September 23, 2009

I'm back.

Everything's fine. I'm back home, lying on the sofa with my foot in the elevated position, slightly loopy on Percocet.

Thanks to all the cool doctors and nurses and the University of Wisconsin Hospital. Thanks to all of you for your good wishes. And thanks to my beautiful husband.

ADDED: Where I was at 6:38:

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IN THE COMMENTS: Our ghost, Sir Archy, tells a tale of surgery/death.

118 comments:

Paul Zrimsek said...

Percocet, destined to take the place of boxed wine in the drive-by trolls' mythology.

Meade said...

Beautiful yourself.

And on behalf of everyone... you're welcome.

TRO said...

Sometimes it's pretty cool to have a loving spouse around, isn't it?

JAL said...

Welcome home Professor.

Have a snooze and tune in with us later.

Of course you can aleways blame the Percocet for anything you say, and you'll be off the hook.

Did you know Ghaddafi has been talking at the UN for over an hour? Think he's saying anything? Where did he stake out his tent?

wv mistie
I get mistie thinking of what America will be like when I don't have to worry about POTUS betraying America and its values to tyrants and thugs. Frank Marshall Davis would be proud. Jeremiah Wright is proud. William Ayers is proud.

I get mistie.

How can we fire him?

former law student said...

Will you be able to hobble around right away, or will you need to rent a wheelchair or something?

I ask because when aA co-worker once had both feet operated on for some condition I have mercifully forgotten, she stayed home for weeks. When our workgroup dropped by for a visit, she was scooting around her house in a swivel chair.

paul a'barge said...

I don't see any pictures of the foot. Give it up.

Henry said...

slightly loopy on Percocet

Good time to schedule a Bloggingheads! (I note Paul Z beat me to the joke).

Glad everything went well. Hope you're back on your feet soon.

Big Mike said...

Glad it went well.

Er, they did work on the correct toe? With the Percocet you won't know for hours.

Tibore said...

Loopy on percocet is a strange, strange place to be... so if you feel like composing poetry or being otherwise creative, feel free to post it! We promise, we'll only be laughing with you.  ;)   :)

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Oh, my. Ominous Word Verification entry: herses. Seriously. Not a joke. Not something I want to see come up in the context of medical care either (yes, everyone, I know the proper spelling is "hearses", but still... cold shiver just went down my back).

David said...

Have a nice nap and then Meade will being you something delicious.

Bissage said...

I'm glad everything’s fine.

I'm also glad the hospital got to use the machine that goes PING!!!

Tibore said...

So how does a law professor end up with turf toe anyway? I thought that was just a common ailment for football and soccer players?

;-)



8^} He jokes...

Dogwood said...

Percocet haiku please.

peter hoh said...

Glad to hear you are recuperating. Speedy recovery!

Ann Althouse said...

I turned on the TV and it was Ghaddafi, but for the first couple seconds I thought it was some SNL sketch. He needs a style consultant. He looked horrible and ridiculous.

@fls No wheelchair. No crutches. Just a special shoe and advice not to walk on it much for a few days.

Pogo said...

You're on poppies!

That's great, but beware of flying monkeys.

madawaskan said...

Prof_

I thought the game was-to try to stay ahead of the pain.

So, woman win this!

Plus I'm always reading that redheads feel pain more-so now is not the time to be the tough cookie.

Treat yourself-or somethin' I don't know how to explain it.

madawaskan said...

JAL-

The funniest damn thing was Qaddafi's speech....

He was rambling about Oswald, Ruby, the "white book" and Hitler....

I was feeling sorry for the translator and I guess I wasn't the only one because just as I got that feeling they replaced the guy...

Qaddafi- went through T-H-R-E-E- translators.

DADvocate said...

Percocet makes surgery fun. We need to see a picture of the toe. We need gross. We've had enough of the pretty pictures already.

Big Mike said...

BTW, what is that yellow-ish thingy in the lower right corner of the picture? I have a vague recollection of having something like that in my home a long, long time ago. Trying to recall what it is.

;-)

madawaskan said...
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Fred4Pres said...

I did not know you were hurt. Get well soon!

madawaskan said...

OK what the hell-

the funniest moment was when the translator said-

"We need to look into men "being made love to" ...

Shortly after that it was -

Tag!-your out-

The translators must have been yelling-

Next!

btw-Qaddafi also said that if you want more he has a website called-"Qaddafi Talks"....

[ok. ok I'm out.]

madawaskan said...

One last one promise-

I can just see the Captain of the Translator Team bitch slapping the guy on the sidelines-

It's Sodomy-Sodomy! stupid. Get it right!-

Because, the next guy came in practically screaming that....

edutcher said...

Glad you're OK and happy to see you thanked the nurses as well as the doctors.

Is it me or did Meade say anything along the lines of, "Only you would photograph your own surgery."?

David said...

Have a nice nap and then Meade will being you something delicious.

I think he meant 'bring', but it works either way.

WV "purphy" An Irish puppy

L. E. Lee said...

Dear Ann,

I wish you have a speedy recovery with as little pain and complications as possible. Luckily you have great health care coverage through your employer, the State of Wisconsin. There are many Americans today who work, often on their feet, with no health care insurance. Consider Ann if you were one of those people. What if you were an assistant manager at a Taco Bell or a stocker at Wal-Mart or a night worker at a nursing home and you were not provided health care insurance. Not only would your toe still be in excruciating pain but you would continue to aggravate the condition because you would have to continue to work on your feet. Does that make sense for our economy and our desire to have a productive workforce? Millions of Americans because they do not have

health insurance put off getting care for conditions like yours. They then end up needing emergency care and often end up not being able to work for extended periods of time.

We need to improve our system of paying for health care and making sure everyone is covered. What are you doing to be part of this solution?

Get well Ann!

Mark O said...

Get better soon.

But, there's no need to chose percocet over wine. Take both. With my blessing.

Paul Zrimsek said...

Shorter Lelee: "You, a surgical patient!"

Maguro said...

Glad everything went well and enjoy that percocet.

Steeelllllaaa!

rhhardin said...

Pediatrics.

Paul Zrimsek said...

We'd appreciate a little more warning next time. You try getting a death panel together on such short notice.

David Walser said...

...And thanks to my beautiful husband.

You are in love, aren't you?

Freeman Hunt said...

Glad to read that all went well!

Elliott A said...

Not everyone is dedicated enough to keep blogging through the trials of surgery and the aftermath. Thanks and recover speedily

ricpic said...

While you were away Obama apologized for the United States again -- to the whole world. Ya know, business as usual. Just thought you'd like to know.

Chip Ahoy said...

Did you have the bone in your toe filed down by a pedophile?

Unrelated to foot surgery, I just now learned that cameras have front and back curtain flashes. That means the flash fires immediately when the shutter opens, or it can fire just as the shutter is closing. This makes a difference for your night-time pictures and for your backfill. Various flash options: slow-sync, red-eye reduction, rear curtain sync, flash fill, and auto (as well as off) are available in specific shooting modes. With advanced cameras you can set the internal flash to act as commander to a slave flash. In that case, the camera releases a flash immediately prior to the shutter opening that signals another flash wirelessly to fire as the shutter opens. That way the camera's flash does not interfere with lighting the subject.

rhhardin said...

I never use flash. Just cut back on coffee and hold the camera steady.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

BloggingHeads:


Professor Althouse on Percocet

vs.

Ghaddafi

Ignorance is Bliss said...

David Walser said...

You are in love, aren't you?

She's on Percocet.

David said...

I thought it was a guy in a bad Ghaddifi mask, but it was actually him. He looks like he has had plastic surgery. Done by a veterinarian.

Quayle said...

To West Side Story:

To-night; to-night
It's gonna hurt tonight.
You better take one more per-co-cet.

madawaskan said...

LOL-at the Ghadaffi-how the hell are we spelling it-comments...

Now for the scary:

Referencing Obama as "my son," Qaddafi said: "We are happy that a young African Kenyan was voted for and made president. Obama is a glimpse in the dark for the next four years, but I'm afraid we may go back to square one.

"Can the U.S. guarantee after Obama that they'll be a government? We're happy and content if he can stay forever."

section9 said...

