Thursday, September 10, 2009


“To my progressive friends, I would remind you that for decades the driving force behind reform has been to end insurance company abuses and make coverage affordable to those without it,” he said. “The public option is only a means to that end—and we should remain open to other ideas that accomplish that goal.”

President Obama

Oh really, Mr. President? How very telling and explanatory when one stops to consider the current morass of the health reform debate.

President Obama’s characterization of the entire impulse of health care reform as an attempt to merely end insurance company abuses and make coverage affordable preserves the primacy of insurance companies and sees as central the profit motive of those companies…just don’t make the cost too dear, please. It helps explain why single-payer gets scant attention, dismissed as being too disruptive to those already insured. What? This doesn’t square with the President’s own claims about the driving force of the debate. How would a system that would drive down the costs of the insurance companies making insurance overall more affordable be, at the same time, disruptive? This is to say nothing of providing universal coverage.

As far the ideal of universal coverage, I’d like to remind President Obama that it is this ideal—not narrow business interests, not a tweaking of insurance company procedures and practices—that has been the driving force of the health-care reform debate. Furthermore, it is in pursuit of universal health care coverage where the character and morals of our country that Senator Kennedy spoke of reside.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sunday Scribblings: Keys

Pushed to the back of kitchen drawers, abandoned to empty purpose, are the keys to missing locks.

Perhaps in a stranger’s kitchen a wide-eyed youth discovers a cache' of shiny locks,

And stalking the world, liberated from myth, the mischief of the gods to which keys remain the signifier.

Sunday Scribblings

Thursday, September 3, 2009

An excerpt from a co-workers monologue with a post-script of brief commentary

…maybe I shouldn’t have gotten that flu-shot, cause I’m allergic to eggs It asks if you’re allergic to eggs…do you have any aspirin? I have a headache, probably an allergic reaction What are you going to do this weekend I’m going out of town, well if I feel okay Do you feel okay What’s the matter Can I get more aspirin from you Someday I’ll buy you a whole new bottle oh, I owe you seventy-cents don’t I or is it a dollar There were only five people here this morning...

By day's end I feel as if I've been beaten about the head by tiny rubber mallets. AHHHHHHHHHHH