Random Observations

A few morning observations:

It appears that Blue Cross is now asking doctors about a patient’s medical history… in order to confirm that they listed all pre-existing conditions on the application. Specifically, according to the LA Times, Blue Cross of California is sending physicians copies of health insurance applications filled out by new patients, along with a letter advising them that the company has a right to drop members who fail to disclose “material medical history,” including “pre-existing pregnancies.” The letters state “Any condition not listed on the application that is discovered to be pre-existing should be reported to Blue Cross immediately”. If there is anything that indicates why we need to reexamine how we do health care it is behaviors like this.


The price of a stamp is going up again, 1c to 42c in May. You remember stamps? Those things you stick on envelopes when you write letters? Sigh. Kids these days.

This makes me think about my stamp collection, which I stopped updating a few years ago when it got prohibitively expensive. I’m trying to figure out what to do with it, as well as the collection of a few foreign stamps I collected as a kid. Do kids these days still collect stamps? We print so many that modern issues aren’t worth much.


Ron Leavitt, the creator of “Married with Children”, has died at age 60. This was a real groundbreaking sitcom, turning the functional families of past sitcoms on its head, and creating the Fox network.