patient protection and affordable care and let freedom ring

Burn Fireworks, Burn, cc by image by Orin Zebest on Flickr
Burn Fireworks, Burn, cc by image by Orin Zebest on Flickr

I was reminded today, while inadvertently seeing a horrible “interview news” segment on television as I passed through the physician’s lounge for a bagel, that I had meant to link to the now several-months-passed healthcare reform legislation. Even this far after its passage, I continue to be amazed at how many people use this law as a prop to argue for and against various medical and economic issues without, you know, having actually read it.

Although the full text is a legalese-swollen 906 pages, I still recommend it as a must-read for every US citizen, whatever your political bent is. At the very least, there are some excellent (and far more easily digestible) summaries of the key points on the site.

To all Americans, I wish you a happy 4th of July weekend! It’s a time to reflect on the good of the freedoms we enjoy in this country… and note the bad that becoming complacent in said freedoms can result in, as typified by the content of, and the “democratic” process that resulted in, this legislation.

Also, be careful with the fireworks and the adult beverages this weekend, lest you find yourself acutely needing the health care system this is attempting to reform… Enjoy!

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