The nation's tug-of-war over health care arguably has cost jobs, lives and plenty of money.
Now the Florida Legislature has floated a measure that would shore up at least a tiny portion of the health care equation; in case the Affordable Care Act were repealed or struck down, the measure would create a plan for continuing insurance coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.
A Florida Senate committee approved the bill (SB 322) this week that would require each insurance company operating in the state to offer at least one "major-medical insurance policy that could not limit or deny coverage" based on a patient's prior medical history, the News Service of Florida reported. In the past, it was difficult for those with pre-existing conditions to switch their coverage if they moved or took a different job; they were required to wait a year before their insurance would pay for their pre-existing condition. (Presumably, this would prevent people from buying insurance only after they grew ill.)
Partisan interests and constant feedback from fed-up consumers helped expand a void that was patched — but certainly not fixed — by Obamacare, but most hope there is a better way. For the far left, the answer is universal health care coverage, but you never hear about how this would be funded (except for a line about taxing the rich and closing loopholes). The Florida Senate's move, however, is a small step in a large, complex problem that can't be easily fixed with the stroke of a pen.
In discussing the legislation, lawmakers noted problems with requiring coverage of pre-existing conditions, but legislators pointed out their intention was to allow for the possibility, not to fix the health care system.
It's a baby step that's worth pursuing, and it should serve as an example for those who say nothing can be done.
Way back in the day, the United States was largely rural, and animals largely were encountered in the form of livestock. My, how times have changed, but one thing that hasn't is the adoration of pets.
You've heard of the Tex-Mex fast-food Chihuahua. Now, the Lynn Haven Police Department has a happy furry friend named Mugshot. As The News Herald's Eryn Dion reported Tuesday, the canine, known as Mugsy to his closest human companions, has delighted rough-and-tumble law enforcement and charmed readers of the printed word. He can be all smiles and make you forget the daily nags or a little upset and divert your attention to focus on his perspective — a little closer to the ground.
Sure, there are human companions (kids, spouses, siblings, parents, etc.), but sometimes you need a little dip into the animal pack to realize it's not as bad as it seems; every now and then, you just need the unconditional love of a furry four-legged friend.
REPRINTED FROM THE PANAMA CITY NEWS HERALD