Riding a city bus can lend itself to many occasions for entertainment. Watching the old guy try and hit on the 17 year old on her way home from school. Overhearing the one-up-manship of who was in jail longer or who has been out the shortest amount of time. All can be very amusing for people watching during the commute.
Over the past decade I’ve gained a lot of weight but toward the end I’ve managed to lose quite a bit. This getting old can be a pain as your body doesn’t want to do what your mind plans to. The metabolism slows down plus I’ve had a hysterectomy which knocked the hormones and cholesterol all out of whack. Just meaning I have to be more aware of what I am eating and getting more exercise. Maybe I will get a Wii and learn to beat the grandchildren and get exercise at the same time.
So that’s why I say, this is actually a legitimate debate. I think that we can craft a system in which you’ve got a public option that has to operate independently, not subsidized by taxpayers — it would be nonprofit, but we’ve already got nonprofits out there like BlueCross BlueShield — that they would have to go on the market and get a market price for capital, so they wouldn’t be able to just have the Federal Reserve write them a check. I think there are ways that we can address those competitive issues. And you’re absolutely right, if they’re not entirely addressed, then that raises a set of legitimate problems.
I feel we are in the biggest fight of our lives with this issue. Health care for the millions of Americans is an almost impossible task. Adding 12 million people who really could care less about the welfare of this country, is a pipe dream. Is it fair? Absolutely not! Is it reality? Absolutely! We did this to ourselves. We allowed it to happen. We have stood by and let them takeover our country, one family at a time. We watch on tv them wading across the river in droves. We just couldn’t say no. The easy life was calling.
Hostess: Senator A, the president has called a summit to attempt to push healthcare reform forward. Do you think this shows that the president understands that the American people want both sides to work together to find a compromise and do what’s right for the country?
Another slight-of-hand trick Obama has been using is allowing White House officials to screen each member of the audience and each question to be asked. Obama then claims that he does not know what questions will be asked. The Associated Press pointed out a huge lie.
Although news of this idea is flying furiously around the blogosphere, it’s too early to say if it will gain enough support to have a chance. But if it’s included in the final health care reform bill it could be fascinating to watch what happens. If nothing else, it would allow all of us to see if a robust public option does indeed force insurers to be more competitive, by comparing a state that has it to a state that opted out. It could make for some interesting elections, as people decide if their state government made the right choice. It could even make some people re-think living in their state altogether.
According to its most recent figures, in 2009 there were 50.7 million people in the us (16.7% of the population) who were without health insurance. This is up from 2008, when there were 46.3 million people in the us (15.4% of the population) who were without health insurance.