I Lied!

Basically, I’m an honest person. You ask me a question, I’ll give you the best answer that I know  how. That said, I lied yesterday.

I am switching internists. My old doctor, nice (and competent) though she was, never was on time. It drove me crazy to be the first or second person on the schedule and she was still late. So I switched.

When you are establishing a relationship with a new physician, they ask a lot of questions. Are you married? Who is your emergency contact? Are your parents still alive? Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera to quote Yul Brenner in The King and I.

So I am sitting in the examining room with the medical office assistant and she is going down the list of questions. She gets to a few she called “safety questions”. You know where I am going with this.

She asked, “Are there any guns in the home?” Rather than giving an evasive answer of “no comment” or asking “why do you want to know?”, I gave a clear, definitive “NO”.

I freely lied and I would do it again.

I was confirmed in my decision to lie when as the doctor was asking more medical history questions he stopped and apologized saying they were due to ObamaCare. I said I don’t have ObamaCare and he said they still force us to ask them. He was an experienced physician who had been practicing for many years and you could tell the bureaucratic oversight of his profession was driving him nuts. I know and he knows that somewhere some faceless bureaucrat sitting in some Federal agency will be data mining my responses.

As I joked with the Complementary Spouse later in the evening, I said we don’t have any guns in the home – we have firearms. On a serious note, I can’t tell you how to answer this question. I am firmly in the camp of it is none of their business. If you have to lie to protect your privacy and your Second Amendment rights, is it really a lie. Maybe yes, maybe no but you’ll have to let your own conscience be your guide.

Comment Of The Day

Secretary of Health and Human Resources Kathleen Sebelius might be “as frustrated and angry as anyone” over the badly run launch of ObamaCare. That’s all nice and well except it doesn’t go to the heart of the problem.

Ask SayUncle who is being forced to switch primary care physicians or the Complementary Spouse whose job at our local hospital was eliminated as the hospital tries to deal with the revenue shortfall they anticipate due to the Affordable Care Act about whether they care that the launch of the ObamaCare website went poorly. It still doesn’t change the fact that it is a law that sucks.

The Mad Ogre, George Hill, may have said it best in a Facebook post yesterday.

The website working or not is the least of my issues with the ACA.
Complaining that the Web Site is not working is like French Aristocrats complaining that the Guillotine isn’t working.

 I think that about sums it up.

What Do The ObamaCare Website And Canada’s Gun Registry Have In Common?

The answer to the question posed in the headline, that is the commonalities between the ObamaCare website and Canada’s failed gun registry, is software company CGI. The Conservatives under Canadian PM Stephen Harper dumped the gun registry last year deeming it ineffective and too costly. The Firearms Registry had been plagued by cost overruns from day one.

Sun News has more on other failures by CGI with regard to healthcare related databases in their report below.

Breitbart has more on these failures by CGI.

The failed gun registry was only one of CGI’s many Canadian failures, which included canceled contracts to build health care databases in the provinces of Ontario and New Brunswick. Despite CGI’s checkered record, the Obama administration awarded its U.S. subsidiary, CGI Federal, the $93.7 million contract to build healthcare.gov, part of $678 million in health care services contracts awarded to the company.

The Washington Post has more on how CGI Federal, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canada’s CGI Group, went about winning the contract for the ObamaCare website. In a significant omission, the Washington Post fails to mention the role of CGI in the failed Firearms Registry.

It is obvious to me that no one in the Department of Health and Human Services did any sort of due diligence on CGI or CGI Federal. It could be just a coincidence that CGI was involved in a gun registration scheme and was the firm selected by the most anti-gun administration in recent memory to handle their healthcare exchanges website. I know correlation is not causation but one does have to wonder.

Behind My Sporadic Blogging

You may have noticed that my blogging has been a little less frequent and a bit sporadic lately.

Blame it on ObamaCare.

In the budget tightening that is going on throughout the healthcare world due to ObamaCare, the hospital at which the Complementary Spouse works cut her position. Or in the parlance used by her department’s director, they will not be funding her position in the new fiscal year that starts October 1st. Of course,

This means she has until the end of September to find a new position within the hospital or she is out after 25 years with the same organization.

Thanks, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and every other fucking idiot who voted to pass this abomination of a “tax” as Chief Justice Roberts has decreed it to be. Your efforts will not go unappreciated.

As you can imagine, the Complementary Spouse is grieving. She is grieving not only the loss of her nursing position but the negative impact on the patients and their outcomes as a result. She needs my support and attention during this trying time. Fortunately, we live frugally and are big savers so the financial impact will be minimal for the immediate future.

I wasn’t sure if I should share this or how much to share but decided to go ahead with it. I guess I just wanted you to know that I wasn’t getting tired of the blog or of you but that the Complementary Spouse needs me and my attention a bit more than you until the dust settles.

Sheer Arrogance

There is a Twitter hashtag campaign called #ObamacareInThreeWords. The campaign was started by conservatives. So you have stuff like “IRS meets Kevorkian” and “Premiums will double”.

The White House is trying to fight back. One of their many Tweets is below.

It is an arrogant and authoritarian response in my (not so) humble opinion. Just because a bill is rammed through Congress, doesn’t make it then ensuing law any good.

Made in China

After a lapse of many years, I have started back to using a fountain pen regularly. In addition to writing smoothly, they have improved my handwriting. They have also stirred the inveterate collector in me which has led me to start checking out pen forums and blogs.

This morning I found this little tidbit about the pens that President Obama used to sign the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). PPACA is better known as ObamaCare. Obama used 22 custom pens with the Presidential Seal and his signature according to the Washington Post. One recipient of a signing pen confirmed that they were made by Cross.

Here is where it gets interesting. The Goldspot Pens Blog has identified the pens as the Cross Townsend Black Lacquer with silver trim rollerball pen. These pens sell at retail for $130 a pop and that is without the Presidential Seal and engraving.

True, it is custom-ized but not custom made. Another side note is that they mention Cross is an American company, which is true, but all Cross pens are made in China now. We owe China billions of dollars anyway, so what’s a few pens between friends?

So there you have it. A bill that will push the deficit to previously unheard heights which will probably be financed by selling Treasury Bonds to the Chinese was signed with American pens made in China.