September 16, San Mateo, CA: All the talk about Carter and Obama's health plan and veiled (and not-so-veiled) racism is making me feel very stressed. Part of it comes from doing my best to engage in discussions where I get frustrated. There are so many clear examples of emotion usurping reason on all sides of the debate, but so little acknowledgment of that fact. There have been studies done to examine the physiological and psychological effects of racial stress (Article). I am in no position to doubt the claims and I definitely don't feel like talking about it.