As of today, March 29, 2017, the ACA is still, to quote Paul Ryan, "the law of the land". Whether that will remain the case is unclear as, after a weekend of contemplating the ruins of their Repeal-Obamacare scheme, some Republicans are saying they'll try again. Separately Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, an avowed ACA opponent, is now hinting he will purposely do what he can to damage the functioning of the ACA. So we'll see.
But in the meantime, for people who might want to actually improve delivery of affordable healthcare to Americans, there are two fallacies I'd like to address:
That people view healthcare like a consumer product.
Today, Donald Trump said "Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated." That statement went unchallenged for, oh, 42 seconds before media and social media erupted with assurances that many, many people knew healthcare was complicated and had known it for some time.
The problem is for years and years various leaders have been wrestling with a set of incompatible objectives. You have "the healthcare industry" composed of large and small profit-making enterprises, including: insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, medical equipment manufacturers/distributors, hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, nursing homes, visiting nurse services, doctors, nurses, medical practices, etc. You have American citizens with their disparate incomes and zero control over the prices they are charged for medical services/products, and very little control (for most) over what they earn.
The 2016 Election was the most devastating experience in my life to date. I have never felt that kind of despair before, the sense that my world had been altered in a frightening and horrifying way by external events. I literally sat in darkened rooms for hours at a time just…frozen. My thinking slowed down, as though thoughts had to crawl through thick tar to reach me. Out of sheer self-preservation I cut myself off from news and social media; I worked, did physical work, walked my dog, petted my cats, read a bunch of old novels, and meditated.
One of the underlying themes in Wynne Frost and the Soul of Remorse is the destructive fruits of intentional dishonesty, both in the political realm, and within people themselves. As I started writing the book a few years ago I was worried about the potential ramifications of what I see as a long-running, deliberate policy of dishonesty emanating from political institutions on the right, but I would never have thought it could produce as bad a potential candidate for POTUS as Donald Trump. But here he is.
Ghostbusters is one of my favorite comedies. It was the perfect vehicle for the talents of Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis. Rick Moranis and Annie Potts also shine comedically while Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver play the straight people with aplomb. It's one of those movies that I can watch periodically and still laugh at even though, by now, the jokes have long since been memorized. (For me the artistry is in the "delivery" of the jokes more than the content of the jokes themselves.)
Yesterday my copy (the first First Edition in hardback) of Soul of Remorse arrived. I'm thinking other writers and aspiring writers can appreciate the thrill of the physical object. I especially like the spine, where the title is engraved:
I'm one of those people who re-reads books I like a lot. I like to read outside, in bed, in the bathtub, standing in lines, waiting in offices…I like physical books. But certainly a lot of books are disposable after reading. So I think digital books can be great too. Read a digital version and if you discover its going to be a "repeater" for you, get a physical copy then!
One of the rules many of us live by is "never discuss politics or religion" and my book breaks both of those rules! I thought about it for a long time before proceeding but, in the end, it was what I wanted to write about so I did.
As I see it, in recent years religion has been brought into politics in a way I can only describe as destructive — to both religion AND politics; destructive, indeed, to the country as a whole. I am a big proponent of the "separation of church and state" and have been watching, in horror, as that principle has been steadily eroded.
Wynne Frost and the Soul of Remorse is a delightful romp by new author Paula Apynys. This is an odd kind of read as it is a combo platter of politics, the supernatural, spirit world, reincarnation and a coming of realization that when you say it you kind of go, hmmmm? But when you read it, it all fits so beautifully together and keeps you turning the pages. It is fun, it is witty, the characters are spot on and you can’t help but find yourself knee deep in the lives of each and every individual.