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.
MICKEY KAUS: Smug self-styled wonks will kill health care yet. “WaPo’s Ezra Klein decrees ‘rules’ for those who would use the CBO’s damning analysis ‘against the existing health-care reform proposals’–they ‘must,’ he says, endorse some combination of cost-cutting proposals from a list he provides. Huh? Even as mock hubris (and it’s hard to tell) this makes no sense. Who said opponents have to be for more cost-cutting? Why can’t Republicans say to Dems a) You said your plans would bend the cost curve down. Instead they increase costs. The status quo would be better than your plans. Vote no. b) You said your plans would bend the cost curve down. Instead they increase costs. Why should we believe anything else you say? … That isn’t what I would say, but it’s not an illogical or inappropriate response.” Plus, “Klein goes on, of course, to re-endorse the very treatment-restricting form of cost-cutting that is scaring people away from the Dem plans.”
Woops. I thought this was about my Vet bills, which far exceed my medical bills with the dogs, the wife's horses, etc. When will the government care about the health of my animals? I cannot get insurance for any of them.
We will tolerate no rationing of medical care for our beloved animals.
Amazingly, I hear Bob Beckel on Sean saying that nobody can afford their kids' regular medical check ups. WTH?Why should I take care of Bob Beckel's kids?
I will take care of his kids when he takes care of my cars.
Vet bills - perhaps you should be grateful the gov does not defray your costs, or even that you cannot get insurance which at some point the Gov would undoubtedly get invovled.
Earlier this week, there was a video segment on another blog during which a Canadian pet owner pointed out that she could get an MRI for her dog the same day, but would have to wait at least nine months to get one for herself.
The number of things people will budget for BEFORE they budget for the completely expected costs of annual checkups for kids astounds me. How do they manage to clothe, feed, and house the little buggers?
I volunteer at a free clinic and was invited to a birthday party for one of the children I had seen. Well, brand new 4x4 truck in the driveway and the house with direct TV dish on the roof along with at least 50 people at the party. Led me to wonder why they could not afford health care.
The issue here is entitlement thinking. The Democrats are leading the country to believe they deserve the best at little or no cost to themselves. Nobody ever discusses what will happen if/when we dump the free market system. We will all be employees of the gummit.