So many thoughts run through my mind when I see her captured in this moment of delight. None of them pleasant.

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Howard Dean, in his own words:

The reason tort reform is not in the [health care] bill is because the people who wrote it did not want to take on the trial lawyers in addition to everybody else they were taking on. And that’s the plain and simple truth,

via Dean says Obamacare authors don’t want to challenge trial lawyers | Washington Examiner.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is going to pick up the tab for H1N1 vaccinations.

A spokesman says the insurer will cover the cost for its members regardless of their benefit coverage. The company hopes that will entice more people to get the vaccination.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s largest health insurer, covering about 180-thousand Vermonters.

via Blue Cross Covers H1N1 Vaccinations – WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-.

[sarcasm alert]

But insurance companies are evil!

Pop quiz: Why are they treating its customers to “free” H1N1 vaccine shots?

Answer A: This is just a nefarious plan by the evil insurance companies to gain sympathy for their case in defeating President Obama’s health care reform.

Answer B: This is just a dastardly plan by the evil insurance companies to inject its unsuspecting customers with a deadly vaccine.

Answer C: The actuaries at the insurance company believe that the cost of paying for the vaccines is less than the cost of paying for customers sick with the H1N1 flu.

“This is a self-serving analysis from the insurance industry, one of the major opponents of health insurance reform,” she said. “It comes on the eve of a vote that will reduce the industry’s profits. It is hard to take it seriously.”

via White House Tries to Strike Down Insurance Industry Criticism Ahead of Key Vote – Political News – FOXNews.com.

As a slightly above-casual observer of the health care reform debate raging in our nation this statement strikes me as laughable.  The White House cries, “self-serving,” as though they are just an impartial judge on the sidelines of the debate.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.

The White House has two things at stake in this debate.  First, is the simple desire, or need, to have a political victory in the form of a successful piece of legislation.  Second, is their insatiable (but cleverly disguised) desire for more power.  The people in power want more of it and reforming health care in the direction of a government-run system is one sure fire way of getting a great deal of power.  Power over our lives in almost every way.

Self-serving is exactly what the Obama administration is doing every time it plays upon the fears of the citizens by trying to transform health insurance into an inalienable right.  So, when the White House cries, “Self-serving,” I hope that the citizens of our great country will see through the word games being played by our dear leaders and press back against the assault on individual liberty.

Many doctors pay $100,000 to $250,000 a year in malpractice insurance even if they’ve never had a judgment against them. Neurology leads the list of high-cost malpractice insurance. Obstetrics isn’t far behind.

via Tort Reform Reduces Federal Deficit, Congressional Analysts Say – Political News – FOXNews.com.

Would tort reform be of any value if there is a “public option”?

The Senate plans to attach Obamacare to a House-passed non-healthcare bill. Ironically, nobody knows what that legislation looks like, because it has not yet been written. Yet many members plan to rubber-stamp Obamacare without reading or understanding the bill.

via Congress’s Secret Plan to Pass Obamacare.

I am not the first to highlight this “secret plan” and I would be stretching the truth in telling you that I completely understand how this plan works on a logistical level.  However, Brian Darling makes a reasonable case that should at least raise the eyebrows of American citizens of every political stripe.