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Sat, Jul 26th - 2:04PM

Obama forgets the microphone is on, but says some smart things anyway.
As the Democratic candidate for president chatted with British opposition leader David Cameron at the Houses of Parliament in London on Saturday, a boom microphone used by reporters caught their discussion. It was unclear whether Obama and Cameron knew how much of their conversation others could hear.

Obama and Cameron talked casually about the demands of high office, according to a transcript.

CAMERON: You should be on the beach. You need a break. Well, you need to be able to keep your head together.

OBAMA: You've got to refresh yourself.

CAMERON: Do you have a break at all?

OBAMA: I have not. I am going to take a week in August. But I agree with you that somebody, somebody who had worked in the White House who – not Clinton himself, but somebody who had been close to the process – said that, should we be successful, that actually the most important thing you need to do is to have big chunks of time during the day when all you're doing is thinking. And the biggest mistake that a lot of these folks make is just feeling as if you have to be ...

CAMERON: These guys just chalk your diary up.

OBAMA: Right. In 15 minute increments

CAMERON: We call it the dentist's waiting room. You have to scrap that because you've got to have time.

OBAMA: And, well, and you start making mistakes or you lose the big picture. Or you lose a sense of, I think you lose a feel ...

CAMERON: Your feeling. And that is exactly what politics is all about. The judgment you bring to make decisions.

OBAMA: That's exactly right. And the truth is that we've got a bunch of smart people, I think, who know 10 times more than we do about the specifics of the topics. And so if what you're trying to do is micromanage and solve everything then you end up being a dilettante, but you have to have enough knowledge to make good judgments about the choices that are presented to you.

Is there Intelligent Life in the White House?

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Sat, Jul 26th - 11:51AM

Canadian Health Care Vs American Health Care
Canada's health care system is the best in the world. So much that other countries try to emulate it.

I am so glad I live in Canada... we live in a country with free health care where citizens value health and wellbeing and health insurance companies aren't trying to rape the customer/patient for as much as cash as they can.

Instead we have free services like Kanetix, which lists a variety of health insurance, travel health insurance, automotive insurance and other policies available in Canada so that Canadians can compare the policies and pick the best possible coverage. So even our privately run health care is better than America's.

In the USA the health insurance industry is huge and is constantly raising rates in order to rape the consumer. Lets take today's news for example:

Health Care Advocates Bring Protest To State, Business Leaders

CONNECTICUT - Jody Trestman spoke in a voice she hoped would carry to the offices of Gov. M. Jodi Rell.

"We are standing here today because a person's health should no longer be trumped by a corporation's bottom line," said Trestman, whose February diagnosis of Crohn's disease came one month after she downgraded her family's insurance coverage to an HMO.

Why the switch? Her health insurance company had raised its rate 9 percent in a single quarter.

Trestman spoke from the steps of the Capitol on Thursday as part of a demonstration calling on Rell and the business community, in the form of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, to cut the cost and broaden the accessibility of health insurance during the 2009 legislative session.

"In 2009, we will either have a guarantee of quality, affordable health care we all can count on or we will continue to be at the mercy of the private health insurance industry that is charging us more, giving us less and putting company profits before our health," Phil Sherwood, deputy director of Connecticut Citizen Action Group, said in a release.

Citizens for Economic Opportunity organized the march with Sherwood's agency as part of a broader, national initiative sponsored by the advocacy group Health Care for America Now. Organizers said they hoped to draw attention to what they called "the need for quality, affordable health care for all Americans."

Nearly 50 marchers rallied outside CBIA's Church Street headquarters and Rell's office to deliver letters to CBIA president John Rathgeber and Rell expressing disappointment in their opposition to legislation that would have extended the state's employee health insurance coverage to municipalities and small businesses.

In June, Rell vetoed the bill — sometimes called the health pooling bill — saying it could cost the state tens of millions of dollars and might not broaden coverage as promised.

Neither Rathgeber nor Rell were available to receive the letters. A spokesman for Rell said the governor would honor her pledge to take up the issue again in 2009.

"The governor has said that she welcomes the opportunity to work with supporters of the health care pooling bill to develop a revised and workable proposal for consideration in the next regular legislative session," said Adam Liegeot, Rell's spokesman.

A CBIA spokeswoman said the agency is concerned with the state of health care in Connecticut but believes pooling will not fix the problem.

"We all want health care reform, there's no question about that," CBIA spokeswoman Nancy Andrews said. "The question is how to go about it. We need to focus on reducing cost drivers, improving the quality of care and providing the uninsured access to health care."

Leaders in the health insurance industry rebuff accusations they put profits ahead of health care, saying instead that they are part of a private-insurance-based solution by maintaining efficiency in the system.

Organizers said the main point of the march was to raise awareness about the issue, rather than present detailed solutions to the problem. Citizens for Economic Opportunity spokeswoman Cari Carter said the organization will wait until the 2009 legislative session to outline its plans fully.

"We're going to get into the nitty-gritty once the session starts," she said. "Today is about the bigger picture."

Nearly 10 percent of Connecticut residents — more than 350,000 people — have no health insurance, according to the most recent statistics from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

A national spokewsowman for Health Care for America Now echoed Carter's remarks and said the group had only put forth a statement of common purpose, outlining 10 issues that must be addressed in health care reform.

That proves it for me. In America its all about getting the health insurance company getting the most bang for their buck. But in Canada where health care is free, private health insurance providers have to compete with a free public service and are essentially forced to do something American health insurance companies don't do: Actually be nice about it and not rape the client for their cash, because if they don't be nice about it Canadians will just find a better company or go back to using their free health care instead.

Other topics of interest:

Lose Weight Canada, Get Lower Taxes

Privatizing Canadian Healthcare?

Obesity in Canada

Anorexia Vs Obesity in North America

The Babyboomer's Tab

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