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1 Apr

9 Overlooked Stipulations in the Health Care Reform Bill

DoctorPatientWhile preexisting conditions and required coverage have taken the main stage on the health care reform bill, many of the smaller changes hold just as much weight in the future of America’s health. These changes and additions have been largely ignored by mainstream media despite several billion dollars allocated to new preventative care initiatives.

Additionally, the bill includes some surprising fine print regulations. Most regulations won’t take effect immediately, but the sum of so many new laws and restrictions could cause major repercussions on our system over the next several years.

Finally, while the bill is certainly heavy on spending, there are several programs included to reduce overall health care costs, but such programs appear highly unorthodox on a first reading. The Worker Bees and I have combed through thousands of pages of minutiae to find nine lesser known stipulations, clauses, regulations, and programs in the new bill.

1. Emergency Lap-Band treatments covered under government-offered insurance plan.

Lap-Band surgery has been credited as a legitimate and necessary procedure in certain situations and will be covered entirely under state and government assisted plans. Because many pundits claim the procedure is unnecessary, the surgery will be reserved for patients who have already exhausted conventional forms of weight loss such as eating low fat foods and running on a treadmill.

2. Insurance documentation course to be added to elementary education.

To prepare youngsters for future medical decision making, all public elementary schools will be required to teach an insurance documentation course to fourth grade students. Children will learn how to read insurance jargon and how to navigate through red tape when denied treatment for the first time. Additionally, students will learn life-practical skills such as how to pressure a PCP into prescribing the most heavily advertised medications, and what to pack into an emergency kit in case of total medical system failure. The insurance course will replace elementary physical education.

3. Indigestible feces content in CAFO beef to be eradicated.

Due to recent public outcry over meat and poultry production standards which permit “acceptable” levels of feces in market meats, a new policy will reduce the allowable feces content in CAFO beef to 0% by the year 2014. While eliminating feces from CAFO-raised products is impossible, a 73 million dollar stipend has been awarded to Monsanto to genetically modify cows to produce nutrient dense, flavor-rich, digestible feces. Incorporating the genetically modified, safe cow waste into meat would completely bypass all feces restrictions. The digestible feces should hit fans by 2012.

4. Statins approved for general consumption, given the go-ahead as a food additive.

Many popular cholesterol-lowering medications have been approved for public mass consumption. Over the next three years, statins will be used as food additives to regulate foods that would otherwise raise cholesterol. Kraft already has plans for a Stat’n Mac’n Cheese. And Pfizer and Baskin-Robbins are currently working together to produce 31 statin-filled flavors of ice cream by 2011.

5. USDA Food Pyramid replaced with Food Trough.

Due to rising complaints about the archaic food groups included in the traditional USDA food pyramid, a new “food trough” has been designed to adequately reflect modern foods and eating habits. Rather than a pecking order of specific food groups, the trough appears as a swill of ingredients, traditional foods blended with chemically reduced corn byproducts. The imagery of the old “pyramid” diagram was confusing, often leading Americans to believe food was something to be climbed rather than something to stick one’s face in. Additionally, the new trough design allows for future food group discoveries and foods that do not easily lump into particular groups such as binding gums, preservatives, and hot pockets.

6. Bacon tax.

Working under the common knowledge that bacon is unhealthy, a twenty seven cent tax will be attached to each strip of bacon sold after May 18, 2010. The bacon tax could net over 14 billion dollars in the first five years, though 80% of that revenue will be set aside to bolster police and security forces for the impending May 19 bacon riots.

7. 42 Million dollars allotted to reduce the growing number of celebrity fad diets.

With over 70 outbreaks of celebrity fad diets in 2009 (up from 63 in 2008), Congress has implemented a series of regulations and initiatives to reduce the number of celebrity fad diets by as much as 40% by the year 2014. A fad diet hotline will be established for celebrities who have suffered from a recent bout of lemonade/cayenne fasting, and all new celebrities will be required to sign an “I will eat more than cabbage soup” pledge. Gwenyth Paltrow alone is being paid 2.3 million dollars to “eat normal” for a period of three years. And Kirstie Alley has been legally restricted from creating any more reality television shows.

