Playing catch-up *UPDATED*

I needed to take care of family business this morning, and am only now indulging myself with news and blogging.

As a wonderful place-holder, please read Soccer Dad’s take on a subject I’d actually asked him about:  the belief amongst Democratic, but pro-Israel people (such as Jeffrey Goldberg, at the Atlantic) that Obama isn’t just picking a pointless fight with Israel but is, in fact, trying to drive Netanyahu from office so that a candidate more to Obama’s liking (Livni) will take over.  UPDATE:  Yossi Klein Halevi on the Obama approach to Israel.  My feeling is that Obama has a four-fold motive:  He hates Israel, which by Jewish association stands for justice, a concept antithetical to a nascent tyrant; he has a deep affinity for Muslims, which has less to do with religion, I think than with being a nascent tyrant; he’s playing the bully to prove himself to doubting Muslims who see him (rightly) as ineffective; and he wants to destroy Netanyahu.

Also, check out Threats Watch, which brings to light the fact that Holder thinks there’s no difference between Charles Manson and Bin Laden.  I’ll concede that both are evil men who have killed Americans, but there is a difference between a citizen who commits murder, and a foreign national who launches war against America.  But honestly, trying to teach that point to the left is precisely like trying to explain the sun to someone who has only lived in a cave.

But if you want a little uplift, the Anchoress has something for you.

UPDATEAnn Coulter hits a home run with a simple plan that would genuinely lower the cost of medicine, even while continuing to provide America’s expected high level of health care.  I’ve been saying forever that a major part of the problem with insurance is the fact that states force insurer’s to provide only premium plans when many people, for whatever reason, don’t want, or need, to pay for all the bells and whistles.

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  • BrianE

    Cost of Health Care– or in this case accident care.
     
    Our son was recently a passenger in an automobile where the driver (a buddy) lost control and took out a power pole. Our son was trapped in the car for a half hour before firemen cut him out and air lifted to the regional medical center in Charlotte where he subsequently had a rod inserted in his femur to repair the broken bone.
     
    Given the severity of the crash (the car was turned into a pretzel around the pole), we are thankful he wasn’t injured more severely. The driver of the car suffered some cuts to the head.
     
    It seems the minimum personal injury liability insurance required in North Carolina is $30,ooo which is what the owner of the car carried. To date the bills are north of $55,000. Our group health insurance will pick up the difference, with the exception of the $3,000 out of pocket that will be our responsibility.
     
    Apparently three days in a hospital and surgery on a leg now costs $45,000. The bill for the helicopter ride to the hospital was $10,000.
     
    I fail to see how punishing greedy insurance companies will lower these costs. In fact, our insurance company is more than willing to pick up the costs the automobile insurance won’t pay. As far as we can tell, he received excellent care and the surgery was performed competently.
     
    I realize this story isn’t about health insurance, but someone please tell me how ‘punishing’ insurance companies is going to reduce the cost of health care.
     
    If there is a lesson here, its that you should not carry minimum required amounts of automobile insurance, because an accident involving an injury of any magnitude will quickly exceed those amounts.
     

  • suek