Laudable Pursuit: Politically Palatable

“…a politically palatable way to give states the freedom needed to craft their own health care solutions. At the heart of this effort must be true freedom from the federal regulations that are the main drivers of our nation’s rising health care costs.” The Laudable Pursuit: The Next Steps Towards Health Care Reform by Mike Lee, July 28, 2017

Late afternoon today, Mike Lee emailed his view on the pathetic state of affairs regarding the nightmare vote-a-rama in the Senate. It could not have come at a better time for me. I am so utterly disgusted with the elitist progressives in both parties for speaking out of both sides of their mouths while working to sabotage the few honorable men and women in the House and Senate. 

Anyway, here is the link to the page for the Chairman’s Note by Senator Mike Lee. I think his entire emailed  from today should be available when the site is updated in the next twenty-four hours. Nonetheless, they are pasted below for expediency.

God Bless Mike Lee and Ted Cruz and Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows and all of those honest Republicans who stand for repealing the heinous Obamacare nightmare. Thank you for fighting for my right, for every American’s right, to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

From Mike Lee’s email

July 28, 2017

“to elevate the condition of men–to lift artificial weights from all shoulders, to clear the paths of laudable pursuit for all, to afford all an unfettered start and a fair chance, in the race of life.” –Abraham Lincoln

Chairman’s Note: The Next Steps Towards Health Care Reform

Last night was a setback for health care reform. There is no way around that.

But it may also be a blessing in disguise.

The bill we were voting on, what many in the media were referring to as a “skinny” repeal bill, was truly an anemic effort. While it did repeal the individual mandate permanently, it provided only temporary relief from the employer mandate and medical device tax. It also left the rest of the Affordable Care Act’s regulations, taxes, and subsidies completely intact. By some estimates it repealed just two percent of Obamacare.

Even worse then the product we were voting on was the process that led to last night’s vote. 

The bill we voted on around 1:30 this morning was only released about three hours before. It was only a handful of pages, so there was time to read it (for a change). But there was no serious debate or deliberation about its contents. Amendments could be offered, but without reports from the Congressional Budget Office about their impact on the economy and the federal budget, they required 60 votes for passage.

The bill was written in secret, with no input from either the formal congressional committees charged with oversight of our health care system, or the informal working group assigned by our leadership to craft the legislation.

My preferred amendment sat at CBO for four weeks without being given a “score” detailing its projected costs and benefits. My colleague Ron Johnson (R-WI) waited four months for a CBO report on various Obamacare provisions, without any response.

This is not the way the Senate is supposed to work. It is not the way a free people is supposed to govern itself.

When the bill failed, many declared the issue dead. But as long as Obamacare is on the books, hurting millions of Americans and driving up the cost of healthcare, this issue isn’t going anywhere.

We must now go back to the drawing board. We must to go back to the proper committees of jurisdiction and start from the beginning by identifying the specific policy problems we are trying to solve and then craft reforms to solve them.

The United States is a large, vibrant, and diverse country. There is no reason to assume the health care policies that work in a state with the demographics of Florida will also work in a state like Utah.

What we need to identify is a politically palatable way to give states the freedom needed to craft their own health care solutions. At the heart of this effort must be true freedom from the federal regulations that are the main drivers of our nation’s rising health care costs. 

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Food: The struggle is real

My Coach Allie, in Rockledge FL, posted this photo the other day. It is true.17952640_1497543783612110_2630532800494058115_n

My Coach Charles, in Montgomery AL, has been talking about FittzMeals.

Between Florida and Montgomery, I sure hate tracking my food. Stinkin’ portion control is even worse. However, sometimes a girl has just gotta do what a girl needs to do. 

I pick up my first week of meals tomorrow to kick start my attitude and to help get me #BackOnTrack. 

#NotRollingMyEyes #Gratitude #GoYouChickenFatGoAway

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Another day, another Cross-What?

After three years of not being able to do double unders I have no idea what possessed me to get into some crazy jump rope scheme.

Yes. Having lost my mind, I ordered the CrossRope Killer set, the LIMITED EDITION HEAVY ROPE SET.

