Archive for: September, 2009

Bill O’Reilly and Ann Coulter Support Obama’s Olympic Trip

Sep 30 2009 Published by under Featured News

While the rest of Fox News is bashing President Obama for his trip to Denmark to lobby for Chicago to win the right to host the 2016 Olympics, Bill O’Reilly and Ann Coulter both said on O’Reilly’s FNC show that the trip is no big deal. O’Reilly said, “It is not a big deal. He can work on Air Force One coming and going and they got everything else.”

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

O’Reilly said, “If I were President Obama, I’d go too. I think the Olympics in Chicago would be a good thing. He is popular over in Europe, can’t hurt. Oprah’s over there. Just Oprah being there, I’d go.” Coulter added, “I must say this is not at the top of my list of concerns about Obama.” She then half heartedly went through the argument against Obama going.

Bill-O wrapped it up by saying, “It’s not a big deal, and he can work on Air Force One coming and going, and they got phones, and they got everything else.”Wow, how crazy have things gotten on the right when Ann Coulter and Bill O’Reilly are the voices of reason? The president will be on the ground in Denmark for 4 hours.

Obama’s trip to lobby on behalf of Chicago, if successful, will create jobs unlike the four days that George W. Bush spent in China watching the last summer Olympics. The right’s double standard when it comes to president’s being on the job is jaw dropping.

They frequently made the argument that George W. Bush’s vacations were working vacations, but when Obama takes a few hours to campaign for something that would be beneficial, they are outraged. This another example of Republicans latching on to anything to slam Obama with.

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To Lou Dobbs a Swine Flu Epidemic is the American Way

Sep 30 2009 Published by under Featured News

Glenn Beck’s mini-me Lou Dobbs has jumped on board with the right wing paranoia over swine flu vaccinations. Dobbs called it “detestable” that healthcare workers in New York City have been required to take the swine flu vaccine shot, because there is nothing more American than a flu epidemic being spread through our healthcare system.

Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:

Dobbs said, “We are also going to be dealing with the issue of should healthcare workers be forced to take a swine flu shot? My God, in New York that is exactly what is happening…I am wondering, ladies and gentlemen why we would sit there and allow our bureaucrats to demand that healthcare workers take a swine flu shot, rather than respect them for the great public service they provide, how about a little respect instead of taking away their rights?”

Dobbs later called vaccinations un-American, “This is so un-American that it’s just detestable, and I have to tell you I am absolutely with the healthcare workers throughout New York and the healthcare workers throughout the country. Instead of respect, they are being forced to choose between their job and an inoculation…This is still American folks and we damn well better hang on to it.”

For a quarter century the CDC has strongly recommended that healthcare workers get a flu shot. The problem has been that only 40% actually do. Many employers in the healthcare field are making the shots mandatory this year, because this flu season is expected to be especially difficult.

Just to correct Dobbs and his ilk, government bureaucrats aren’t the people advising making flu shots mandatory for healthcare workers. This advice is coming from infectious disease experts who are trying to prevent a possible flu epidemic. This movement to make flu shots mandatory for healthcare workers is nothing new. It has been going on for years.

The issue isn’t one of individual rights, but personal responsibility. Healthcare workers deal with people who are already weak and susceptible to the flu. Healthcare workers who don’t get vaccinated could spread the flu. One sick healthcare worker could infect dozens of patients in day. It is unbelievable the right wing is trying to earn political points by defying something as common sense as vaccinations.

To right wingers, flu epidemics are the American way. After all, what could possibly be more American than selfishness? The healthcare workers who oppose the vaccinations are being selfish. They are putting themselves ahead of the patients that they are supposed to be helping. If they don’t want to get the swine flu vaccination, then they need to find another line of work. Ditch digging might not pay as well, but it doesn’t require a flu shot.

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Fox News and the Destruction of American Political Discourse

Sep 30 2009 Published by under Featured News

Much of the American public has been turned off of political discourse. Certainly a great deal of it is simply because in our daily lives, we don’t have time to delve deeply into the issues at hand, but as the 2008 election showed beyond any doubt, they are also ‘tuning out’ because the discussion has become so strident, so insulting, ugly and vulgar, that the average person simply has no interest in becoming embroiled in such ugliness. They have, probably rightly, determined that both parties are acting in their craven self-interest, and the truth is of little or no concern.

I would say that personal experience suggests to me that the Democrats are more willing to be self-critical than Republicans, but that’s faint praise. Witness the Democratic uprising over Healthcare and the prosecution of those who tortured, Democrats are better known for being interested policy than simply toeing a company line, yet, they have aggrandized issues unnecessarily – such as the meaningless fight to expose George Bush’s flight status during the Vietnam War. While perhaps it was ‘of interest’ as a point of Bush’s lack of honesty, much/most of the public simply didn’t care enough to make an issue of it.

