So while the snow keeps lawmakers from raising our taxes at least a few more days, I thought it might be a good time to point out a couple of things.

For starters, for those of you against socialized medicine (and I count myself among you), you'll be surprised (distraught?) to learn we're already halfway there.

According to the federal number-crunchers, for the first time ever, government programs will make up more than half of all health care spending in the country next year. It's just one more thing you can blame on the economy, as the Medicaid rolls grow and the private insurance business suffers.

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