Though I saw it all around
Never thought I could be affected
Thought that we'd be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Monday, August 24, 2009

Thus Spake Zara-somebody

Some healthcare links

Jim Wright is at it again with his fourth installment about healthcare reform.

Sam Butler sends an article from Ordinary Gentlemen about the broken healthcare system (ie. insurance).

Sen. Lieberman and his, "Don't do too much, wait until everything is settled and people feel comfortable to make any big changes" speech can kiss my butt. Seriously, energy costs may have kicked the economy in the nads, but it's the cost of health insurance that had the economy on the ground and was kneeling on the windpipe. If we don't fix it now, we'll be back at the same place in another decade, but by then healthcare costs will be 25-35% GNP.

As Congress comes back to work, expect to see the conservative side of the argument switch from "Make noise, rattle them up," to, "it was the Democrats fault all these whackaloons behaved badly at their town hall meetings." Oh, wait, already started.

And now, a PSA.

And I know it's been awhile, and now that we have a Democratic President who believes in participatory democracy and working with the world instead of being mad at it, that we sometimes forget that the magical unicorns that fart rainbows haven't shown up yet and the world is a dangerous place. But seriously, Hurricane Warning flags are raised for a reason. When the lifeguards, Coast Guard, Weather Channel, etc all say, "Don't go near the water, it's dangerous" that doesn't mean "Surf's Up, Dude!" It also means staying above the tide line. Preferably way above the tide line. Not only is the water dangerous, what the water has roiled up can be dangerous (including live things thrown out of their normal habitat). And no, you're not strong enough to fight the water, especially if it's a rip current.

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