8. Easy Cheese abolished.

In what is being hailed as one of the few non-partisan stipulations of the bill, Easy Cheese has been reclassified as a level 5 narcotic and will now only be available by prescription.

9. “No Child Left Behind” replaced with “No Child Left Unmedicated”.

Under the new plan, school nurses will be replaced with a system of self-serve procedures and medications available to elementary students based on classroom achievement. Students will be expected to use the knowledge gained from the earlier mentioned insurance documentation course to fill out all necessary application material for proper self-medication.

Tell everyone what you think about these stipulations in the comment board. Happy April 1st!

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. This post is going to heat up a lot of people. Obama is bankrupting this country. Off to Australia!

    Todd wrote on April 1st, 2010
    • Come on man. Please admit you didn’t fall for this.

      Matt wrote on April 1st, 2010
      • You had me for a first few…I was really gonna check the price of bacon next month!! Boo hiss!

        Fuzzy

        Fuzzy wrote on April 3rd, 2010
    • Ha! You were April Fooled!

      Ben wrote on April 1st, 2010
      • Maybe I was…

        But, a 27 cent bacon tax would not surprise me… no joke!

        Todd wrote on April 1st, 2010
        • Who said Australia is any better. Not only is our new government also bankrupting Australia, but they are also currently trying to censor the internet even though 95% of the population is against it!

          Angelina wrote on April 1st, 2010
    • Please stop reading rightwing nut blogs. This health care bill is 100% for the common family.

      Bill Meterson wrote on April 1st, 2010
      • “Please stop reading rightwing nut blogs.”

        Exactly! Left wing nut blogs are *way* more entertaining.

        fireandstone wrote on April 1st, 2010
      • And if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you…

        The orignial bill was authored by a former Wellpoint VP. An almost identical plan was proposed by AHIP in 2009 (guess who they represent?).

        In other words, it’s a corporatist scheme, through and through.

        Jeremy wrote on April 1st, 2010
      • Indeed! It’s very hard for me (a European) to understand whát problem some Americans have with a health insurance system for common people. Jeez!

        Francesco wrote on April 2nd, 2010
        • “It’s very hard for me (a European) to understand…”

          That’s why Europe is the home of a bunch of second-rate, has-been, Socialist-style nations that suffer from a serious case of power-envy when it comes to the USA…because you don’t understand. You can’t understand why we don’t embrace your Marx-lite political-economic world view, why we don’t want to be like you and give up more and more of our Liberty and Property to the State.

          BTW, is that KoolAid you guys on the Continent are drinking sugar-free? ;-)

          Bob Massarella wrote on April 2nd, 2010
  2. No need to move, Todd. It was an April Fool’s joke.

    Lydia wrote on April 1st, 2010
    • Australia has single-payer health insurance anyway.

      Jon wrote on April 1st, 2010
      • They have private health insurance as well for people who don’t like waiting for procedures or dealing with the public health system.

        Dave wrote on April 1st, 2010
        • And so will we. Geez.

          Bill Meterson wrote on April 1st, 2010
      • Australia has universal health care and private health insurance for people who can afford “better care”. After Obama’s changes the US will have a health care system comparable to Australia’s in 1979.

        peter wrote on April 1st, 2010
        • The joys of living in Australia. Public health cover is excellent for anything standard, and then private cover (whice is affordable) is great for physio, dentistry, podiatry and all that fun stuff

          Matt Williams wrote on April 1st, 2010
        • “After Obama’s changes the US will have a health care system comparable to Australia’s in 1979.”

          And mandatory.

          Pete H. wrote on April 2nd, 2010
  3. Genius.

