Well, he did it. President Obama finally came through on his promise to sign up for Obamacare. Republicans had been pushing the president to sign up for his own signature health plan, officially known as the Affordable Care Act, since it was enacted in 2010. And now he’s a card-carrying customer (well, the card’s probably in the mail … somewhere).
Obama selected the bronze plan, the cheapest of four categories, below platinum, gold and silver. It’ll cost about $5,000 a year out of pocket. Of course, he doesn’t need the coverage. The president and his family will continue to receive medical care through the U.S. military. Signing up for this much-derided plan may work to quell some of the Republican criticism. Or not.
The Buffalo Sabres haven’t managed to win much this year, but they’ll forever be known for creating a new way to win, thanks to “ButtGoal.” That’s what social media has dubbed what has to be one of the most bizarre goals in hockey history.
As News sports reporter Mike Harrington noted, this was a goal for the ages. With the score tied in overtime during Monday night’s game at First Niagara Center, Sabre defenseman Mark Pysyk’s chip shot flew in the air and landed on the back of Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith, right by his, ahem, posterior. Smith, not knowing where the puck was, slid rear-end first into the net.
In the words of legendary Sabres announcer Rick Jeanneret: S-C-O-R-E!
The video has been featured everywhere from network television to Twitter. If bizarre is what it takes for the Sabres to win, we’ll embrace the bizarre.
How much easier could shopping be than on the Internet? Some keystrokes and mouse clicks (often during working hours) allow you to browse catalogs, buy merchandise and have it delivered in a day or two.
A wonderful experience – except when it’s not. Christmas was marred for thousands of families when their gifts were not delivered on time, as promised by retailers and delivery companies.
There are a couple of lessons to be learned from this year’s delivery glitches. One is the peril of putting off and putting off Christmas shopping. The other is to recall the satisfying feeling of walking out of a bricks-and-mortar store with purchases in hand.
The Postal Service has announced a temporary 3-cent hike in the cost of first-class postage stamps, to make up for the estimated $2.8 billion lost during the recession. The increase to 49 cents will take effect on Jan. 26.
The Postal Service wanted the increase to be permanent, but the Postal Regulatory Commission said no, limiting the hike to two years. Keep in mind, though, that few things are as permanent as a temporary tax or fee.
Making up the postal deficit is going to take an all-out effort on the part of Americans. So, get busy sending those overdue holiday cards.