Speak Up, I Can’t Hear You.
The State of Indiana announced this week it would be making cuts to optional services in the Medicaid program for adults. This includes chiropractics, podiatry, and dental care.
It also includes hearing aids. Which are definitely optional, if you can hear.
Proving once again, this isn’t health care, this is only-if-you’re-dying care.
Update, 21 January 2011: WFYI reported yesterday that Indiana will be covering hearing aids for adult Medicaid recipients after all. Apparently, there was a “miscommunication.” However, if you need dentures or a root canal, you will still need creativity and power tools.
I Read the News Today. (Oh, boy.)
Indianapolis retailer Don’s Guns (“I don’t like to make money! I just like to sell guns!”) has run out of high-capacity magazines for Glock pistols since last Saturday. Also, “We’re seeing a lot of young people coming into the range and practicing. Some of them are in there shooting and seeing how fast they can change clips.”
No worries, though, if you’re looking to stock up on your extended cartridges. He’s ordered more.
Keen, Judy and Tim Evans of USA Today, Indianapolis Star, 13 January 2011
“I keep reminding people karma means ‘doing.’ What you sow, you reap. So you create your own karma by doing; your karma is your deeds.” – Aung San Suu Kyi
“Paradoxically, I believe that Europe’s influence depends on our not having great military power or imperial ambitions any longer. We are able to play an objective role in which we are trusted because we seek genuinely to end conflict, assist development, and resolve differences, not distrusted for being thought to have a hidden agenda.” – Catherine Ashton
“More money, by a factor of 50% was raised in IPO’s in China than in London and the United States this calendar year.” – Eliot Spitzer
“The rule for government: Be there. Do something.” – Eugene Robinson
“It is, after all, an option. To see these people dressed up as the founding fathers who want more freedom, but you don’t want an option? It’s actually more freedom, you see there.” – Bill Maher, regarding opposition to the public option during the health care debate
“Certainly, it’s worth asking if the Western tradition of militarism, which can now boast nearly three millennia of success, is reaching the end of its usefulness, even if any attempt to answer this question definitively would be premature.” – Thomas Cahill
“Community has worked; those who brand it a failure don’t have a stake in its success.” – Dan Carpenter
“It’s a classic case of, I don’t know what you want to call it, semantic corruption.” – Jerome Chanes, on the recent use of the term “blood libel”
Excerpted, Stephen L. Carter
“But how is the public to figure out who’s winning?…How many battles of the Iraq war can the reader name? How many from Afghanistan? Out of either ignorance or condescension, the modern news media rarely tell us. One night a year or so after the fall of Baghdad, my wife and I were watching the evening news. The anchor recounted a fierce battle in southern Iraq, and told us how many American soldiers died. Here is what he did not tell us: what piece of ground the battle was contesting, what difference it made who prevailed, and who won. This is not, as the right would have it, some mystical anti-war bias. This is simple ineptitude.”
Carter, Stephen L. The Violence of Peace: America’s Wars in the Age of Obama, 2011. Excerpted in Newsweek, January 10 and 17, 2011.
Recommendations: Two to Read, One to Watch
Dan Carpenter, “Losing Common Ground,” Indianapolis Star, 9 January 2011
President Obama’s Tucson Memorial Speech, 12 January 2011
Watch: Countdown to Zero, Lucy Walker’s 2010 documentary about nuclear weapons