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  • Sarah B. commented on the blog post Dear New Yorkers, Did a Doctor Recently Vomit on You?

    2014-10-24 21:18:18View | Delete

    i thought Jon is a male.

    Try mole.

  • Marc Andreessen Calls Snowden Traitor, Doesn’t Want Democracy

    I had to stop at first to remind myself of who Marc Andreessen was before associating him with the founding of Mosaic and Netscape, but it sounds like he and Barack Obama are on the same page and of one mind with regard to Edward Snowden.

    Andreessen calls Snowden a “traitor” who doesn’t want democracy, and Barack Obama wants Snowden tried under the Espionage Act of 1917, which is a de facto assault on democracy and should have been abolished long before now.

    Marc Andreessen and Barack Obama — a distinction without a difference.

    Mediocre minds think alike.

  • Ah, epigenetic transformation, so that explains it.

    The exclusion of dental and vision under Obamacare — with the exception of an annual ophthalmology exam, while the refraction and eyeglasses are all out-of-pocket — was always grounded in pseudoscience. Brilliant!

    The same goes for the exclusion of coverage for hearing loss. Obamacare will cover a visit to an adioologist for diagnosis, but not treatment. People must pay for hearing aids — the good ones cost approximately $2,000 per ear — via out-of-pocket expenses that must be borne by the policy holder.

    You can see the genius of the rationale — if teeth and eyes are no longer a part of the human body — it only follows that ears (and hearing) are extraneous luxuries as well. One can only guess what physical appendages will be excluded next in the coming years.

    Bending the cost curve — one casualty at a time!

  • Purpose of Iraq/IS/Syria/Libya/Somalia/Sudan/Egypt/Israel Wars = 40% increase in value plus ? increase in annual dividend = mo money in my Cayman Islands bank account. WINNING!

    ZAP! — You nailed it.

    The answer is forever found at the NYSE (myriad defense contractors) and on the FX exchanges (petrodollars) and in the commodities markets — energy, agricultural, and metals — and it’s always shorthand for U.S. global hegemony.

    Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.

    Now, pivot, bitches!

  • Sarah B. commented on the blog post Dear New Yorkers, Did a Doctor Recently Vomit on You?

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    Dear New Yorkers, Did a Doctor Recently Vomit on You?

    Clever question — by the same token:

    Did an Ebola patient in Guinea recently vomit on Dr. Craig Spencer, or bleed on him, or spit on him, or fling poo at him?

    If the answer to that question is no, then did Dr. Spencer have any reason to fear that he would contract Ebola?

    Dr. Craig Spencer had just returned to New York from Guinea — one of three West African countries currently in the throes of the most severe and widespread outbreak of the Ebola virus to date — where he had been working with Ebola patients as a volunteer for Médecins Sans Frontières.

    The doctors and nurses working for MSF are both well-equipped with the proper protective gear and extremely well-trained in safety protocols for dealing with Ebola patients based on decades of experience in Africa treating this and other viral hemorrhagic diseases, and, presumably, they are well-versed in how to protect themselves and their colleagues from contracting the infection.

    The more relevant question is: How did Dr. Spencer, well-equipped and well-trained by MSF – contract Ebola in Guinea? What was the method of transmission? Was there a breakdown in protocol in Guinea? If so, where did the breakdown in the safety procedures occur?

    New York and New Jersey Tighten Ebola Screenings at Airports
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/25/nyregion/new-york-ebola-case-craig-spencer.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=LedeSumLargeMedia&module=a-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

    Médecins Sans Frontières, said that Dr. Spencer followed all of its protocols, including closely monitoring his health and immediately reporting any symptoms. He stayed within four hours of a hospital with an isolation facility and took his temperature twice daily.

    “The circumstances under which the staff member contracted Ebola have not yet been determined,” the group said in a statement. “A thorough investigation is underway.”

    The plan to tighten Ebola screening at airports is biparatisan — Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) and Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) are in complete agreement and plan to cooperate on the new guidelines.

    PS — That vomitous pumpkin in the picture seems to be vomiting snark. Cute.

