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the greatest irony of all, shoot the wall, it's not so glamourous at all

Posted on 2007.28.02 at 13:37
where am I: on my way to Red Tape Land RI
How I feel about it all: busybusy
Soundtrack: Cranberries - Hollywood
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News from around the world:

Go, Prince Charles!

I don't know why it is, but I can't help but like the guy.

International soccer body to discuss Quebec hijab ban

Asking a Muslim woman to remove her hijab is like asking a conservative Christian woman to remove her shirt. Someday people are going to get this.

Boy, 14, attacked on school bus

I wish this kind of thing had made the news when I was a kid.

Obama urges DUP to commit to power-sharing

Not sure who I'm voting for yet at all, but this guy certainly in the running.

February 6, 2007
Edwards Details His Health Care Proposal

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 — John Edwards proposed a detailed plan on Monday to provide health care coverage to the 47 million Americans who now go without, becoming the first major presidential candidate to do so.

Mr. Edwards’s plan is ambitious and expensive, adding as much as $120 billion a year to the nation’s health care bill. Money for the proposal would come from increased taxes on well-to-do families, from new fees to be paid by companies that refuse to provide health insurance for their workers and through steps to streamline the delivery of health services.

Mr. Edwards, a former senator from North Carolina, was the Democrats’ vice-presidential nominee in 2004.

The Edwards plan is a pastiche of ideas that have been introduced at the state and federal levels, including some that have been derailed by opposition from business groups, doctors and health insurers.

Mr. Edwards, in an interview on Monday, described the American health care delivery system as dysfunctional and said that incremental steps would not cure it. “This proposal embraces the concept of shared responsibility to provide universal health care,” he said.

The plan would be partly financed by eliminating tax cuts for households earning more than $200,000 a year, cuts that Congress approved in the Bush administration. Mr. Edwards said he would also offset the program’s cost by using the estimated $15 billion in capital gains taxes that go uncollected each year by requiring brokerage houses to report capital gains from taxpayers’ stock sales to the Internal Revenue Service, just as interest and dividend income is reported now.

Mr. Edwards also said that billions of dollars could be saved by making the health system more efficient and investing more in preventive care. The Edwards plan would provide tax credits or subsidies to low-income families who cannot afford health insurance, expand Medicare and the federal program of health care for children, and create a federal health insurance agency that could become the basis for a single-payer system that would eventually do away with private health insurance.

Drew Altman, president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, which studies the American health care system, praised Mr. Edwards, saying he was the first candidate in the 2008 presidential race to offer a credible and comprehensive plan to cover the uninsured. But Mr. Altman also said the plan faced high practical and political hurdles.

“This is a plan that borrows from different approaches in an attempt to cut through the paralysis in Washington between left and right for many years,” he said. “None of these plans are easy or without issues that others can attack you on.”

Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois, Mr. Edwards’s two most prominent rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, have not yet released detailed health care plans and declined to comment on the Edwards proposal.

One provision of the Edwards proposal certain to draw fire is a requirement that companies provide health insurance for all workers or pay 6 percent of their payrolls into a government fund to buy insurance for them. This type of “play or pay” program was an element of former President Bill Clinton’s failed 1994 health care plan that was shaped in large part by Mrs. Clinton.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger included a similar mandate for employers in his universal health care proposal for California residents. The plan by Mr. Schwarzenegger, a Republican, calls for employers who do not provide health coverage to pay 4 percent of their payrolls into a government health insurance fund.

The National Federation of Independent Business, a powerful lobby that represents small-business owners, said such mandates amounted to a job-killing tax on small companies. “Health care mandates are a nonstarter for our members,” said Stephanie Cathcart, a spokeswoman for the federation.

Mr. Edwards also proposed creation of regional health insurance markets, to use the purchasing power of millions of consumers to drive down health insurance premiums. The concept is similar to that in Mrs. Clinton’s 1994 plan to create health insurance purchasing alliances.

