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The healthcare reform bill

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GOP is still lying about it, I see. From an email from the Center for American Progress:

Despite the fact that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has concluded that Reid’s bill would reduce the federal budget deficit by $130 billion over the next 10 years, opponents of reform are still trying to paint it as fiscally irresponsible. On the Senate floor on Saturday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) quoted a then-unreleased column by the Washington Post’s David Broder in order to claim that "the experts agree with the public opinion polls that this 2,074-page bill is a budget buster." But as Ezra Klein, Broder’s colleague at the Washington Post, pointed out, Broder is misreading the CBO ‘s score of the legislation. Broder pointed to a section of the CBO report that says "federal outlays for health care would increase during the 2010-2019 period," which he claimed means that deficit will increase, not decline. But as Klein notes, "The net increase of $160 billion in the first 10 years is part of CBO’s analysis, not a caveat to it. It doesn’t mean the bill doesn’t cut the deficit, it just means that overall spending is larger before you add revenues into the equation." On Fox News Sunday yesterday, host Chris Wallace made the same exact mistake as Broder by selectively quoting the same section of the CBO report. As the Wonk Room’s Igor Volsky noted, the last paragraph of the same page that Wallace and Broder quote says that "during the decade following the 10-year budget window, the increases and decreases in the federal budgetary commitment to health care stemming for this legislation would roughly balance out, so that there would be no significant change in the commitment."

POLITICS WITH MAMMOGRAMS:
Last week, the federal Preventive Services Task Force released guidelines recommending that women receive mammograms less frequently and start screening at an older age. Though "politics and questions of cost were never part of" the task force’s "discussions of the risks and benefits of mammograms," the results of their work have quickly been politicized by opponents of health care reform. "This is how rationing begins," said Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) in a press conference last week. "This is the little toe in the edge of the water." On ABC’s This Week yesterday, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), a breast cancer survivor, ripped into the efforts to politicize the recommendations. "The Republicans, and Ms. Blackburn, have for the first time politicized breast cancer," said Wasserman-Schultz, who has criticized the new guidelines herself for "causing mass confusion." The Washington Independent’s Mike Lillis noted last week that conservatives like Blackburn who are attempting to use the mammogram guidelines to derail health care reform thus far refuses to sign have "on in support of legislation to ensure that all women aged 40 and up have access to routine mammograms."

Written by LeisureGuy

23 November 2009 at 12:25 pm

Back from outing

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The Wife’s Prius is in for a couple of recalls and repairs, so I picked her up at the Toyota place and we had breakfast at Toasties. Then to Whole Foods to shop for the next big batch of greens. She thought none of the greens I picked out (and which she likes, when cooked) looked like "food". I’ve always though that collards looked like the leaves from some swamp plant, but she thought all of them looked weird: red chard, curly kale, collards, and rainbow chard. She passed on dandelion greens (which I find refreshingly bitter).

Then to camera store to shop for a Christmas present for me. We looked at several models of pocket cameras.

Finally, home. Beautiful day, so I’ll go for a walk. But now a little blogging seems appropriate.

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23 November 2009 at 12:23 pm

Posted in Daily life

Win-win idea for library, bookstore

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The Wife was just at Borders and found a very good promotion in progress: the Monterey Library has, of course, been hit by budget cutbacks and were unable to purchase new books. So they gave their acquisitions list to Borders, which pulled the books and has them sitting beside the cash registers. When you check out, you are offered a chance to buy a book for the library—and you can pick the book you want.

I think this is a great idea. Obviously it helps the library, and it also helps Borders, which not only gets the sales revenue from the books but also burnishes its philanthropic image—while the customer gets the warm feeling of actual philanthropy.

Maybe you might mention this idea to your local library and/or bookstore.

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23 November 2009 at 9:06 am

Super shave

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The little Omega brush above is a “pure badger” of no great pretensions, but it does the job quite well and holds plenty of lather for three or even four passes. And, of course, the lather from the D.R. Harris shave stick is of very fine quality indeed.

The Slant Bar with (I presume) an Astra Keramik blade did a great job: three smooth passes to perfection. And New York was a great finish.

The Monday shave: always great and a fine way to start the week.

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23 November 2009 at 8:56 am

Posted in Shaving

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