DAY FOUR - Government Shutdown
Well, there was ol' John Boehner again saying we can resolve this mess if only the White House folks would sit down with us (as they already have) and negotiate (i.e. concede) Obamacare.
"This isn't some damned game," he said, with his usual humility as elected leader of all of us who says he merely wants "fairness" for the American people under Obamacare."
Trouble is, it is in fact a damned game because Boehner finds no fairness under Obamacare at all in his role as the hood ornament of the Tea Party. Albert Camus, who wrote the compelling book, The Plague, describes the disease as "doing the same thing over and over and over again." Sounds like a perfect fit for the current Speaker.
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Another voice heard from Loonyville: State Rep. John Becker, of Clermont County (down among the sheltering stalks of Union Twp., really) says he has the solution to the cost of Medicaid. He proposes hospitals staffed only by volunteers, students and interns to treat indigent people who don't have health insurance. (Please don't assume that I'm clever enough to make this up). The Republican Goon Squad is way ahead of me with their remedies for poor people short of scourging. As Luke Brockmeier so precisely points out in Plunderbund, each city should have one hospital that can't take insurance, Medicaid or Medicare; can't charge patients; can only employ volunteers, and is immune to malpractice claims.(Aha!)
Finally, Becker assures us that if the uninsured ailing misfits show up at the ER of a regular hospital as we know it, they should be hustled by ambulance to his version of the hospital of tomorrow.
Brockmeier did the math of the crazy arrangement and the "soup clinics" would cost the government more than old-fashioned emergency rooms.
As a footnote, Becker has also appealed to Republican congressman Brad Wenstrup of Cincinnati to start impeachment proceedings against Federal Judge Timothy S. Black for ordering Ohio to recognize "homosexual marriage".
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That was some spectacle to see the Republican congressman rise to applaud the work of the Capitol Hill police for their work in the attempted gate crashing incident - the same police who were working without pay because of you know what.