Now, however, a new and uglier side is emerging – or maybe the right word is re-emerging. As Patrick Kennedy noted last weekend, this speech is turning increasingly toward suggesting or even openly advocating for violence against those with whom the right-wing doesn’t agree.

Conspiracy theorists who think Obama is going to take away their guns, going to enact communism, isn’t lawfully President, wants to enact panels to kill people, are not only voicing their displeasure, but worse, they are openly advocating for drowning out any disagreement with ugly and abusive conduct which is wholly un-American and moreover, in some cases, threatening real violence. At a recent public forum in Virginia for a Republican Representative, a female commenter said that they (her political view/party), “either had to win at the ballot box, or they would start reaching for the bullet box.” I personally have been told that a commenter would prefer to stop mincing words with me and let the shooting start.

While nothing stops this quite so well as shedding the light of day on the ugly attitudes of such people, it seems increasingly that outlets like Fox News would prefer to sugar-coat this conduct (including ignoring the conduct of head cheerleader Glenn Beck) – and instead refer to this as simply ‘angry citizens’ protesting the President’s plans. Others claim these are simply a radical few.

I challenge both – protest is fine – protest is fair, but (as Kennedy points out) advocating the assassination of the President (as Limbaugh AND Beck have alluded to), advocating ‘Burying Obamacare with Kennedy” is something which can easily be misconstrued by those who, say, might shoot Family Planning Doctors, to instead seek to shoot politicians (like Obama).

It’s not protest at that point, it’s the same sort of ‘call to arms because we lost the argument’ that lead to the Civil War. As well, it’s hardly a tiny minority – 52% of Republicans are unsure or convinced that the President isn’t lawfully the President.

The echo-chamber of right wing politics is so insular that MANY legitimately believe we “others” (i.e. not ultra-conservatives) would truly abide killing our grandparents simply because it was economical – and they are ready to start killing people to prove they are right and serious.

We saw such cavalier attitudes about the treatment of people in Iraq, and we are now beginning to see the same here at home. I don’t think it’s a mistake, I think the extremists feel safe to come out of the closet, and the question is not only why, but what can be done to finally cause organizations like Fox News to finally expose these people as both ignorant, and dangerous?

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Glenn Beck Encourages His Listeners Not to Get Swine Flu Vaccinations

Sep 30 2009 Published by under Featured News

Glenn Beck unveiled his latest cause for paranoia and fear today, and it is the fact that some state and local governments are mandating that some workers get vaccinated for the swine flu. Beck claims that eventually the government is going to force everyone to get the shot, or be rounded up by the government. Beck is using fear to discourage his listeners from getting the shot.

Here is the audio from Media Matters:

Beck asked a round of callers if they were going to get the swine flu vaccine, and when they said no, he would ask, “If the government said you have to or you gotta get on this bus, or you are quarantined in your own home?”

Another caller named Kim believed that the shots cause more of a problem than the disease said, “We’ll take the quarantine and have a great time.” Beck asked what if they say get on the bus. Kim said, “Absolutely not, and I hate to say it with the way the government is, where’s that bus going?”

Beck asked his caller Dan, “If they are going to say mandatory vaccinations, then if you don’t do it there has to be a quarantine of some sort. You’re going to have stay in your house, or they’re going to have to say they are going to move you to another area where people aren’t quarantined.” Dan said that he doesn’t trust the government because of the clandestine nature of the Obama administration.

While trying to spread mistrust of the Obama administration, Glenn Beck is also spreading fear about the swine flu vaccine. His primary intention may not be to discourage people from getting shot, but this is exactly what he is doing. If Beck’s gullible listeners don’t get the vaccine and they get the flu, is this also Obama’s fault?

An even worse case scenario is what the children of these anti-vaccination listeners get the swine flu? Since we know that children and young people are more at risk for this flu, it would be especially irresponsible for kids not to be vaccinated. Essentially, Beck is trying to kill his listeners and viewers, by encouraging them not to get the shot.

In typical Beck fashion, he never actually said don’t get the vaccination. Instead he is frightening people away from the shot. He is encouraging an epidemic, so if this winter you find yourself in the waiting room of a doctor’s office, and there is somebody sitting near you who coughing while reading Beck’s new book, it won’t be difficult to connect the dots.

