Conservative Case For Health Care Reform

Hard to focus on our health care squabbles, what with Haiti’s health crisis looming so large, but for those unafraid of graphs and not intimidated by number-based facts, this chart tells me everything I need to know. The most salient fact for me, though, is that in our neighbor to the south, the annual per capita cost for health care is just over $800. Per year. Their life expectancy is not much less than their neighbor to the north – the good ol’ USA – but our cost per capita is nearly ten times that. The rest of the chart … Continue reading Conservative Case For Health Care Reform

“Reportage”

Premiering next Tuesday Jan 19, 9 p.m. on Western Reserve Public Media – Doris O’Donnell’s Cleveland episode #110: “Reportage” – Four veteran reporters from Cleveland’s golden age of print kick it old skool. Featured players are Don Bean, Wally Gunther, Robert Finn and Russ Musarra, all journalists that reported on Cleveland back when three newspapers met multiple daily deadlines and the ‘scoop’ was currency of the realm. Bob Finn was a critic, if anyone cares to quibble – but all fine practitioners of the scribe’s craft. more about ““Reportage”“, posted with vodpod Continue reading “Reportage”

“Complications”

There is no way to tell this tale without appearing melodramatic or cliché. But tell I must. My wife, Amy, went into surgery on January 7 for the routine removal of a branchial cleft cyst under the surface of the skin, on the right side of her throat.  In by seven, a tiny incision, out by eleven, they estimated.  I was able to tend to the kids and work at home, a phone call away from picking her up, getting a pain prescription filled and trundling her off to home and bed, according to Plan A. Knowing how doctors and … Continue reading “Complications”

The Kiss Of Near-Death

The Underpants Bomber, it seems, was directed to scorch his genitals by two al Qaeda leaders who used to reside at Guantanamo prison. ABC reports: American officials agreed to send the two terrorists from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia where they entered into an “art therapy rehabilitation program” and were set free, according to U.S. and Saudi officials. So – it must be President Obama’s fault. Typical liberal – give ’em art, that’ll solve everything… …what? The Bush administration released these guys in 2007? To the Saudis? Oh, the Saudis, with whom W likes to suck face? Saudis, who made up fifteen … Continue reading The Kiss Of Near-Death

Off With Her Head!!!

Someone is wandering way, way off the reservation. Commence résumé brushing: I am one of the people who believe that health care is a right and not a privilege. I believe that the only way Americans can compete on the world market is to offer what other Westernized countries offer; free and accessible health care. This from a Fox News Contributor; if her checks don’t dry up, does that signal that sanity is about to become tolerated by the Fair & Balanced™ set? Or will there be a purity purge? Smart money’s on purge. Continue reading Off With Her Head!!!