No, I could not merely begin with the STARTER SET. Noooo. That would be the sensible thing to do.

The good news is there is help with starting as a beginner on heavy ropes here: 

Wish me happy hopping and joyous jumping. 

 

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Nancy’s Social Folly: Obamacare

Remember the words of Nancy Pelosi’s #Obamacare. Then share the exceptionally reasonable#FullRepeal as the #BetterWay now that Pelosi’s #Obamacare begins to collapse in full glory before her.

Tell every member of congress full repeal is the only way to fundamentally reclaim healthcare. Push back with #NancysSocialFolly: #ACAHell  #DemsOwnIt.

Be sure to tell your story of #ObamacareHell and tag it #NancysSocialFolly. 

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17.4 is did, done and over!

Today was a great WoD for me. After a bout of bronchitis and then getting gobbed smacked last Wednesday with a horrific sinus headache and sinusitis I was not sure how well I could do much of anything today but today was my day.

Saturday I did a thirteen minute test run doing 25’s in deadlifts, wall balls, calorie row, and push press from the 17.4 Masters scaled. I managed to get to three failed attempts with the 45lb push press and had to drop to a 35# bar. (I have a problem with my shoulder.)

Today I did all 55 in the deadlifts and wall balls, then made it to the 24 cal in the row. My breathing was the best it has been in about six weeks time. It was good enough for me to be fairly steady for the entire thirteen minutes.  My only falter was my arms just quit moving at the 22 cal on the row. It made me laugh a little because I was thinking what the heck just happened to my arms? I’ve got to make it to 25 cal!!!

Thank goodness my Coach Charles yelled, “DON’T STOP! KEEP ROWING!” 

I just barely made it to the 24 cal.

Oh well. I know I did my best. Way better than last year. 

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47 on 48 …

Argh! So I have a relapse of this sinus-flu thing come on Tuesday evening. Going to bed early I had hoped to ward it off but when I woke up Wednesday with a thunderous sinus headache that flattened me in bed for the day I somehow managed to remember to post something on my blog before midnight.

Today was a much better day but my brain is still woozy. About 7 p.m. while in bed for the second day it hit me that I needed to write something. While having deep thoughts in the shallows of my mind I dozed off. 

Now it is 12:36 and I cannot sleep knowing I missed my daily post for March 16th. Argh! 

So here is my yesterday post late getting posted on day 48. 

Weak as water, yet it is a posting just the same. I am counting it as good and as a kindness for the sake of my sickly self. Hope it reads well because I am not even bothering to proof it, well, maybe just a little in a delirious state. 

Friday is going to be a much day.

47/365 ….. see, and I had to edit it because I did not do that right. A 1,000 pardons!

Stinkin’ flu bug 2017 and other illnesses

 

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The weather has taken a turn over the last few days by increasing in damp coldness. After ten years in Florida with realtively mild Space Coast winters, the Montgomery days of warm and c-o-l-d  with raining weather have taken a toll on me. The sneezing, watery eyes, itchy ears and face have come on slowly until it has just about taken me down this evening. I am definitely not wanting to line up for a second go of bronchitis this first quarter of 2017.  

 

My coaches from 26.2 CrossFit can mock me now for all of the times I teased them, mercilessly, for wearing hoodies in low 60 degree weather. Well, except for the fact that today it was WAY colder than Space Coast weather where I now live (shoutout to Guns Out CrossFit).Ryanocare is Not FULL Repeal.jpg

Sneezing like a typhoon throughout the day, it is now time to crawl under my electric blankey, drift off to Neverland dreaming of the day when Paul Ryan’s sickly version of the ACA and #Obamacare are fully repealed. Repeat: FULLY Repealed then replaced with Free Markets! 

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17.3 WoD today and only today

I came. I saw. I did the 17.3 Open WoD. Uh, and I do not look anything like this when I did my #LOGHL Scaled version. It is one of those WoD’s that I do not want to do again to better my score. Then again, I could change my mind by Monday. (I can hear my Coach’s ting already in my head.)

