Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Doing my part--public service announcement #873

Barack Obama just exhorted the American people to talk to their friends and neighbors about voting for him in 6 days. He said we can't stop getting the word out, and letting folks know about new direction, new policies, and new politics.

So I'm letting you know. Vote Obama. To do the same thing, over and over again, and expect the same result, is folly.

If you want better health care, a better economy, and better national defense policies, vote Obama.

If you want better education plans, better domestic business policies, and a better life for the middle class, vote Obama.

If you want the same shit, but a different day, don't vote.


  1. I'm going to be SO nervous on election day. It can't be stolen again, can it?

  2. I'm still undecided. Following the "same shit, different day" thinking, it's like choosing between Black Labrador and Golden Labrador shit. I don't want to eat either one. Regardless of who wins, they aren't going to change anything without the consent and cooperation of the other 2 branches, and as career politicians, they have too much to gain by maintaining the status quo.

  3. The democrats are in the majority in Congress right now--so it benefits Obama (and us) to win, because he has the cooperation of Congress on the whole. Changes can be made. Universal health care? I can't wait.

  4. You obviously don't work in the health care or insurance industry or haven't talked to anyone from Canada. Universal health care is extremely expensive and inferior to coverage available in the private sector. If you want to see the right way to do healthcare, take a look at Medicare part C & D. Letting the private companies compete has resulted in prescription coverage costing billions less than what was predicted. The best way to solve the health care problems is to reward healthy decisions and to make the consumer pay a large portion of the cost. The problem we have is that health care costs are rising because of overuse. Our generation runs to the doctor every time we have an ache or pain we brought on ourselves and expect it to be paid for. Quit smoking, exercise, maintain a healthy weight weight, eat your vegetables,drink water, sleep 8 hours a night, etc. If you still get sick with something major, then use your health insurance. If we all did that, half the hospitals and doctors wouldn't even be needed. The vast majority of health costs (95%???) comes from a small minority (5%???) of the population. Almost all of those costs can be traced to smoking and obesity. The biggest problem we have in this country is not letting people suffer the natural consequences of their actions.

  5. Obama's idea for universal health care is to expand the pool of people available to the same health care that he gets as a senator. He has "private" health care choices. Expanding the pool means lower prices. Right?

    And tell me, is $12,000/year not enough of a burden for me to shoulder, with my insurance through my employer? That's how much I'm paying now. And we don't go to the doctor---we do as you describe. $12,000/year for health insurance. That's where I'm at right now.

  6. Talk to your school about offering a plan with an HSA. It's much less expensive, offers tax savings, and is more "fair". However, employers won't put it in because employees bitch that they would rather pay $1200 a year more to have a $20 copay for 3 dr. visits, which would cost $300 out of pocket.

    Congress's health plan is way too rich in benefits. It would cost a lot more than the $12,000 a year you're paying. Also, simply adding numbers doesn't help, if they're the wrong people. The people who would use it are the ones who would be most expensive (uneducated, disabled, unemployable). If they were good risks, they'd already have coverage. What good does it do you to save $12,000 a year in premiums if you pay $15,000 more in taxes?

    I'm voting for Bob Barr.