Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Why am I not giddy with excitement?

To quote a journalist with the unusual name of Globe Staff (an alias, I think, for "we're really the New York Times"):

A politically eclectic group has been meeting in secret for months in an effort to craft a proposal that will expand healthcare coverage to as many people as possible.

I always figured that "as many people as possible" meant, like, everybody. But in the faith-based society, it appears that not all things are possible.

The cast of characters for these secret meetings includes the AARP and the AFL-CIO, the American Hospital Association, "America's Health Insurance Plans, the trade association for health insurers," Pfizer, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It turns out that "the liberal Families USA and the conservative Heritage Foundation are also participating."

In other news, the Mafia is having a meeting of all the family heads to propose a solution to the problem of organized crime. John Walsh and Whitey Bulger are said to be participating. Most likely the Bush Administration will adopt whatever proposal they come up with.

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