Just to complete the epic saga of my health woes, I had the CT scan and I neither have cancer nor the other thing I might have had that would have required surgery. And because the symptoms that sent me to the doctor in the first place have begun to subside of their own accord, it’s not looking as if we’re going to find out exactly what caused them. However, in the course of trying to figure it out, my third, unfired (YAY!) doctor ran a test that indicated that one of my internal organs is tired of working at 100% so it’s not going to anymore. I’m not in dire condition or anything, but at some point I will need to go on medication and stay on it for the rest of my life. My current insurance plan doesn’t cover it, so it’s likely I’ll also have to change insurance plans, assuming that will be an option.
The reason I don’t now and might not later have the option of changing plans is because I now have a pre-existing condition. See how that works? Even if you have insurance, you shouldn’t use it because if you use it, your doctor might find something, and if your doctor finds something, then you could become uninsurable. If Obama is reelected, the Affordable Care Act will take full effect in 15 months and once it does, all opposition to it will vanish because even people who hate Obama will find they actually like not going bankrupt due to medical bills and then dying anyway. So in that event, I’ll probably be okay, at least in terms of being able to maintain insurance coverage or obtain different coverage. If Romney is elected, then it gets more complicated. He says he’s going to repeal the ACA on day one of his presidency, but he also says he’s going to sit down with a bipartisan group of senators and house members and solve all our nation’s problems on day one. I am pretty sure he’s also going to spend a good portion of day one walking around the West Wing shouting, “I AM KING! ALL BOW TO THE KING!” so, you know. Busy day.
A couple of things: Romney can’t repeal the ACA by himself. I think he’s confused about the limits of executive power. It’s a little like 2008 when Sarah Palin said as Vice-President, she’d be in charge of the Senate and if she wanted to, she could “get in there and make a lot of good policy changes.” And then all the third-graders of the world replied, “uh, no you can’t.” What Romney can and will likely do is issue waivers to each state saying that they can ignore the ACA, and then chip away at the law over a period of time, leaving in place the portions of it that are good for insurance companies but bad for all the regular people who have a weird mole that needs to be looked at.
But hey, congratulations to Mitt on winning the first debate! Also, condolences to Mitt on losing his pants in a fire.
My fellow Democrats have been spinning for a couple of days as to why Obama did poorly in the debate. Some people say he wasn’t prepared for how blatantly Romney lied from start to finish. Others say he was playing Rope-a-Dope and forcing Romney to commit to claims that either contradicted earlier claims or that he would undoubtedly contradict later (all of which has happened, but it’s not as if this is new; this has been going on for months). A couple of morons even said he was feeling down and distracted because he had to spend his 20th anniversary looking at Mitt’s orange face. Comforting theories, I’m sure, but come on. Barack lost the debate. You can say it. It’s okay. He’s still a good person.
Immediately after the debate, I was depressed. Mainly because Obama tanked it, but also because I was promised zingers and the ensuing awkwardness thereof but they were few and far-between, not to mention lame. I think Romney saying that Obama believes in “trickle-down government” was supposed to be a zinger, but as a concept it doesn’t even make any sense. It’s like Michael Scott’s vision of doing improv with Robin Williams and responding to “nanu nanu” with “blibity bloo blah.” Likewise, “you’re entitled to your own house and your own plane, but not your own facts,” was dumb and forced, but worse, Obama let him off the hook by not saying, “well, how about food and health care, am I entitled to those? Or would that make me a victim?” Though I did enjoy when Mitt basically said his five sons were all liars. I like to think that later on the campaign plane, his sons were screaming at him, “from you, dad! We learned it from watching you!”
Anyway, I feel better now. Partly because I realized that while a majority of people who watched the debate believe Romney won, that doesn’t mean a lot in terms of the election itself. After all, I think Romney won the debate, but it’s not as if I’d ever vote for him. But mainly I feel better because in the ensuing days, Romney’s been popping the buttons on his shirt with pride, which cracks me up. You won the debate, Mitt. You still suck. You know who else won the first debate against an incumbent? John Kerry. Also? Walter Mondale. And yet I do not predict that their pictures will ever be on money.
Despite all his money and privilege, it can’t be easy being so awkward and out-of-touch and socially inept. I would probably feel sorry for him if he weren’t such a pandering obnoxious creep. Perhaps Tom Hanks can better illustrate the vagaries of being Mitt.
Mitt before the first debate:
Mitt after the first debate:
Mitt after the September jobs report showing unemployment has dropped below 8% was released: