‘Astonishing’

Even a right-winger like Sarkozy is surprised at the healthcare debate:

“Welcome to the club of states who don’t turn their back on the sick and the poor,” Sarkozy said, referring to the US health care overhaul signed by President Barack Obama last week.

From the European perspective, he said, “when we look at the American debate on reforming health care, it’s difficult to believe”.

“The very fact that there should have been such a violent debate simply on the fact that the poorest of Americans should not be left out in the streets without a cent to look after them… is something astonishing to us.”

Then to hearty applause, he added: “If you come to France and something happens to you, you won’t be asked for your credit card before you’re rushed to the hospital.”

Online Q&A on Healthcare

I don’t want to link to Politico, because they’re a creepy right-wing spinning mill. But you might be interested in this:

Secretary Sebelius told us last week that she plans a customer-friendly approach to implementing health reform, and she’ll announce her first step today:

“To help everyone better understand the new health reform law, we are holding a live, online Q&A session. It starts tomorrow evening, Wednesday March 31st at 7:00 PM at http://www.HealthReform.gov.

… This will be the first in a series of weekly webcasts and discussions we here at the Department of Health and Human Services will holding with you, the American people, as we work to implement this new law

… I hope you’ll send in your questions and join Small Business Administrator Karen Mills and me at HealthReform.gov … Our health insurance system wasn’t broken in a day. And it won’t be fixed in a day, either. … But the good news is that, after decades of talking about the need for these changes, that work is finally beginning.”

Good Morning

I’ve rediscovered the fact that if I don’t turn on the teevee in the a.m., my mood improves considerably.

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