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Monday, Lunch Break News-Hour

President Obama posted his version of a health care plan today. (Ezra says, “Actually, it’s not a plan. It’s 11 pages of fixes, modifications, and small additions to the House and Senate plans.”) I read through the whole thing twice and damned if I can tell where a couple with no kids – or a single person – fits into the thing.  Or a parent with one kid – more kids?  Am I the only person who thinks that 2 parents/2 kids definition of a family is a little rigid & possibly out of date?  In this age of technology would it be that hard to add a variety of tables for the rest of us? And: what happened to the immediate catastrophic insurance for everyone without current health insurance? (Update :: apparently we’re supposed to read the plan as an amendment to the Senate plan. Was it IN the Senate plan — I don’t remember?)

Obama Details Plan to Expand Health Care to Uninsured

The proposal would provide more money to help cash-strapped states pay for Medicaid over the next four years and eliminate the unpopular “donut hole” coverage gap in the Medicare prescription drug program.

In many respects, Mr. Obama’s measure looks much like the version the Senate passed on Christmas Eve — and indeed, senior White House officials acknowledged on a morning conference call that they had used the Senate bill as a template. But there are several critical differences that appear designed to appeal to House Democrats, who have voiced deep concerns about the Senate measure and its effects on the middle class.

(shrugging) I don’t know why I care anymore.

Now this sounds like good news:

Singing ‘rewires’ damaged brain

Teaching stroke patients to sing “rewires” their brains, helping them recover their speech, say scientists.

By singing, patients use a different area of the brain from the area involved in speech.

If a person’s “speech centre” is damaged by a stroke, they can learn to use their “singing centre” instead.

Researchers presented these findings at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in San Diego.

An ongoing clinical trial, they said, has shown how the brain responds to this “melodic intonation therapy”.

This is no surprise to me — within the past few years we’ve had four generations of our family living with us at one time. And we’re still living with my mother-in-law:

More generations living under same roof

More generations are living under the same roof and the trend will deepen as families grappling with near double-digit unemployment share expenses, a study showed on Monday.

Demand is escalating for multi-generational housing as buyers scale down during the deepest housing crisis since the Great Depression, according to a survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate in Parsippany, New Jersey.

Thirty-seven percent of the company’s real estate agents polled in January said that in the past year, buyers were increasingly shopping for homes that fit more than one generation. Almost 70 percent of the agents said they expect economic conditions will drive still greater demand for this type of housing over the next year.

“More buyers are pooling investments, considering bringing mom and dad into it,” said Diann Patton, a Coldwell Banker real estate consumer specialist based in Grass Valley, California, in an interview with Reuters.

NATO airstrike kills at least 27 civilians

KABUL – A NATO airstrike killed at least 27 Afghan civilians, officials said Monday, in the third coalition strike this month to kill noncombatants and draw a sharp rebuke from Afghanistan’s government about endangering civilians.

In eastern Afghanistan, a suicide bomber killed 15 people on Monday, including a tribal leader who played a key role in a failed attempt to capture al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden at Tora Bora in 2001, police said.

The top NATO commander, U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, apologized to President Hamid Karzai for the Sunday airstrike, which occurred in the central Afghan province of Uruzgan.

The Afghanistan Council of Ministers strongly condemned the airstrike, calling it “unjustifiable.”

It said reports indicated that NATO planes fired at a convoy of three vehicles, killing at least 27 people, including four women and a child, and injuring 12 others.

I can’t stop reading about the President’s (so-called) Health Care Plan — even though it’s not about Health Care and it’s not really a plan.  ….

What are you reading about today?

55 Responses

  1. I’m sorry this is such a brief set of links.

  2. Hi Katiebird,

    There is actually a movie about singing to help recover from a stroke. It’s not that recent either. It stars Robert De Niro and Philip Seymour Hoffman as a drag queen who helps De NIro recover. It’s called Flawless, and it’s very good.


    • Hi BB — I thought I’d heard something about that before. Thanks for the info. I love those health care movies — they always make illness seem manageable.

    • that is a great movie!

      • Hi indigogrrl — I saw Joaniebone on Friday night & she said, “I LOVE indigogrrrl & miss her — tell her that I’ll be around more as soon as I get a new laptop” — her PC broke in November and she’s been totally offline ever since.

