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.
That's strange. I just watched Obama's press conference and he said that Obamacare (his word) is already mostly in place (his words) and the advantages are clearly helping citizens receive better healthcare: more people are covered, children are covered, all receive free preventative care, enrollees get to choose the policies they want, etc. ad nauseum. The few areas we (the government) need to tweak are implementation, such as the application form being reduced from twenty to three pages for an individual, a few more pages for a family. Same old, same old.
However, in the last month, two of my mother-in-law's specialists have taken early retirement as well as her GP. Many docs within an easy commute are no longer taking Medicare patients. The ER's are still over-crowded with patients suffering from sniffles or minor cuts and bruises -- in other words, non-emergency care is still being delivered in the priciest section of the hospital.
Further, most hospital administrators I know say Obamacare isn't CLOSE to being implemented. The powers-that-be are still rewriting sections. States are not participating according to schedule. Just wait.
The worst part about Obummercare is the politicization of healthcare which insulates decisions from market information and exposes coverage elements to special interest forces who have to have their particular therapy or type of practice in the coverage AND it eliminates the possibility of consumer option to CHOOSE the type of coverage that matches their INDIVIDUAL requirements.
There were so many better ways to solve much of the healthcare issues that needed to be addressed without this monstrosity...no offense intended to actual monsters.
Beyond the obvious and normal idiocy of policies like this and California considering using non-citizens in juries, I find it interesting that we are actively encouraging the people that Mexico apparently has little or no interest in (since the Mexican govt. is supportive of our accepting illegal immigrants) to come to the US. Maybe we should advertise to other governments that if they have any citizens they don't want, that we'll take them.