Somewhere along the line, I feel a really, really good Downfall Parody of Obama's speech to the UN coming on....

hdhouse said...

ahhh the joys and attributes of a most likely a state subsidized and run hospital with health insurance purchased in a group by the state of wisconsin.

only in america....

Rick Lee said...

Now I feel bad for making a smart alec remark in the other thread... get well soon Althouse! I hope you didn't pick up any MRSA in the hospital.

k*thy said...

I don't get around here, much anymore, but regardless, get well soon. You'll be up and going soon enough - enjoy the pampering for a few days!

Triangle Man said...

state subsidized and run hospital with health insurance purchased in a group by the state of wisconsin.

only in america....


I can not find the point to this post, but yes, you will only find health care paid for by health insurance purchased by the State of Wisconsin in America.

Also, the UW Hospital and Clinics are not financed by the state.

JAL said...

What if you were an assistant manager at a Taco Bell or a stocker at Wal-Mart or a night worker at a nursing home and you were not provided health care insurance.

Do assistant managers at Taco Bell not have insurance?

Reference please.

Do WalMart employees who stock the shelves not have health insurance?

Reference please.

Do night shift employees (CNAs, nurses) not have health insurance?

Reference please. When elites speak of "common" people sometimes they don't know what they are talking about.

Do you know anyone who has worked at Taco Bell? WalMart? a nursing home?

I do.

wv scommos
People who use other people to further their agenda without caring a rat's ass about the people.

JAL said...

Watch out Professor.

Its just the Percocet Talking.

You could write a book.

Dr. Cookie said...

People I know without health insurance:

A 52-year-old man who is a full-time janitor at a car dealership.

A dozen people who are full-time servers at restaurants, not Taco Bell. More upscale.

Three people who work at fast-food outfits, don't know full-time versus part-time.

JAL said...

People I know without health insurance.

Me.

Shanna said...

a night worker at a nursing home

If you employee professional staff, like nurses and docs, you generally have to pay health insurance. I would guess that Taco Bell mgt has health insurance. Walmart I think it depends on how long you've been there or possibly how many hours you work.

L. E. Lee said...

In Wisconsin Wal-Mart encourages many of their employees to sign up for State run Badger-care. So, much for being against the public option Wal-Mart!

Many Taco Bell employees do not get health-care. Some are offered policies that they can not nearly afford on the wage they are being paid.

JAL, instead of deflecting the facts why don't you actually make an argument?

Ron said...

I, too, am back from the University of Michigan hospital after 3 weeks of mucho illness. It may take me a bit to get up my commentatin' chops...

L. E. Lee said...

JAL wrote
"People I know without health insurance."

"Me."
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Dear JAL, if you get in an awful accident and require expensive and ongoing care who will pay for it?

JAL said...

From the WalMart corporate site:

"More than 94 percent of our associates have health insurance today — either through us or through other coverage. That’s a number we’re proud of, but also one we’re working to increase every day."

Taco Bell Assistant Managers most likely have health insurance as the company recruits based on its "excellent benefits."

www.tacobell.com

The temporary staffing service I worked for (nurses, CNAs) offered health insurance if you wanted to participate. As I recall it was fairly reasonable, although not a platimun policy by any stretch of the imagination. Anyone who thinks the "public" option is going to be a platinum policy is on too much Percocet.

matinse
Something cool a French chic in Bourne Does it Again offers.

L. E. Lee said...

Shanna,

Most people working in nursing homes are not "professional staff, like nurses and docs". Instead, they make around ten dollars an hour and more often than not do not have healthcare. Daycare centers are about the same. These people go to work often sick and untreated when ill. SOme way to take care of our elderly and young!

Next time you visit a nursing home or pick up your kid at a daycare ask those who are caring for your love ones if they have healthcare insurance.

L. E. Lee said...

Dear JAL,

That "other coverage" that Wal-Mart is bragging about is often government sponsored programs like Badger care.

You went to the Taco Bell website for your facts? So, the company claims to recruit based on its "excellent benefits." Well it must be true then. No reason for hype there!

David said...

