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In reading any of my
newsletters, you may notice that I refer to
members of Congress, Senators and
Representatives, as "critters," --
"Housecritter" or "Senatecritter,"
"Chaircritter" or "Leadercritter."
I have been asked many
times why I do this, why I show such little
respect for these hard working public servants?
My answer is that there is no disrespect.
cuddly little furry creatures you want to pet
and take care of. That's the way I feel
about our Congressional-type persons, all cuddly
and warm. After 40+ years in DC, I've
developed a nurturing attitude toward them,
wanting to protect them and care for them
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The Patient Protection
and Affordable Care Act of 2010, not merely the
"Affordable Care Act, ACA" and definitely not
the pejorative, "Obamacare." I use the
full acronym PPACA, rather than the frequently
seen "ACA" to distinguish the new law and
because it rolls off the tongue so easily, "P-PAKA."
There are a myriad of other "ACAs" but only one
PPACA. You know immediately what it is.
"Obamacare" (like "Hillarycare"
before it) has become the catch word of the
Neanderthals that hope to encompass all their
lies about the new law into one snappy term.
I will use "Obamacare" from time to time when I
am trying to clarify the many lies being spread
about the new law.
The "new and improved
Medicare" law passed by Congress in 2003
and signed into law by President Bush on
December 8, 2003 is "officially" named the
"Medicare Modernization and Improvement Act of
2003. The Bush Administration which
deliberately withheld cost data from Congress in
order to gain passage, prefers to acronymize the
law as the "MMA." But not Jeanne!
With malice aforethought
and with every intention to be both cynical and
sarcastic, I have chosen the acronym: "NAIM" --
as in "New and Improved Medicare."
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Why do I use CM2,
and not "CMS" as the acronym for the federal
agency that runs the Medicare program, the
misnamed "Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services," you ask?
Why not? No seriously, I
was offended when the new occupiers of the
Medicare-Medicaid complex in Baltimore announced
the name change. Yes, it was consistent
with the Bush administration's efforts to mangle
the meaning of plain language, like changing the
term "estate tax" to "death tax."
(After all, all 4% of Americans ever have estates
large enough to pay even a piddling of estate
taxes -- if they're that rich, they have lawyers and
accountants to show them how to avoid the most
onerous taxes -- but every American will die
sooner or later. )
The name of the old
"Health Care Financing Administration" (HCFA)
was too political for the Bushies. It
implied, to them at least, that HCFA had some
authority over ALL USA health care, and they
couldn't have that misconception. (Never mind
Medicare and Medicaid's 800-pound gorilla
status, that truly does impact ALL USA health care.) We
have to limit government and let's start with
names and identities. "Peace is war."
"Love is hate." You get the Orwellian
So when Tom Scully
announced the name change, I embarked on a
one-woman Quixotic crusade to express my
"Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services?" They don't provide any
services, so I got rid of the "S."
And there are two "M's"
-- Medicare AND Medicaid. If you only have
one "M" in your acronym, one of these important
programs is getting short shrift.
"CMM" sounded too much
like a candy, and so I latched onto CM2, or as I
prefer when your software let's you do it, CM2,
after that little town in Michigan
affectionately known by students at a nearby
university of some renown, as A2.
As a former counsel to
that little government agency, the Health Care
Financing Administration, I couldn't just let
that venerable name go. Besides, my dog is named
"HCFA" -- but that's a whole other story.
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heard of "Generation X," that media-inspired
group of 20-somethings that has aged a bit in
recent years. The term itself was first
used in the mid-1970's and actually has a
socio-economic, anthropological origin. It
is the term used to describe the 10th generation
of Americans coming of age (around 21) since the
founding of this nation in 1776. The "X"
does not stand for "unknown," it stands for the
Roman numeral "10."
But hey, who
could stop the media juggernaut with a dose of
reality, not me. But I try.
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS
GENERATION Y! (emphasis mine).
generation of Americans "coming of age" in the
mid 1990's is Generation XI, the eleventh
generation since the founding of the nation.
Those turning 10 or thereabouts today, a will be
part of Generation XII (12), not Generation Z, or "R,"
or "M," or any other letter of the alphabet.
Quixotic crusade of mine. <sigh>
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