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Parsimony – Obama Overhaul

In “Parse-imony” I break down current news stories with my pithy, running commentary…

First the headline…

Obama pulls plug on part of health overhaul law

…and now the story:

WASHINGTON – (AP) — The Obama administration says it is unable to go forward with a major program in the president’s signature health care overhaul law — a new long-term care insurance plan. [broken promises]

Officials said Friday the long-term care program has critical design flaws that can’t be fixed to make it financially self-sustaining. [Perhaps had they spent a little time doin some cipherin they could have figured this stuff out ahead of time.  It is hard to believe that the White House’s fiscal projections were flawed.]

Are You Ready For Some Pressure

Few things are more iconic than Hank Williams, Jr singing “Are you ready for some football” before every Monday Night Football game.  Long after you’ve forgotten the score the jingle still resonates in your memory.  ESPN took the bold step of suspending their use of the famous tune because of some comments by Williams, Jr.made about President Obama.  It seems that Hank in not too fond of the policies of Obama and had the temerity to voice his disdain on Fox News.  That’s probably a double whammy; saying something negative about Obama and doing it on Fox News.  I can understand ESPN’s desire to avoid getting political as a sports channel, but I suspect that the issue may go a little deeper.  Perhaps they don’t want to come under pressure from one of Obama’s federal agencies…

News Briefs – Volume XIX It’s All About Healthcare Baby

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories and this edition is all about Obamacare…

Brief 1:  Many seasoned citizens were shocked at AARP’s support of the Obamacare legislation which contained a significant cuts to doctor’s fees and cuts in allowable payments to hospitals.  The fear, of course, is that many provider would simply stop accepting Medicare patienst, a majority of which are the aforementioned senior citizens.  One had to wonder who the AARP, a membership organization, was actually lobbying for?  Just recently the AARP had announced that their employees will see a rise in their health care costs in a statement from an AARP spokesperson;

Hungry Shopping

Last Saturday morning I slept in a little and headed off to go grocery shopping at my favorite warehouse club.  I didn’t have time to eat breakfast before I left so I planned to have lunch at the club after shopping.  Plus it was Saturday and I knew the sample booths would be out in force attracting crowds of shoppers.    The free sample thing really works as I picked up a few extra items, but the traffic jams near the little carts can be irritating.  I am not sure why folks feel they have to eat the sample in front of the server.  That’s one of my pet peeves.