That duly noted, thanks to my wonderful Coach Charles for letting me be the last person and for staying to coach me through the process. Special thanks for treating me like like a serious competitor, even when I was rolling my eyes and snark-laughing to myself. 

The great news is my Coach/teammate Susan Thomas, was really happy with her WoD results when she saw the btwb press Preliminary Analysis!

Yeah, I am at the other end of her score – the way other end. With only two more WoDs to go I have a chance to come in higher than last place. Well, at least I hope not last!

Susan will keep going, hopefully, to Regionals if she keeps up her great pace! I am truly rooting for her to break into the top 100 for the 2017 finals! 

 

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Ryanocare: So mad I could spit!

Reading through so much info on the, alleged, Republican Obamacare bill today, all I feel is disgust. Paul Ryan and Mike Pence and all of the GOP Leadership appear to be exercising sophistry against the Conservatives in Congress with this #Ryanocare plan. 

So to my friend who asked me what I think: I am so mad I could spit

QUOTE: Michael A. Needham

“In many ways, the House Republican proposal released last night not only accepts the flawed progressive premises of Obamacare but expands upon them. Ronald Reagan once said, ‘Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.’ The AHCA does all three.”

In lieu of spitting or spewing out words in rage, I am posting all of the things I have read today that matter most to me. Yeah, right after stating how  irritating it is that Paul Ryan was supported as the Speaker of the House. Yeah. I could spit over that one too. 

To everyone who voted for Speaker Ryan to remain in power, how is that working out for you now?  

Oooo, that Mike Pence. Yeah. Wanting to spit over the Pence article below, my advice to members of congress, especially mine in Florida: #REVOLTandFULLREPEAL.

Read why #RyanocareHell = #ObamacareHell and then take it to your member of Congress. (And please, if you spit, do not tell them I sent you.)

  1. The Republican Bill Misses the Mark 
  2. Republican plan to attract healthy may be as ineffective as Obamacare’s mandate
  3. A Health-Care Mystery
  4. GOP Plan Fails to Move Past Obamacare’s Progressive Promise
  5. Rep. Thomas Massie: GOP Obamacare repeal ‘stinking pile of garbage’ written by the ‘insurance lobby,’ and it ‘will fail’
  6. Trump administration won’t guarantee Americans can keep their doctors under Obamacare replacement
  7. The GOP Repeal Plan Sucks. But Is It Better Than Nothing?
  8. Levin Explains Why ‘Rinocare’ Threatens the American Way of Life
  9. Mike Pence Warns GOP lawmakers against healthcare revolt
  10. Why House Republicans Are Rewriting Their Obamacare ‘Replacement’
  11. Freedom Caucus Rolls Out Incredibly Novel Health Care Plan: Repeal Obamacare Entirely

 

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Yes, I did 17.2 Twice!

It is a miracle. I did the WoD Saturday and again today and I managed to shave off some time on my tie-breaker score. It is the most awesome feeling. IMG_6639.PNG

It has been rough recovering from a flu bug that left me with bronchitis. The Doctor gave me an inhaler, in addition to a Z-Pak. This is the first time ever in my life I have ever had to use an inhaler so it was not a happy moment for me.

When I did 17.1 it was rough breathing. I did not use the inhaler. It was so difficult trying to suck in enough air to get through the WoD so when I did the 17.2 last Saturday, I broke out the inhaler. It helped me get through it but it was still rough trying to get enough air into my body.

Today I wanted to do 17.2 inhaler-less because I have been coughing less, sleeping well, and it was not humid today. The temperature felt pretty great too. It felt perfect going into today’s second chance fairly relaxed. 

It could not have gone better today. I tried to focus on my breathing. I made sure I opened up the ribcage to breathe deeply. I concentrated on how many steps for the lunges. I only lost concentration on those stinking chest to bar jump-ups (cough, cough jump ups, barely). And before I knew it, it was Times Up

FullSizeRender.jpgSpectacular, in my own mind, I was really feeling like something special when Coach Charles (#Ting), told me I beat my tie-breaker time. 

Yeah. Life is Grand for the #LOGHL. #ImNotLast!

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