Whom Does the Truth Hurt?

In a state-designed “safety-net”, generated to guestimate the savings if Nevada were to opt out of the Medicaid program, a whopping 15,700 Nevada residents would be covered. That’s less than half of one percent of the State’s residents. That’s fewer than a third of the State’s currently uninsured residents, in a state where 20% of residents are uninsured. The following is excerpted from,

An Open Letter to A Friend on Health Reform, the Medicaid Opt Out and the Tenth Amendment:

The state analysis found that under a plan where Nevada withdraws from the Medicaid program and establishes a “safety net program” funded only with state funds that of the approximate 253,000 Nevadans who now have Medicaid:

— 200,000 poor families and children would be dropped from Medicaid coverage.

— 54,900 elderly and disabled would be dropped from Medicaid coverage.

— Supplemental coverage for 41,500 low-income seniors on Medicare would also end.

— The new safety net program would provide coverage to only about 15,700 persons.

— The white paper said that some losing Medicaid might be able to get private coverage.

— It also conceded, however, that such “coverage may not be affordable nor cover the services needed by many.”

We’ve got to wake up and smell the coffee. Get the facts. Then do something. For more information, visit the related article in the Las Vegas Sun, January 28th and Nevada’s DHHS for the Medicaid Opt-Out White Paper.

Shame on us, Governor Gibbons.



Gulliver Travels and allows me to tag along. Walking with him after bible study this evening and before listening to Pastor Sheryl Brady’s Sovereign Secrets DVD I recalled the following thoughts that came incrementally during the past week or so:
Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to notice:
the sound of a single pair of wings beating
the shadow of eucalyptus leaves against a wall
that He who loved me first, loves me still

The Benefits of Stupidity a.k.a. Confessions of an Eejit!

Learning dogspeak is not difficult. It’s about as hard to do as to train a puppy to pee outdoors. Precisely. I felt like an I.D.I.O.T. when, after putting Gulliver the pup back on the carpet no fewer than six times, he finally relieved himself there and I pinched him after shouting NOOOOOO! and placing him, rather indelicately, on the patio. I mean, you’d think after five months together, I’d be able to remember if not understand that when he jumps up, nipping at my hands or sleeve, he means to get my attention for a good cause – nature calling. But no, I blew it again. Ever wonder why we all get to make stupid mistakes more than once? To keep us humble, honest, and on our knees. It’s so that when someone does something genuinely stupid to us, for us, about us or in our direction, we have a recent memory about what being an arse feels like and so, can take pity on the schlmeel in idiot suit.
Another benefit of stupidity is the practice of forgiveness. Acts of stupidity, whether public or private, set us up for acts of contrition and the forgiveness associated with such sentiment. Gulliver, tentative about re-entry, is the most forgiving soul on the planet. I know I don’t deserve him and for sure he doesn’t deserve the mixed bag he inherited when he got me. But I believe there is reason to hope that I can become a more attentive, compassionate puppy Mom and can one day leave all or most of this Puppy Mama Drama behind.