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How Did Those Health Care Discussions Go at Dinner Last Night?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:22 am

Did anyone try to get anybody else to sign up? Did anyone say: “Would you like to take some time with me to sign up right now?” Did anyone have a pre-printed Bloomberg-approved place mat with pro-gun-control propaganda?

Tell about about your political discussions in this thread. (Or, if you didn’t have any, anything else about how your meal went!)

24 Responses to “How Did Those Health Care Discussions Go at Dinner Last Night?”

  1. people talked more about the shoppings

    how on the way over they saw people lining up at the best buy

    we decided it was more funner to drink pumpkin margaritas than to go line up in front of a store

    me personally i don’t really understand these weirdo people who have this really powerful pent-up need for to buy consumer electronics, but bless their hearts

    they’re probably disadvantaged in some key aspect

    but the important thing is it’s good for america for them to stand in line at the best buy for so someday if me or you actually need us some electronics on thanksgiving day like a new tv or a camera or what have you best buy will for sure be open for us

    thank you, weirdos

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  2. Turkey was a hit, along with sausage stuffing, creamed corn, mashed potatoes, string beans, sweet potatoes, cranberry salad. There was a tease of a new banana republic pudding dessert, but my wife has insisted that it be served late this afternoon, so that – if not the hit she thinks it will be – it will be buried with thoughts of yesterday’s feast and weekend activities plans.

    Colonel Haiku (d46dd6)

  3. sorry that should be martinis

    and to be clear we made pumpkin pie martinis

    where you get a shaky shaky

    and you put in a tablespoon or so of punkinpie

    some whipped cream from the can

    some ice

    a lot of vodka

    and sprinkle in a lil nutmeg and cimanimonon

    is muy festivoso!

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  4. My Thanksgiving prayer included a diatribe against the Narcissist-in-Chief along with a request that we be given patience and forebearance to withstand his assclown buffoonery.

    Colonel Haiku (d46dd6)

  5. I declared a No Politics Zone, and zealously enforced it with metaphorical fighter jets. Thus, we were able to enjoy charming stories from my sons, my brother holding forth interestingly on history, my nephew’s new job, and my wife’s cousin talking about engineering.

    My wife’s cousin pointed this out, and I recommend it to everyone:

    Something new everyday, and entertainingly so. My kids loved it.

    Sure, I missed my father around the table (as he was present last year), but he was at his brother’s place and treated wonderfully. Plus he had the chance to visit my mother’s grave. So yes, I missed him (and my mother, of course, but she is generally with me inside).

    Before eating, we said a prayer about how wonderful it is to have family together, and to always remember one of my father’s most important lessons: the measure of one’s character is not how you treat people you like (that’s easy); it’s how you treat people you don’t like. Something pretty much everyone can learn from, emphatically including me.

    I hope everyone reading this had a lovely dinner with family and friends. Tonight, I will be serving absinthe-and-root-beer cocktails to the adults. The children will just get root beer. And we will again say a prayer about the centrality of family.

    You know the Robert Frost quote: home is the place that, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.

    Family first. And like the wise commenter (Dana or elissa, maybe?) wrote: Thanksgiving is a verb.

    Best wishes to all.

    Simon Jester (9883c5)

  6. Great link, Simon.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  7. Overall, it was an absolutely lovely day and meal, but a non-family member invited guest of the hostess surprisingly turned out to be a clueless shrieking Obamabot when the subject of health insurance came up. And then a version of, “it’s raaaaacist” to criticize the President’s administration capped it off before the subject was deftly changed to what kind of pie people wanted. It’s harder and harder to have a no politics zone when seemingly everything is politics anymore.

    elissa (4738eb)

  8. In a room full of liberals (sans moi), the best I heard in defense of their position was:

    “The LA Times had a story about people being helped by Obamacare.”

    I got up and left the table.

    AZ Bob (ade845)

  9. But the feeling was pretty down and fortunately, unlike prior dinners, no bashing of conservatives. There is not much to crow about these days for these people.

    AZ Bob (ade845)

  10. we fought so much trying to cook dinner that we didn’t have any energy left to talk when we sat down to eat… 😉

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  11. We celebrated with a wonderful dinner with several traditional items and one non-traditional item and reprised the event for a late lunch today after a shopping trip. All-in-all, a wonderful two days enhanced by good food.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    And remember that the REAL national championship will be played tomorrow in Auburn. You can catch it on CBS if you aren’t lucky enough to be in Auburn.

    WarEagle82 (b18ccf)

  12. We didn’t get that far. Any member of my family can start a fight in a phone booth. Except me.

    glenn (647d76)

  13. As we give thanks this weekend for so much, we think of our military past and present. Some of you with military backgrounds or in military families may find this interesting:

    The University of Illinois has just broken ground for a $14 million facility on the Urbana-Champaign campus to help the most severely injured war veterans who want to continue their education. The new Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education, will be a place where military veterans with the most severe disabilities can live and get services they need, including counseling, academic coaching and rehabilitative help.

    With plans to open in fall 2015, the center is expected to serve about 165 veterans each year, including 12 who will live on-site in fully accessible rooms equipped with the latest technology. The goal is for the U. of I. to become a destination for veterans across the country who are deciding where to pursue their degrees.

    “We want to be a national resource for this most vulnerable of populations to be able to move on to another productive life,” said Tanya Gallager, dean of the U. of I.’s College of Applied Health Sciences, which will oversee the center. Gallagher expects that it will serve military veterans who have lost one or more limbs, have traumatic brain injuries or suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, for example.

    Gallagher said recent military veterans are returning home with new types of injuries, including those that veterans of prior generations would not have survived. The university wants to help ensure that they can live as independently as possible, in productive careers. “Because of our unique experience and history at the University of Illinois, we feel that we are in the best position to do that,” Gallager said.

    The U. of I. became a leader in this area in 1948 when it became the only campus to accommodate World War II veterans with disabilities. The campus was the first to have curb cuts, buses designed with wheelchair lifts and an athletic program for students with disabilities.

    elissa (4738eb)

  14. That’s terrific, elissa.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  15. Elissa – great school.

    JD (ea1128)

  16. Oskee Wow Wow

    elissa (4738eb)

  17. No politics came up. I was predetermined to stay out of it if anybody brought it up, but no political topics were broached.

    gp (0c542c)

  18. I had turkey, my dog had a bit of shredded cheese atop his regular food.

    The dog did not mention Obamacare.

    For which I was thankful.

    navyvet (02dd07)

  19. who don’t like cheese

    i gots me a rosey goat cheese i been eatin on why just cause i can

    it’s tasty I eat it there’s no issue here

    plus it came from some exotic foreign country like where the princess has those hip bones what can cut glass

    give me strength when I’m standing and faith when i fall

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  20. I heard secondhand about someone who was payinbg someone else to carry him as an employee so he could get insurance at a group rate.

    Sammy Finkelman (c720af)

  21. Ace has an interesting thought:

    The contraception mandate is a big favor to some pharmaceutical companies, particularly Pfizer – because when it requires all employer-sponsored health care plans to cover 100 percent of the cost of all FDA-approved contraception….

    ….that means brand name and generic birth control pills cost the same! (to many users)

    Sammy Finkelman (c720af)

  22. Perhaps I was not present when a political word was uttered by someone. I can report none.

    The retired IT manager later in the weekend picked my brain on what I supposed to be the matter.

    In the end we agreed: those in the know had no say on what the program would do or how.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

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