It had to happen: ObamaCare is literally going to the dogs.
One dog, at least; Shane Smith, of Fort Collins, says his dog Baxter now has a health insurance account in his name through Connect for Health Colorado. Smith registered with Connect for Health Colorado because, guess what? His insurance was canceled by Obamacare. The next thing he knew … he got a letter informing him Baxter had a plan.
Smith said amusedly, “I thought, ‘Wow, this is so awesome … They have gone out of their way to insure my 14-year-old Yorkie.” He assumes it was one of the answers to a series of security questions that triggered the canine insurance. He said, “There was some kind of code or something, so I gave them my dog’s name. They must have just put it in the wrong slot or something. It was pretty funny. Typical Obamacare, that they would insure your dog by mistake.”
Nothing gets you "moving" like moving . . . or eating (but that doesn't have anything to do with this post).
Are you stuck?
Do you feel weighed down by a load that you just can't drop?
Have you got some goo in your gears?
Try running. Running is an all natural, safe, effective way to get your bowels moving. Running is so effective that marathon participants have been known to have a bowel movement on themselves during the race. Now THAT's effective.
Running. Safe, gentle, effective, natural relief from constipation.
Aside: Can I just say that when I went looking for a suitable image for the runner, I found a lot of images showing this guy and the word, "fail." Although he clearly had an accident, he is a far cry from a failure. Personally, I have never run more than 10 miles in a single event: that is just over 1/3 the distance this man ran. Not only did he run a marathon, but when he had to "go," he did not let that stop him.
Is it gross to run in poop? Sure, but this guy was able to finish his race in abhorent conditions and he was only 18 years old. I don't know many 18 year olds who have that kind of determination.
When considering who is responsible for the train wreck that is Obamacare (AKA the Affordable Care Act), it is easy to point the finger at the chief executive and look no further. Surely, the namesake gets a lot of credit, after all, he toured the country selling the legislation with his signature lie, "If you like your current insurance plan, you can keep your insurance plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor." Conservative pundits hollered from the rooftops that this would not be the case, but the president played the part of the expert salesman, and here we are--Americans are losing coverage and doctors are retiring due to Obamacare.
While President Obama does bear the bulk of the responsibility for his signature legislation, it is important to remember how it was passed. At the time of its passing, the Democratic party held both houses of congress and the presidency. Nancy Pelosi was Speaker of the House and Harry Reid was the Senate Majority Leader. The majority houses in both parties came together in closed door meetings (even going so far as to lock their Republican associates out of the room) to craft the legislation without (apparently) reading it first. Who can forget Nancy Pelosi's famous line, "We have to pass [the legislation] so we can know what is in it."
Conservative leaders tried approximately 40 times to get the law repealed and it was denied by the Democrat owned Senate led by Harry Reid. The final attempt to repeal the legislation culminated in a government shut down because Senator Reid refused to compromise or negotiate with the Republicans in the House of Representatives. Republicans sent small changes like:
remove the medical device tax
delay the individual mandate for a year
require congress to enroll in Obamacare instead of keeping their special health plans
"No Compromise" Reid refused them all, proclaiming that he would keep his cadillac healthplan for the benefit of the people of America.
Now we are about 6 weeks into Obamacare. We are seeing 5o people lose their desired health plan for every 1 person who has signed up through the broken exchange website. We are finding out that the people hired to receive your personal information and help you through the enrollment process do not need a criminal background check and some are actually encouraging people to lie on their enrollment forms. The website itself cost millions of dollars and still is not functional at any acceptable level. The President and his staff tell us that it will be fixed by the end of November, but who really knows. We are already seeing evidence that the administration knowingly lied about this law.
Now the president is trying to sell the American people on the idea that he can reinstate cancelled insurance policies for a year (until the 2014 elections are over) but he doesn't even have that authority. Once again, he is just playing political games with no regard for the real world ramifications.
Over the next year, this Gruesome Threesome and their cronies will try to convince you that Obamacare's failures are the result of Republican obstructionism. They will try to sell you on the idea that the only way to fix this mess is to institute a "single payer system." A single payer system is a system where the government takes total control over healthcare because all healthcare is paid through taxpayer funds. This might sound good at first, but the consequences of a single payer healthcare system include:
less medical innovation
a government panel that approves or denies treatment options
limited medical resources
fewer doctors (because they get paid less)
longer waiting periods for treatment or surgeries
Most importantly, the same government that completely mismanaged the rollout of Obamacare would mismanage your personal healthcare decisions.
Washington (CNN) – Senator John McCain said Thursday he is "very disappointed" with the Obama Administration – and especially Secretary of State John Kerry – on the issue of nuclear negotiations with Iran.
Kerry is "a good friend of mine," McCain said. But when it comes to Iran, "this guy has been a human wrecking ball."
Did you miss today's presidential press conference? You can see the whole thing here, but if you want to save some time, I have summed it up in the image below:
If you like your plan you can keep it . . . until we get through the 2014 midterm elections. P.S. Remember to vote Democrat.
Basically, the president is under pressure from House and Senate Democrats who are up for reelection in 2014. They know the Obamacare trainwreck is going to hurt their campaigns, so they have convinced the president to put a bandaid on the disaster until they get through the next election cycle.
They also hope to stall the momentum of conservatives in the House of Representatives who are going to vote on a bill that would extend coverage indefinitely.
It is just a political trick. Remember this a year from now and don't fall for it on election day.
The folks in my office just bought a new air freshener for the bathrooms. It is Febreze Linen & Sky scent. It has a nice clean smell, but I started thinking about linen, and about sky, and how each of them smell. I imagine if you took the actual scent of linen and combined it with the actual scent of sky, you would not have a very convincing air freshener. I think the scent they are going for is actually a combination of laundry detergent and the pleasant smell most of us experience after rain which is usually caused by bacterial actinomycetes. So much for truth in advertising.
Which would you choose?
I am sure if they ran the above two marketing proposals by a focus group, no one would want to buy an air freshener named "laundry soap & bacteria." The name conveys a mood of dreary, rather than cheery, and much like fast food kid meals, we want to buy happiness.