But wait--the lefties believe that people who work at Wal-Mart don't get health insurance. So it must be true.

L. E. Lee said...

Dear David,

Obviously, some do and some do not. But way to go in making a strawman argument.

Pogo said...

The great thing about statists is that they can completely destroy the insurance market, strangling it through regulatory kudzu, so that no affordable catastrophic insurance is legally available, and then claim The Market Failed and take it over completely.

Whereupon it will fail in a more spectacular fashion.

Meade said...

@Ron, good news and welcome back! Ann waves an empathetic hello from her Percocet-mellowed sofa. I'm visualizing the two of you being back full force very soon. So please be good to yourself.

David said...

L.E. Lee:

If you knew facts, rather than making them up, you might be more persuasive. Over 95% of Wal-Mart employees are eligible for Wal-Mart insurance. The ones who are not eligible either have just started work (there is a brief waiting period) or work only a few hours a week. Wal-mart is looking for full time employees who will stay with them. This is why they provide benefits.

So if the employees of Wal-Mart are not insured under the Wal-Mart plan, it's because they choose not to be. They prefer to be in another plan, which is usually a plan of a working partner or spouse. A few actually choose no insurance at all, rather than pay their modest share of the Wal-Mart premium. Wal-Mart tries to discourage this but has no power to compel its employees to be insured.

There is no way that Wal-Mart can force its employees into Badger Care or any other plan if the employee wants to be insured through Wal-Mart.

The mom and pop stores that are supposedly being driven out of business by Wal-Mart? Virtually none of them provide any benefits at all.

Meade said...

Obama's Senior Advisor to the President, hoping there will be enough L.E. Lee's to buy his lies about competition in the insurance industry.

Fred4Pres said...

Meade didn't run over your foot with a John Deere tractor did he? Because then you would have to retire...I mean you might never play golf again.

garage mahal said...

If you knew facts, rather than making them up, you might be more persuasive. Over 95% of Wal-Mart employees are eligible for Wal-Mart insurance

Yes, dogshit insurance. So low wage employees instead enroll in Medicaid shifting all those costs to the states. You and me.

Lem said...

Hi Ron.. good to have you back.

David said...

Facts for L.E. Lee:

"Wal-Mart provides health coverage for 47.4% of its employees, an 8% increase from last year, while 43% of its employees have health coverage through another source and 10% are uninsured, according to a recent company-sponsored survey, Reuters reports (Reuters, 1/11). The survey of more than 200,000 Wal-Mart employees found that 22% of workers receive health benefits under a spouse's plan; nearly 5% are covered under Medicare; and 4% are insured through their parents, school or college. About 2% of employees are covered by Medicaid and 1% are enrolled in other state health insurance programs (Mui/Joyce, Washington Post, 1/11)."

Note again: 1% are covered by other state health insurance.

This article is from 2007. Walmart has a corporate goal of 100% health care coverage for employees. They have moved closer to that goal in 2009.

EDH said...

I think that we owe a big round of applause to Althouse and our newest, bestest buddy.

wv - "cocula" = poor cereal sales force Count Chocula to do porn

Lem said...

Coincidently I watched “Death at a funeral (2007) last night.

Instead of “Four Weddings and a funeral” it was tree people on a hallucinogenic and a funeral.

David said...

For Garage Mahal:

Note the facts: "2% on medicaid"

You don't just enroll in medicaid if you don't like your insurance. You have to be eligible. The vast majority of Wal-Mart employees would not be eligible.

As to dogshit insurance: It isn't the best. (If it were Obama would try to tax it.) Nor is it the worst. But over 1,000,000 Americans choose to work at Walmart. Generally they are pretty pleased to have the jobs. They are pleased to have the insurance, which protects them and their children.

Most of the disapproval of Walmart comes from two sources: ignorance and snobbery. Don't be an ignorant snob, Garage. You are better than that. Stop accepting what others tell you and check out the facts yourself.

traditionalguy said...

