• Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post Voters Are Tired of Obama’s Governing Approach

    2014-12-18 09:29:05View | Delete

    Tim Horton’s restaurants are proliferating across the country. And don’t even get me started on Alberta Clippers.

  • You beat me to it. I was going to write that putting “principles” and “Obama” in the same sentence was a usage error.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post There is No Preparing for Health Care Calvinball

    2014-12-11 17:05:16View | Delete

    I agree with you about TBogg. He routinely engaged in personal attacks against those who dared criticize people with a “D” after their name. My least favorite TBogg line: “Show me on the doll where Obama touched you.” I found him so offensive that I went on a months-long hiatus until he decided to take his act elsewhere.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post There is No Preparing for Health Care Calvinball

    2014-12-11 15:22:21View | Delete

    If you listen to the pep squad at Daily Kos, they’ll tell you that (a) Hillary the Inevitable will sweep to victory and carry downballot candidates to victory in her wake; and (b) in the longer term, a demographic wave will flush the Republicans out of power from sea to shining sea.

    I’d like some of the powerful hallucinogens they’re using.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post There is No Preparing for Health Care Calvinball

    2014-12-11 15:02:04View | Delete

    I agree with you, and in fact believe that Rube Goldberg is a net minus because it entrenches the insurance industry and price-gouging by providers. I use “accomplishment” in the context of the mainstream press: Obama signed a major piece of legislation that had been debated for months. Take Rube off the president’s resume and he’s left with Lilly Ledbetter.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post There is No Preparing for Health Care Calvinball

    2014-12-11 14:37:59View | Delete

    Everything about the Rube Goldberg Health Insurance “Reform” Act is toxic. It perpetuates the worst aspects of our country’s inefficient and unfair health-care system. It makes real health-care reform all the more difficult to achieve. It provided the party mandarins with an excuse for doing nothing about war criminals and profiteers and criminal activity on Wall Street. It destroyed what little goodwill the Democrats had, and provided the Republican Party with an express-lane ticket back to power on Capitol Hill.

    Republican moles couldn’t have done a better job of sabotaging Obama and the Democrats than they did to themselves.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post There is No Preparing for Health Care Calvinball

    2014-12-11 14:34:52View | Delete

    If the ACA dies, Barack Obama will have the dubious distinction of being the only U.S. president to have served two terms and accomplished nothing. In which case, he ought to turn his presidential museum into a beer-pong venue and serve his homebrewed beer to visitors. I’ve always wanted a pint glass with the presidential seal.

  • Rube Goldberg did jack diddly-poo to control health-care costs. The Neville Chamberlain Democrats gave that issue away to the hospitals and pharma companies even before debate began on the bill.

  • The Rube Goldberg Health Insurance “Reform” Act has been about as beneficial to the Democrats as the Fugitive Slave Act.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Obama is the last Democrat elected president. Ever.

  • Last night, Mrs. Tiger got on HealthKludge. com and tried to sign us up for 2015 coverage. (We bought our current plan on HK last year, and some of you might know the ugly details of that story.)

    HK asked a number of absurd questions (e.g., “Were you or Mr. Tiger incarcerated this year”?). Then it demanded that we provide documentation of our anticipated 2015 income, which is pretty much impossible unless you have a Magic 8-Ball that works. What makes this even more annoying is that a large part of our income is my Social Security, and we submitted a copy of my award letter last year. What happened, did the HealthKludge dog eat it?

    As I said a year ago, HealthKludge epitomizes the entire Rube Gold Health Insurance “Reform” Act: it’s overly complicated, was designed by technocrats with no regard for actual people, is not transparent, and worst of all, provides an insurance card but does not guarantee actual care.

    Everyone responsible for this awful law deserves to burn in political Hell.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post No, the ACA Hasn’t Ended Medical Bankruptcy

    2014-11-26 10:05:09View | Delete

    I think Hillary the Inevitable won’t win the general election because she’s a terrible candidate who hasn’t learned anything from her 2008 defeat. That said, I think she will complete the job her husband started–namely, destroying the Democratic Party.

    Another prediction: every time she gets asked about health care, she will,pretend not to hear.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post No, the ACA Hasn’t Ended Medical Bankruptcy

    2014-11-26 09:58:28View | Delete

    Speaking of ACA apologists, Joan McCarter of Daily Kos wrote today that the Democrats got clobbered in 2010 not because of the ACA but because Obama was black. Evidently voters didn’t figure out in 2008 that he was black and suffered a nasty case of buyer’s remorse.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post Questions from Ferguson

    2014-11-25 12:25:14View | Delete

    McCullough’s performance last night was one of the most mendacious and condescending I’ve ever seen.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post Waiting for the Decision

    2014-11-24 18:36:41View | Delete

    9 whites, 3 African Americans.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post Waiting for the Decision

    2014-11-24 18:33:48View | Delete

    The prosecutor sounds like he’s delivering the final argument on behalf of Darren Wilson in the civil action by the Brown family.

    Was there any doubt that the grand jury would decline to indict?

  • Back in the days when I watched MSNBC, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse told the story of a constituent whose young child died of cancer. She faced huge bills for his care, was endlessly harassed by bill collectors (even when she was in the emergency room with her child), and eventually filed for bankruptcy. She was put on a payment plan and told to meet with a counselor who, incredibly, asked her, “What did you learn from this experience?” The woman should have answered, “You should move to a more civilized country that treats health care as a right of citizenship.”

  • “Savvier shoppers”, indeed. Fact is, no matter how savvy you are, some of the vital information you need before choosing a health plan is hard to find–and by design.

    Last year, Mrs. Tiger and I had to shop for a new plan on the exchange. One of the important considerations was what providers were in the plan’s network. That information wasn’t available on the exchange, and when Mrs. Tiger called the insurance company, it was like pulling teeth to get the friendly lady to tell her.

    It gets worse. Even if a provider is in-network when you sign up, he, she or it might drop out of the network–without notifying you, of course. On the other hand, you don’t have the option of switching plans every time the network changes.

    And it gets worse still. Even if you choose an in-network provider*, you still might get whacked with a huge bill because someone involved in your care is out-of-network.

    * You can choose a provider if you arrange for care in advance, but this option is not available if you’ve been in a traffic crash out of state and the ambulance carts you off to Bugtussle Community Hospital.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the diary post Sunday Talking Heads: November 23, 2014 by Elliott.

    2014-11-23 06:33:58View | Delete

    Carson is Alan Keyes in a white lab coat and a pair of surgical gloves.

    And can someone explain the reason for current plague of far-right doctors in the ranks of the Republican Party?

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the diary post Pull Up a Chair: Thanksgiving Celebration 2014 by eCAHNomics.

    2014-11-22 12:28:20View | Delete

    The parade dates back to 1924, when its sponsor was the J.L. Hudson department store (it was, presumably, a kickoff for the Christmas shopping season). Instead of flying balloons, it feature dozens of people wearing giant heads with the cariactures of Detroiters present and past. It takes place in the morning, before the Lions game [...]

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the diary post Pull Up a Chair: Thanksgiving Celebration 2014 by eCAHNomics.

    2014-11-22 11:49:29View | Delete

    Most of the time, Mrs. Tiger and I have spent Thanksgiving by ourselves, and sometimes in offbeat locations with equally offbeat foods: gnocchi in Rome (a Thursday tradition), pizza at an Italian restaurant in Nice, where everyone–including the staff–was a jolly drunk; Cancun (we passed on the hotel’s American-style dinner); and Hawaii (grilled local fish [...]

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