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Canada: Nice this time of year

With now only 59 votes in the Senate, Democrats may not be able to pass health care reform. Tonight’s Senate vote in Massachusetts is a ridiculous coda to an absurdly difficult battle, and frankly, I don’t think we learned anything.

Americans still haven’t fully grasped the fact that their health care system is an international punchline. A majority of them cling to worn-out Reagan-era orthodoxy about tax cuts and Big Government. Meantime, the last decade – arguably the climax of that orthodoxy – saw negative private sector job growth and no increase in middle class wages.

Nobody seems to get it. You can present as many facts as you want. It doesn’t matter. The talking heads and their mouth-breathing minions continue to shout the same talking points, like the more you repeat something – anything – the truer it gets.

This vote was sad for me personally because it means I might not ever be able to afford living in the United States again. Since I do mainly freelance and contract work, I have to pay for my own health care. This is doable when one is young and single, but not so much when one is married with a kid.

America is supposed to be the land of opportunity, but I’m not feeling it right now.