Great to see a speedy recovery from your sore toe. Sleep a few days anyway. Watching the "World Governing Body" on TV today reminds us that Ghadaffi and Castro are examples of aging Tyrants. The Government by Tyrants that Obama seems to want more of, like in Honduras, has a big flaw. Without a term limit and a peaceful succession plan the Tyrant at 50 starts to view his qualified successors as threats and has them murdered, and 30 years later when he dies there are no living qualified successors. Please God, do not let our Great Leader Obama stay on World TV for 40 more tears lying about everything. Today it looks like he cannot win reelection in the USA, so why is he so confident anyway?

Lem said...

BTW – Catch Supreme Sotomayor throwing the ceremonial first pitch this Saturday b4 the Sox Yankee game at Yankee Stadium.

She’s barely a Supreme and is already setting a bad precedent ;)
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4495055

Lem said...

No word if 'Yankee fan' Hillary Clinton will be there.

rhhardin said...

One Walmart virtue is finding a working business model that employs the marginally employable.

In this Mike Munger podcast otherwise on Fair Trade Coffee.

garage mahal said...

For Garage Mahal:

Note the facts: "2% on medicaid"
.

I don't know that to be fact. Wal-Mart themselves claim that 5% of Associates are on Medicaid, and 28% of Associate's children are on Medicaid. I admit it's lower than I thought though.

knox said...

Did you save the bone shavings?

knox said...

We'd appreciate a little more warning next time. You try getting a death panel together on such short notice.

LMAO!

knox said...

We need to improve our system of paying for health care and making sure everyone is covered. What are you doing to be part of this solution?

If the meds don't make you puke, this will.

Paul Zrimsek said...

What are the specific shortcomings of Wal-Mart's dogshit insurance?

Ralph L said...

I don't see any pictures of the foot. Give it up.
I was expecting video of the procedure.

I'm surprised a hospital would put a strong green on its walls--it makes people look ill(er).

knox said...

LeLee:

Dear JAL, if you get in an awful accident and require expensive and ongoing care who will pay for it?

garage:

Yes, dogshit insurance. So low wage employees instead enroll in Medicaid shifting all those costs to the states. You and me.

I don't understand these arguments from people who are pro-Obamacare. Who the heck do you guys think will pay for the people who enroll in the "public auction"? You and me.

L. E. Lee said...

Meade, how is your new State of Wisconsin health insurance working out for you? Now if only the working poor had the good fortune to marry Ann Althouse!

I am not meaning to pick on Wal-Mart. Many companies are also struggling to afford good health care insurance for their employees. This is doubly true for small businesses. This is why many businesses are supportive of healthcare reform and are trying to be a part of a constructive discussion about it.

It seems Meade and others here lucked out, have theirs and are happy to pretend that everything is just great except for "dat roten guvermint!"

L. E. Lee said...

Oh, also, I don't think a public option is necessarily needed for positive health care reform.

Shanna said...

Most people working in nursing homes are not "professional staff, like nurses and docs". Instead, they make around ten dollars an hour and more often than not do not have healthcare. Daycare centers are about the same.

Generally, any place that has a large number of professional staff will have health insurance, regardless of the fact that they have receptionists, cooks and cleaning personnel. The size of the organization and the % of professional staff probably has a lot to do with it. I am curious, and may check at my grandparents assisted living place next time I'm there.

These people go to work often sick and untreated when ill.

Lots of people with health insurance do that too :)

David said...

But you did mean to pick on Walmart, Lee. Now you are backing away from it because you were wrong.

Garage--the 2% figure for medicaid comes from the article I quoted earlier in the post, in response to Mr. Lee. Your 5% seems to have come out of thin air.

2% or 5%, the main point is that the criticisms of Walmart that get echo chambered are simply not correct. (There are some valid criticisms, but the ones you made were not among them.)

This is much like Obama supporters' statements that insurance companies drop people when they get sick and start making claims. Simply not true. It's illegal to do that, and a violation of the insurance contracts.

There are plenty of things to improve in the health care delivery system. But any proper treatment starts with a correct diagnosis. Until we get an honest and rational diagnosis of the problems, we will fail at a cure.

Meade said...

"It seems Meade [has] lucked out..."

Believe me, L.E., the biggest winner of all in the Althouse/Meade marriage is the State of Wisconsin.

Kirby Olson said...

