September 21, 2009
Remember “Candidate” Obama? Back before he became “President” Obama? Remember THOSE promises? Here are five he will not be keeping:
1. No Individual Mandate.
2. Complete Transparency
3. Government To Negotiate Lower Drug Prices
4. Allow Drug Importation
5. Lower Premiums by $2,500 for Family of Four
The mandate is in, sorry ‘bout that kids. Baucus’s bill — fondly referred to in D.C. as The White House Bill — was so non-transparent Baucus’s own party was not even privy to its details before insurance lobbyists were, forget the American people. The government did negotiate drug prices –– um, higher or to stay the same prices –– and drug importation is out via a very not transparent closed door negotiation between Obama and Big Pharma. And oh yeah? Those lower premiums? Those are out too and if, God forbid, you are a single parent? More out. And by the way, if you don’t buy that promised-not-to-be-mandated insurance? You now pay a $3,800 fine. I can see that working out for the people who live in boxes in Downtown L.A. right off. And I have not even brought up the “public option.” [delicate cough]
:::cbs special report:::
September 15, 2009
Tongue in cheek there. Being beaten by your husband is according to insurance companies literally a “pre-existing condition.” I wonder what happens when someone beats on the kids….
“It turns out that in eight states, plus the District of Columbia, getting beaten up by your spouse is a pre-existing condition.
“Under the cold logic of the insurance industry, it makes perfect sense: If you are in a marriage with someone who has beaten you in the past, you’re more likely to get beaten again than the average person and are therefore more expensive to insure.”
September 13, 2009
This is an excellent interview between Bill Maher and Anthony Weiner I wish I could upload it in full but [tragedy!] I have it in two parts so you too get it in two parts:
[Update 09.15.09, wow I hate when they do this, these links are down, I must hunt up another link but meantime you can go catch other Weiner interviews.]
In other news, bad things are happening in Washington but you can help by supporting the Blues who are holding strong in Congress against any form of bill that tries to exclude the public option — the last vestige of doing something positive left in the weak ass excuse for health care reform going down right now and probably the last way to stop a bad bill from passing that shoves thirty million people into the insurance industry pocket by mandate [dear Prez Obama wtf?].
September 11, 2009
Now that the —
Sale of health care reform has gone public, the only thing I can ask is that real democrats left in D.C. refuse to sign the ridiculous lie that is being peddled by the President and his new friends the Republicans.
And I mean lie. Because thirty million new customers for health insurance companies, although clearly a boon to Wall Street where stocks just jumped, does not equal health care reform. And mandating citizens buy insurance from insurance company and backing that up with tax dollars that will lose 30% to insurance company graft is a crime to my way of thinking. Not to mention, just where is this going to go? People caught driving unisured lose driving privileges. What are people caught living uninsured going to lose? Living privileges? May I remind my government, while driving may be called a privilege, living is a right guaranteed by the founders.
Nothing so clearly demonstrates the sell out underway than Speaker of the House Pelosi, upon abandoning the public option, suddenly having a fundraiser thrown for Pelosi by a health insurance lobbyist. That’s not even subtle. And do not fall for talk about a trigger either, trigger in this context is another word for joke.
August 30, 2009
Boy if one person can totally sum up the health care sitch in the U.S., that person is Bill Moyers. This interview with him by Bill Maher is about ten minutes long. It is also, if you are a U.S. citizen trapped in the snarl of health care politics, right now ten of the most important minutes you may spend in your life.
August 25, 2009
Offers these five facts about the uninsured :
• Most of the uninsured are in working families and do not have access to employer-sponsored insurance.
• More than eight in ten of the uninsured are in low- or moderate-income families.
• Most low- and moderate-income uninsured adults are not eligible for Medicaid.
• The uninsured suffer from negative health consequences due to their lack of access to necessary medical care.
• Medical bills are a burden for the uninsured and frequently leave them with debt.
Additional facts from POV’S CRITICAL CONDITION site :
• 80% of the uninsured are adults. Young adults (ages 19-24) are at greatest risk of being uninsured and make up more than one of every three uninsured adults.
• The majority of uninsured adults (75%) have gone without coverage for a period of at least one year.
• The average total annual cost of employer-sponsored family coverage in 2007 was $12,106 — seldom affordable to low-wage workers without sizable contributions from their employers.
POV’s CRITICAL CONDITION site tallied up the costs of the uninsured :
• The lost productivity of uninsured Americans costs the economy up to $130 billion dollars a year — more than the estimated cost to cover the uninsured.
• Covering the bills of the uninsured increases the annual health premiums for the average family by $922.
• Hospitals typically charge uninsured patients 2.5 times what they charge privately insured patients.
• Uninsured adults are 4.5 times more likely to go without medical care than insured adults.
• Uninsured cancer patients are nearly twice as likely to die within five years as insured patients.
• Over half a million Americans are currently battling cancer without insurance.
• Among non-elderly adults, the lack of health insurance is the sixth leading cause of death in America.
August 15, 2009
So, I was —
Accused of being. Um. “Hyperbolic.”
[Ooh la la. That is a five dollar word.]
[Also that is someone calling me hysterical and a chick right? Just checking. Anyway.]
This is because I said hundreds of thousands of people are dying in the U.S. because of lack of medical care.
You do not have to take my word for it. You can take someone else’s word for it. Like, um, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Excerpted from “The Inhuman State of U.S. Health Care” :
“The most credible estimate of the number of people in the United States who have died because of lack of medical care was provided by a study carried out by Professors David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler (New England Journal of Medicine 336, no. 11 ). They concluded that almost 100,000 people died in the United States each year because of lack of needed care — three times the number of people who died of AIDs.”
*by the way i wonder how many of the elderly in that article are either skipping or halving their meds just so they can eat or going without food in order to pay for their meds?, that never killed anyone right, going without food or medicine?
*by by the way, note the years there, 2003 address and 1997 study
August 11, 2009
Let’s take a look at —
What the health insurance CEO’s are drawing down these days. You know, those people who actually decide whether or not you get medical treatment? If you even have insurance? A hell of a lot of Americans do not.
Take a good hard look at those numbers. I know. They are so huge the mind kind of blanks out just looking at them. But look at them. Absorb them.
That is what the guy who currently tells you no your kid’s bone marrow transplant is just not in the cards gets paid.