Here’s a sketch that was done by my new iPad app, Paper. But enough about that. Time for a rant! I can hear you all shouting YAY! Because that’s what I choose to hear. It’s my brain, after all. So here goes: very few of us can afford to pay out of pocket for bypass surgery, or a knee replacement, or chemotherapy. But we all recognize that these and a hundred other unaffordable things are good to have available to us. Who among us would deny our mother or best friend treatment for her cancer? Some of us recognize that the only way for our society to make this happen is for us all to throw money in the pot, even the young and healthy among us, because at some point in our lives each one of us will be recipients in one way or another. And these same some-of-us folks acknowledge that the only way to make sure we all contribute is to make it a mandate. Prominent among this group of knowledgable people were--surprise--Republicans, who first floated the notion 20 years ago. What has changed since then? Tell me, Republican friends! Was your party proposing that we subvert the Constitution? Were they advocating that we leap onto the slippery slope to a socialist state of freedom-sapping tyranny? Tell me! I’m all ears.