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Sarah Palin Makes Whining Profitable by Going Rogue

Sep 30 2009 Published by under Featured News, Republican Party

Palin’s ghost-written book, “Going Rogue; An American Life” is set to come out early, on Nov 17, in time for the holiday season! I hear it’s full of blame and accusations for her failures. In other words, a lot of whining. But we expected that.

I’m really impressed that she has now managed to complete, albeit with the help of 4 writers and who knows how many editors, one speech and one book! Looks like she may not quit everything she starts….just those icky, hard things like being governor of a state facing financial difficulties after years of being flush. When the going gets tough, the pitbull gets quittin’!

Sure, the book title steals from Ronnie Raygun the Great, which is worse than stealing from Newt Gingrich as she did with her last speech, because Ronnie is the God of the Republicans. But the rest of the title, “Going Rogue”, is pure Palin! Or, “Goin’ Rogue”, as it should read. Shame on her publisher –the Christian branch of the Murdoch owned Harper Collins — for missing that!

And here, again, too, also, we have another example of epic fail by self-identified “conservatives”/aka: robber barrons, spend and steal from the middle class, lying liars, because not only is the definition of “rogue” uncomplimentary:

“1. An unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person; a scoundrel or rascal.
2. One who is playfully mischievous; a scamp.
3. A wandering beggar; a vagrant.
4. A vicious and solitary animal, especially an elephant that has separated itself from its herd.
5. An organism, especially a plant, that shows an undesirable variation from a standard.
adj.
1. Vicious and solitary. Used of an animal, especially an elephant.
2. Large, destructive, and anomalous or unpredictable: a rogue wave; a rogue tornado.
3. Operating outside normal or desirable controls: “How could a single rogue trader bring down an otherwise profitable and well-regarded institution?” (Saul Hansell).
v. rogued, rogu·ing, rogues
1. To defraud.”

But the Urban Dictionary is much worse.…and no, I won’t print it here, but it’s worth your while to check it out. We should have seen this coming, as Palin fans are a huge subset of Teabaggers. I just keep thinking they’ll learn the googles.

Palin loves to toss away her bad branding (she was called a “rogue diva” “wackjob” “little shop of horrors” “Wasilla hillbilly looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast” and more by her own campaign aides) with a seeming reckless wink, playing the part of an ‘80’s action hero to her armchair commando cult with great bravado. “I may not answer any of the questions the way you or the moderators want me to!” Wink wink!!!

But the past year has shone a harsh light through Palin’s self-labeled pitbull persona to her paper thin skin. Her relentless whining about the media has been a successful part of her campaigning strategy since she set her small heart on the mayorship of Wasilla, but it played poorly coming from a candidate too scared to do any real interviews and too terrified to allow the media to ask her even one question.

It’s scorched into the psyches’ of real Americans that while Palin hid from the media, she was inciting violence against Barack Obama and his family. She has, in fact, been blamed by the Secret Service for provoking a spike in death threats against US President-elect Barack Obama and refusing to tone it down, even after they begged her to do so.

All the while, she cowered away from the media, insisting that they show her “deference” by not asking any questions, but simply serving as stenographers to her publicity seeking statements. She has been accused throughout her career of behaving as if she has been crowned instead of elected, a trait she shares with another phony cowboy type who just left this country in shambles. Apparently, arrogance based on incompetence and stupidity stands in for courage in the Republican party.

Palin’s whining about the media took on a particularly bitter element when it became known that she had earlier condemned Hilary Clinton for “whining” about the sexism in the media, claiming that Hilary:

“Does herself a disservice to even mention it.. you gotta know what you’re getting into…when I hear a statement like that, coming from a woman candidate,…I think man, that doesn’t do us any good…I don’t think it bodes well for her, a statement like that…work harder, prove yourself to an even greater degree…it bothers me hearing her bring that attention to herself on that level…”

Wooh, the irony meter just flew off the dang charts on that one. Damn that Hilary Clinton for “bringing attention to herself”, because that’s something Sarah would never do! And gee whiz, Sarah Palin can show us all the ropes on that “trying harder” part, especially if trying harder means quitting.

I mean, it’s not like Rush Limbaugh attacked Clinton’s 13 year old daughter and called her an ugly dog, the result of 2 lesbians, Janet Reno and Hilary Clinton….because, geeze, that would be almost as bad as if David Letterman made a joke about an 18 year old unwed mother who was promoting abstinence only as a national spokesmodel… But we know that Palin can take the hits aimed at her family like a pro.

Insert “Fire Dave Letterman the Pedophile Rally” joke here.

