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Medicare for All. Uh, Oh!

Monday, April 20th, 2009

With the federal deficit rising to astronomical levels, even Congress and Obama realize that all of their plans to “ change” America can’t be done in 100 days or even in 1 year. So, they’re zeroing in on what they think will be the easiest aspect of our lives to “change”–– the establishment of “universal” health care, with a new government insurance plan as the center– piece. What they fail to recognize is that Medicare and Medicaid have forced many physicians to leave these programs because of falling reimbursements, delays in payments, and the paperwork involved, thus reducing a patient’s access to medical care. The Administration will propose ” Medicare for All ” insurance to compete at a lower cost with private insurance plans. As a result, employers will drop medical benefits for their employees, and private insurance companies will flee the medical field, causing large numbers of people (130 million?) to enroll in that government program with all its problems. The effect on the quality of care will be disastrous ––– more and more physicians will opt out and many less doctors will be forced to take care of increasing numbers of patients, young and old, exacerbating an already deteriorating situation.
Today, the quality of our medical care from the scientific and technological standpoint is the best in the world. The problems with our medical care are systemic, not medical ––– the way the system functions economically, structurally, and bureaucratically. Address these first with the major input from physicians and nurses. You don’t ask an economist to design a spaceship, do you?

Subject: Science / Chemistry news

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

The Heaviest Element Yet Known To Science

Lawrence Livermore Laboratories has discovered the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element, Governmentium (symbol=Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held together by forces called more-ons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.

Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert. However, it can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A tiny amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second, to take from 4 days to 4 years to complete. Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2 to 6 years. It does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium’s mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more more-ons to become neutrons, forming isodopes.

This characteristic of more-on promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever more-ons reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass. When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium (symbol=Ad), an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium, since it has half as many peons but twice as many more-ons.

So, Washington is now the largest chemistry lab ever built. Watch out when a new radioactive isodope of Governmentium is discovered and reaches a critical level. Then the whole damn lab will explode. Can we survive to 2010 ?

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