Well by the time you read this we’ll know who won the Massachusetts special election to fill the late Ted Kennedy’s seat.
I don’t get it. Healthcare is broke. Maybe not healthcare, but the way it is administered and paid for. Personally, I believe that at a minimum we should have a public option. I would really like to see universal coverage. I think it would save money. Imagine if all the the capital being drained out of the system by for-profit providers was instead funneled into patient care.
I hate insurance companies. Do you think that a for-profit insurance company’s interests and your interests are congruent? I’d propose that they are not. I’d like to see the profits used for care. That’s just me though, evidently, as every time the Democrats try to address the issue, the other side, Republicans, are able to put the scare of change into American voters and derail change.
So I saw that Massachusetts State Senator Scott Brown may pull out an upset victory for Ted Kennedy’s old seat over his rival Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley. I don’t like either one of them. I don’t think he is bright enough to be one of 100 in charge of such things as the tax code, making law and treaties and judicial appointments. I think he is way over his head and not ready for prime time. I also don’t like his stance on pot. Brown thinks it should remain a Class D. I think it should be legalized. He is against gay marriage. I couldn’t care less who gets married. He doesn’t believe in providing basic human rights to those detained by the US Government. I don’t like the precedent it sets and think everyone should have the right to confrontation, putting the burden on the state and against cruel and unusual punishment. As for Coakley I also see her as a lightweight, plus I didn’t like her involvement with a notorious Massachusetts court case that may have imprisoned an innocent man and sent a family through hell.
If Coakley, the Dem, wins the Dems retain control of the senate and Obama’s platform rolls on, for what that is worth. If the Repub Brown wins than the Dems lose their filibuster proof majority and Obama’s healthcare plan has a tougher row to hoe. Because this is an election with national implications, and I live in Massachusetts, I have received no fewer than 30 phone calls in the past few days. Now I know how folks in Iowa and New Hampshire must feel.
So anyways, they expect the Republican to win. Guess how the stock of health insurers reacted. They went up.
Rising health care stocks led the market higher as the prospect of a logjam in Washington eased concerns that profits at companies like insurers and drug makers would suffer. Among health stocks, insurers Aetna Inc. rose $1.30, or 4.2 percent, to $32.66 and UnitedHealth Group Inc. rose $1.38, or 4.1 percent, to $35.13. Pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. advanced $1.15, or 2.9 percent, to $40.62 and was the biggest advancer among the 30 stocks that make up the Dow industrials.
So if I was writing copy, which I do no longer, I think I’d write something like: A vote for Republicans is a vote for Humana or Don’t let Cigna down vote for Brown . Do you like? Can someone tell me what the Republican healthcare plan is?
Don’t be a tool for the health insurers. They are middle men standing between providers of services and consumers of services. Think for yourself.
And most of all GET OUTSIDE EVERYDAY!! I don’t care who you are, you have 15 minutes to spare to take a walk outside or sit under a tree and watch the clouds move across the sky.
Another abandoned ski area not too far from my house. Massachusetts has hundreds of abandoned ski areas. This one was called Cat Rock. We already had a coating of snow and the other night we received an additional few inches. A fresh coating means fresh tracks so I had to get out for an hour or two. I grabbed my 30 year old Kniessel Red Stars and headed out. To paraphrase Bob Marley, ‘my feet are my only chairlift.’ Yup, hike up, ski down, hike up, ski down, hike up, ski down. Like chopping your own wood, hiking to make your own turns seems to feel better. At least to me.
This is the main trail looking up. I’d guess it’s maybe a few hundred yards long with a couple hundred feet of vertical. It’s actually fairly steep. Like I always say, much steeper than it looks. You can see I got first tracks. And uhh no it’s never groomed – rocks, grass, shrubs grow where they may.
This is the same trail looking down. At least here it looks a little steeper. Not ideal conditions because we did get some rain and than it froze. The snow was crusty. Still I was able to carve huge beautiful arcing turns. Great fun. A couple of snowboarders did show up after a while. There’s a little trail on the side of the main trail where the rope tow used to be. If you don’t know what a rope tow is it is a loop of rope that runs up the hill. These things used to run over car wheels hung from trees and were powered by old tractors or Chevrolets. You grab onto the rope snaking up the hill at 15mph and it yanks your arm out of your socket and pulls you up the hill. Due to liability issues, you don’t see rope tows any longer. It used to be the ride up could be more fun than the ski down. This trail where the rope tow was is maybe five feet wide. That is a good ski down!! If there ain’t trees and ice it ain’t New England. New England skiing the way it was meant to be!!