    Dan Hauer wrote on April 1st, 2010
  4. Ha! Unfortunately, even though I realized it was an April Fool’s joke, I was thinking that some folks in Congress would shift money to promote creation of digestible feces; why not? They spread money around for other cr@p all the time!!

    Matt wrote on April 1st, 2010
    • LOL I know. “Digestible feces?” Isn’t that another name for what the government is already feeding us? :P

      Elizabeth wrote on April 1st, 2010
  5. YAY!!! the abolition of Easy Cheeze. I will be participating in the Bacon Riots. Which of course will lead to Bacon Parties and the formation of the Bacon (political) Party…

    Peggy wrote on April 1st, 2010
  6. I was getting worked up over this.. Then I realized April Fools!

    Then I realized that it’s probably not that far off in the future…

    Lillian wrote on April 1st, 2010
    • Yep, I was totally hoodwinked until the last sentence in #3 – hoodwinked, and shocked/outraged. That’s when April Fools kicked in for me, too… nice one Mark/Bees!

      Adam Kayce wrote on April 1st, 2010
  7. I am still secretly still wishing that Obama is just a mean and cruel April Fools joke…

    james wrote on April 1st, 2010
    • I’m not being secretive about it.

      Dave, RN wrote on April 1st, 2010
      • Bush started a couple of wars for no reason, reduced us to torture, continued handing the country over to corporations, bankrupting us, shredded the constitution and our rights, etc. But NOW you’re up in arms. Wow.

        Bill Meterson wrote on April 1st, 2010
        • Haha i know, right? “Obama is going to bankrupt this country.” Umm… I think those three trillion dollars we owe China were lost on W’s watch…

          JanieJo wrote on April 1st, 2010
        • The *nutjobs* are the ones on this blog who actually think there’s a difference between Bush/Obama and Republicrats/Democrans. Wake up people.

          Mountain Beaver wrote on April 1st, 2010
        • Not really sure just how much of this is true but it’s fascinating none the less and makes good arguments. I especially like the last part about how the chain of command goes way up beyond who we “see” as being in command, bush could just have been a lowly peon.

          http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-594683847743189197&ei=0aOrS8aRB5Kc-AaD-73HBg&q=zeitgeist#

          Steve wrote on April 1st, 2010
        • i agree with mountain beaver.

          steven wrote on April 1st, 2010
        • haha yeah mt beaver….bush and Clinton are butt buddies for Haiti now…rich people look after other rich people…there are only two parties. Rich and Normal to poor. Obama is just cutting out the middle class and finalizing the mess they started.

          kevin wrote on April 2nd, 2010
        • *sigh* the war in afghanistan had a pretty good reason; we didn’t torture, as that word has been understood for the last couple hundred years; the obama annual deficit will be as much as the debt he inherited; the constitution is still there and in full force.

          stop polluting mark’s great website w/ bad information. plenty of places for you to vent your anti-bush spleen.

          unless your post was an april fool’s post, to which I say – well played sir, well played.

          joem wrote on April 2nd, 2010
        • Also agreeing with Mountain Beaver. And seriously, as easy as it is to blame our president for everything, give the Senate and Congress their fair share of it.

          Casey wrote on April 4th, 2010
        • Congratulations, you have accurately described every President of the modern era.
          Now go buy yourself a cookie.

          Vince wrote on July 9th, 2010
        • cookies aren’t on the Primal Blueprint(tm) diet. you should change that to go buy yourself a coconut macaroon.

          TK wrote on July 9th, 2010
    • If that Republican ticket was in office- Nobody would have a job right now. Can’t wave a flag and lie to the public and think that will do any good.

      pjnoir wrote on April 1st, 2010
      • Every President lies.
        That’s how they convince you to think they are different from anyone else.
        If you know anything about politics, you know that both parties are nearly identical.. How else do you think elections are so close? Because America is somehow divided completely in two EXACTLY? No.
        On a side note.. Obama has failed to keep unemployment rates down, so I fail to see your point anyways. Actually he has failed on about every front so far.

