Thursday, July 2, 2009

It's funny because it's true

In America, we have a problem where people cannot afford decent health care. Some people can't afford any health care. So what does our government want to do? Make it a crime not to have health care.
Americans who refuse to buy affordable medical coverage could be hit with fines of more than $1,000 under a health care overhaul bill unveiled Thursday by key Senate Democrats looking to fulfill President Barack Obama's top domestic priority.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated the fines will raise around $36 billion over 10 years. Senate aides said the penalties would be modeled on the approach taken by Massachusetts, which now imposes a fine of about $1,000 a year on individuals who refuse to get coverage. Under the federal legislation, families would pay higher penalties than individuals.

In a revamped health care system envisioned by lawmakers, people would be required to carry health insurance just like motorists must get auto coverage now. The government would provide subsidies for the poor and many middle-class families, but those who still refuse to sign up would face penalties.
Subsidies mean people will have just enough money to still not be able to afford health care. Let's assess those fees!

Better yet, if we execute people who get sick, we can really drop the rate of illness in this country.

In other news, this video makes me laugh every time I see it. If you haven't seen it yet, allow me to be the first to share it with you.

Monday, June 29, 2009

At the movies

I'm anticipating the wide release of "Moon" - an honest sci fi movie made with minimal CGI and a huge steaming hunk of story - but in the meantime, I thought I'd enjoy some other films while I wait. I recently saw "The Hangover" (fairly funny, 4/5 stars), but who has time to watch a ton of movies? Fortunately, the internet is more helpful than you would suspect.

Want to catch an indie flick?

What about the latest Michael Bay action extravaganza?

Or maybe a good chase scene?

Whew, I feel like I've just watched the AFI's Top 100 - in 10 minutes!