Spread the word. John Boehner wants to repeal the reform bill and replace it with nothing. While I am definitely opposed to parts of the bill, repealing the whole thing and then doing nothing can only be described as insanity, insanity of the sort that would probably crash the entire health care system within a few years, possibly even leading to single payer or socialized medicine.
Just say NO to Boehnercare. Let John Boehner and the rest of the Republican cronies and thugs own what they are trying to do to this country.
Salon has a lovely article this morning updating us on Rand Paul’s current position on his board certification for opthalmology. You remember how he started his own certification board because he thought having to pay money to that other board was wasted, and he didn’t want to have to spend his time getting training or continuing education or taking tests when he could just jump in there and start operating, the free market at work.
His own certification board has no website and apparently no paper documentation. It is nothing but a PO Box in Bowling Green, KY. He did recently claim to be certified by that “other” board, which is nothing but a lie.
He’d like to get rid of government programs. But he thinks doctors are different. They should be guaranteed a comfortable standard of living by the government.
Does he inform his patients when examining them that his “board certification” is by himself, so they can make those “informed decisions” that lead to success or failure at the hands of the free market?
I wouldn’t want a doctor who had no need of certification and was unwilling to discuss his qualifications cutting open my eyes. Would you?
The guy is a liar, a creep, a fake, and a douchebag. Medicare ought to stop paying for surgery he does.
The Huffington Post has published an article Senate Democrats Consider Nightmare Scenario on Health Care Reform, which proposes that the ultimate “nightmare scenario” might be just around the corner, were the CBO to come back with figures that put the project in the red, based on the latest changes (concessions) made to Republicans and right wing Democrats who insist that they don’t want to spend too much money, but want changes made to make the project more costly.
I commented that I can think of several nightmare scenarios. It is rather short-sighted to think that this is the only one which would hurt the Democratic party or people who need access to health care but are not getting it.
Of course, nor do I believe in the sort of blind faith that I have been told to place in the President, who has given us no reason to believe that he is planning on fixing this in the foreseeable future.
But anyway, the “nightmare scenarios” I see involve access to healthcare in this country getting worse, with premiums and prices going through the roof, while apparently the worst abuses by insurance companies have been loopholed out of sight. They can still do just about everything to you they want, but now they can send you a bill for however much they want and you are forced to pay. They don’t have to approve your services and treatment. They can say it’s not reasonable and you will have no recourse.
They can and will set low annual limits on payments they are required to make.
So far we have not heard anything about how subsidies for the working poor would be managed. I suspect they will just go away, and people who don’t have 5K to pay for insurance (like, because it’s half their income) will get arrested and convicted for being poor.
There will be more rationing of health care than ever, now that insurance companies have permission to cut off granny’s benefits.
This is a disaster, both in the short term and long term. Good luck convincing people whose taxes skyrocketed long before it was decided whether they would even get benefits that they are better off.
This is no kind of reform at all. It’s only good for big health insurance and drugs. But I’m sure they’ll fix it coming up real soon. The proof is that absolutely nobody in the administration is saying they will fix it. Go blind faith!
It looks like the White House has decided to “walk back” its support for health care reform, which means they won’t be supporting the “public option” component of the bill anymore. Before they said it was essential, but now they think it’s a good idea, one which we’ll just have to let go so we can get some bill, any bill passed that is bipartisan.
Bipartisanship has turned out to be the make-or-break issue. It doesn’t matter if the bill makes things 100 times worse for every American who is not a health insurance CEO, politician, or lobbyist. What matters is that some bill has bipartisan support.
Appeasing the Republicans has been the only strategy. They don’t think enough has been given in? Appease more!
Looking back at the real world where people who voted on that sole issue were actually expecting the administration to fight vigorously on it, the administration seems confused. They don’t understand why people don’t want a huge transfer of their money to go right to health insurance companies while getting nothing in return. They don’t understand why we want the situation to improve.