        • total bummer…I cannot live without my online access!

          can’t wait to see her around again….
          I thought she was busy doing the dating thing!

  3. That’s ok, katiebird.

    I think we’re all still trying to understand the President’s new proposal.

    That’s all it is, really—-it’s not a bill, per se. “Stuff” can still be quietly stuck into the actual legislation when we’re not looking.

    I’m going to assume—although I know that’s dangerous—that a NEW bill will have to be written when the debates are over, given that Obama’s version changes both the previous bills.

    Reading at memeorandum that the WH spokesmen have said that if the Repubs “don’t cooperate,” reconciliation is still on the table.

    But another article says Pelosi doesn’t have the 51 votes necessary to pass the Obama/Senate bill, and reconciliation wouldn’t pass.

    We’ll see what we’ll see, eh?

    • Pelosi needs 217. I’m guessing you mean Reid

      • Well, duh. Sorry bout that. (lunch, I need lunch).lol

        But I’m reading that it’s really Pelosi who will have trouble with getting the right numbers.

        So, I guess I meant 217.


  4. Obama reacts to the President’s proposal…

  5. I just finished reading Larissa MacFarquhar’s profile of Paul Krugman. It’s pretty good.


    With that, my “doing-other-stuff” time is gone, which means, Katiebird, I HAVE TO rely on you to find out what is in those 11 pages.

    • Ok, I followed your link hoping for a clue – but none came. Except the fact that I am happy to have another Foundation fan with me (who is not Newt Gingrich).

      • Wow, he was actually influenced by the Hari Seldon character. One of my favorites too. Though it got a little weird later when Asimov decided to add books to link the foundation universe to his robot universe. Oh well.

        Maybe Krugman will wake up one of these days. Such a shame, he seemed to have been awake during the primaries and in the first part of last year. Lesson: don’t go to the whitehouse, they zombie’ize you and replace you with a robot version. True story.

        • The Paul Krugmans (and Joan Walshes too for that matter) are better at identifying the Democrat when it’s a D vs. a D.

          The D vs. R part gets in the way.

  6. I think the fact that singing can re-wire the brain for stroke victims is an incredibly huge piece of news. Thanks for finding it and sharing it.

  7. remember Mel Tillis stuttered so bad except he sang perfectly

  8. Bonnie Erbe falls for Obama’s inclusion of Feinstein’s medical insurance rate authority.

  9. I too got fooled by that 11 page thing- and dug a little deeper – scroll down the page and you can go through Titles I-X- it is a flaming pain to get through but it is all short –
    try this link to Title I


    • I read all that too – but, it didn’t tell me much more detail (at least not the details that I’m interested in) — it seemed like the same info only wordier and in smaller print.

      They still aren’t posting detailed tables for anyone who doesn’t live in a “family of four” for example.

      I found a link to “ask your questions” they say that if enough people ask the same questions then they’ll give some answers.

      I’m particularly interested in if people who are on permanent COBRA have to stick with that or if they can switch to the exchange.

  10. Katiebird – Obama CANNOT think outside of himself. 2 parents/2 children is all he knows and all he can imagine.

  11. This is so funny, in a LOLsob kind of way. I just got done posting on Shakesville how I am feeling so demoralized and powerless that I just. don’t. care. anymore about the health care flim-flam of the week.

    • I think that tax on unearned income is interesting. That is going to hit about anyone who is middle class and tries to invest some money in something. It does not say if that tax includes unearned income within 401 ks and IRAs.

    • thanks, mablue

  12. Weiner:

    “[T]his bill is a 51 vote plan and not a 60 vote plan – that is great news,” Weiner said in a statement. “Democrats wasted a year bowing to the altar of Olympia Snowe, Joe Lieberman and Ben Nelson and it got us nowhere.”


    Nevertheless, Weiner said he was disappointed Obama didn’t include a public option or a broader, national insurance exchange.

    “These concessions to Republicans are in the hopes of winning their support,” Weiner said in a statement. “This will simply not happen. We need to stop bargaining against ourselves. Who are we making concessions to? Republicans have shown over and over again that they have no interest in real reform.”

    • To quote Roland Martin on CNN (paraphrasing): ‘They Democrats need some political VIAGRA because they have control and they seem to be impotent’. 😆

      I must agree with the preacher, because they are in control but can’t seem to get the courage to do SOMETHING, at least attempt to pass it. 😆 OK, NOW I will behave myself…but I was quoting a man of the ‘cloth’.

