Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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Why the Affordable Health Care Act is needed

I was so glad to hear that the high court upheld the Affordable Health Care Act. I know some people really don’t like it but here’s why I do:

When I was unemployed in my late 50s I could not get health insurance and without health insurance I was turned down for health care – even though I offered payment up-front.

I am no longer unemployed but again find myself without insurance. When I changed jobs, my new employer is too small to offer this benefit and though I have applied to a number of companies, I have been turned down by every one, all citing my health problems. This is a little disingenuous as I am 61 and have no major problems except osteoporosis and my cervical stenosis, neither of which requires any treatment. I have never had heart disease or cancer or other expensive ailment.

I am still years away from being able to qualify for Medicare, have too much income to qualify for Medicaid, and no one will insure me. Even under the Affordable Care Act I will have to wait until 2014 for coverage. That will make me 63. The next two years will be a little scary for me. What if I develop heart disease or cancer or a kidney problem? What if I need surgery? I will literally have to wait until I am so ill I cannot work, then I can get coverage. It’s not right.

This is something that is needed and I hope all Americans can get over their sense of misplaced outrage and support it. One never knows when one will lose one’s job and need this.


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Ah, yes, there’s the rub, the insurance companies. They’ll still get to screw us but they’ll have to buy us dinner first!

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That's ok

I’ve always been a cheap date!

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