        Vince wrote on July 9th, 2010
  8. This new tax will not stand. I regret that I have but one life to give for bacon!

    Timothy wrote on April 1st, 2010
    • Aye, I must agree. The government shall fall, for the common man shall not be overpowered with his overflowing rage, determination, and bacon-lust.

      Brett wrote on April 1st, 2010
  9. “Many popular cholesterol-lowering medications have been approved for public mass consumption. Over the next three years, statins will be used as food additives to regulate foods that would otherwise raise cholesterol. Kraft already has plans for a Stat’n Mac’n Cheese. And Pfizer and Baskin-Robbins are currently working together to produce 31 statin-filled flavors of ice cream by 2011.”

    April Fools!

    But, I wouldn’t be too shocked should such a thing come to pass…

    Kevin wrote on April 1st, 2010
    • Hey, there are MDs in the UK who want to add statins to the water supply.

      Ann wrote on April 2nd, 2010
  10. LOL good one! I would rebel if there was ever a bacon tax!!!

    Athena wrote on April 1st, 2010
    • A tax on “fatty foods” has been discussed for quite some time. Don’t be surprised that one day you’ll pay a tax on bacon and 70/30 or even 80/20 hamburger.

      Dave, RN wrote on April 1st, 2010
  11. Ya had me going there for just a couple of minutes :-)

    gharkness wrote on April 1st, 2010
    • Had me going until I got to #2. Then I skimmed to the bottom, looking for the April Fool disclaimer.

      TXCHLInstructor wrote on April 1st, 2010
  12. “The surgery will be reserved for patients who have already exhausted conventional forms of weight loss such as eating low fat foods and running on a treadmill.” Priceless!

    Al Kavadlo wrote on April 1st, 2010
    • This is already how it works in my health plan!

      Joan wrote on April 1st, 2010
  13. when i read the line about the bacon i was about to start rioting right here in my home office. I kinda doubted though that the government was actually going to try to educate our children that seemed a little out there even for them.

    Russell wrote on April 1st, 2010
  14. Ah!! You got me! I was getting all worked up over the audacity of such provisions being allowed..when I too realized it was April’s Fool.

    Kimberly Steffen wrote on April 1st, 2010
  15. The sad thing is how many people will read these and believe them.

    The sadder thing is how many think these are all fantastic ideas that must be implemented as quickly as possible.

    frogfarm wrote on April 1st, 2010
    • When you have Barak Obama as your president it is not sad when someone believes it.

      Actually it is sad… because it makes you realize that Obama is truly “changing” America…

      Todd wrote on April 1st, 2010
      • Todd, this was just a funny April fools joke. Let’s just concentrate on health and save our political feelings for other blogs.

        Jojo wrote on April 1st, 2010
        • Amen. One of the great things about MDA is the civility and lack of political “discussion.” There are a multitude of other sites for that. Let’s focus on what we have in common here . . .

          Duncan wrote on April 1st, 2010
      • Can we stop with the Obama hate for ONE %&^%$#* DAY PLEASE?! Your side lost. Sorry it was to a brown-skinned guy with a funny name. Put on your big boy underpants and deal with it.

        And they can tax bacon all they want, I’ll be over here with my sausage. ;)

        Trish wrote on April 1st, 2010
        • Sure, but how about if we also stop with the “if you don’t like Obama’s policies it’s because he’s not white”?

          Tracy wrote on April 1st, 2010
        • Quit smearing anyone who disagrees with your politics as a racist.

          julietx wrote on April 1st, 2010
        • Did you ever request to stop the Bush hate, too?

          Other Foot wrote on April 4th, 2010
  16. I know this post is a joke, but item #4 (statins) doesn’t even seem that far off. The following article showed up in my RSS reader from Scientific American *yesterday*:

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=static-over-statins

    Jon wrote on April 1st, 2010
  17. Hilarious! I got to the “food trough” before it hit me. Scarily, the first four weren’t all that unbelievable. And sign me up for the “Bacon Party” right now.