Updike said that feet and teeth hurt the most.

traditionalguy said...

L E Lee...You've got it right this time. Everything is alright in healthcare except for That Rotten Government that wants to destroy whatever free market competition is working until we CRY CRISIS and beg to become serfs out of pure frustration. The real crisis starts the day Public Option economically the destroys current American health care and ends the day most people give up and die after waiting 6 months for a needed treatment from non-existent Doctors at non-existent Hospitals , unless you are one of the elite insiders. Why do you believe the nonsense of Obama's unseen Plan? Ask Castro where he has to go for his medical care? That is where Obama and other elite insiders will go for their care. Then visit the real Cuba and see where the Cuban serfs have to go, because that is where you and I will have to go as we sing songs about how much Great Leadre loves us.

David said...

Re Meade lucking out. He married Althouse, so that's true. But you don't even know what he's doing for health insurance.

Assume, though, that he is now covered by Althouse's insurance. Why do you seem to resent that, Mr. Lee? She pays for the insurance, either directly through premiums or by a reduction in cash compensation. No doubt the premium goes up when another person is covered. Does Althouse pay that premium? What difference does it make?

If you take a look at the UW web site, you will see that University employees are enrolled in the state plan. They have a large number of choices, mostly of group plans by private insurers. The premiums are substantial, and vary depending on location and which plan is chosen.

Wisconsin in fact has an exemplary health care system. Over 90% of the people in Wisconsin are covered by health insurance. It is done by private insurance, medicaid, medicare and some limited public programs. Most of the coverage is through private plans.

Wisconsin actually shows that an effective insurance program can be created without a gigantic federal bureaucracy. It's expensive, but the people and employers of Wisconsin have chosen it, and refined it over the years.

The Congress is rushing to legislate out of ignorance, based on the assumption that we need an overarching federal solution to heath care problems. The Wisconsin experience proves that this is the wrong approach.

L. E. Lee said...

1) traditionalguy, you look like an idiot when you make a stupid strawman argument and blather on about Cuba. Yes, traditionalguy I want to make the USA into Cuba. (Ghost sounds in the background...)

2) Yes, David, Wisconsin has a great progressive tradition in dealing with problems. Wisconsin has shown that a balance can be struck between the private sector being the dominant player with public support and regulation where needed. I am glad I live here. But, we still have working people without health care here in Wisconsin.

Original Mike said...

Believe me, L.E., the biggest winner of all in the Althouse/Meade marriage is the State of Wisconsin.

Do tell?

L. E. Lee said...

David, Even though I am a Wisconsin business owner and taxpayer, I do not "resent" Mr. Althouse being covered by his wife plan. Why would you even reach that conclusion? Instead, I wish everyone were so lucky! Maybe Ann Althouse could be the alternative public option?

Meade said...

@Original Mike: Ask not what the State of Wisconsin can do for you, ask what you can do for the State of Wisconsin.

David said...

Mr. Lee:

His name is Mr. Meade, I believe, not Mr. Althouse.

Here is what you said:

"Meade, how is your new State of Wisconsin health insurance working out for you? Now if only the working poor had the good fortune to marry Ann Althouse!"

Maybe it just sounded snarky, and you did not mean it that way. If so, I retract my perception of resentment.

You also say that there are still working poor not covered by health insurance. It's certain that there are some, but how many? Do you have any evidence? It can't be a huge amount given that less than 10% are not covered, and in light of the statistics regarding how many people actually choose to go without health insurance. Why should we overturn the entire health care system, with tens of millions of satisfied customers, when more targeted solutions could deal with the involuntarily uninsured?

Are you willing to share with us how how you pay for your employees' health needs? That might be instructive.

David said...

Meade has a new job! Pray tell, what is it?

Penny said...

I think Meade is referring to the Althouse/Meade tax liability to the state of Wisconsin.

Penny said...

You can talk about the working poor with no health insurance, but then we can move right into a discussion about the middle class tax SQUEEZE.

David said...
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David said...

Are you feeling ok Althouse? Did you nap? Was the procedure a success?

We have kind of gotten away from that. On the more contentious subject, I now leave the last word to Lee, if he desires it, and go to cook dinner. I will try to enjoy dinner even though I know that some people still go hungry.

