If you have not yet heard of Article 31 of the Iraqi constitution which was drafted during the Bush Administration you may find it quite surprising. The article guarantees the right of health care to every Iraqi citizen and charges the government of Iraq with the responsibility and duty to “maintain public health and provide the means of prevention and treatment.”
August 12, 2009
Dear Secret Diary,I've been stuck trying to explain to old Republicans and hillbillies that Medicare IS government healthcare, and that we will not take it away from them. Sheesh. I've had to tour the country following these fear mongering Righties telling them that we will not be bulldozing them into pauper's graves when they turn 65. Sometimes this country amazes me, I'm running out of hope, HA! Just kiddin' ;)
The Washington Post today reported that the Obama administration has backed away from plans to send prisoners still stuck on Guantanamo to the U.S. Instead, they're going to try and talk other countries into taking all of them, something that will undoubtedly go well: "hey, we're too scared to take these terrorists, so, umm, can you take them? KTHXBye." So far, that's not working out so well as the only countries that have been down with accepting some of the prisoners are Bermuda and Palau- both of whom decided to accept seventeen Uighurs- a small ethnic group of Chinese Muslims.
As has been reported in various outlets, yesterday Congress passed the Credit Card Holders Bill of Rights Act (2009), and sent it on over to President Obama to sign off on. The bill covers a variety of practices that range from shady to downright dishonest. As someone who had a very nice letter from his bank earlier this year informing me that, though they deeply regretted it, they were forced to raise my APR and lower my credit limit by forty dollars, thus putting me over the limit and allowing them to charge me for that particular pleasure, I’m pretty pleased about this. Even if it does come six months too late for me. Unless my bank was going to try that stunt again. They’d never do that, would they?