Friday, August 07, 2009

Flag@Whitehouse.gov: Fishy Healthcare Post Features Newfoundland 2 Cents Stamp

Do you like the fish? It's a photo of an old 2 cents postage stamp from Newfoundland, Canada which is very valuable. With the White House domestic spying program urging you to forward emails and websites with "fishy information" about the Obama healthcare plan to flag@whitehouse.gov, I was thinking of a little logo that might be of help. Not only could we give Obama partisans a heads-up on any posts they might consider suspicious, it's possible we could educate the people reading the emails, too. How great would that be?

The Obama administration is concerned that people speak well of the new healthcare proposal, and if you don't speak well of it, could it be because you don't understand it? Or would it be because you do? Here is a link to the actual healthcare bill. The White House knows, even with ample evidence to the contrary, that you are going to like this law, so you probably need a copy. But even if you download it in Pdf format, and spend your commute reading it, you might be challenged. Well, seeing that many citizens of Wilmette are attorneys who deal in regulatory matters, maybe not, but many--I assure you--will. Here is one excerpt:

"The productivity adjustment described in this subclause, with respect to an increase or change for a fiscal year or year or cost reporting period, or other annual period, is a productivity offset equal to the percentage change in the 10-year moving average of annual economy-wide private nonfarm business multi-factor productivity (as recently published before the promulgation of such increase for the year or period involved). Except as otherwise provided, any reference to the increase described in this clause shall be a reference to the percentage increase described in subclause (I) minus the percentage change under this subclause.';"

and

"(II) In the next iteration, the Secretary shall compare the MSA of the second-highest GAF to the weighted-average GAF of the group of remaining MSAs. If the ratio of the second-highest MSA's GAF to the weighted-average of the remaining lower cost MSAs is 1.05 or greater, the second-highest MSA becomes a separate fee schedule area. The iterative process continues until the ratio of the GAF of the highest-cost remaining MSA to the weighted-average of the remaining lower-cost MSAs is less than 1.05, and the remaining group of lower cost MSAs form a single fee schedule area, If two MSAs have identical GAFs, they shall be combined in the iterative comparison. "

Got that? I thought so. Over at the Sam Adams Alliance they have put up an entire page of links with information which comprise a virtual library about healthcare in ordinary English. Just click here to jump instantly to the information.

Think this post is fishy? Join the citizen spy corps by clicking the little envelope at the end of this post and send it direct to Washington!

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's how to automatically route a growing daily stream of junk email to flag@whitehouse.gov:

1. Set up a special gmail account (mail.google.com) just for this purpose.

2. Under "Settings->Forwarding and POP/IMAP", select “Forward a copy of incoming mail to”, then fill in flag@whitehouse.gov

3. Then sign up for a bunch of free, email-generating web services (eg. GoogleAlerts) using the gmail account.

4. Tell your friends how they too can automate the revolution.

Hit back ten times as hard. Every day.

Aug 7, 2009, 2:08:00 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

Oh you are clever. Is this legal? What the White House is doing, I am pretty sure isn't legal, but two wrongs don't make a right. And will it matter with keyword searches available automatically?

Thank you for leaving this information. When you have new ideas, please share them.

Aug 7, 2009, 4:49:00 PM  

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