  • Sarah B. commented on the blog post GA Sen: Democrat Michelle Nunn Has Narrow Lead

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    GA Sen: Democrat Michelle Nunn Has Narrow Lead

    A very narrow lead — narrower than this CNN/ORC poll suggests, to wit:

    Georgia Senate – Perdue vs. Nunn
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2014/senate/ga/georgia_senate_perdue_vs_nunn-4040.html

    In the RealClearPolitics aggregate of five polls — including the referenced CNN/ORC poll showing Nunn up +3 points — Michelle Nnnn is only up +1 point.

    RCP Average — Dates: 10/7 – 10/23 — Nunn (D) 45.7 — Perdue (R) 44.7 — Spread +1.0

    If that tiny whisker of a lead makes the tail-wagging, leg-humping, Blue Dog Democrats happy, then they should pop the champagne corks now by all means — why wait?

    Also, too: Dynasty!

    Michelle Nunn (D-GA) — Father, former Senator Sam Nunn (D-GA)

    David Perdue (R-GA) — Cousin, Sonny Perdue (R-GA) former Governor of Georga

    Because meritocracy.

  • Sarah B. commented on the blog post Republicans Welcome Ebola (Satire)

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    Update — The video at The Daily Mail website no longer seems to be working at this time — but the still photos are more than sufficient to get the point.

    The street corner in question is located at Broadway and 147th Street in NYC, directly across from the Nadal 2 Deli.

  • Sarah B. commented on the blog post Republicans Welcome Ebola (Satire)

    2014-10-24 13:41:49View | Delete

    Long time no see, robertg — great to see you back.

    Trust your own critical thinking skills and your ability to recognize good satire when you see it — this effort is neither funny nor good satire.

    You are also correct that the arrival of Ebola cases in the United States — and the way in which the issue is being perceived by the public — is indeed the fault of bungling by the Obama administration and the Centers for Disease Control, whose protocols for screening people coming into the U.S. from West Africa, specifically, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, were clearly inadequate, as were the protocols for medical personnel treating Ebola patients in U.S. hospitals.

    The lax protocols by the CDC resulted in two highly-educated and skilled medical professionals — Nina Pham, R.N. and Amber Vinson, R.N. — becoming infected with the virus as part of the medical team caring for the late Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States.

    The need for “damage control” was so great that Obama was pressured to appoint an Ebola Czar, and he chose long-time Democratic Party political hack Ron Klain to spin the message. Brilliant! — some might even call it satire.

    Fortunately, the two nurses are reported to be Ebola free and will now continue their recovery as they return to private life. But now we have another case just reported in NYC, involving a doctor who was working for Médecins Sans Frontières treating Ebola patients in Guinea.

    Protocols? If this catastrophic breach of protocols by the NYPD were not so shocking and tragic, it might pass for satire, or black humor at the very least, to wit:

    New York City cops leave Ebola doctor’s apartment and dump their gloves and masks in a TRASH CAN
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2805930/Should-Officers-marking-Ebola-patient-s-NYC-apartment-toss-gloves-masks-caution-tape-PUBLIC-trash-city-sidewalk-leave.html

    Worst of all — the trash can is on a public street corner near Dr. Craig Spencer’s apartment in Harlem — and the pictures and video are worth a thousand words.

    Trust your judgment, rogertg, and believe your own lying eyes.

  • Sarah B. commented on the blog post Voters Like Democrats But Think They Are Incompetent

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    Update — Obama’s approval numbers are worse today:

    President Obama Job Approval
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_obama_job_approval-1044.html

    Obama’s approval numbers: Today

    Approve: 41.1% — Disapprove: 54.2% — Spread: -13.1

    Obama’s approval numbers: Yesterday

    Approve: 41.2% — Disapprove: 54.1% — Spread: -12.9

    “Voters Like Democrats But Think They Are Incompetent”

    What great critical thinking skills — voters, in essence, “like” the Incompetent Party — brilliant!

    Hence, the more that Obama is perceived to be incompetent by the voters, the more his approval numbers should improve exponentially. That is good news!

  • Sarah B. commented on the blog post Voters Like Democrats But Think They Are Incompetent

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    I suppose it reinforces the old idea that if you life big enough and often enough people will believe it.

    How very true, to wit:

    December 12, 2014

    PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year 2013:
    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2013/dec/12/lie-year-if-you-like-your-health-care-plan-keep-it/

    Barack Obama: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.”

    Obama: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan”
    http://www.politifact.com/obama-like-health-care-keep/

    Here are the 37 instances we could find in which President Barack Obama or a top administration official said something close to, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” referring to health insurance changes under the Affordable Care Act.

