Posted in America, Healthcare Reform, Politics, tagged America, Department of Health and Human Services, Health care, Health Care Reform, Health Insurance, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform, Kathleen Sebelius, Obamacare, Politics on January 18, 2011 |
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Today Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, released a report that concludes that up to half of all Americans below age 65 — 129 million in all — have some kind of “pre-existing condition” that might otherwise cause them to be denied health insurance coverage. The report, which was released on the day the House of Representatives began debate on a bill to repeal the “health care reform” legislation, notes that under that legislation those individuals with “pre-existing conditions” cannot otherwise be denied coverage, or be charged significantly higher premiums.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
As is the case so often these days, this report seems to be motivated almost entirely by political concerns — in this case, trying to make a case for retaining the “health care reform” legislation. Consider the study itself. It concludes that “50 to 129 million (19 to 50 percent of) non-elderly Americans have some type of pre-existing health condition.” Can’t we expect a bit more precision from our governmental studies than a margin for error of 79 million Americans? No doubt the political manueverers at HHS realized that the news media would report the higher number — which is exactly what has happened. The headline on the ABC News website report on the study, for example, is: “Half of Americans Have Pre-Existing Health Conditions”.
And consider, too, the fact that the report itself notes that “as many as 82 million Americans with employer-based coverage have a pre-existing condition.” In other words, those conditions — if they exist at all — have not stopped those 82 million Americans from getting and keeping insurance through their employers. If the insurance companies were really as evil as Secretary Sebelius and the supporters of “health care reform” legislation argue, how could that have happened? Why didn’t the greedy insurance companies immediately eliminate coverage for those 82 million Americans? The fact that, according to the government, as many as 82 million Americans are maintaining health insurance notwithstanding their purported “pre-existing conditions” refutes one of the basic arguments for having “health care reform” legislation in the first place.
Finally, the report shows, I think, that our federal government really doesn’t have much respect for the common sense of Americans. Does anyone honestly think that if half of all Americans under 65 really had pre-existing conditions that made it impossible for them to get private health insurance we would see the kind of vigorous opposition to the “health care reform” legislation that has continued, unabated, despite the best efforts of the news media and the federal government to quash it?
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Posted in Dogs, Family, Humor, Penny, tagged Border Collies, Chaser, Dogs, Family, Humor, Penny, The Penny Chronicles on January 18, 2011 |
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My name is Penny.
The others in the pack were talking today about a border collie named Chaser. She was trained to learn words for five hours a day. She has learned more than 1,000 words. Big deal! So she knows different words for chew toys, balls, Frisbees, and cloth animals! What good is that?
Everyone in the canine world knows that border collies are neurotic workaholics. They always want to be doing something. And, they will bug, bug, bug you if they aren’t. It can drive you crazy.
In my pack, no one wants to be doing something every minute of the day. The leader likes to sit and look at books. Young Master likes to listen to music. And the old boring guy — well, who cares? I think my pack wants me to just stretch out, relax, and keep them company. They don’t want to be teaching me another word for “ball” for five hours a day. And I don’t want to do that, either.
So, I’m no Chaser. But guess what, Chaser? I know the words for “food,” “bed,” and “walk.” What else do I need?
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Posted in America, Columbus, Ohio, tagged America, Columbus, Drivers Ed, Driving, Ohio, Roundabouts, Traffic, Traffic Accidents on January 18, 2011 |
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In the past few years, roundabouts — what non-engineers call traffic circles — have been cropping up all over central Ohio. They are a very welcome addition.
In my view, roundabouts are vastly preferable to traffic lights. The intersection at Morse Road and Rt. 62 near our home was a dangerous bottleneck for years and consistently ranked high on the list of the most dangerous intersections in central Ohio. We knew of its dangers first-hand, because one of our family members got into an accident that was due entirely to stopped traffic blocking the view of a car trying to exit a shopping center parking lot. Since the traffic light was replaced by a roundabout the traffic flow is much better, and the long lines of stopped cars are a thing of the distant past. Traffic engineers say that the roundabouts not only improve traffic flow, they also reduce crashes generally and significant injury crashes specifically. Because every car on the roundabout is moving to the right, the chances of head-on collisions or T-bone crashes is dramatically reduced.
Of course, you have to get the hang of merging onto the roundabout. As you approach, you look to your left for traffic in the roundabout or about to enter the roundabout, and then you merge onto the roundabout to the right when there is an opening. Fortunately, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has prepared an unintentionally hilarious step-by-step guide to how to drive through a roundabout that makes you feel like you are back in drivers ed class. No doubt it will be the source of amusement for our British friends who have driven through roundabouts for decades.
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