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2009 July 15 — Why Now?
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Over at Corrente Hipparchia takes a look at what the House hath wrought: HR 3200: the House Health Care Deform bill.

No matter how bad you thought this bill might be, trust me, it’s worse. This is an asystematic collection of the worst ideas associated with the concept of “health care reform”. There is nothing in this bill that will offer any real improvements for patients or doctors. There is nothing in this bill that offers any cost containment.

The process of legislation has too often been compared to the making of sausage, which is insulting to sausage makers. CMOT Dibbler has never offered for purchase anything as bad as this in his entire career.

That the House leadership announced this with great fanfare shows how totally incompetent and out of touch they are.

People can’t compete with the insurance mafia on campaign contributions even in the best of times, which this isn’t, but perhaps if the politicians see large scale changes from Democrat to independent they’ll realize that they screwed up.

July 15, 2009   13 Comments

Stage 11

Tour de FranceMark Cavendish takes his fourth stage win and retakes the green jersey from Thor Hushovd. Johan Van Summeren of Belgium was awarded the red numbers for the stage. The center of the top 10 did some re-ordering, but there was no break-away to shake things up. AG2R is maintaining its 3 second lead over Astana for the teams.

1. Rinaldo Nocentini (I/AG2R) 43:28:59 [yellow jersey]
2. Alberto Contador (E/Astana) +:06
3. Lance Armstrong (US/Astana) +:08
4. Levi Leipheimer (US/Astana) +:39
5. Bradley Wiggins (GB/Garmin) +:46
6. Andréas Klöden (D/Astana) +:54
7. Tony Martin (D/Team Columbia) +01:00 [white jersey]
8. Christian Vande Velde (US/Garmin) +01:24
9. Andy Schleck (LUX/Saxo Bank) +01:49
10. Vincenzo Nibali (I/Liquigas) +01:54

Selected Others:

18. Cadel Evans (AUS/Silence) +03:07
47. Egoi Martinez (E/Euskatel) +15:30 [polka dot jersey]
50. Nicolas Roche (IRE/AG2R) +16:45
65. David Millar (GB/Garmin) +28:18
109. Johan Van Summeren (BEL/Lotto) +57:49 [red numbers]
120. Thor Hushovd (NOR/Cervelo) +1:04:32
134. Mark Cavendish (GB/Team Columbia) +1:13:54 [green jersey]
170. Kenny Robert Van Hummel (NED/Skil) +1:59:32 [red lantern]

From the BBC Cycling results and the official results sites.

July 15, 2009   Comments Off on Stage 11