They don’t understand why we’re tired of insurance company death panels telling granny to just die.
Me, I don’t see any difference between doing nothing and what the administration has done, which is to fight half-heartedly on the bill, while constantly sending up “trial balloons” to industry that any compromise will be considered, but nothing that will help the public is sacred.
Putting in charge Rahm Emanuel, a man who has always been opposed to health care for real Americans, has resulted in no improvement, just as if there was never any intention of pushing the issue through.
Why, isn’t “any reform” better than “no reform” even if it’s not “reform” at all?
I guess it was just a lie from the start. They counted on us just being willing foot soldiers who will do whatever we are told (“Work for this plan!”, “Keep on giving money!”)
So here, an ad for the rest of us, telling how we feel about it.
Betsy McCaughey is a lying cunt. Betsy McCaughey wants you dead, and she wants to make lots of money for greedy health insurance companies by preventing you from getting the health care you need.
Didn’t you know that when you deny services to people you are sentencing them to death? Because you invented the “death panels” in your diseased brain. Over 100,000 people each year die from lack of health care. You should be ashamed, because you are to blame for their deaths just as much as if you sat in on a death panel and decided you were going to cut off their health care and let them die. Though for all I know, that may be one of your hobbies, too. I understand a lot of joyous laughter goes on in those insurance company death panels when they find an excuse to pull the plug on someone.
Sarah Palin is a lying cunt. Sarah Palin wants you dead, and she wants to destroy the world in a flaming Armageddon that will bring on the End Times and rapture her up to heaven for doing God’s work, which is to be a lying cunt and a tool for people who want to make money off your death.
Barring that, she’s going to make sure you lose your health care. She’s all set, she’s got government-paid health care through her husband’s tribe. Don’t you dare touch her health care!
Sarah Palin was for death panels before she was agin’em!
They want you dead, but first they want you to pay all your money to health insurance companies, so the companies can keep giving them big payoffs. They want your family to borrow tons of money to try to pay the bills, and then they want them to go bankrupt.
How about this, Sarah? Why don’t you let God take care of your health care for you?
UPDATE: Sarah Palin has declared victory against the Obama administration, after the committee removed the living will provision. Now they’re just going to let people pray with their families! Hmm, isn’t that the current health care system in the country already?
Palin went on to claim that health care reform will inevitably lead to single-payer, which will mean rationing. nationalized health care inevitably leads to rationing. There is simply no way to cover everyone and hold down the costs at the same time.
So you favor rationing, but are opposed to it too. Were you for it before you were agin’ it?
Did I say that Sarah Palin is a lying cunt?
It’s Health Care Week! We bloggers are supposed to blog about health care every day to get everybody informed and with the program. Here goes…
Last week I heard that my Senator, Olympia Snowe, was unwilling to support any public option for health care unless there was a trigger. To say the least, I was disappointed.
Surely you’ve heard about this. It’s kind of like public health insurance. It would be a choice for those who can’t afford private insurance, or who are uninsurable because of pre-existing conditions. People who decided that the public option was a better choice could choose it over their private insurance.
Health care is when you get medical services to get you healthy. It should not be confused with health insurance, which is no guarantee that any health care will be received.
This would be give the insurance companies another chance to make health insurance and health care available and affordable to all.
They would have a decade or so to decide how they were going to accomplish that goal delay until they managed to get it removed from consideration by a subsequent administration or Congress they had bought out.
Okay, I was really displeased about the situation. For me, the public option is not even really adequate, but it’s the only thing on the table that seems to be a step in the right direction.
Other suggestions have been exceedingly reactionary, such as taxing health insurance benefits and forcing the uninsured to buy junk insurance.
There are those who say that any reform is better than no reform, but I am not one of them. I think that a “reform” whose net result is making health care scarcer and more expensive for those who need it most is no reform at all.