Palin dishes it out with a rabid appreciation for the dirty side of politics, but she can’t take even a simple question about what books she reads in return without embarking on a year long revenge tour. Palin is still holding a grudge against Couric for daring to ask Palin what she reads. Now there’s a gotcha question. Palin couldn’t resist starting off with blaming Katie entirely for Palin’s own epic failure, “I never saw the interview after Katie spliced it together, ” Yeah, because Katie’s editing is what caused Palin’s inability to answer…er…. duck and dodge!! Razzle dazzle! Wink wink!

When asked why she couldn’t answer Katie’s question about what she read, Palin responded, “Because, Katie, you’re not the center of everybody’s universe!” Way to answer the question like a rogue maverick! Be bold, Sarah! That is, if self-pity and bitter resentment is the new bold…and I think it is, for some. There. Again. Too.

In fact, she granted another many-times fired conservative radio host turned “documentarian” John Zeigler, access to the insides of her mind regarding the media. And he’s the perfect person to tell a convincing tale of female empowerment, as “He says that after the age of 40 men get more distinguished and women lose their power in the relationship”.

But have no fear, because this guy also said he “had a very, very, very serious plan to kill O.J. Simpson” after the verdict was returned…so, somehow, instead of saying crazy, that says feminist? OK. It had nothing to do with racism, even though he was later fired after having said the word “n#$#$#” on the air. Yeah. Birds of a feather… the Documentary Czar Palin chose to give an exclusive to has an agenda and he obviously hates America (well, the non-white, non-male parts of America).

Our feminist action hero/Sarah Palin’s champion is also currently being sued by an ex-girlfriend for defamation of character after he spoke on air repeatedly about her private body parts in a disparaging manner. He’s another rightie who goes on about “free speech” after being fired for saying the n word, and then made a documentary about the media’s malpractice regarding Palin. Oh, cognitive dissonance….how you sing to me loudest when I’m swimming knee deep in kkkonservative projection!

Palin starts her “Woe is Me Cowboy Action Hero Lament” /aka: documentary with, “When I heard Barack Obama say his wife was off limits…family is off limits…I figured it would apply to me, but no….only to him and his family…” I swear I can hear “I shoulda won!” playin’ softly beneath her. Anyway, it’s good to hear her feelin’ sorry for herself like a rogue cowboy does! Cuz we all know that when Obama said that, he was in fact, sticking up for poor pitbull Palin. But that’s not the way she remembers it…Oh, if this is any indication what juicy tidbits await us in “Goin’ Rogue”, I can’t wait!

See, y’all just don’t see the world the way Sarah Palin does. Maybe she doesn’t love America the way you and I do, because her version of strong feminist frontier woman takin’ on the media and shatterin’ glass ceilings and mine are different. In Palin’s world, the heroine laughs as her female opponent and old friend is called a “bitch” and “cancer” –even when the woman has cancer! And Palin’s feminist heroine laughs as her female opponent, an old friend, is called “fat”. That’s some glass ceilin’ shattering going on there. Also, too. It just makes me hate mean old Katie Couric for asking Palin’s goin’ rogue pitbull heroine what she reads. As if!

http://palingates.blogspot.com/2009/02/i-bite-my-lip.html

“How Self-pity and Narcissism Blinded Sarah Palin to Her Own Strengths” should have been the title to this book. Sarah, after all, had many benefits other candidates have never enjoyed; the largest being that she was treated with deference and kid gloves by the media. After failing with Charlie Gibbons and Katie Couric, both of whom were meant to be soft-ball interviews, Palin has refused to venture away from her home at Fox, where she is guaranteed positive coverage.

It was Fox’s Greta Von Sustern, after all, who did a moving documentary on Palin, “An American Woman” (the right loves to co-opt “American” as if only they are American…so cute), with tons of great footage of Palin even before she was “tapped” for VP. But when some of that footage (at about 4 seconds in) revealed a clearly flat belly one week before she gave birth to Trig, which didn’t go along with the “Pregnant with Down’s Syndrome Pro-Life” narrative the campaign was spinning for her and only fueled the rumors that had been spinning around Wasilla for months prior to Palin being tapped for VP, Fox pulled and scrubbed that video faster than you can say “I’m goin’ rogue!”

Sadly for the Great American Whiner—er, Pitbull, it seems some industrious bloggers (those who haven’t been threatened and terrified into giving up their free speech after being attacked by Palin’s cult and ironically, her “Going Rogue” ghost-writer’s co-author on another conservative whine /book) dug down through the scrubbed interwebs and found this little gem:

http://breepalin.blogspot.com/2009/09/sarah-palins-guide-to-procrastination.html

And not one person in the MSM has asked why…save Canada’s MSM.

