Lunch links

vegan lunch for linksHere are your Wednesday lunch links, a little health care polling, a little health care history, a note for you foodies out there, and as always a musical selection for your viewing and listening pleasure–this time one that sort of fits into the lunch theme.

First, some polling that is probably not making the rabid opponents of the Affordable Care Act too happy. Steven Benen has the details about how four major polls all show that public support for Obamacare is growing.

Crooks and Liars has a fascinating history of what happened when the Bush Administration rolled out the Medicare Part D program in 2006 over the objections of Democrats in Congress. The program began with massive computer glitches—sound familiar?—but its former opponents helped make it work because it was the law of the land that could actually help people.

There were no commercials attacking the law after it was passed, no scary prognostications about the end of Western civilization as we know it and certainly no shutdown of the federal government to try to repeal it.

Now on to food. Mark Bittman with the New York Times had an interesting story this week  claiming that having some deep-fried food every once in a while can actually be good for you. But I will point out he is talking about deep-frying falafel or making tempura vegetables, not a deep-fried Snickers bar.

Bittman describes himself as a flexitarian, a person who is mostly a vegetarian but occasionally eats meat.  That brings us to our musical selection from one of the most amazing voices in country music today, well any kind of music really—Jamey Johnson–who will be performing in Raleigh in a couple of weeks.

Here is Johnson singing a Meatloaf song–there’s your food link—but Meatloaf never sounded this good. Even if you are not a country music fan, listening to at least the beginning of this song is worth your time. Happy Wednesday





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