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Jeff you are a great person. I don't think our current system is great. I think that the current all or nothing approach both sides are taking is not the correct course of action either. For example, the current ability to for me to add my children to my health care plan takes 2 more folks off the i don't have health care rolls. It is costing me a little more and probably the company but is a good step in the right direction.
But with the current court rulings So for at the federal district level the score is 2-2 so this one is headed to the supreme court.

As for people running into me

I would like people to take the healthy step of not drinking and driving.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 33,808 people died in traffic crashes in 2009 in the United States (latest figures available), including an estimated 10,839 people who died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Drunk driving fatalities accounted for 32% of all traffic deaths last year, that is, on average someone is killed in an alcohol-impaired driving crash about every 50 minutes in the U.S. (Source: NHTSA/FARS, 2010)

Jeff Mariotte

Chris, you're right about the destructive problem of alcohol (and drugs--driving impaired by anything). Compound that problem with the others that abuse of alcohol and drugs cause--I don't have the stats in front of me, but huge percentages of our gun deaths and other crimes involve the use/abuse of alcohol and drugs. If one could subtract those and tobacco use from the equation, our nation's health care costs would plummet. Legislating that sort of thing has never turned out well, but if people would voluntarily abstain, like I do and I'm pretty sure you do, the effect would be the same.  Not only that, but if we weren't such a great market for illegal drugs, tens of thousands of people who've died in Mexico in the last decade's "drug wars" would still be alive.

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