We’re not supposed to ask why! That would be sexist. It’s only OK to ask John Edwards about pesky videos, because you know, he had that expensive haircut! Elitist! Maybe he didn’t get a $250,000 make over, but still…don’t pick on Sarah and quit makin’ things up or
Sarah and her cult will call the Dept of Law on you! You evil American with your free speech rights!

I’m jealous; it seems Canada is getting the real scoop from their media along with universal healthcare. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think they valued their people over corporations.

So, Sarah’s had plenty of help and protection from the media. Help she shouldn’t have ever had from a “news” outlet…but heck, we all know that Glass Ceiling Shatterin’ Pitbulls Goin’ Rogue need a lot of pampering.

Get yer order in now for Going Rogue! It’s sure to be a big hit – and take a big hit out of Dominionist Christmas wallets. And isn’t that the point? We al know why she quit. For the money….er….to “better serve Alaska!”

But if you want the real scoop, watch the CBC clip. It’s free, short, and the host can speak English.

….Wink wink!

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How Five Democrats Sold Their Votes and Betrayed Their Party on the Public Option

Sep 29 2009 Published by under Featured News

Two different amendments that would have added the public option to the Senate Finance Committee’s heathcare reform bill were defeated today. Five Democrats joined the Republicans in voting against the Rockefeller amendment, Bill Nelson, Blanche Lincoln, Tom Carper, Kent Conrad, and Max Baucus. These five are Democrats in name only.

The Rockefeller amendment would have created a strong public option that would have been required to be financially self sustaining. It would have been subject to the same regulations as private plans, and would have included subsidies for lower income people to help offset the costs of premiums. All of this was completely unacceptable to the Democratic Gang of Five, who joined with Republicans on the committee to vote down the amendment, 15-8.

Schumer’s amendment also contained a public option, but would have allowed providers to negotiate reimbursement rates. Schumer’s public option was a tiered plan that allowed for basic, enhanced, premium, and premium plus plan. This was more acceptable to Nelson and Carper, but Lincoln, Conrad, and Baucus voted against it, as the amendment lost, 13-10.

It would appear that all of the advertising by progressive groups, including the ad below, designed to sway Baucus failed.

Why would these Democrats betray their own party? The answer can partially be found by following the money. The two largest industries in terms of contributions to Finance Committee are the Health, and Insurance industries. According to Open Secrets, the healthcare industry gave $7 million in PAC contributions to committee members. Not to be outdone, the finance, insurance, and real estate industries also gave $7 million to the committee.

Committee chairman Max Baucus has taken $1.1 million each from the health and insurance industries. The two largest contributors to Tom Carper of Delaware for 2010 have been the health and insurance sectors. The same holds true for Kent Conrad. The top donor for 2010 to Blanche Lincoln was the healthcare industry. The insurance industry has given $1.5 million to Bill Nelson for the 2010 cycle.

It is easy to understand why the Finance Committee bill was so watered down. The key industries that would be impacted by reform are in essence buying enough Democratic votes to kill the provisions that they don’t want to see in the bill. Even though today’s votes were a foregone conclusion, they once again point out the fact that if Democrats are serious about passing healthcare reform, that are going to have to do through reconciliation.

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United HealthCare’s Death Panels; I don’t Want to Die for your Profit

Sep 29 2009 Published by under Featured News

An Open Letter to UHC:

United Health Care Benefits Appeal

UHC Benefits Appeal
PO Box 30573
Salt Lake City, UT 84130

RE: Patient XXXXX
Member ID: XXXXXXX
Prescription Name: Imitrex, or generic Sumatriptan Tablets

September 28, 2009

I am writing to request that your decision to no longer cover the drug amount prescribed by my doctor be reviewed. See, United is coming in between my doctor and me, instead of acting as an insurance company. And I’m curious– Is United in the habit of interfering with physicians care for their patients?

Also, too, I’m writing for all of those patients who are too sick and depressed after receiving their Death Panel Denial Form to call or write you. Yes, I know, you’ve heard it all and more importantly, ignored it all, before. But let’s pretend United cares about my health.

Are you done laughing?

This month, United decided they would only cover 3 of the 9 Imitrex and /or generic version Sumatriptan pills per month prescribed by my doctor in her infinite wisdom, as she has been doing for years. Nothing has changed in my heath to warrant any change in my medication.

For years, I’ve had United Health Care—and a sincere hat tip to the person who came up with that name; it’s almost as good as “Pro-America”, since obviously, United is not in the business of health CARE but rather, health PROFIT…which would be fine if United hadn’t sold me and many other people a “plan” meant to help us cover our “health care”.

