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.
They intend, as the New York Times puts it, "to reinvent the nation's health care system".
Let that sink in. A handful of people who probably never even ran a small business actually think they can reinvent the health care system.
Politicians and bureaucrats clearly have no idea how complicated markets are. Every day people make countless tradeoffs, in all areas of life, based on subjective value judgments and personal information as they delicately balance their interests, needs and wants. Who is in a better position than they to tailor those choices to best serve their purposes? Yet the politicians believe they can plan the medical market the way you plan a birthday party.
As Lowry says, these guys are reckless. Recklessness is always a bad thing, and few good things happen in pubs after midnight.
The World Health Organization ranked the United States No. 1 out of 191 countries for being responsive to patients' needs, including providing timely treatments and a choice of doctors. Among those currently insured, 84% are satisfied with their healthcare.
The Democrats have dumped a drastic, complicated health care bill on us and they are ramming it through before we can even figure it out. That's what matters, not the fact that the party out of power is squawking about it.
Trying to impose Government Controlled Healthcare on a nation that doesnít want it is significantly harder than running against a candidate for president who gets the nomination from the incumbent party whose leader had approval ratings in the mid to upper 20ís (and whoís base didnít really like him).
And a repeat: How is abortion "healthcare'? It's about killing, isn't it? Not on my nickel. I refuse to pay for your abortion, or your tummy-tuck.
Why the heck do we have to spend so much energy trying to stop the government from doing stuff for us? We can tie our own shoes. As Sissy says, "Just leave us alone." We would rather figure it out for ourselves. We aren't morons.
Photo: I'll bet young readers do not know who that is
Let me give you a quick intro to the fine art of medical claims writing. You won't pay for the tummy tuck. You'll pay for the anaesthetic, the dressing, the antibiotics, the follow-up care, and so on. They're all medically necessary, not elective.
The elective procedure proper will be discounted and subsidized by the non-elective components. You're already paying for other people's tummy tucks if you have private insurance.
Can you name the kids on that gentleman's show? If you can you are aging yourself, but who cares. As a young pup I had a wicked crush on the oldest girl. Who says little boys don't have naughty dreams.