health care (basically) passed! and a local shoutout
Posted on 2010-03-22 14:28:00
Tags: lj for webos essay projects politics links
The health care bill passed the House! The plan is for the Senate to pass it this week and then Obama will sign it into law.
The bill: Here's some information on the final bill - it was confusing for a while with the House bill and the Senate bill, but this is the final one. It expands coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans. It prohibits lifetime limits on insurance coverage and denial of coverage due to preexisting conditions. Yes, it's not a perfect bill, and it's hard to predict how well the cost control measures will work, and there's no public option, but there's a lot of good stuff in the bill. And it will be easier to adjust this bill in the future than if we had started over or given up because it wasn't "good enough". As James Fallows said:
There are countless areas in which America does it one way and everyone else does it another, and I say: I prefer the American way. Our practice on medical coverage is not one of these. Despite everything that is wrong with this bill and the thousand adjustments that will be necessary in the years to come, this is a very important step.
Comment from destroyerj:
Ooh, which camera did you buy?
I want to go to a photography class! Maybe I'll go buy a camera so I can get a free one too :)
Comment from gregstoll:
I went with a Canon SD1300, which looks fairly similar to my lost SD1100, but with more zoom (4x vs. 3x) and a newer processor. (I went over to show it to you but you're not here, as you probably know...) And they're running a sale on all Canon cameras - 8.25% off (i.e. no tax) until the weekend!
Yeah - the description for the class doesn't look super advanced, but I could probably learn some things. If you buy one, we could take it together!
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