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Good Thursday, Widdershins.

This post may be less than thrilling, because I once again failed to remember to write for today.  If anyone knows where I might procure a “Thursday alarm” that would alert me to scurry to my ‘puter and compose, please let me know and I will order one quickly.  Such as it is, here goes.

I’m reasonably certain that everyone knows that I am not really in favor of the current version of Obamacare.  The more I watch it evolve, the more I realize that it is Medicare Part D on steroids.  Conceptually, I am all in favor of national health care, and if this is the starting point, I suppose that it is better than nothing for our citizens.  My problem is that we are once again provide corporate welfare for the insurance industry, and that differentiates me from the Republicans, who hate it because they hate it.

The Repubs have hated the concept that was born of their labors in a conservative think tank, and hate their now-bastard child with escalating fervor.  They howled for repeal all thorough the 2012 election, before finally subsiding to a whimper.  Thank you, Congressional Budget Office, for breathing new life into these bozos.

The CBO stated that there would be a drop in hours worked, and postulates that workers would prefer to retain subsidies.  Yep, people may just not take that extra job that ends up costing them money.  Now this is a far cry from their insistence that business would not hire – in fact, it’s a polar opposite.  If people are not taking a second job to pay health care bills, maybe that second job will be open and available to someone who desperately needs a first job.

Or, perhaps this subsidy may allow a worker to start their own business because now they don’t have to work for someone else in order to obtain benefits.  Not only is that person;s previous job open to someone else, but the small business start-up (as the Repubs will tel you  until your ears bleed) may well produce a few more jobs.  There are also some 62-year-old folks out there who could easily retire, but continue to work because they are three years’ shy of Medicare coverage.  This worker retires, and another job comes open.  I know a woman who would prefer to work part-time, but her spouse is self-employed and she provides the benefits from her job,  There’s another few hours for someone else to work.  Seems to me that endorsing small business, mothers at home more with children, and happy seniors along with spurts of new job growth would be in everyone’s favor.  Alternatively. Americans can remain frozen in place, with no progress in sight, but ensuring the dominant supply-side paradigm so dear to the GOP heart.

As a nation, we provide massive support to the oil industry, heavy support to Big Agra, Big Pharma, and Mutual of Everywhere.  So if for a few years we subsidize our own, so be it.

This is an open thread.

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