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  • thurbers commented on the blog post More on Private Insurance Whac-A-Mole

    2014-09-17 19:24:30View | Delete

    This is where the medical loss ratio gets even more important.

    Base Health Insurance Plan minimum required by the Swiss government – Must be offered by every Insurance company, must be non-profit, Medical Loss ratio approximately 6%.

    Head of United Health would NOT be paying for the private jet if they had a very rigid basic health plan, legally were not allowed to profit and were held to even 7% administrative costs. (Oh, and had to justify every friggin’ cent of a premium increase not just to one regulator but to two. And if we did that for every type of plan, well he would be getting used to coach.

  • thurbers commented on the blog post More on Private Insurance Whac-A-Mole

    2014-09-17 18:32:30View | Delete

    Or this.

    Although I’m pretty sure some enterprising sociopaths running Insurance companies will try to find a way. Oh, we’re not offering health insurance, we’re offering upgrades!

  • thurbers commented on the blog post More on Private Insurance Whac-A-Mole

    2014-09-17 17:14:34View | Delete

    I can solve this pretty damn easy. All generic drugs are covered with NO co-pay regardless of what they are. PERIOD.

    But c’mon there are more representatives of Insurance companies and big Pharma in HHS then there are people there interested in making sure Americans have health care. If you didn’t know that, you weren’t paying attention when they put all those administrative costs as MEDICAL care. As if the 20% they got for administrative costs wasn’t already beyond generous and into the corrupt category. It is nice of you to notice that the US dropped one of the two things that makes the Swiss system this atrocity is based on work – a strong regulatory system that is not and cannot be gamed by the private interests. You know one interested in making sure that the Swiss aren’t just paying premiums for diddly but get the health care that is their right.

  • thurbers commented on the blog post Speaking Truth to Glower

    2014-09-17 06:28:05View | Delete

    I do have to admit that my favorite moment on the new revamped View I caught this Monday. It was Nicole Wallace looking at Rosie O’Donnell like “you’re making a joke – Right!?!?!”. This as she answered O’Donnell’s question of whether Clinton was running with “Yes, she’s running. Of course.” I was sad she didn’t include the are you stupid “What the hell is she doing in Iowa if she isn’t running” followup.

  • thurbers commented on the blog post Speaking Truth to Glower

    2014-09-17 06:23:05View | Delete

    I think the recent actions in Gaza got traction. It was SO over the top, so obviously about punishing millions of civilians for the actions of a few that really endangered NO ONE in Israel that people began to get that Israel was THE problem. I doubt the other punishment of taking over more land they weren’t legally allowed to have in the West Bank, land with the olive trees that the areas’ Palestinians harvest no less made much headway.

  • thurbers commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-15 06:39:51View | Delete

    Feel better.

  • thurbers commented on the diary post Saturday Art and Archaeology; Maya Glyphs, Symbol Writings by Ruth Calvo.

    2014-09-13 14:49:07View | Delete

    amazing how often the Priests (of almost all religions) would rather burn something then study it.

  • thurbers commented on the blog post Opinion of Obamacare Drops Among Middle Income Families

    2014-09-13 04:41:51View | Delete

    Full single payer would be fantastic.

    But I have to tell you that your list of what Medicare involves sounds like heaven for me. I have several years before I am eligible for Medicare. According to everything I could find my almost four hundred a month premium would have gotten me a plan with a deductible would have between four and six thousand, I would then have been responsible for twenty per cent of everything after that. And not only was my doctor not on any of the networks, neither was the hospital system they work for – which until about two months ago was the hospital closest to me in case of emergency.

    No expanding current Medicare would not be perfect, but it was a far more realistic START of health care reform then forcing Americans to buy insurance from companies determined to make sure you get NO health care for your premiums AND allowing them more access to the rule and regulation part of the law then people actually interested in citizens getting the health care that is their right.

  • thurbers commented on the blog post Opinion of Obamacare Drops Among Middle Income Families

    2014-09-12 15:47:09View | Delete

    Dear God can we get past the political game playing and just admit that the Democrats screwed up royally passing this atrocity. And that the best option they have is to actually run on real health care reform by saying we’ve tried the DoleCare/RomneyCare plan and it is now time for this to stop being about the ‘market’ and protecting insurance companies is time to be about health care. Medicare for all.

