The Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals and won the World Series. David Ortiz had a monster series. I’m not sure that anyone in their wildest dreams could have had a World Series like David Ortiz. Although Boston had three runs in the third inning and another three runs in the fourth inning, the game was won, in my opinion, when Junichi Tazawa came in in the seventh inning with the bases loaded and two outs. You could feel the momentum hanging in the balance. Tazawa was able to get Allen Craig to ground out in the inning was over. To be honest, St. Louis never threatened the rest the game. Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox!! Continue reading
The GOP’s unrelenting assault on the Affordable Care Act’s website is simply wrong. It is wrong in so many ways. Do you remember 2006? The GOP have the rollout of Medicare part D. Was that perfect? Were there significant problems? Were seniors completely confused about how to sign up and what benefits were available to them? Did the GOP decide to hold hearings and condemn the website for its many failures? No of course not.
Here’s what one representative had to say the time:
“Any time something is new, there is going to be some glitches,” Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) said on April 6, 2006. “No matter what one does in life, when it is something new in learning the ropes of it, it is going to take a little adjustment.”
Of course, I love what Republican, speaker of the house, John Boehner had to say about the similarities between the two programs – ”Medicare Part D is a sound, popular program that faced some technical problems when it began,” an aide to the Speaker, who requested anonymity, said on Thursday. “The ACA is fundamentally flawed, and the problems with the website are just the tip of the iceberg.”
There are a lot of things you can say about Medicare part D, a sound, well-thought-out program, clearly not. It was simply a giveaway to the pharmaceutical companies and await a way to buy off seniors. It worked. It helped to win the 2004 election.
There was a great tune the came out in 1972 called Stuck in the Middle with You.
It featured these lyrics: “Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right. Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.” I think when you look at Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act), this exactly what we have. On one side, you have the cheerleaders. Obamacare is the greatest thing since sliced bread. It will revolutionize healthcare, just like the scalpel and anesthesia did many decades ago. NOT! From the other side we hear that Obamacare is going to kill the economy, it’s going to kill healthcare, it’s going to kill your grandmother. Horse Hockey! Continue reading