First, myraid thanks to my guest blogger, Teachingmytwo, for holding down the fort while I was away. Though I did eventually find free wifi, pjToddler fell ill halfway through the trip. Round-the-clock mommying prevented any blogging, but I watched the news at home with wonder via my google reader feed.
And now we’re home. Safely. Wading through piles of laundry. Deleting a thousand Mitt Romney robocalls (seriously, Mitt? I hoped for a Sarah, but never got one).
And awed to read things like this:
“The environment has shifted so much that even in strong Democratic states like Massachusetts, Republican candidates are waging successful campaigns,” said Tory Mazzola, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, which has spent $662,000 against Democrat Bill Keating in the race for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-Quincy).
Poor, poor Barney.
T-23 hours and 32 minutes.
Other various and sundry, while pjT takes nap #1 (before dawn. Long night!):
Obamacare Endgame, H/T Obi’s Sister, who says this should scare the pants off you. Pajama, in this case, and yes, it does. They had to pass it to find out what’s in it, and folks, this is jaw-dropping: if doctors don’t wish to become Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel wannabes, they’ll end up fined or jailed:
A second board created by the stimulus bill called The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology “will determine treatment at the time and place of care”. They are charged with deciding the course of treatment for the diagnosis given by the doctor. Now it becomes obvious why there has been a big push towards the implementation of universal electronic medical record use. It becomes a tool to completely control the physician and the patient. Those physicians and hospitals that choose to practice individualized patient care in consultation with their patients will be punished because they are not “meaningful users of the system over time.” Beginning January 1, 2013 penalties for doing the right thing for a patient will cost the doctor $100,000 for the first offense and jail for the second offense. This will have a chilling effect and may be the straw that completely breaks the foundation of good medicine – the doctor patient relationship.
46% of physiciansin a survey by The New England Journal of Medicine stated that they would leave the practice of medicine if Obamacare was implemented. This will only further decrease the quality of healthcare when the 30 million more people enter the system. Maybe that’s why there is a big push in the healthcare bill to increase the number of other providers such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners. There is no question that rationing will become our future. If you add 30 million more people into a system with fewer resources how could you possibly avoid rationing?
A note from Europe: an expat friend commented that doctors behind the former Iron Curtain routinely go into “private” practice at night to make more money, but quickly find that it’s not as lucrative as the bribes received under the table in “public” practice. My family overseas–also beneficiaries of the luxury of “free” health care–pay doctors to ensure “successful” surgeries. What a lovely feeling, no, going under the knife sans the money to “guarantee” a good result? Count me out.
The inestimable Jen-Ru provides my “Heh” of the day:
Don’t forget: “But most of America is white.” So it’s no big deal that the Jon Stewart–Stephen Colbert crowd was nearly all white. The Tea Partiers, on the other hand, are a bunch of racists.
I have had difficulty not arguing with idiots who happen to think “restoring sanity” means continuing to vote Democrat blindly in the name of “independent” thinking. Kinda hard when the idiots are friends, no?
Ah, dawn breaks, laundry awaits, and pjT will soon wake. Gotta run.
UPDATE: linked by Pundette as a “Featured Blog” today. Woot! Thanks!