From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…
Close But No Cigar
Here's the latest in my epic healthcare.gov saga. After a false start last fall and a brief pause to get a form completed last week, I tried again yesterday. I made it through all the questions they asked and then set about picking a plan.
Here in Maine we have two providers from which to choose: Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Maine Community Health Options. I'm not a fan of BC/BS. I think of them as one of the behemoths who spent an awful lot of time jacking up premiums to increase their profit margin while committing all the sins against their members that made the Affordable Care Act so desperately needed in the first place. So I'm planning on going with the Community Health option. They sound like good folks.
the doctor who practices here.
So I'm happy with ol' Community Health Silver. But...grrrr...the web site wasn't happy with me because, as close as I got, it just wouldn't let me enroll yesterday. Technical glitch, it said. I'll try again today.
Oh, and a final thought. When I sign up for my Obamacare plan, I hope I won’t need to use it to any major extent for a long time. But I'm perfectly happy to pay into the insurance pool every month, knowing that my premiums will go to those who do need it. That's how insurance works. That's how it's always worked. And to see conservatives freaking out over something so basic by calling it tyranny and communism and [insert GOP invective du jour here] is amazing. I understand that my premiums will help them stay healthy, too, and I'm cool with that. In fact, I hope they make use of the mental health services available. They could use a few sessions of anti-delusion therapy.
To be continued...
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Cheers and Jeers for Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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Days 'til all Boston Red Stockings players have to report for spring training: 9
Days 'til the Mt. Angel Wurstfest in Oregon: 17
Percent of African Americans over 50 who believe there are "many pleasant things about growing older": 79%
Percent of white Americans over 50 who believe there are "many pleasant things about growing older": 69%
(Source: AARP poll)
Percent of Catholics surveyed around the world who support the use of modern birth control methods: 78%
(Source: Univision survey)
Average Portland, Maine snowfall through Feb. 10, and the actual amount we've gotten this winter: 36", 56"
(Source: NWS via The Portland Press Herald)
Percent chance the Newark Star-Ledger regrets endorsing Chris Christie: 100%
(Source: Newark Star-Ledger)
Tuesday Words of Wisdom from the Right-wing Blogosphere:
I made a note to revisit this gem from two years ago --BiPM:
Despite all the stumbling around, we Republicans have finally picked our candidate. Santorum will take the lead in the national polls. Newt is toast. Mitt’s supposed latest firewall in Arizona and Michigan will not hold up for him. Rick will be a great candidate for the general.All together now: 1…2…3… Whoops!
---Commenter vgreaser at the Michelle Malkin blog
Puppy Pic of the Day: Mainers pursue glory at Westminster. (Best in Show gets awarded tonight on USA Network)
CHEERS to an equal and opposite reaction. Today is officially designated as The Day We Fight Back. It's 24 hours to honor the memory of Aaron Swartz and let the NSA-telco-industrial complex know we've still got our eye on 'em:
Daily Kos is one of the official sponsors, along with a plethora of other heavy hitters from around the globe. So take action and fight back. I'll probably go with a combination of emails, phone calls and running around with scissors.A broad coalition of activist groups, companies, and online platforms will hold a worldwide day of activism in opposition to the NSA's mass spying regime on February 11th. Dubbed "The Day We Fight Back," the day of activism was announced on the eve of the anniversary of the tragic passing of activist and technologist Aaron Swartz. The protest is both in his honor and in celebration of the victory over the Stop Online Piracy Act two years ago this month, which he helped spur. [P]otentially millions of Internet users [will] pressure lawmakers to end mass surveillance---of both Americans and the citizens of the whole world.
JEERS to Dixie do-overs. Another winter storm is threatening the south, bringing back the too-fresh memories of the last debacle. Here's the latest NWS map:
CHEERS to the guy who really was the brightest bulb in the box. Happy 167th Birthday (and many blessings on your tungsten filaments) to fellow Ohio native Thomas Edison. He invented the light bulb, the phonograph, the Snuggie and the ShamWOW! (the last two during his slow descent into madness). Pay your respects here. Today is also Sarah Palin's birthday---she turns 50. Or as she likes to call it: 50 sun orbits around the earth.
"I noticed late yesterday that you are once again showing your normal, homo-fascist attitude by shoving a pro-homosexual image in the face of everyone who uses your search engine."This is inaccurate. The correct phrase is "shoving a pro-homosexual image down the throats of everyone who uses your search engine." We urge Mr. Bailey to refrain from thinking for himself, and instead stick to the Frank Luntz-approved talking points provided to him by the modern-day conservative movement. We're sure he regrets the error, and we'll let him off this time with a light and playful spanking from Reince Priebus.
CHEERS to caffeine in the clear. Twenty-two years ago today, a study said drinking three cups of coffee per day doesn't increase your risk of heart disease. But it does raise your risk of peeing like a racehorse every 5 minutes.
Five years ago in C&J: February 11, 2009
JEERS to a bit of a nip in the air. The last time Maine broke a low-temperature record was in 1925 when the mercury bungee-jumped to 48 below zero. Yesterday the NOAA confirmed that our state posted a new record last month when the temperature suddenly plunged to 50 below on January 23rd. We hope Ms. Coulter enjoyed her brief stay here.
And just one more…
CHEERS to spending an evening with your favorite buds. In San Bernardino, California, the marijuana world's equivalent of the Oscars---the High Times Cannabis Cup---was held over the weekend:
The thousands in attendance spent the majority of the weekend in the medication area---indulging in complementary hits, dabs, and edibles while being truly excellent to each other. An overwhelming sense of friendliness was evident, which was a nice departure from the overly-aggressive frat boy vibe normally associated with festival events.The Best Inica was "XXX OG" by Life is Good Healing. The Best Hybrid was "Gorilla Glue #4" by Standard Seed Collective. And the Best Sativa was "Red Dragon" by RCP Sacramento. C&J congratulates all the winners, who we understand are still giving their acceptance speeches in the parking lot.
The crowd ranged ostensibly, from uninspired mooks to mature connoisseurs to patients with legitimate health concerns. It was proof that everybody smokes weed, not just the fat and lazy layabouts that Nancy Grace would like to pigeonhole every user as.
Have a Tuesday worthy of your talents. Mine was chainsaw juggling until about 10 seconds ago. Floor's open...What are you cheering and jeering about today?
Today's Shameless C&J Testimonial:-
Cheers and Jeers has been a non-starter in recent years in the Deep South, where many Republican lawmakers feared it could lead to widespread drug use and social ills. That now appears to be changing, with proposals to allow C&J gaining momentum in a handful of Southern states.
---The Associated Press