I’m seeing a discrepancy here in the product United sells and their actual mission. It makes me think of “too big to fail” and other icky things that went poorly without regulation. But, I digress.

I have been prescribed 9 pills a month. Of my own volition, with no savings offered to me, I went on the generic as soon as it was available. Why United chose not to offer me any savings for going generic, I’ll never understand. But then, it seems “profit” is often seen a s short-term concept at United, and not a long-term, sustainable concept of good, conservative business practices. An issue for your shareholders to take up with United, should they ever care to question the Death Panels that feed them.

Back to the current episode of United’s Death Panels: I am prescribed Imitrex for migraine headaches, which are debilitating and without medication will grow worse, and can (and have for some) led to a stroke. United refuse to offer ANY alternative to Imitrex and the generic sumatriptan (medications my doctor has determined are best for me). Their answer was just “this is your new plan.” I guess “new plan” is code for “Death Panel Denial Form”.

Thus, my options are to either take the medication prescribed by my doctor or go to the ER for Emergency relief, costing thousands per trip. Since I now have only 3 pills to terminate 9 monthly migraines instead of 9, I would need to make an estimated 6 ER trips a month.

Since that seems like a waste of money, this is where you are supposed to explain to me how I don’t need to go to the ER or have medication to avoid a stroke. But perhaps your take is that if I stroke out, you save even more money?

That certainly makes sense to me, and since you are in the business to make money off of my life, I guess you’re doing the right thing, trying to kill me as earlier as possible before I get too expensive. But let’s pretend, shall we, that United is in the business of “insurance”, since that’s what you sell. I mean, I doubt “Death Panels by United” would sell quite as well.

While I have no problem with United making a profit, United shouldn’t be too surprised that the people are demanding our government protect us from you. We all want to live. I know that’s shameful, given your God-given right to make a profit on our lives, but it’s true. I want to live and I’d like to do it in as little pain as possible. I’d say “So shoot me,” as a joke, but I’m afraid you’d take me seriously.

Speakin’ of words and such, UHC’s motto on their website is “Healing Health Care. Together. Simple process, smarter solutions, better results for you.” So far, this motto is a complete oxymoron for my experience with UHC. Just sayin’.

CNN’s Money recently explored some of the healthcare issues and it seems like insurance companies were making a big stink that they wouldn’t want the government coming between our care and that they don’t interfere in our care. I think this is right around the time one of the biggies paid Sarah Palin to lie on her FaceBook page about “Death Panels” (oh, sorry, did she lie for free?). Only, of course, it wasn’t a lie; it was a misdirection:

“”[Doctors] are the most trusted source for determining the appropriateness of care,” …Chris Curran, spokesman for health insurer Cigna Corp. (CI, Fortune 500), disagrees with the idea that insurers are interfering with physicians. “First of all, insurers don’t want to come between patients and doctors in terms of recommending care,” he said. “That’s the role of the doctor, not the insurer.” maintained Deloitte’s Keckley… “

“… At the end of the day, “doctors are dispensers of care while insurers are guardians of purse strings,” explained Dr. James Rohack, president of the American Medical Association. Chris Curran, spokesman for health insurer Cigna Corp. (CI, Fortune 500), disagrees with the idea that insurers are interfering with physicians.”

So, the head of a major insurance company disagrees with reality? Color me shocked! Do y’all play here every Tuesday, or just Death Panel Friday? Of course you don’t want to interfere in my care…

Except when you are directly contradicting my doctor’s orders for my health, on the basis of what UHC was willing to pay for, rather than what was best for my health.

Perhaps our differences lay in interpretation of language. Insurance definition, courtesy of investor words:

http://www.investorwords.com/2510/insurance.html:

“A promise of compensation for specific potential future losses in exchange for a periodic payment. Insurance is designed to protect the financial well-being of an individual, company or other entity in the case of unexpected loss. Some forms of insurance are required by law, while others are optional. Agreeing to the terms of an insurance policy creates a contract between the insured and the insurer. In exchange for payments from the insured (called premiums), the insurer agrees to pay the policy holder a sum of money upon the occurrence of a specific event. In most cases, the policy holder pays part of the loss (called the deductible), and the insurer pays the rest. Examples include car insurance, health insurance, disability insurance, life insurance, and business insurance.”

Hmmm…But United is driving me to bankruptcy…so surely, you are not selling insurance, because I’m supposed to be protected financially if I pay my premiums, which I have for years and years. So, what exactly would you say you are selling?

