We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
“The Democrats’ priorities for health-care reform are now clear: a government-run system financed on the backs of Americans and small businesses with higher taxes,” said Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee.
House Democratic leaders, pledging to meet the president's goal of health care legislation before their August break, are offering a $1.5 trillion plan that for the first time would make health care a right and a responsibility for all Americans. Left to pick up most of the tab were medical providers, employers and the wealthy.
No, it doesn't make health care a right. It makes insurance a right - if you can call something a "right" which is enforced and required by the government and paid for by us, whether we want to or not.
What do I want? I want free housing in Manhattan, free food and beer, a free car with free car insurance, a free boat with free dockage, and free legal coverage if I get in a scrape.
And I do not want my doc subject to "best practices" as determined by Washington wonks. I want him to work with me and for me, and I want to pay him to do so. Cooky-cutter medicine is crazy.