    Oh, wait, that would be too liberal and based on reality, not on the stuffed heads on sticks that Obama and Rahm and the Democratic establishment told us were ponies and unicorns.

  • Well you know those votes come back to bite you in the ass later if the people realize they have been led down the garden path and spent a lot of money for nothing. Not to mention lives lost, or broken – sometimes beyond repair.

    I’m pretty damn sure that the Democratic Congress learned its lesson on that one in 2008. Now if only the people had an attention span longer then a gnats they might have learned it too and recognized this for the crap it is. And then they could be telling their representatives that not only must they vote, they must shut this down before it happens. But no, it will take five or six years before that happens.

  • thurbers commented on the blog post A Surprisingly Weak Primary Victory for Andrew Cuomo

    2014-09-10 12:00:51View | Delete

    I’ll take any of the above, Green/Tax Wall Street Party/Write-in. Just don’t go “I can’t let a Republican win” and wuss out.

  • thurbers commented on the blog post A Surprisingly Weak Primary Victory for Andrew Cuomo

    2014-09-10 10:48:18View | Delete

    Can’t speak for anyone else, but she got my vote because I very much wanted to fuck with Cuomo. Did I expect her to win – no. But considering I had barely heard about Randy Credico and I actually follow this stuff, I knew he not only didn’t have a chance to win, he didn’t have a chance to screw a DLC darling.
    I don’t know about upstate, but I’ve seen Teachout/Wu volunteers handing out literature in three different boroughs over the last month. I got robocalled for her. I can’t say any of that for Credico.

    Would I prefer a lefty I knew and trusted? Yes. Will I take a protest vote from the left that makes it clear that there are a whole lot of Democrats NOT happy with our current Republicans in all but name Democrats? You bet.

    Now if only most of those who voted for Teachout and Wu actually write in someone else and don’t bother with giving Cuomo the LOTE vote in November, I’ll actually consider this a massive victory – no matter how not really lefty she is.

  • I don’t know if any of this will help, but this is what I could find out:

    http://www.zdnet.com/how-to-watch-the-nfl-on-the-internet-7000033379/

  • I thought it might be snark, but I also know a few people who do feel the battle of the machines one controlled by the MIC has broken the show. And If this was any network but CBS, I’d say you might be right about the writers ignoring the network’s notes regarding this rich environment. [...]

  • I had Apple TV in its original incarnation, and a PS3. I also have an internet cable blu-ray player. I have played with a friend’s Kindle Fire TV. Roku all the way. It is not as comprehensive as Playon, since that lets you use your tv as a browser and access the individual web sites. [...]

  • Aw, but I think of it as two sides of the whole. Who decides what to do with the ‘information’ provided by the competing machines and the result brings it back to the private lives impacted stories. For instance if I were deciding where to send the drones, the private lives impacted would be very [...]

  • thurbers commented on the diary post Sunday Food: Mayonnaise by Ruth Calvo.

    2014-09-07 09:30:33View | Delete

    And you need an expanded tasting panel for this. (me, me, me).

    BTW don’t forget the need to try the no meat version with spinach as well!

  • thurbers commented on the diary post Sunday Food: Mayonnaise by Ruth Calvo.

    2014-09-07 07:35:02View | Delete

    I can understand that. Ketchup is just not my thing, but add a distinctive flavor to a traditional condiment and it can be magic.

    A little chipolte flavored ‘mayo’ can really spice up a sandwich. And I sincerely believe you need a horseradish flavored one with roast beef.

  • thurbers commented on the diary post Sunday Food: Mayonnaise by Ruth Calvo.

    2014-09-07 07:03:00View | Delete

    I think that mayo works better on sandwiches with milder flavor and as a means for carmelize the outside of grilled cheese. Turkey, BLT, and yes burgers. Mustard needs something to tangle with.

    Although with the flavored aioli movement, the same can now be said of mayo. ;-)

  • I do. And I agree that it is top notch. I will disagree with you slightly. I’m going to be the MIC contractor is going to end up being even more subversive then it looks at first. I especially like the fact that: Spoilers for those that have not seen season three ahead They set [...]

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