    November 6, 2014

    Barack Obama says that what he’d said was you could keep your plan “if it hasn’t changed since the law passed”
    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2013/nov/06/barack-obama/barack-obama-says-what-hed-said-was-you-could-keep/

    PolitiFact gave Obama its highest “Pants on Fire!” rating for that lie.

    Glenn Kessler, The Fact Checker, at the WaPo:

    October 30, 2013

    Obama’s pledge that “no one will take away” your health plan
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2013/10/30/obamas-pledge-that-no-one-will-take-away-your-health-plan/

    That means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”

    The Fact Checker gave Obama Four Pinocchios for that lie — the highest rating available.

    Obama doesn’t need the GOPers to “smear him” — he has done a smashing job of smearing himself with his multiple and serial lies and for betraying his promises to the voters who put him in office.

    No one has thrown more spaghetti at the wall hoping it will stick than Barack Obama over the past six years — and the spaghetti just just won’t stick — because the big lies repeated so often by this consummate liar have betrayed the public trust.

    After six years in the Oval Office, the public has gotten Obama’s number, at long last, and people are finished with him and his outright lies and willful deceptions. Moreover, his low approval ratings offer demonstrable evidence of the public’s disgust:

    President Obama Job Approval
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_obama_job_approval-1044.html

    Approve: 41.2% — Disapprove: 54.1% — Spread: -12.9

    PS — Obama’s approval numbers are significantly worse on The Economy and Foreign Policy in the RealClearPolitics aggregate of polls.

  • Thank you so much for sharing your grim experience with the paucity of dental care in this country. But, if it’s any consolation, however small, you are in very good (and very ample) company.

    The decision by Obama and the Democrats to exclude dental coverage from Obamacare was cynical and stupid in the extreme given the fact that an abscessed tooth coupled with a severe infection can migrate through the bloodstream to the heart and/or the brain with potentially lethal consequences.

    It is not uncommon to see such patients presenting in the ER in terrible pain and running a fever and in need of diagnosis and treatment, when regular dental hygiene and timely dental procedures could have prevented the problem form escalating into a full-blown emergency in the first place.

    Perhaps, Obama and the Democrats should have consulted with qualified medical and dental and periodontal professionals instead of political hacks like Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel (brother or Rahm) and charlatan “medical economist” Jonathan Gruber of M.I.T., and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable and the CEOs of AHIP, and PhRMA and the private for-profit health insurance corporations.

    Clearly, affordable and accessible patient care and investment in public health were never the principal objectives of Obamacare — maximizing profits for the medical industrial complex was the overriding consideration from the onset, from the fake debates in the House and Senate and in the media to the moment when, by the stroke of Obama’s pen, his signature legislation become law.

    What I find hilarious is the way in which Obama and the Democrats keep pretending to be incredulous that voters are turning away from them in droves. On some level they know or suspect the reason, but it must be more comfortable to remain in denial.

    Best.

  • What’s triple-digit unemployment? Is he saying they have 100% unemployment?

    Actually, I wondered about that triple-digit unemployment remark, too, and I’m not sure if it was a rhetorical flourish, or if Tavis Smiley just misspoke.

    But, as sapphirebulletsofpurelove noted, among some sectors of the black and brown communities in this country — in poor and underserved urban and rural areas alike — the unemployment number is close to 100%, and it is generational as well.

    Whatever the case, Smiley’s point is clear: If you’re black or brown, there is not a good reason to vote for Democrats in 2014, other than helping to save the Democrats’ hide.

    Here is Edward Luce, of the Financial Times, making the same point:

    October 12, 2014

    The riddle of black America’s rising woes under Obama
    http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/5455efbe-4fa4-11e4-a0a4-00144feab7de.html#axzz3Gzghavgf

    Those who have fared worst under this president are the ones who love him the most:

    A paradox haunts America’s first black president. African-American wealth has fallen further under Barack Obama than under any president since the Depression. Yet they are the only group that still gives him high ratings.So meagre is Mr Obama’s national approval rating that embattled Democrats have made him unwelcome in states that twice swept him to power. Those who have fared worst under Mr Obama are the ones who love him the most. You would be hard-pressed to find a better example of perception-driven politics. As the Reverend Kevin Johnson asked in 2013: “Why are we so loyal to a president who isn’t loyal to us?” (Emphasis added)

    The data are demonstrably clear — African-Americans have fared worse under Barack Obama than under Clinton and Bush combined; indeed, worse than under any president since the Depression!

