Friday, January 22, 2010

In a Nutshell: Healthcare

While P. and I were in D.C. we stayed at a wonderful inn, the owners were lovely and inspired great conversation. The hot topic? Politics and the recent loss of the long-time held Democratic seat in Massachusetts.

After a month of travelling the U.S. I am finally beginning to understand this health crisis.

Below left; Republican Scott Brown centrefold in a 1980's Cosmopolitan magazine. Not very conservative of him, was it?

To others out there who don't quite get "The Healthcare Drama", here it is, in a nut shell; the U.S. does provide all citizens access to public healthcare.

What this means is that almost everyone must buy private healthcare (and pay around $500 a month p.p to keep it!). If they do not have private healthcare they can recieve treatment from a hospital, but the sad eventuality is that they will be faced with an enormous medical bill (cancer treatments can easily hop into the millions).

Losing the Democrat seat in Mass. threatens Obama's plan to provide American citizens with public healthcare.

Now there is a major scramble,as the Democrats try to assemble some sort of healthcare reform before the voted in Republican, Scott Brown (the naked guy above), takes his seat.

What are your views? I hope all Americans gain access to healthcare - one of the largest countries in the world - it seems backward that their own citizens suffer.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The President and the Queen descend on D.C.

I interrupt this blogging drought to bring you an announcement - P. and I were just dining at the same restaurant as the Pres. B. Obama and his wife!

We're in D.C. now and by chance ended up at Nora's. Inside the restaurant were the famous couple celebrating Michelle Obama's 46th Birthday. For us, it was a delicious dinner - and DAMN exciting one too!

*Update*: Unfortunately the Secret Service men pushed us all so far away that we couldn't get any great snapshots ourselves, but here's one featured on the HuffPost.

After finishing our delicious meal, we waited outside for around 20 mins and saw the couple walk out, Pres. Obama even gave a good wave to the 40 deep crowd that had gathered there to watch him exit the restaurant.

The street block and, secret service feeling-every-patron-up as they entered the restaurant didn't do a great job at hiding the fact that the Pres. was inside - but there was a great buzz in the air.

An amazing start to our 4 day stay in D.C. - on another note, I also met Queen Latifah tonight (before BET awards) - this city is awesome.

The Queen and I.

Will keep you all in the loop, news and tips on where to go/eat on NYC coming up... what have you been up to?

Monday, January 04, 2010

A New Decade in New York

Happy New Decade! ... So Pete and I finally arrived here in Manhattan a week ago (only a day after the bombing scare into Detroit - so you can imagine the security).

Lost the source, so please let me know if it's your image.

However we have been jampacking our days full of fun things, delicious foods, new sights - and we've both decided that we definitely want to live here.

Although this is something I decided for myself when I visited for the first time in 2008 - it's really nice that we're both so excited about this city!

Anyway I'm currently blogging from a Starbucks - (my first time in one in years), hence my creativity feels a little buzzed.

So, although I won't be blogging much, stay tuned because the moment I get good wireless I'll be posting the heck out of you all!

I'm missing the blogging world and all of you, so let me know what you're up to? Did you ring in the new decade with zing!? Tell me...

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