The Taranto Line Of The Day

From James Taranto's Best of the Web column

Great Moments in Socialized Medicine
The Boston Globe has the latest update on America's future–which is now in Massachusetts, thanks to Mitt Romney:

The standoff between Massachusetts regulators and health insurance companies intensified yesterday, as most insurers stopped offering new coverage to small businesses and individuals, and state officials demanded that the insurers post updated rates online and resume offering policies by Friday

The confusion–or market chaos, as one insurance industry official called it–followed the state Division of Insurance's rejection last week of 235 of 274 premium increases proposed by insurers.

Insurance Commissioner Joseph G. Murphy:

"If we don't see the rates posted by the end of the week, we have a variety of enforcement tools at our disposal, including the ability to fine carriers,'' warned Murphy.

Levying punitive fines against insurance companies sounds like a great way to keep premiums down! – James Taranto

Now because you've been good, here's a health care bonus from James…

Congress's Latest Stimulus Package
"The Congressional Research Service has confirmed Sen. Tom Coburn's assertions that sex offenders not in prison could get Viagra and other drugs treating erectile dysfunction under health plans subsidized by taxpayer dollars," FoxNews.com reports:

Coburn drew ridicule last month for trying in vain to prohibit sex offenders from getting Viagra prescriptions under the new health care law.

But Coburn is now having the last laugh after the Congressional Research Service confirmed his assertions that sex offenders not in prison could get Viagra and other drugs treating erectile dysfunction under health plans subsidized by taxpayer dollars.

"The last laugh"? One could make a case that it's really not all that funny.

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A longtime veteran of comedy and political forums, I decided that I needed a more restful venue because... well... I finally hate everybody. Except my wife that is... and my ex-wife.. and... no, that's about it. I lead about as simple a life as one can, preferring activities that include anything that doesn't involve going out and seeing YOU! And I particularly enjoy what I call "Get the Bitch" movies on Lifetime. You know the ones where the intended victim finally does something so incredibly stupid that she forfeits her right to live, and from that moment on you're rooting for the stalker. Of course, it rarely works out the way you want, but when it does, the feeling you get is... well, there's nothing else like it, other than, maybe, eating chocolate chip cookies. Oh, and I'm proudly anti-wildlife, both foreign and domestic, and anti-environment - especially foreign environments. I think Howard Stern put it best when he said, "If fifty percent of the population died tomorrow, I can live with that." And I feel the same about the other fifty percent, so together, we've pretty much got it all covered.
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4 Responses to The Taranto Line Of The Day

  1. Waterbaby says:

    Yeah, nothing funny there. My proposal for sex offenders, especially child molesters, would be effective … and wholly politically incorrect.

  2. TedWest says:

    I probably wouldn't take as drastic a measure as you. I'd simply castrate them and return the parts mounted on a board suitable for framing.

  3. Waterbaby says:

    That's my solution, castration; the framing is simply icing on the cake. 😉

  4. TedWest says:

    Icing on the cake? There's a novel idea!

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