    PS — The Financial Times is not exactly a liberal/progressive venue by any stretch of the imagination, yet Edward Luce still manages to echo the sentiments of self-professed liberal/progressive Tavis Smiley. Go figure.

  • I have a dental appointment tonight-getting a crown. I have no idea what I’ll be paying. No idea at all.

    Many employer-provided health insurance plans offer dental coverage as part of the package; consequently, you can consider yourself among the fortunate few if you enjoy such a benefit.

    Obamacare, of course, eliminates any confusion regarding dental bills and out-of-pocket expenses borne by the patient by simply not offering dental coverage. Period. All dental visits and attendant costs are out-of-pocket!

    No dental coverage — no confusion — problem solved!

  • Sarah B. commented on the blog post For Conservatives It Is all About Fox News

    2014-10-22 21:58:36View | Delete

    Great comment, fredcdobbs.

    In many ways the concern-trolling centrists — CNN, NPR, PBS, and I would add the BBC and Bloomberg News to that mix — are the most pernicious in their seamless perpetuation of neoliberalism (because free markets!) and the neocon Washington, European Union, Israeli, and NATO consensus writ large.

    It is much easier to dismiss the ideologues and partisan toadies and sycophants on Fox News and MSNBC, because they are just too obvious. The others are a wee bit more subtle and require more conscious resistance. Always keep the remote locked and loaded and ready to change the channel or simply turn off the TV or radio all together for a quick escape to restore your equilibrium.

    Obama loves the status quo — the centrist corporate media allow him to exert an amazing degree of control over the message and the narrative and the optics without being questioned or challenged by the assortment of hosts and their guests among the referenced venues.

    Certainly, with few exceptions, the corporate print media are no different and follow the same patterns of maximum accommodation of power.

    Remain skeptical and vigilant, because doing so will always serve you well.

  • I wonder if Congressman Grayson would agree that, for the 40 million completely uninsured and the many additional millions of functionally uninsured like Wandrich, the Democratic plan is, “If you get sick, die, and die quickly.”

    Ah, yes, Grandstanding Grayson — aka Grayson the Glib — and not long after he made those legendary remarks on the House floor, he lined up with the rest of the Democratic Party lemmings and one Fake-Socialist Independent from Vermont and voted Yea! on Obamacare.

    Grayson then made the rounds of the liberal/progressive radio and television shows to repeat robotically that he voted for Obamacare “because it saves money and it saves lives” — and, of course, Obamacare saves neither money nor lives.

    That was the moment when the Democrats — and one Fake-Socialist Independent from Vermont — became irretrievably sick and, for all intents and purposes, died…and died quickly!

    I hope the Democrats go down in flames this November — they deserve nothing less — and with regard to Obamacare, I’m still rooting for failure.

    I now refer to Medicaid for those over age 55 as the “real death tax” to paraphrase the word fuckery of evil genius Frank Luntz, who coined the term “death tax” initially to fool most of the people most of the time into believing that taxing the estates of the top 0.1% would be a travesty to small business owners and family farmers, despite the fact that the vast majority them would never have estates large enough to be subject to the estate tax by any stretch of the imagination in a month of Sundays.

    Consequently, the Democrats now have their own version of the “death tax ” — Medicare for those age 55 and over — only the Democrats’ version is real, whereas the Frank Luntz edition was always a cynical (but diabolically clever) fabrication.

  • But if I should get cancer or something big, I pay $3600 and insurance pays the rest.

    Don’t count on it — the part in which your insurance pays the rest.

    Best of luck.

  • New Poll Gives Republicans Eight Point Lead in Generic Ballot Due to Low Democratic Turnout

    With good reason.