    NotSoFast wrote on April 1st, 2010
  18. Mark – it’s been awhile since you pulled our leg, but this is a good one for sure!

    I especially like this one: “73 million dollar stipend has been awarded to Monsanto to genetically modify cows to produce nutrient dense, flavor-rich, digestible feces.”

    PrimalChat wrote on April 1st, 2010
  19. I think the item in #2, replacing physical ed with the insurance documentation course, was a pretty good clue…

    Canarygirl wrote on April 1st, 2010
    • Considering some of the things our gov’t has done, that one didn’t shock me :/

      I didn’t realize it was a joke till, the USDA trough.

      I have no doubt they would brain-wash replace Phys Ed with indoctrination. I mean look at ‘nutrition’ classes. Where you get to learn that fat is evil and whole wheat is a ‘good source of fiber.”

      Mike wrote on April 1st, 2010
  20. I think we’ve pretty much already arrived at #9. Of course, a bacon tax would definitely result in a VFF-clad Grok march on Washington! LOL

    kennelmom wrote on April 1st, 2010
  21. I’m so glad I live in Canada, no bacon tax here.

    Kat wrote on April 1st, 2010
    • Just every other form of tax imaginable.

      gp wrote on April 1st, 2010
      • And a strong economy, excellent public health care, and a government that even though Conservative is more open minded than many Democrats. Taxes work when the public actually benefits from them.

        Yes, I am Canadian.

        Jennifer wrote on April 1st, 2010
        • All said with a smile of course! I just re-read that and it ‘sounds’ rather un-neighbourly! I was trying to channel the beer commercial there at the end…somehow it doesn’t translate

          :)

          Jennifer wrote on April 1st, 2010
  22. Mark,
    Now that you sent my jaw to the floor, how do you plan on picking it up tomorrow?
    I DONE GONE DID TOO MUCH EEZY CHEEZE I CANT DO THIS ALONE!

    Dan Rivera wrote on April 1st, 2010
  23. I was getting mad at the bacon tax!

    Samantha Moore wrote on April 1st, 2010
  24. Bacon tax? Us primals are gonna have to go underground. ;)

    lars1000 wrote on April 1st, 2010
  25. haha!! I nearly bought it…
    I liked the “nutrient dense, flavor-rich, digestible feces” part

    Danielht wrote on April 1st, 2010
  26. I would definately need to join the Bacon Riots!

    David Santana wrote on April 1st, 2010
  27. I’m a moron, I believe it until Easy Cheese.

    Jonathan Atkins wrote on April 1st, 2010
  28. lmao @ bacon tax. That would be every primal follower’s worst nightmare! Pretty sure I’d be bankrupt in a day or two.

    Lovestoclimb wrote on April 1st, 2010
  29. I had to read the part on educating 4th graders twice before I was certain LOL. And then only because it was “replace physical education with”!

    Though I DO rather wish schools would teach a class on real-life skills – like making a budget, planning a dinner party, understanding the mortgage process, and other basic legal/financial stuff that you come across later, writing a business plan, etc. Just a few that come to mind, there are plenty more that I am ensuring my kids know at age-appropriate levels!

    Ginger Baker wrote on April 1st, 2010
    • I think a “real life skills” course would be a GREAT idea as well! You could combine it with the mandatory typing class. (Are those still necessary? Or do kids just pop out of the womb knowing how to type?)

      Tovah wrote on April 1st, 2010
      • I always look back fondly at my typing class back in 1989. It was the most useful class I took for sure.

        As far as kids already knowing how to type when they pop out, I’m not sure about that, but I am convinced they know to text though!

        SharonW wrote on April 1st, 2010
    • This is one of the current problems in our society. We feel that it is up to someone else (government, daycare, friends) to teach our children the skills they need to succeed. Please people teach your kids what they need to know and don’t leave it up to the school or government.