But today I heard that Sen. Snowe is going to strongly support the public option. I don’t have to go to her office now to talk with the good-looking young men who work there, but maybe I will stop in anyway to say “Thank you!”
Maybe Susan Collins will come over from the dark side now. But probably not.
What a curious question this was, part of a comment on an article that was posted to digg.com.
7 hr 16 min ago
“Want a level playing field? How about getting rid of private health insurer’s immunity to the sort of antitrust laws that prevent collusion and price-fixing.”
The government is a monopoly who cannot be sued in any case unless they say it’s ok and under specific circumstances (i.e. sovereign immunity).
“We’ve got an entire industry who is providing an essential service but their primary motive is profit.”
The same could be said of your local grocery store. Do you object to your local grocer?
How do you feel about this? Of course, you know I’m going to tell you how I feel…
The grocery store, what a curious analogy. I”m trying to picture a system where you pay premiums to a few big distributors that permit you to get partial reimbursements for the food you buy. You must pay your deductible before it kicks in, and there are co-payments that are so expensive that you often decide to go without in spite of your “food insurance policy”.
Food stores are required by the “food insurance industry” to maintain massive billing departments that examine each purchase to make sure it qualifies for reimbursement with the shopper’s “food insurance company” before deciding whether to bill the company or the customer. Often they need to make a great many phone calls to get approval for the customer’s purchase of some item.
People often go bankrupt because of food they must have despite the fact that they have policies, and policies are canceled simply because the companies decide people are getting too much food.
At the same time, people who have no “food policy” must pay 3-100 times as much for the same food. Sometimes when they are shopping the store will decide they must pay in advance before even allowing them to shop, and at other times the food stores will just round them up, put them in vans, and dump them on the street in another part of town in front of a competitor.
That’s where a sick person files a major claim on an existing insurance policy, a policy that they have been paying premiums for for years. Maybe the condition is some kind of cancer or other condition that may require long-term treatment to assure recovery.
The standard insurance company policy is to comb through all the patient’s records to see if there is something they inadvertently forgot to admit to when they first got the policy, something like acne or a sprained ankle. The company then claims fraud, denies the claim and rescinds (or cancels) the policy.
The person who is responsible for discovering justification gets a bonus, and if they cancel enough policies over a year, they get a big raise. For killing people.
At an insurance company hearing this past Tuesday, insurance company executives declared that they would continue this policy, even if they were taking part in a reform plan intended to increase coverage.
Hello? Thanks for clearing up the confusion. We here were under the impression that public mandates or taxpayer spending meant that abuses would be curtailed or, like, go away. Now that we know that bad faith is the plan, we can make out plans, too.
Watch Sicko to understand about how the health insurance industry takes advantage of sick policyholders to reap obscene profits. And kill them. I’m uploading now.
The health insurance industry has come out in favor of a mandate for the uninsured to buy insurance. They’re willing to work with the Obama administration on this, bringing their expertise into the negotiations. They’re even willing to extend coverage to everyone, even those with pre-existing conditions.
Let me guess. They’re going to accept people with pre-existing conditions, but they will find a way to deny these costs. Or the co-pay and deductible will still make it impossible for sick people to get health care whenever they need it.
Thr uninsured and the uninsurables will be required to buy at least the minimum policy being offered, and with the insurance companies writing the law, it will be neither cheap nor generous.
If the pool includes all the poor people currently uninsured, plus all those who are currently uninsurable, that’s a huge chunk of cash. Another way to say it is that this will be a huge chunk of wealth, and the insurance companies are salivating at the idea of getting Washington to redistribute that wealth directly from the lowest income people, with no influence in Washington, to them.
This will be a hefty tax on the uninsured and the uninsurables, the ones who can least afford it.
Why are they willing to enter negotiations? They’ve heard the phrase “single-payer”, and they’re scared to death. That’s literally scared to death, as it will mean the end of the money machine pumping our health care dollars into the black hole of American health insurance.