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2009 November 03 — Why Now?
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The Deeper You Dig, The Worse It Gets

I have been spending a lot of time at Corrente because they have a number of people digging out information on the health care reform process. It is not a reassuring place to go right now.

Lambert found more on what women will not get under the bills:

None of the bills emerging from the House and Senate require insurers to cover all the elements of a standard gynecological “well visit,” leaving essential care such as pelvic exams, domestic violence screening, counseling about sexually transmitted diseases, and, perhaps most startlingly, the provision of birth control off the list of basic benefits all insurers must cover.

BDBlue found a very odd treatment that the Senate bill covers:

Backed by some of the most powerful members of the Senate, a little-noticed provision in the healthcare overhaul bill would require insurers to consider covering Christian Science prayer treatments as medical expenses.

The longer this goes on, the less serious Congress seems to be in actually helping people and fixing the broken health care system in the US. Congress should not be deciding what procedures should be covered, any more than insurance companies. Accepted medical procedures and practices should be covered.

November 3, 2009   6 Comments

New Math?

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This a screen shot from CNN’s results page.

For some reason whoever is writing the blurbs isn’t reading the results, or doesn’t understand that larger numbers are better than smaller numbers.

When I checked a little later, 21% of the precincts reporting and the percentages were: Hoffman 43%, Owens 52%, and Scozzafava 5%.

It makes a lot of difference where the results are from, as the more rural districts tend to be more conservative than the towns.

Update: It looks like Obama lost in New Jersey and Virginia, but the special election in NY was a matter of local issues. It must be that way, because all of the pundits are saying it. 😈

November 3, 2009   2 Comments