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March 2019

"Eight surprising facts about getting old in America"

Mostly good news.

I thought the odds of ending up in some grim institution were pretty good, especially if I lived long enough. In fact, the percentage of Americans over 65 in nursing homes is just 2 and a half percent, and it’s dropping. Even for people 85 and up, the number is only 9 percent.

(Price increases may be a factor in this, but I shouldn't be a wet blanket.)


"Surprise!"

Yikes.

Yet within days of his passing, Christy began getting bills with frightening numbers on them. She didn’t even have time enough to mourn before the paperwork started piling up: EOBs (Explanation of Benefits) from the insurance company, along with bills from the hospital, the ambulance, the 30 or so doctors who consulted on his case—and anyone else who might have walked in the room or been within eye-shot.

The total amount she believed she owed was more than $4 million. Mourning turned into depression for this mother of four small children who had just lost their dad. Her church stepped in and started sponsoring spaghetti dinners to help make a dent in this monumental dollar amount.


"Senate Budget Plan Includes Realistic Deficit Reduction"

Well, good. (Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget).

We applaud the committee for putting forth a budget that includes significant deficit reduction and a realistic fiscal goal of returning deficits to their historical average within five years. It is a roadmap for beginning to improve the fiscal situation, providing a framework to address discretionary spending caps and the insolvent Highway Trust Fund. Encouragingly, it calls for any deal to increase the spending caps to be fully offset. As a first step, this is what a serious budget looks like.


"The spoof snowflake who made a fool of the Lefties"

Although it's a variant of an old joke, this is still good:

I’ve been accused of living in a woke ‘echo chamber’ and that my opinions are out of touch with regular people. But I’ve asked around my close friends and they all agree this isn’t the case.

And this is quite good:

I was the only child of two barristers. I learnt only that my private education and frequent family holidays to Montenegro and the Maldives were merely a ruse by which my parents could distract me from my oppression.’