    Here is what Tavis Smiley, African-American author, NPR and PBS host, and commentator, had to say about the matter last Sunday on “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos:

    Transcript
    http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/week-transcript-ebola-america/story?id=26274550&singlePage=true

    SMILEY: That’s a good point. And I think that issue would probably play better. And a lot of the reasons it might not be the top of the agenda is that Democrats respectfully know that they haven’t even done everything they could have done on this issue. (Emphasis added)

    The slogan that it could have been worse is not a winning slogan. And I think the economy is certainly better now that we expected it would have been a couple years ago. I think the president gets some credit for helping put what policies that have turned this economy around slowly. (Emphasis added)

    Having said that, there’s been no real fight even by Democrats for increasing the minimum wage to a living wage in this country. That measure can only go so far if you don’t have the record to back that up. (Emphasis added)
    [...]
    SMILEY: — exactly, that the black vote is what the Democratic Party is relying upon now to save the Senate. News flash: if you’re relying on the black vote, in a midterm election — and I’m not suggesting that black voters don’t care about this — but if you’re relying on that vote, then I think it’s uninspired because we have double- and triple-digit unemployment in the African American community. (Emphasis added)

    And again, if the message is something other than employment and what we’re going to do for you, then what’s the reason to go vote? (Emphasis added)
    [...]
    SMILEY: But if you’re black or brown, let’s be frank about this. If you’re black or brown, other than helping to save the Democrats’ hide, give me three good reasons and you turn out the vote this time. (Emphasis added)

    Now I’ll catch hell for saying that –
    [...]
    SMILEY: No, I am not suggesting — I’m not suggesting that people ought to stay home and sit on their hands. What I’m suggesting is that neither party has focused clearly enough on the issues of black and brown voters to inspire them and motivate them to turn out in 2014. And we may see the same thing in 2016. (Emphasis added)

    Ouch. Just ouch!

  • Vast Majority of Americans Have No Idea How Health Insurance Actually Works

    There should be no reason for the “vast majority of Americans” — or a vast minority of Americans — to possess particular knowledge of how health insurance actually works. Moreover, what difference would it make if they did possess such knowledge and awareness?

    If people can’t afford the fucking premiums — and if they can’t afford the massively unaffordable deductibles — a person can have a Ph.D. in health insurance and still not be able to use the policy for which they are paying premiums, which, in turn, places significant monetary constraints on that person’s ability to access to medical care, to wit:

    By Abby Goodnough and Robert Pear — October 17, 2014

    Unable to Meet the Deductible or the Doctor
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/18/us/unable-to-meet-the-deductible-or-the-doctor.html?action=click&contentCollection=U.S.&region=Footer&module=MoreInSection&pgtype=article

    Patricia Wanderlich got insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, and with good reason: She suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2011, spending weeks in a hospital intensive care unit, and has a second, smaller aneurysm that needs monitoring.

    But her new plan has a $6,000 annual deductible, meaning that Ms. Wanderlich, who works part time at a landscaping company outside Chicago, has to pay for most of her medical services up to that amount. She is skipping this year’s brain scan and hoping for the best. (Emphasis added)

    “To spend thousands of dollars just making sure it hasn’t grown?” said Ms. Wanderlich, 61. “I don’t have that money.” (Emphasis added)

    It gets worse:

    About 7.3 million Americans are enrolled in private coverage through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, and more than 80 percent qualified for federal subsidies to help with the cost of their monthly premiums. But many are still on the hook for deductibles that can top $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for families — the trade-off, insurers say, for keeping premiums for the marketplace plans relatively low. The result is that some people — no firm data exists on how many — say they hesitate to use their new insurance because of the high out-of-pocket costs. (Emphasis added)

    Insurers must cover certain preventive services, like immunizations, cholesterol checks and screening for breast and colon cancer, at no cost to the consumer if the provider is in their network. But for other services and items, like prescription drugs, marketplace customers often have to meet their deductible before insurance starts to help. (Emphasis added)

    While high-deductible plans cover most of the costs of severe illnesses and lengthy hospital stays, protecting against catastrophic debt, those plans may compel people to forgo routine care that could prevent bigger, longer-term health issues, according to experts and research. (Emphasis added)

    “They will cause some people to not get care they should get,” Katherine Hempstead, who directs research on health insurance coverage at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, said of high-deductible marketplace plans. “Unfortunately, the people who are attracted to the lower premiums tend to be the ones who are going to have the most trouble coming up with all the cost-sharing if in fact they want to use their health insurance.” (Emphasis added)

    Deductibles for the most popular health plans sold through the new marketplaces are higher than those commonly found in employer-sponsored health plans, according to Margaret A. Nowak, the research director of Breakaway Policy Strategies, a health care consulting company. A survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the average deductible for individual coverage in employer-sponsored plans was $1,217 this year. (Emphasis added)

