'Tron Tuesday 3/23/10

'Tron Tuesday: Health Care Edition! Note: My personal politics, if not already known to you, will be made perfectly clear by these five Internet viewing pleasures:

1. First and foremost, see how the health care bill could affect you. The redux: Very little changes until 2014, when the government will require that you have some kind of health insurance (why would you not want health insurance?) or pay a penalty.

2. Sorry, Republicans. This is hilarious.

3. Toxic, polarizing, hate-spewing media presence and all-around annoyance Rush Limbaugh threatened to leave the country if health care reform passed (Costa Rica, specifically, which also has a public health care system, but whatever). Help buy his ticket out of here.

4. Speaking of hate-spewing by media outlets (mostly) that stand to profit from polarization, conservative David Frum has this to say about the GOP's latest Waterloo.

5. "This Guy's All Like, 'Whoops, Obama Is Talking'" from Best Week Ever:

So... that's fun! Have you seen anything on the 'Tron that I should read?


  1. 'Tron Tuesday? As in, "Tron?"

  2. As in "Intertron," Cole. Jeez.

  3. I guess we disagree on this issue…:)

    1. All sunshine & lollipops until you realize that the country cannot possibly afford this and rationing is a foregone conclusion. Sucks for you if you get sick and the government determines that the cost of saving your life outweighs your value to the collective. So here's a pain pill. You will not be able to get the medical care you want, they will decide for you and you will have nowhere else to turn. I can't wait! (And this is only a tiny fraction of what is wrong with this bill.)

    2. Not that funny. John Boehner made a passionate, heartfelt speech and laid out the Republican case very well. Nancy Pelosi is a piece of work. She needs to be kicked to the curb, though it will never happen in SF.

    Loved the Louisiana Purchase and the Cornhusker kickback—I can't wait to find out how many other bribes & threats were made by the administration to get this thing passed.

    Our legislators no longer represent us, they do the thinking for us as we are all too stupid to make our own decisions.

    3.Correction: Rush Limbaugh was responding to a caller who worked for an insurance company. The caller said her company was thinking of opening medical clinics in Costa Rica and offering insurance for them, including plane fare. Rush said it sounded like a good idea and he'd look into it if the healthcare bill passed. He did not say he was moving to Costa Rica. (So how come Alec Baldwin (Father of the Year) never left the country?

    4. David Frum is entitled to his opinion, even if it's wrong.

    5. Now that's funny!

    I guess we disagree on this issue…:)

  4. "Sucks for you if you get sick and the government determines that the cost of saving your life outweighs your value to the collective"

    Just want to say that this already happens. It's called being denied a claim.

  5. Whoohoo! A dialogue!

    1. I don't believe this bill is ideal for anyone -- far from it. I'm relieved mainly because Dems are finally sort of trying to make good on the myriad promises they made to get elected. I think it's a step in the right direction on a very, very long scale. Maybe it is one step closer to socialism, but it's one step farther away from corporations running the country, and corporations don't have to earn our votes.
    I, for one, am happy to pay more taxes if we're moving toward a nation of happier, healthier people. Additionally, if we want to afford things, maybe we ought to stop spending in wars abroad and fix the problems at home first. But that's just proselytizing.

    2. We as a country elected Democrats, even if we individually didn't vote for them. And it's politics; to think that anything could ever get done without making substantial concessions to the other side (regardless of what that side might be) is naive.
    Nancy Pelosi may clap like a seal, but I hardly think she is the demon woman she's pictured as on the site.

    3. I don't care what Alec Baldwin does, nor do I understand the relevance; he doesn't have more of a say than the rest of us in how the country's run.
    Verbatim from Rush's broadcast: "I'll just tell you this, if this passes and it's five years from now and all that stuff gets implemented, I am leaving the country. I'll go to Costa Rica." He doesn't have to go to Costa Rica (and probably wouldn't), but I feel that the public would be better off not listening to him or any of his fanatic ilk (regardless of party). Which leads me to...

    4. The main point I took from Frum is that the media climate in this country is harming us. Media giants and talking heads make money through fear; the angrier and more afraid they can make viewers, the more they'll tune in to find out what they should do about it. In this particular instance, they whipped much of the voting public into such a sensationalist frenzy that they couldn't refrain from marching on whatever sort of made sense to lay siege to, making harebrained signs, and disrespecting others (Congressmen Emmanuel Cleaver II, James Clyburn, John Lewis, Barney Frank, etc.), and right-leaning politicians probably felt paralyzed. If they actually tried to contribute to the discussion instead of flatly refusing to engage with the opposition, a lot of the people who voted them into office would cry foul, and things might get worse for them. I don't believe in name-calling, which is what I feel Rush, Glenn, Keith, and the rest boil down to.

    5. No argument there.

    Let's keep it going! I'm enjoying this brain exercise.


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