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Thursday, June 28, 2012

With real health assurance, There is much you can pursue

I don't usually post to this blog with current-events related commentary.  But I will simply say this: If you can be assured that no matter what, when you get sick or injured, you will be cared for, you have the freedom to change your job, to take some time off to think, to travel, then your life could become much richer, then you can take time to think about why it is you are alive.  That is why (one of the reasons) the supreme court decision is very important in your life.
Make time to simply
stop and think.
Atsuko Watanabe: Chapter 3


  1. Guaranteed health care is certainly a different kind of luxury, a wonderful kind. =) Thanks for posting this, Andy.

    B. Lynn Goodwin
    Author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers

  2. And now we must work to preserve this decision by electing representatives who are not dead-set to cripple it by amendments, fiscal starvaton and other devious measures that under the guise of "a better plan" are aimed at taking away what the Affordable Health Care Act provides.