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On Friday I told David Corn that on odd days I was optimistic about the prospects for healthcare reform and on even days I was pessimistic.  Since it was Friday the 17th when we talked, I was optimistic.  The AMA is on our side!  The House Tri-Committee Bill is pretty good!  Hoorah!  He just laughed.  On Saturday, I was again pessimistic.  The centrists Dems are screwing everything up!  There’s no way to pass a tax increase to fund it!  We’re doomed!

On Sunday I was going to write about this.  But shortly after Tom Watson’s epic meltdown at the end of the British Open, our power went out.  And stayed out.  It didn’t come back on until 4:30 this morning.  Turns out that was mostly good news, though.  I did get to see all the golf, after all.  And the power outage spared you all some aimless musings about the politics of healthcare.  And since I had nothing else to do, I pulled Moby-Dick off the shelf and decided that dammit, I’d actually read it this time.  I haven’t quite done that yet, but I’m about halfway through.

As for healthcare, I don’t really know what I think.  It’s an even day so I supposed I’m pessimistic.  We landed a man on the moon 40 years ago but we can’t even pass a national healthcare plan?  What a screwed up country.  But check back with me tomorrow for another opinon.

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