• ARGH – You made me talk about the shutdown

    For all of you who think a government shutdown is no big deal, I beg to differ. I can tell you that medical researchers all over the country (present company included) are completely screwed up by the lack of an NIH. Even the website is pretty much down. I was supposed to be on a study section tomorrow, and now that’s not going to happen. But hey, who needs medical research?

    Brad Plumer has a rundown of other things, and many of them involve health. Such as:

    • Millions of veterans may not receive benefits if the shutdown lasts more than two weeks. I don’t think I need to say how bad that is.
    • The CDC will halt its flu program just as flu season gets underway. As if we needed another thing preventing people from getting vaccinated.
    • Some food-safety operations would cease. Who needs safe food?
    • Nutritional programs for women, infants and children could cease after a week. Well, if the food isn’t gonna be safe, why give it out to women and children? Do they really need to eat anyway?
    • Disability benefits could be interrupted. You know, this isn’t fun. Forget it.

    I’ve been trying to keep an upbeat attitude today, but – to be honest – I’m failing. This whole thing just sucks.


    • Yes, very frustrating and for no reason. On the brightside, there is a lot of good happening today with the openning of the exchanges.

    • I share your pain. You have been a far better spokesman and educator about the health care crisis than anyone inside or outside of government. I listen to you on XM radio all the time. But I don’t know why HHS does not put you out there, in ads, to explain things. The amount of misinformation out there is mind-boggling. I don’t know why we can get out the vote so successfully in a presidential election, but not get out some real information to the public who so desperately needs it.

    • One might hope that once the effect of the shutdown starts being felt those who are so anti-government might come to realize how much they depend upon government services.