David said...

Ah, Penny, I fear you are right. But does Meade have to pay tax on his Ohio income in Wisconsin? If they file separately? I was a Wisconsin taxpayer for over 20 years, when the rates and my income were higher, so I sympathize.

Now to cook dinner.

L. E. Lee said...

David,

I meant it to be just snarky with no resentment implied.
--------------
Paying for my employee health plan has gotten more difficult every year that I have been in business. This is especially true when new competitors come into my market and don't provide health care to their employees. I support health care reform not because of the social justice angle (though I get it) but because I think it makes economic sense to deal with the obvious problems that have developed in the marketplace.

Also, I don't think we need to "overturn the entire health care system." Also, that is not what President Obama has proposed. Personally, As I said before, I think substantial improvements can be made without a public option.

Penny said...

Lee, here's a thought for you that is outside of any government intervention. Some of the small businesses in my area formed a consortium with the help of the local chamber of commerce. It increased the pool and saved each of the member companies some money.

L. E. Lee said...

Penny,
The local Madison Chamber had that program a decade ago. It failed. Costs became prohibitive.

rhhardin said...

I'd bet Ohio is going to take the biggest surprise tax bite, but I don't know for sure.

L. E. Lee said...

Also, I don't think the chamber liked being stuck in the middle and having to explain why costs were going up.

traditionalguy said...

R E Lee...Not that you want Cuba re-created here, but the UN government wants it in Honduras. The Democrats want Columbia weakened so that Chevez and his new Russian tanks can conquer all non-Communist states around his Cuba like bastion. It is likely that the UN member states that would be allowed to vote on North and South American issues in a world government would alot world tax monies (collected as CO2 usage fees) so as to only permit the USA to spend an equal amount per capita as neighbor States like Cuba spend. Then ask Joe the Plumber whether he finally understands Obama's plans.

DaveW said...

Grats professor! Lucky for you it was only your toe that needed work.

I had heart surgery in May, bill came in right at a cool $200k. I have insurance though so no bankruptcy needed. I would have gotten the surgery with or without insurance, or so my cardiologist and cardiovascular surgeons assure me.

L. E. Lee said...

Sorry traditionalguy I can not respond right now. The Black Helicopters are here to pick me up.

knox said...

Personally, As I said before, I think substantial improvements can be made without a public option.

Every single Althouse commenter who's on the right (or identifies as a libertarian) agrees with this. Have you been paying ANY attention to the health care discussions that have been going on in the comments here??

If you have, I really can't comprehend why you began the whole discussion with such self-righteous snarkiness.

Sir Archy said...

To Professor Althouse.

Dear Madam,

Pray, accept my Wishes for a compleat Recovey. As Feet are the Foundation of an upright Body, they ought to be kept in the best Repair.

Beneficial as it may be, there is nothing so dread as the Chiurgeon's Knife. As the Ghost of a Gentleman, dead these 260 Years and more, I need hardly tell you that Death too often play'd the Critick to Performances of such Chiurgical Dramas as were acted in the Operating Theatres of my Day.

Fatal as Operations sometimes were, Delay had oft insinuated Death to his next Victim, as I shall relate below.

Attentive Readers will recall Imelda, of whom I previously made Mention in this, your Theatre of Topicks (as I call it). She was the Wife, over-fond of Shoes, of a Brother Officer from the Wars. I think it my Duty to now tell you of that Lady's Alas! unnecessary Death. I set this before you, not from any vicarious Asperity, but as a Warning against Delay.

Imelda was walking with several Friends in the Strand, when she was jostl'd into the Street, just as an heavily-laden Waggon bore down upon her, the Driver asleep, the Horses plodding unawares: An enormous Wheel roll'd over Imelda's Foot, crushing it under the Iron Tyre. She scream’d in Pain, rouzing the Teamster, but in vain; for, her right Foot was bloody & broken.

Imelda was carry’d home by her Friends. After a Physician was sent for, her Husband and I both exclaim'd as if in one Voice, "Mr. Loos!." Mynheer Loos had been a well-regarded, nay, beloved Chiurgeon to a Dutch Regiment known to both Imelda's Husband and myself from the Wars. He had recently set up in London, to our hearty mutual Approbation.

