Conservatives against prayer ... Or, rather, against requiring health insurance in Obama's "exchanges" to cover prayer treatment ("religious and spiritual health care"). a) Yes, a government-run plan will always have to contend with this sort of pressure, in addition to pressure to cover experimental procedures and expensive mental health treatments. These pressures are often harder for our political system to resist than for private insurers to resist; b) But if the government can avoid covering Christian Science prayer treatment under Medicare you'd think it could avoid covering it under the smaller health insurance exchange plans envisioned by the Dems, no? c) Wonder which way Sarah Palin comes down on this; d) Can the Scientologists be far behind? ... 12:18 P.M.
Hugh ("only time will tell") Sidey has a worthy successor: Eugene Robinson in this morning's WaPo :
Reading too much into Tuesday's off-off-year election results would be a mistake, but reading too little into them would be wrong as well.
[ Thanks to reader J ] 12:08 P.M.
Chrysler to break out new "Ram" line of trucks . If they'd called it the Rahm line I'd really start to worry about politicization. ... P.S.: Chrysler has now "projected that it will double its sales over five years." Do you believe that? Me neither, though I guess if Chrysler sales keep falling (down 39% so far this year from last year, which wasn't so great itself) they'll eventually be able to double their sales just by selling another one. [ Update: They put an actual number on what they expect to do--increase sales from 1.3 million in 2009 to 2.8 million in 2014 . With this ? Okeydokey.] ... 12:04 P.M.