Mr. Edwards’s proposal would also strengthen the Food and Drug Administration’s ability to monitor new drugs after they reach the market, a provision generally welcomed by experts. But it also includes restrictions on drug companies’ advertising directly to consumers, which is vigorously opposed by the pharmaceutical industry (original article is here. I c/p'ed it because it's a pain to subscribe to the Times just to get an article).

I like this, too. I think. It's not anywhere near perfect, but I can't help cheering on a proposal that's "vigorously opposed by the pharmaceutical industry".

Daley cruises to sixth term

Dude. Is this guy liek, Methuselah or something?

In other news, I'm downloading the pilot of The Black Donnellys from iTunes. I can't remember the last time I actually looked forward to watching a new show (S&A doesn't count, it sort of hit me broadside without warning. I didn't have time for anticipation). I could go out and buy me some bunny ears and maybe be able to actually watch it on *gasp* a real television! But nah, I'd rather DL it and get it without commercials, because I pretty much hate commercials. If anyone knows a source? You can email me. :)

Okay, off to renew my nursing license, since today's the last day. Dude, my LIFE is putting things off until the last minute. I should change it, but I probably won't. At least not until the last minute.


the day you left was just my beginning
patchfire at 2007-02-28 18:49 (UTC) ()
I really hate healthcare. Because on the surface these plans sounds so terrific, but in practice "preventative health care for children" has nothing to do with nutrition or other preventation, but just vaccinations. Because it's implied that vaccinations can make up for all the other problems with health care specifically and society in general. Not to mention I worry about the status of midwifery, homebirth, and unattended birth under a truly comprehensive national health plan.
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primroseburrows at 2007-02-28 20:23 (UTC) ()
Well, yes, I agree with that, but. So many people can't afford ANY health care at all, and are waiting until they're practically at death's door before going to the ER. Even ones with insurance, if they're HMOs, can't get the proper care when they want it. Not to mention we're the only developed country without a national health system, and when you look at countries like Norway and Finland and see how much better midwifery works and how even more better (more better? Um) hospital birth works, there IS a way to make it all work.

I'm not so sure that having universal health care would affect unattended birth, since it doesn't directly involve, well, attendants. I haven't really thought it out, though.
the day you left was just my beginning
patchfire at 2007-02-28 22:06 (UTC) ()
My understanding is that UC is considered illegal in the UK, or at least some parts of the UK. I don't quite understand all the particulars, but, yeah. There it is. I think it'd be very instructive to look at several different nationalised health plans - Canada, UK, other parts of Europe, et cetera - and see how different places have dealt with some of these issues. Because I don't think there is a perfect system, really. Though I have heard amazing things about NZ.

And I guess my problem with it is there's an emphasis on "preventative care" but all the preventative care in the world isn't going to buy fresh food or condoms.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2007-02-28 22:18 (UTC) ()
There it is. I think it'd be very instructive to look at several different nationalised health plans - Canada, UK, other parts of Europe, et cetera - and see how different places have dealt with some of these issues.

I'm actually planning on doing this. I've been looking for books that would showcase different countries. From what I see, they're all run differently. But the deal is, none of them are run by major corporations, which is what makes me upset about US health care. Er. ONE of the things.

And I guess my problem with it is there's an emphasis on "preventative care" but all the preventative care in the world isn't going to buy fresh food or condoms.

Nope. But some preventative care is going to be about nutrition and education. Changing health care isn't going to change the mindset of what the mainstream thinks about health. That's another topic to work on. I see them as the same thing, but then, I'm not exactly yer soccer mom from Warwick. :)
stinaleigh at 2007-02-28 19:00 (UTC) ()
The thing that really got me about that Muslim girl, was that is was a Muslim ref that originally asked her to remove her head scarf.
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primroseburrows at 2007-02-28 20:27 (UTC) ()
The ref might not have been religious, or from a less-strict philosophy/sect (if sect is the right word). Otherwise it doesn't make sense.
Rebellious Jezebel
maggiesox at 2007-02-28 19:02 (UTC) ()
The nice thing about the iTunes download is that it's the version with all of the original music. Thank God.
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primroseburrows at 2007-02-28 21:20 (UTC) ()
There's different music? Or they just took some out?

