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Waterfalls
It's almost like there are these periods where our relationship is smooth and steady, and then there are times when it's like standing on the edge of this gorgeous, wonderful waterfall and just letting yourself drop, knowing that there's a safe pool of water ready to catch you at bottom. You take the plunge and you're in wayyyy over your head, but oh man, it's exhilarating, it's breathtaking, it's just incredible and you feel better than you ever have before and the water is cool and refreshing and exactly what you needed.

Sam is my waterfall.

- LJ entry from 8/2005





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Roger Ebert on death panels

Everybody needs to read this.

http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2009/08/death_panels_an_excellent_phra.html

Originally posted on http://j3nny3lf.dreamwidth.org - but you can comment either here or there. I prefer HERE!

Borderline symptom of the day: determineddetermined
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wow, an excellent article. I think Ebert is SO much more articulate anymore...since he can't speak (well, his computer generated voice does speak for him...) his writing is off the hook!

Thank you for sharing that, I hadn't seen it.

i am in awe.

one day, i will write that well.

well, if i don't die first :(


i honestly DO NOT UNDERSTAND why people who send their kids to school, sleep soundly at night because the firehouse is near, and go to work on public highways are throwing a fit about "Public Option"
which - btw - *I* throw a fit about, because i wanted SINGLE PAYER.
Canadians don't pay any more in taxes than we do - and yet they have GREAT GOVERNMENT FUNDED HEALTH CARE. that they pay for with taxes. that are less than the premiums for insurance.

i am sure you go through this - if i didn't have mandated coverage through OSU, i literally COULD NOT get health insurance. period.
well, not totally true - i found *one* insurance company that would cover me - if i signed a waiver for pregnancy (which, ok, pregnancy will kill me) and if i paid for 18 months for the insurance while it did NOT cover pre-existing conditions.
they deamed anything that wasn't along the lines of a broke bone "pre-existing"

and it would have be OVER $1,200 a MONTH. to cover, essentially, ONLY new accute emergencies for 18 months - it would not cover any of my existing meds, or anything i am being treated for right now, or have ever been treated for in the past - if my shoulder gets dislocated again, any care i recieved would be paid for out of my pocked. if i have an accute porphyrin attack, care is out of pocked. if i get suicidal again, care is out of pocket.

a pocket, i might add, that does not *HAVE* $1,200 a month - my freaking *RENT* is only $500 a month! (and i only pay half, Pete pays the other half) the totality of my monthly bills is less than this "health insurance" would be!

i have come to the conclusions that right-wing-evangelical-fundy-republicans are out to kill me.

(i have noted that you are a practicing Christian, and i want to stress here that *CHRISTIANS* are not what i am railing against - *CHRISTIANS* are good, nice, helpful people who have helped me often, despite the fact that i am not Christian. *FUNDYS* are not, in my opinion, actually Christian - at least, they do not follow the laws of Christ. or, often, the laws of the United States. they pervert a beautiful religion, and make it scarey and evil. i am in *NO* way suggesting that you are like a fundy)

i have *also* come to the conclusion that fundys have been bought by the Pharma and Insurance companies - since the townhall meetings have started, not only has the price of *ALL* of my meds gone up, but one of them that i was getting thru a patient assistance program, the program has been discontinued - i got a letter about it, that said (among other things) "If the ObamaCare "health plan" is passed, we will be forced to lower the prices of most of our products" and went on to explain that if the company couldn't continue to make huge profits, there was no point in them offering patient assistance programs, which they only do for PR purposes to make people hate them less for how over-priced their meds are. they made more money by offering some customers (they say 3% of patients who receive this medicine get it for free or at a reduced cost thru the PA programs)assistance because it allowed them to point to those customers when people asked why they were having to pay hundreds of dollars for a medicine that should only cost $60 or so. (it's Zophram - it costs about a thousand dollars for a month's supply, and their patient assistance program gives me a week's worth every month, which is why i am *also* on phenegrin, because phenegrin is $60 a month. but the zophram works better and doesn't make me sleepy. but i can't get enough zophram...)

in short - i *hate* these people who are running around screaming "SOCIALISM" or "DEATH SQUADS!" or "WAIT TIMES" or "RATIONING!"
as if there isn't plenty that they use that is more socialist.
and as if none of those things DON'T ALREADY EXIST.

thanks for the article - i am going to link it, too! how wonderful this article is, and how wonderful that you found it!

how's marriage treating you? how was the honeymoon? how are the boys and the hubby? does he still have that "New Hubby Smell(tm)"?

{HUGS}