Would you say it’s some sort of reverse medical assistance, which causes the buyer to become more ill by meddling in qualified medical professional’s ability to care for their patients?

Just as an aside for those contemplating how they can better screw the American middle class, the pharmaceutical companies are neck in neck with the insurance companies; I found my medication in England for around 3 dollars a tablet. Here, in America, where I’m told we have the “best healthcare in the world”, it’s about 30 dollars a tablet.

Maybe we should stick with medical profiteering as United’s sole purpose? I get that, and I can see how pushing my medical needs over the cliff saves money this month, and buries the eventual larger cost down the road, which drive the price of the shares up in the short term. Manipulating the markets. Ewww….That’s rather risqué so close to the October 2008 Bush Market Crash.

Of course not! United would never….and I believe that. It’s all coming clear to me now: United’s plan is to fail to pay for those future healthcare crises at all! Bravo for your shareholders. Well done! And here we thought United’s record profits would be enough to please them….but why stop there when you can deny coverage to tons more people?

Now, it may sound like I’m paranoid…but this is what happens when the big Death Panel stamps “No” on your passport to life, and you, as the consumer, are not even allowed to speak to Oz.

See, I spoke with XXX, #XXXXXX (so comforting, this number system) at United when I called Friday. I was told there is no fax number and no person I can speak with. All I can do is write the post office box address provided. Oh, a Post Office Box. Like all of those scam artists have…

You can see that it might be a bit cold: “So you, consumer/sucker are in life threatening pain? Ha ha! We deny you coverage and we won’t give you any contact information!”

Oh, my heart breaks when I think of how many people are trying to keep United from making three times their record profits this year and pestering their over-stuffed post office box with tear-stained letters begging for the Death Panels to reconsider…

And the poor CEO, making over $100,000 a minute, while I sit here and whine about my life. It’s enough to make me find the Republican Jesus so I can commit to hating myself for wanting to live.

Some might say you need to be regulated and overseen, but why, when you can kill so many people like this, and with the approval of your shareholders, which is sort of like saying “with god’s approval”, after all, profit is the new God! Yes, this is truly the New Pro-America; it’s not capitalism, it’s Death Panel for Dollars, and the big guys win!

If only I weren’t a sucker consumer without my own personal lobbying posse, I wouldn’t be in this position of having to write an anonymous post office box while I writhe in pain, one side of my face frozen from a migraine, and blinded in one eye. But this is surely what I deserve for being a middle-class, hard-working, tax-paying idiot who believed in United Health Care’s promise to provide health care. Sucker! My bad.

Darwin would of course, be so pleased with United, especially since corporations are now “people” in all senses but the moral and ethical senses. And of course, who would think you’d need to regulate a beast with no moral or ethical sense? I mean, geeze, it’s not like we just saw that in action for the last 8 years. Heck of a job, Brownie. Really!

Something tells me “medical health insurance plan” is the new Amway! I just want to know, how do I get to be on top? Must I be to the Manor born? Does it help me at all that I went to the same private boarding school as Mittens? Of course, like all of my friends, he inherited enough money so that he never has to ask ugly questions about which United Death Panel is coming for him and his family.

Oh, Mittens…if I agree to sell my body and soul and sail on your yacht with you for a whole day, will you give me some generic sumatriptan?

Sincerely,

xxxxxxxxx

P.S. For the sake of accuracy, may I humbly suggest that you change your name to United Financial Health and just get rid of that pesky word “insurance”?

CC:

State Insurance Commissioner
Xxxxxxx

Congressman xxxxxxx DC, xxxxx. Since I’m sure United is writing him, too, in order to avoid confusion, this is not a campaign donation, but rather a letter from a live (for now) human being AKA a constituent.

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Democrat and Reform Killer Ben Nelson Wants 65 Votes in Order to Pass Healthcare

Sep 29 2009 Published by under Featured News

It appears that Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) will stop at nothing to kill healthcare reform. Nelson made his latest proposals while speaking to constituents yesterday. He wants to split the bill in half to pass a cost saving bill before the 2010 election, and pass expanded coverage, “at a later date.” Nelson also claims that any bill that passes without 65 votes isn’t legitimate.

According to the Lincoln Journal-Star, Nelson has set the impossible standard for passage of a bill at full Democratic support plus five Republican senators. He said, “I think anything less than that would challenge its legitimacy.” Nelson also opposes the use of reconciliation to pass healthcare reform, “It would be a tremendous mistake to jam it through with 50 votes.”

He echoed Republican claims that a public option would hurt private insurance companies and would add to the deficit, “I’m concerned a public option up front could undermine (private) insurance coverage for 200 million Americans…I’m not going to support anything that would add to the (federal) deficit.”

