste preferences, of 'extreme' cars and 'radical' packaged goods. When management theorists take it as their duty to dazzle us with a crescendo of free-market worship. When leaders of left parties cleanse their ranks of laborites, of New Dealers, of Keynesians, of socialists. When newspapers refuse to open their columns—on grounds of laughable, self-evident dinosaurdom—to doubters and second-wavers and old-school liberals.
Today we are paying for each of these, for all of the ways in which we expunged the common sense of our parents' America from our lives. With each month's nauseating returns, we are making good the intellectual folly of the last 10 years."
Sound familiar? - This is an excerpt from an article called "The Rah-Rah Boys" by Thomas Frank, published in the Los Angeles Times in 2002 (source here).
One comment in the regional rag: "She's a strong, everyday person. That's what we need." - No, honey, what we need as leaders for this country is not Sally Sixpack and Joe Blow. We need educated people who don't live in denial of environmental problems and other woes. We need people who are capable of long-term thinking. And most of all we need people who are not too old to live through 10, 20, 30, or 40 years of the consequences of their political decisions.
I am dead tired but I can't sleep because our local high school has their homecoming game tonight. We live a block down the road from the school but they're making so much noise that it sounds like they're playing in our backyard. And then they're playing that really annoying panther howl/growl really loud until 11 at night. I HATE football season! * sighs *
Oh well... Since I am too tired to work on the prompt for October's "No Pressure Prompt Exchange" - nppe nppe - I thought I'd share with you the following nausea-inducing column by Ron Hart, a "southern libertarian" (whatever that may be), that our local rag printed the other day.
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Fortunately, it was followed by Clarence Page's "Memo to Obama" in the regional rag a day or two later.
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Why Sarah Palin shouldn't complain about big government wasting taxpayer money. - By Timothy Noah
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Timothy Noah is a senior writer at Slate.
Right! That's just what we need: a bunch of Wallstreet hotshots let loose on the oil, grain, and other raw products markets. - That's our world's food supply you're speculating with, you heartless greedy corporate asshat bastards!
We all need to be alarmed about this! I urge you to watch the documentary and contact your local Supervisor of Elections to find out how they are going to make sure that every citizen will be able to vote and that all votes will be counted. Educate yourself. Write to your Congressmen and -women, State Representatives, and whoever else it concerns and demand that if electronic voting machines are used, they give you a paper "receipt" (like the TruVote system) and can be audited.
"John McCain announced that he was running for president to confront the "transcendent challenge" of the 21st century, "radical Islamic extremism," contrasting it with "stability, tolerance and democracy." But the values of his handpicked running mate, Sarah Palin, more resemble those of Muslim fundamentalists than they do those of the Founding Fathers."
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A friend sent me the following recent examples of Palinese: Language of the Double Standard:
If you're a minority and you're selected for a job over more qualified candidates you're a 'token hire.'
If you're a conservative and you're selected for a job over more qualified candidates you're a 'game changer.'
Black teen pregnancies? A 'crisis' in black America. - White teen pregnancies? A 'blessed event.'
If you grow up in Hawaii you're 'exotic.' - Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, you're the quintessential 'American story.'
Similarly, if you name you kid Barack you're 'unpatriotic.' - Name your kid Track, you're 'colorful.'
If you're a Democrat and you make a VP pick without fully vetting the individual you're 'reckless.' - A Republican who doesn't fully vet is a 'maverick.'
If you spend 3 years as a community organizer growing your organization from a staff of 1 to 13 and your budget from $70,000 to $400,000, then become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review,create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new African Amerian voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, then spend nearly 8 more years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, becoming chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, then spend nearly 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of nearly 13 million people, sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you are woefully inexperienced.
If you spend 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, then spend 20 months as
the governor of a state with 650,000 people, you've got the most executive experience of anyone on either ticket, are the Commander in Chief of the Alaska military and are well qualified to lead the nation should you be called upon to do so because your state is the closest state to Russia.
If you are a Democratic male candidate who is popular with millions of people you are an 'arrogant celebrity'. - If you are a popular republican female candidate you are 'energizing the base'.
If you are a younger male candidate who thinks for himself and makes his own decisions you are 'presumptuous'. - If you are an older male candidate who makes last minute decisions you refuse to explain, you are a 'shoot from the hip' maverick.
If you are a candidate with a Harvard law degree you are 'an elitist 'out of touch' with the real America. - If you are a legacy (dad and granddad were admirals) graduate of Annapolis, with multiple disciplinary infractions you are a hero.
If you manage a multi-million dollar nationwide campaign, you are an 'empty suit'. - If you are the part-time mayor of a town of 7,000 people, you are an 'experienced executive'.
If you go to a south-side Chicago church, your beliefs are 'extremist'. - If you believe in creationism and don't believe global warming is man-made, you are 'strongly principled'.
If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian. - If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years with whom you are raising two daughters you're 'risky'.
If you're a black single mother without insurance who waits for 22 hours after her water breaks to seek medical attention, you're an irresponsible parent, endangering the life of your unborn child. - If you're a white married mother who waits 22 hours, you're spunky.
If you're a 13-year-old Chelsea Clinton, the right-wing press calls you 'First dog.' - If you're a 17-year old pregnant unwed daughter of a Republican, the right-wing press calls you 'beautiful' and 'courageous.'
If you kill an endangered species, you're an excellent hunter. - If you have an abortion you're not a Christian, you're a murderer (even if you got pregnant because you were date-raped).
If you teach abstinence only in sex education, you get teen parents. - If you teach responsible age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.
Unfortunately, my friend did not mention her source, only that she had got it from a friend herself. Should YOU happen to know who the author of the above is, please let me know so that I can give proper credit.
"(I)f history is a guide, an Obama victory in November would lead to faster economic growth with less inequality, while a McCain victory would lead to slower economic growth with more inequality. Which part of the Obama menu don’t you like?"
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