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View Diary: Morning Feature: Health Care, Our Mont Ventoux (Non-Cynical Saturday) (99 comments)

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  •  The odds may be long, (6+ / 0-)

    but the glooming and dooming on real healthcare reform around here, offends me deeply.

    We can't know the future, if we try our damnedest. To snivel about the "lost battle," at this point, is not only rude to those still invested in the struggle, it directly serves the interests of the status quo.

    Thanks for the analogy.

    •  I haven't ridden Mont Ventoux ... (7+ / 0-)

      ... but I've been an athlete all my life, including distance running when I was in high school.  There was no Mont Ventoux, but our cross-country course did have Pine Hill: a 300-foot vertical climb at a 30% grade ... on a path covered in pine straw.  It was just before the finishing sprint, and it hurt like hell.

      With the pine straw, our feet kept slipping as we ran.  Other teams (and some of us) thought it wasn't "fair."  It was hard enough climbing the grade - think running up the stairs to the 30th floor of a building - without having to churn pine straw to do it.  But it was Pine Hill and it was on the course.

      When you run into that kind of obstacle, or the obstacle we have on health care, you get two choices.  You can give up because it's too hard - and it is too hard! - or you can decide to dig down and find whatever it takes to not only climb that hill but gain time and distance on it.

      We know what we're facing.  Now it's time to find out what we're made of.

      Good morning! ::huggggggggggs::

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