Tag Archives: health care

Utopia Yourtopia Mytopia

I am glad to see that utopia is still more commonly used than dystopia. (Check Google Ngrams and Google Trends for data.) That alone means there’s hope for the human race. But, except for magazines like Yes! and Intelligent Optimist, … Continue reading

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Tax Inequity Increase

“I paid lower taxes when I was rich.” I said that last year. This year proves it out even more. Income was down about 40%. Income tax was up about 40%. I was traumatized by the numbers. Surely our system … Continue reading

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The Day After The ACA Deadline

The deadline passed. Obamacare, ACA, the Affordable Care Act, the great grandiose pack of wonders or horrors depending on your point of view reached and surpassed its quota of subscribers. The wonders and horrors are already being touted. It sounds … Continue reading

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Costs Up Benefits Down

I’m insured. Obamacare says so! Oops. No, I’m not. Oh wait, maybe I am again. Hours on the phone and I’ve noticed two consequences: their music is better, and I’m spending more money than I expected. Another thing has been … Continue reading

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Balanced Optimism

They liked my house! They didn’t buy it, but they liked it.  At least they liked it more than one of the other houses in the neighborhood. Friends frequently comment on my upbeat attitude in the midst of financial mayhem. … Continue reading

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Total Perspective Shift

The philosophical underpinning for today comes from the Hithchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Welcome to the “Total Perspective Vortex“. ” . . . the TPV is now used as a torture and (in effect) killing device on the planet Frogstar. … Continue reading

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Rube Goldberg Manages Healthcare

Rube Goldberg would be proud. My journey through the officially mandated revision to my health care plan led me on a far adventure with grand vistas and worrisome territories. I was sure that I’d be shunted aside on detours, but … Continue reading

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ACA And HAMP And Me

ACA and HAMP, government programs for health care and housing. Before you think I’m about to either praise or vilify them know that I am an extreme moderate independent. I am (extremely) certain that solutions are in the middle (moderate) … Continue reading

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When Free Costs Too Much

It happens surprisingly often. Eager, compassionate people appreciate and understand a fellow human’s hardship and heartache, then offer something valuable for free. Confusion scrunches their face as their offer is turned down from someone who couldn’t afford to buy the … Continue reading

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Semi Annual Exercise EOY 2013

Back by popular demand, but mostly because I do this anyway, it’s my semi-annual review of my stocks. For over a decade I’ve ended every June and December with a simple exercise: in a few sentences, well, maybe a few … Continue reading

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