  13. “Flawless” is an excellent movie. Philip Seymour Hoffman is just divine, a gifted actor. Obama–not so much.

    Go away, health care plan that is neither. Just go away and die. Uh…jobs, anyone?

  14. Here’s something the Obots or any Liberals still with a bit of hope have to understand, Obama and his cronies don’t want a real, robust public option any more than they want single payer. It’s not what the people who pay their bills want, and it’s just not going to happen. Anything they push will have one and only one point: to have a political victory without hurting the insurance industry or wall street.

    They’re not liberal, so people should stop hoping for something liberal out of them. Obama made all of that clear all through the primaries. He said no to government participation in healthcare, he said no to mandates, he effectively said no to any form of universal healthcare. He’s keeping his promise.

    • It’s about time they understood that since they seem to be more than a little successful in playing them for fools up to now.

  15. Krugman gives the president’s proposal a green light and is “guardedly optimistic” :

    Pelosi — and Obama — have to drive home the following points: 1. This is the last chance to do HCR for years to come, and America desperately needs this 2. For their own sake, Democrats have to run on a record of having achieved something.

    So basically, “Pass this because it’s our last chance for Team D to say it passed something.’

    At least Krugman has finally laid out his main reasons for supporting this bill without padding it with policy justifications.

  16. (shrugging) I don’t know why I care anymore.

    That’s pretty much how I feel at this point.

    • Well, I don’t blame you, they have control of all three and are asking the GOP for Leadership???? Did George BUSH II ask them or was he telling them? Heck he went to WAR TWICE and according to the constitution only CONGRESS CAN DECLARE WAR!!!!

      The World; Only Congress Can Declare War. Really. It’s True.
      Published: May 2, 1999

      The War Powers Resolution of 1973 was a masterpiece of deadlines and trip wires, all carefully constructed to keep a President in check. It called for consultation with Congress in matters of war. It required the Commander in Chief to notify Congress quickly when American troops were being sent to face possible hostilities. And it said troops had to be removed from foreign territory within 60 to 90 days unless Congress explicitly approved their mission.

      Article II of the Constitution makes the President Commander in Chief. But Article I puts responsibility for declaring war solely in Congressional hands, and Congress, most notably in 1973, has spasmodically tried to keep it there. But in practice, it has long been content to cede most of that authority to the White House.

      (((shacking head))) Will they lead when they loose control???

  17. The President’s Proposal — and I know this will surprise everyone — is a crock. It’s full of Republican talking points, and there’s no visible way to regulate the insurance companies. There is, however, the obvious construction of the infrastructure to cut Medicare.

  18. I read that the CBO can’t even score Obama’s plan, it’s so lacking in detail. So how can they even think of voting on something whose cost is up in the air? This is madness, and I do firmly believe the only motive for passing anything now is so they can cite it as an “accomplishment” for the President. The nation is losing trust in him now at a rate the White House should be really concerned about, yet all they do is push some more. Why?

  19. Keep telling that history:

    Read the novel, Rescue at Pine Ridge, “RaPR”, a great story of black military history…the first generation of Buffalo Soldiers.

    How do you keep a people down? ‘Never’ let them ‘know’ their history.

    The 7th Cavalry got their butts in a sling again after the Little Big Horn Massacre, fourteen years later, the day after the Wounded Knee Massacre. If it wasn’t for the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, there would of been a second massacre of the 7th Cavalry.

    Read the novel, “Rescue at Pine Ridge”, 5 stars Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the youtube trailer commercial…and visit the website http://www.rescueatpineridge.com

    I hope you’ll enjoy the novel. I wrote it from my mini-series movie of the same title, “RaPR” to keep my story alive. Hollywood has had a lot of strikes and doesn’t like telling our stories…its been “his-story” of history all along…until now. The movie so far has attached, Bill Duke directing, Hill Harper, Glynn Turman and a host of other major actors in which we are in talks with…see imdb.com at; http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0925633/

    When you get a chance, also please visit our Alpha Wolf Production website at; http://www.alphawolfprods.com and see our other productions, like Stagecoach Mary, the first Black Woman to deliver mail for Wells Fargo in Montana, in the 1890’s, “spread the word”.


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