      Paul Von Tersch wrote on April 1st, 2010
      • Indeed, I am one of those “literal” people so I didn’t realize till the food trough part either. I know a lot people are hurting right now, example:GM has cut all of it’s retired blue collars health care… in turn, ruined many people who depend on medications, while no health care is fine for people who are younger and hopefully healthier. The older population is a much worse boat. I hope in the long run this bill will aid all people, but change is rough on a small or big scale. I love the recipes this site offers and wanted to say AWESOME job. ^_^

        dawn wrote on April 1st, 2010
    • real-life skills

      Isn’t that what home-ec used to be? And of course they can’t replace phys-ed with anything. That implies that most schools still have phys-ed.

      ToddBS wrote on April 1st, 2010
  30. I was disappointed when I first read this as I was expecting some kind of April Fools post. Once they started talking about fourth graders pressing a primary care physician into getting their way though, I became dubious, and by the bacon tax I was convinced. Such a measure would’ve provoked a serious response.

    Nic wrote on April 1st, 2010
  31. Loved it! I got to the last sentence of #2 before realizing it must be an April Fools joke, because there is no WAY they’ll get rid of phys ed (aka Torture, for some of us back in the day). I was pretty convinced they would ACTUALLY be teaching fourth graders how to fill out insurance forms. And kind of thought it was a good idea. :(

    Tovah wrote on April 1st, 2010
  32. Oh! I actually got to item #5 before I figured out this nonsense. I feel so dumb right now….

    ericfoster3 wrote on April 1st, 2010
  33. What does it say about this government that most of these are at least plausible? Nothing good, that’s for sure.

    Primalchild wrote on April 1st, 2010
    • I was thinking the same thing!

      Julie wrote on April 1st, 2010
    • Actually it shows how people are so gullible and easily manipulated once their trust has been gained. Think about it. Mark already has your trust. Why else read his blog or buy his books? So when he does something like this, even if its weird ( why did some of you take so long to see it was a hoax?), you doubt your instincts because you don’t think Mark would lie to you.

      This is how opinionators make their money. You trust them, you don’t question them, and you wind up believing the craziest stuff.

      Allison W. wrote on April 2nd, 2010
      • Allison W… you are correct. The only people who would find this stuff “plausible” are right wing, mouthbreathing, Glenn Beck watching idiots. Seriously, if you read this and thought it was “plausible”, then you really need to re-tool your critical thinking.

        Jack wrote on April 5th, 2010
        • If you and your left-leaning associates are so intellectually superior than those who are politically and economically conservative, than why is it you continue to engage in character assassination and name calling? “Mouthbreathing”? “Idiots”? Honestly, is that the best you can muster? Can’t you please provide a rational, logical defense of socialist-style principles?

          And, no, referring to the current Congress and Administraion as Socialist is not name calling, it is an accurate characterization of where their policies are taking this great nation…taking over the means of production…the auto industry, banking, health care, student loans. What’s next? When individual liberty, property, and autonomy are sacrificed for and made beholding to the supremacy of the State, that is the road to Socialism. And that is exactly where we are today…on the road to a Euro-style of Socialism.

          Bob Mass wrote on April 5th, 2010
        • “And that is exactly where we are today…on the road to a Euro-style of Socialism.”

          Sounds good to me. Bring it on.

          Marcus wrote on April 6th, 2010
        • Marcus, Thank you so much for your honesty. Finally a post from someone on the left that is honest about his/her position. Of course, I disagree and think that history will demonstrate the error in your position, but, nonetheless, I do respect your ability to state your position with honesty over hatred. Grok on!

          Bob Mass wrote on April 6th, 2010
        • Bob: There is so much internally inconsistent with your post that I have no idea how to respond, much less how to respond with “rational, logical” defenses — that’s my point. You people are so off your rockers that you can’t engage in any meaningful debate. If you either a) read this nonsens Mark posted and thought it was plausible, or b) have read the health care bill, or have a basic understanding of any of the acts taken so far by the Obama administration, and STILL think that this is a “socialist” administration, then you are simply unable to have an adult conversation grounded in reality. Go join a militia.