    In comparison, the average deductible for a bronze plan on the exchange — the least expensive coverage — was $5,081 for an individual and $10,386 for a family, according to HealthPocket, a consulting firm. Silver plans, which were the most popular option this year, had average deductibles of $2,907 for an individual and $6,078 for a family. (Emphasis added)

    There is a good reason that explains why people are “attracted” to plans with lower premiums — they look at their monthly expenses and realize that the lower premium is all they can afford and still provide for a roof over their heads, utilities, transportation, groceries, day care for families with children, and auto insurance if they own a car. That doesn’t even include credit cards and student loan debt, which are not uncommon financial burdens these days.

    Consequently, the higher-premium plans — while desirable even for those with vast knowledge and awareness of how health insurance actually works — are untenable because people can’t afford them.

    Plus, HealthCare.gov is not likely to increase health insurance enlightenment and awareness:

    The website for the federal insurance marketplace serving 36 states, HealthCare.gov, strongly encourages consumers to focus on premiums: When consumers search for a plan online, the results are ranked by premium price, with plans offering the lowest premiums listed first. (Emphasis added)

    If your gag-reflex can withstand the pressure, read the entire NYT piece. The anecdotal accounts by actual people with Obamacare policies are both heart-wrenching and infuriating in equal measure…because it didn’t have to be this way.

    More Obamacare bait-and-switch traps:

    People with low incomes may qualify for subsidies that reduce their deductibles, co-payments and other out-of-pocket costs.The assistance is available to people with incomes from 100 percent to 250 percent of the poverty level (from $23,550 to $58,875 for a family of four), but only if they choose a silver plan. (Emphasis added)

    Consumers also benefit from a provision of the Affordable Care Act that limits out-of-pocket costs, which include deductibles. The limit this year is $6,350 for an individual and $12,700 for a family plan. But in general, the limits apply only to care provided by doctors and hospitals in a plan’s network and do not cap charges for out-of-network care. (Emphasis added)

    Back to Ms. Wanderlich — the irony practically writes itself:

    Ms. Wanderlich, who had suffered the brain hemorrhage, was even avoiding preventive care until last month, when she had to get a prescription renewed and her doctor’s office required her to be seen first. Grudgingly, she went for an annual physical exam on Sept. 12. She was relieved to learn that she owed only $30 for the visit; the provider billed her insurer more than $1,200.

    When the next open enrollment period begins on Nov. 15, Ms. Wanderlich said, she will probably switch to a plan with a narrower network of doctors and a smaller deductible. It will probably mean losing her specialists, she said, but at this point she is resigned.

    “A $6,000 deductible — that’s just staggering,” she said. “I never thought I’d say this, but how many minutes until I get Medicare?” (Emphasis added)

    Ms. Wanderlich has Obamacare, but she is counting not the days, but the minutes, until she can, at long last, qualify for Medicare.

    Finally, this is the way in which “health insurance actually works” in real life:

    Health insurance is designed to fuck you hard and your family harder — coming and going and back again — until you can’t afford it anymore and reach critical mass and die.

    Also, too, Aetna, Cigna, United Health Group, Wellpoint, and Humana are all publicly-traded corporations with monopoly cartel status — immune from the anti-trust laws — listed on the NYSE. Since the passage Obamacare, health insurance stocks have been markedly bullish and then some.

  • Golf. That’s for presidents. Maybe they can form a bowling club.

    Don’t tell that to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) — he will be devastated and shocked to learn that golf is just for presidents — and if the GOPers take control of the Senate, I can see Obama inviting an assortment of the new leadership to the White House for drinks and then off to the links to formulate The Grand Bargain 2.0.

    The rest of us will be encouraged to “Lean In” and be ready to embrace Catfood.

  • Sarah B. commented on the blog post Ukraine Army Fired Cluster Bombs On Civilians

    2014-10-21 23:21:50View | Delete

    ZMOG! — If consummate spokesliar Mark Regev said it, then if must be true — and by “the world” he means, of course, the USG and NATO and the Neocons and Ziocons who love them.

    Lucky break for Regev of the Negev and the IDF, because no one — aside from Robert Fisk and his ilk — ever did point a finger at Israel. No one ever does. Gah!

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