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2009-07-23 - 12:02 p.m.

Woke up today feeling better...mentally, at least.

The funk is lifting. Slowly, but it is lifting.

The fact that the temperature has dropped by at least ten degrees probably has something to do with it.


The health care reform is starting to stall. President Obama wants this bill ASAP, or "there will be a crisis" (which is something he's said about the bailouts of GM, AIG, and several others). Now, however, even some House Democrats are saying that some changes to the President's health care reform bill need to be made.

According to this National Journal article, this evidently is starting to piss off Obama (emphasis mine):

"Let's just lay everything on the table," Grassley said. "A Democrat congressman last week told me after a conversation with the president that the president had trouble in the House of Representatives, and it wasn't going to pass if there weren't some changes made ... and the president says, 'You're going to destroy my presidency.'"

Never mind how much this is going to cost, or how much this will add to the deficit, or how it's really going to screw up health care.

It's all about him, isn't it?


Oh, by the way...

When it's brought up who badly government-run health care will inefficient it will be, and how costly...

...ever notice how the other paragons of government-run health care - Medicare, Medicaid - aren't mentioned as examples of government control?

And let's not mention the post office and/or the DMV.


If the government truly wants to lower health care costs, there are a couple regulations that they could remove that would lower costs almost immediately.

Firstly, allow out-of-state insurers into the pool. Some competition will certainly lower costs and increase service. "We can do what you want for less money." And if they can, all well and good. If not, change the plan as easily as you can change auto insurance.

Speaking of auto insurance, that's the second thing - make it easier for cafeteria-style insurance.

With auto insurance - at least, here in California - there are certain minimums that you must have, such as collision and liability. Then, you can add on other items (uninsured motorist, towing, comprehensive, and such) at whatever additional cost.

Some health care plans allow this. Some don't. It would be nice if I didn't have to pay for some of the coverage that the state deems I must have.

Because I really don't think I'm ever going to get pregnant. But if it happens, I'm covered.


Okay. Today is my day off. Laundry will ensue.

Be seeing you.


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