The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the troubled HealthCare.gov exchange enrollment system are simply an undeniable source of distraction.
Who can think much about the risk of loss of the ability to work when the actual current disabilities of an insurance program website provide so much entertainment?
For me, personally, though, the real distraction is binge watching “Game of Thrones,” an HBO series that seems to be a fantasy version of Risk that puts the Roman empire, the Vikings, the Scots, the Mongol hordes, a kingdom of dragon lords, and, apparently, zombies all on the same game board.
One thought about the show: “Game of Thrones” and its ilk (“Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” etc.) are a workplace curse. Unwelcome thoughts about those shows must be about as harmful to productivity as the flu, or back pain.
Another, preliminary thought (preliminary because I’ve only gotten through one season) is that there must be some kind of insurance or return-to-work wisdom in any great television series.
“Breaking Bad” is, of course, a great illustration of what can go wrong when you fail to buy the right kind of critical illness insurance.
Many shows (example: “The Adventures of Merlin”) illustrate the perils that face families that fail to explain estate plans clearly to all affected family members.