Nelson made it clear, that his concerns are more about winning elections than passing healthcare. He is essentially supporting splitting the bill in half, to pass the popular items with bipartisan support before the 2010 election. If anyone believes that Nelson would support expanding coverage after 2010, they are wrong.

Sen. Nelson is up for reelection in 2012. Being that he won reelection in 2006 with 51% of the vote, it is a certainty that he would not support expanding coverage at a later date. There is ideological opposition to a public option on the right, but within the Democratic Party much of the opposition is based on electoral calculus, not the issue of healthcare reform.

Some Democrats, like Nelson, are worried that if they support a public option, it will cost them their seat. They are also terrified that if Democrats pass the bill on their own, even with 51 votes, Republicans will use it against every Democrat, whether they supported it or not.

Going strictly by the numbers, the best of both worlds solution would be that Democrats use reconciliation to pass healthcare reform with 50+ votes. This would free up vulnerable red state Democrats to oppose the bill, without harming its prospects.

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Glenn Beck’s Private Healthcare Solution is to send the Uninsured to Walmart and Walgreens for Care

Sep 28 2009 Published by under Featured News

Glenn Beck keeps talking about his free market solution to rising healthcare costs, and in his book Arguing with Idiots, he outlines his solution. He wants to send the uninsured to Walmart and Walgreens for healthcare. Beck touts the fact that these stores are cheaper than a trip to the emergency room, without acknowledging that they don’t provide serious care.

According to Media Matters on pages 258-259, Beck laid out his private healthcare solution, “Answer this question: What three letters can get you quality medical care for about half the price of a typical doctor’s appointment and provide a 90-day supply of most prescription medications for less than a movie and popcorn, all while giving you the opportunity to pick up Cheetos, Mentos, Oreos, Pepto, and probably even this book-o. The answer is W-A-L. You can get all of these things at your local Walgreens and/or Wal-Mart.”

He continued, “Walgreens is leading the way in the development of retail health clinics, which means that you can basically see a medical professional right in the pharmacy. Wait times are minimal, the cost is low, and you can grab a Whatchamacallit bar on the way out.”

The problem is that these mini-clinics that Beck is touting aren’t actually staffed by doctors. They are staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants. These clinics aren’t designed to handle major illnesses. One look at the CVS Minute Clinic website reveals that they aren’t much of a solution.

It still costs $62 just to be examined for a minor injury or illness. Other costs range from $20-$112, so it unlikely that an uninsured person would be able to get out of there for less than $100-$200. Beck’s “solution” would create a two tiered system that would allow the people who could afford it to see doctors and those who can’t get to see nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Glenn Beck’s solution isn’t really a solution at all. It is simply a way to justify the status quo.

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CBS’ Corporate Backlash against Michael Moore

Sep 28 2009 Published by under Featured News

Michael Moore has been making the TV rounds promoting his new film Capitalism: A Love Story, but he claims that CBS canceled an appearance on The Early Show today after he went on ABC’s Good Morning America last week and blasted Disney which owns ABC. Moore thinks CBS was worried that he would do the same to them. CBS said he was never booked for the show.

On Saturday night, Moore tweeted, “Backlash Begins: CBS has cancelled me on its Mon. morning show. After I criticized ABC/Disney on GMA, they didn’t want me to do same to CBS.” Moore went on GMA last week and criticized Disney for hiring permanent freelancers instead of full time employees.

Moore said, “People backstage here — they don’t get to be real employees here because they don’t get the benefits, so they’re freelancers…and I said ‘Guy, I was here two years ago, you were a freelancer, what are you doing here?’ — right backstage here at ABC — he said, ‘We call ourselves permalancers now.’ They don’t get to share in just the basic benefits that an employee used to have who worked here. What’s wrong with that? What is wrong with just giving people basic things for their hard work?”

For their part, CBS said that they never booked Moore, “Michael Moore was never booked on The Early Show.” So, who is telling the truth here? It could be that both of them are. Moore’s people say that they were confirming is booking when The Early Show backed out. CBS is technically right when they say that Moore was never booked for the show, but I find their excuse more than a little flimsy as the morning shows share high profile guests all of the time.

It is not a stretch to think that if Moore would not have went after the corporate ownership of ABC, CBS would not have bailed. It certainly looks like the network bailed out on Michael Moore, and we will have to see if this becomes a trend. Most Americans don’t understand how deeply under corporate control their media is, and the ownership of most media would probably like to keep it that way.

H/T: Mediaite

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