          Jack wrote on April 6th, 2010
        • Jack, Meaningful debate? Where’s your argument? You make blanket charges against “YOU PEOPLE”, but, btw, noting concrete about ANYTHING I’ve stated and then end with “go join the militia”. Whoa, I’ve been served. NOT! So, where exactly is your rational, logical argument? And, to your charge of “internally inconsistent”, I’m waiting for your explanation. Where’s the beef, Jack?

          Let me ask you some questions, Jack – do you have a job? Do you actually pay taxes in a respectable tax bracket? Do you pay for your health insurance? Do you donate money to charities that help those less fortunate than you? Do you volunteer your time to assist those without health care? When is the last time you donated blood?

          You know, it was JFK, the last true Democrat – as opposed to the Socialists they have now become – who said, “Ask NOT what your country can do for you, ask what YOU can do for your country”. When the Democrats start living, once again, by that philosophy, instead of Robin Hood’s, they deserve the title. Until then, you are Socialists – doing good by spending other people’s money. What happens when you run out of other people’s money to spend on all of your pet projects? You might actually have to doing something for someone else on your own instead of passing it on to the Government to do with someone else’s hard earned dollars.

          Bob Mass wrote on April 6th, 2010
        • Hi Bob: This year I paid a little over 120K in income taxes. Is that enough? Do I count now? Moron.

          Mark: This Bob fellow is a little too indicative of your readership for my liking. I’ll not be reading this website anymore. Good luck with everything.

          Jack wrote on April 6th, 2010
        • WOW. It’s not Mark’s fault that this page was suddenly flooded with fanatical political comments (left and right). I have not enjoyed reading most of the comments on this page either (left or right), but it is not going to stop me from reading Marks website. I am not so quick to throw everyone into the same crab bucket.

          Angelina wrote on April 6th, 2010
      • “This year I paid a little over 120K in income taxes….moron”

        ROFL!!! Jack claims he paid $120K (sure he did) in taxes and he’s ok with paying more? Who is the “moron”?

        P.S. You still have not provided a logical, rational explanation of your position AND you, like your comrades, couldn’t help but resort to name calling. I suppose that is Mark’s fault too?

        Bob Mass wrote on April 7th, 2010
  34. You had me till the bacon tax. Sad thing is hardly any of our “leaders” read the dang bill so much of this could be in their.

    Tee wrote on April 1st, 2010
    • Would you read 2000 pages of government jargon?!

      Mike wrote on April 1st, 2010
      • Nobody does. And that’s the plan…

        Dave, RN wrote on April 1st, 2010
      • Most of the Congress-critters that voted “yes’ sure didn’t.

        1968Tigers wrote on April 1st, 2010
      • It’s actually approx. 200 pages. Apparently bills are written for people with sight problems. They are like triple spaced with 18 -20 point font size.

        Allison W. wrote on April 2nd, 2010
        • Wow, you’re right! They also have ridiculous margins.

          Casey wrote on April 4th, 2010
      • I would if that was my job, and I had staffers who could help me.

        Matt wrote on April 6th, 2010
  35. I was skeptical as soon as I read #2.

    CJ wrote on April 1st, 2010
  36. BACON TAX? that’s just NOT FUNNY, man. don’t even joke. SERIOUS BUSINESS.

    batty wrote on April 1st, 2010
  37. I was thinking this was real at first, just laced with a heavy dose of sarcasm. The scary part is, most of it’s not that far off. Great post Mark.

    David wrote on April 1st, 2010
  38. Goddang people are gullible, how could you possibly read past #2 with a straight face? Sad.

    SLS wrote on April 1st, 2010
  39. Unfortunately, the statins “joke” might not be so funny:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/31/business/31statins.html

    Jonathan wrote on April 1st, 2010
  40. I knew at #2 it was April Fool’s, I fall for it every time!

    Michelle wrote on April 1st, 2010

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