Diary of a Mad County

Tuesday April 20. The California Healthcare Foundation (CHF), an organization slightly less discriminating than Joel Siegel and Partners for Livable Communities, announces its HMO "best buys" for the Medicare population. In Orange County, no less than 10—TEN!—companies get four or five stars because everybody knows if there's one thing readily available for ordinary people, it's great health care options. A spokesman for CHF explained they gave the four and five stars because they weren't allowed to give 29 stars as well as lots of happy faces, thumbs-up and pretty, pretty ponies, adding that he didn't smell anything odd coming from his trailer.

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