Holy shit, this is fucking brilliant.
Rebellious Jezebel
maggiesox at 2007-02-28 21:36 (UTC) ()
The version that aired Monday night had a different ending song, because they couldn't get the broadcast rights to the Arcade Fire song they used in the original pilot.
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primroseburrows at 2007-02-28 22:20 (UTC) ()
The music is gorgeous, even without the ending song. I'm SO buying the soundtrack. And yay! I should have my antenna tomorrow for the repeat, so I can record it. Maybe I should get a DVD recorder, as well, since I don't have one. If they're not a bazillion dollars.
newleaf31 at 2007-02-28 22:28 (UTC) ()
Rather surprisingly, I quite liked The Black Donnellys. Even though it's *ahem* "Irish" in theme, it looked to me like just a Sopranos knockoff with Irish people instead of Italians. In point of fact, it is a hybrid of The Sopranos and the movie Ash Wednesday. But it was also funny, and you just can't help liking Tommy Donnelly. I think I'm going to come to like Jimmy Donnelly too, but not there yet. Sean and Kevin I have as yet no opinion about. Jimmy Ice Cream is a bumbling idiot that you kind of have to like and abhor at the same time.

Yeah, renewing the nursing license, probably a good thing to do with your afternoon!
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2007-02-28 23:22 (UTC) ()
I'm completely captivated. I like the way it started with whimsy and comedy and then got stronger and more intense as it went along (Classic Paul Haggis, btw). By the time the climactic stuff happened, I was totally sucked in. I don't like TV easily, and this one just grabbed me. I also like that I don't know any of the actors, although I think the guy who plays Tommy is one of those actors who melts into a role anyway, so even if I knew him I'd forget it in the first five minutes.

My favourite, yeah, is Tommy, but I think I'm going to like Kevin a lot, also. The whole scene where he's playing cards with the hostage is great (and also Classic Paul Haggis).

I've never seen The Sopranos or Ash Wednesday (although bleh, I want to see both of them eventually), so it's all new stuff. Never seen The Godfather, either, which some critics have said it's a clone of.
bjohan57 at 2007-03-04 19:42 (UTC) ()
Nowt to do with anything, but a little thing about Passchendaele here. It sounds like Telefilm still hasn't coughed up the money as our dearest Paul is still begging for money - nice little article though:


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primroseburrows at 2007-03-05 03:39 (UTC) ()
It's a lovely article (and maybe pg_articles should know of it?), although I'm not surprised that the money hasn't come in yet. There's all kinds of rumours that this is going to be made, absolutely, but I've never heard anything concrete as of yet. I do wonder what Telefilm is funding these days. I guess their website would tell me.

Dear Telefilm,

Do you know how much a pound of nails weighs on Pluto?

Maybe it's time to back a film that would have benefits for you AND, um, maybe the entire country?



If you need me, I'll just be over here brooding. :/

bjohan57 at 2007-03-05 05:53 (UTC) ()
I don't think Telefilm has made any funding announcements since last March - but what is a little odd is that they list Passchendaele on their web-site as being supported by them, and have done for about a year.

I must admit that I can't work out pg_articles as I can't post there and I don't understand how it works, so I tend to avoid it.
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primroseburrows at 2007-03-05 07:34 (UTC) ()
Maybe they're just not giving enough funding. I don't know enough about how Canadian films (or ANY films, for that matter) are funded to explain it. Some of the films they've announced look interesting, though.

pg_articles is for some reason a username and not a community. I don't know who it belongs to, or I'd email and say, hmm, how about making this a comm so we all can post? I'd even maybe consider co-modding, since it doesn't look like rocket science to run it (not dissing anyone at all, it just doesn't seem like a difficult kind of comm to run, so I figure even I could do it. *g*).
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