Do We Have Health Care Yet? - Morning News


Health care reformOver the weekend I heard a quick announcement on 1010 WINS radio that Nebraska Democratic Senator Ben Nelson would provide the 60th vote for the pending health care bill. So I thought, wow. Then I thought again. What does this mean? Do we have health care yet? Well, no. The Senate needs to vote, and then that bill needs to be merged with the House bill, or something like that. I admit to having a fairly poor understanding of our legislative process. What I do know is that the debate isn’t really a debate. It’s more of a war of words, and it’s all political. Senator Saxby Chambliss, a Republican Senator from Georgia, said “It’s pretty obvious that votes have been bought.” As New York Magazine points out, “This is the first time in history that a congressperson has changed his vote after being offered additional benefits to his own constituents. Just kidding.” I mean, really. That’s what our political process has become? Anyone who doesn’t do what we want them to gets accused of selling their vote, wanting the elderly to die, or whatever else? Can we just abolish political parties? They don’t seem to be doing anything positive. End of Morning Rant.

Tiger Woods’ mom is really mad at him. According to one of those unnamed sources, “Kultilda ‘Tilda’ Woods doesn’t understand Tiger’s behavior or how he could cause so much pain to his wife and children.” This was in People Magazine, according to How are there always people “close to the situation” that will talk to reporters? Why is everyone so chatty?

Actress Brittany Murphy is dead. She was 32 years old. A number of celebrities are tweeting their respects, including Fred Durst, Eliza Dushku, Josh Groban (huh?), and former boyfriend and co-star Ashton Kutcher who tweeted “see you on the other side kid … 2day the world lost a little piece of sunshine. My deepest condolences go out 2 Brittany’s family, her husband, & her amazing mother Sharon.” I guess Twitter is the new… what? Publicist? I still think it’s nicer to send a card, but I’m old. (

And now your Weekend Movie Box Office.

Snowstorms (and cruddy reviews) didn’t prevent “Avatar” from taking in $73,000,000, according to BoxOfficeMojo. But with a budget of $12 billion (I’m exaggerating but not by as much as I should be), they’ve still got a long way to go. Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” came in second place with $12,224,000 ($44,756,000 cume). “The Blind Side” came in third with $10,030,000 ($164,734,000 cume, against a $29 million budget according to BoxOfficeMojo — nice). People may have heard about “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” but they didn’t really care; the Hugh Grant/Sarah Jessica Parker flick opened in fourth place with $7,000,000. And there were still a few teenage girls who hadn’t seen “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”; the sparkly vampire movie based on the sparkly vampire novel sold another $4,370,000 worth of tickets, bringing the film’s total take to $274,561,000. Yikes.