Her Physician having come and administered strong Laudanum, ‘twas quickly decided to carry her to the Chiurgeon; and so we set out, this time with poor Imelda carry’d in a Chair by Two stout Fellows.

Mr. Loos examined her Foot with uncommon Attention, taking great Care to do no further Hurt. At length he said, “Madam, your Case is serious: Your Foot is crush'd beyond the Ability of either Art or Nature to cure. Most of the Bones are broken; and several of the principal Blood Vessels are hopelessly torn. The Circulation of Blood thus impair’d, a Gangrenous Humour is certain to arise, which should poison your entire Body in a few Days, unless you have the Foot off.”

“No!” she cried. “My pretty, little Foot! What shall become of me? I should be an old Crone, hobbling on a Cane! No, I’ll die first!” "That you should do," says the Chiurgeon, "if you delay. For Today your Case is serious. Tomorrow it should become dire; and the Day after, fatal."

Imelda would not be mov'd. Her Husband pleaded; I implor'd; her Relations came and could do no more. Mr. Loos said he could not lawfully operate on an unwilling Patient, and urged that we devote that Evening to convince the Lady to remove her now mortally useless Foot.

Decency forbids me to relate much of the dreadful Events of the next Five Days: Imelda would not budge; Quack Doctors came 'round, selling useless Ointments & Pills; and, in the End, with a black Gangrene spreading up her Leg, Imelda died in agony, her last Words being through her Dælerium, "Do you not think my pretty little Feet fine, Sir?"

When it came Time to dispose of her Effects, her Husband, over the Objections of her Relations, gave most of her Cloaths to the Poor. But, he had her many Shoes sent to his Father's modest Estate, where he made of Bonfire of them, as so many Expressions of fatal Vanity.

My Object, Madam, in relating this sad Tale, is to remind your Audience to not delay necessary Medical Treatment, knowing that such Treatment is soon apt to become scarcer than previously.

With great Regard for the Health of your Toe, I am,

Madam,

Your Humble & Obt. Servant,

Sir Archy

L. E. Lee said...

And Knox, if you were paying attention you would know that President Obama has said more than once that a public option is not a critical component that needs to be in the final legislation.

traditionalguy said...

L E Lee...Just in, the UN helicopters are Blue now. And their use in the USA are Carbon offset by the credits paid for by donations from generous Arab slave traders and pirates operating in Christian Africa where the local people are worth nothing and deserve to be captured and killed by Allah's worshippers. But have no fear, President Obama says he has a secret plan

JAL said...

You went to the Taco Bell website for your facts? So, the company claims to recruit based on its "excellent benefits." Well it must be true then. No reason for hype there!

But you'll accept what Obama, the no accountability coolness himself, says?

Hahahahahahahahahah a a .. a.a ...

If you went to the TB website, you would have noticed that they actually feature some of their employees BY NAME and location. So, if you want to know what an assistant manager gets at TB --- you are free to go to the website, find her (or other employee's) location, and call the place and ask her.

We're waiting for the results of your phone conversation.

knox said...

President Obama has said more than once that a public option is not a critical component that needs to be in the final legislation.

If that were true, then all those townhalls were for nuthin' I guess. Wish Obama had let all of us in on the notion that he wasn't committed to a public option. Save us all a lot of trouble.

Seriously, that's your argument?

Plus, you never really explained why you took a snarky tone to begin with. None of us want a public option either. That's where 90% of the resistance to Obamacare comes from. So your self-righteousness is utterly unwarranted.

Penny said...

Sir Archy sure has a way with words. Always nice to envision your unearthly presence, dear man.

knox said...

"TB" ... what a great abbreviation for Taco Bell. I'm going to start using it immediately.

BJM said...

I too had the misfortune of being in the grips of the cold-hearted, greedy medical profession over the weekend after missing a step on the stairs at home.

Fortunately there wasn't any permanent damage to my shoulder rotator cuff or my wallet thanks to our excellent health care professionals and affordable, free market health insurance.