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  • Healthcare and the Chinese Curse

    May you live in interesting times.

    We do. One of the most interesting aspects of living at this time is the amount of time I must waste on getting a simple prescription refilled. I already contacted my doctor, who spent valuable time obtaining a precertification allowing me to continue a drug I’ve been taking for years. But it seems that her efforts were unsuccessful. Today’s visit to the pharmacy was like groundhog day, a repeat of last month’s visit: Dosage decreased. Tomorrow I will spend waste time calling my insurance company to get this mess straightened out. I’m hoping they will say it’s a mistake. If not, I will be forced to contact my physician, who, in turn, will instruct her staff to spend waste more valuable time haggling with my insurance company the same way they did last month.

    What a drag. What a drain. What a grind. What interesting accursed times.

    Back in 2009, President Obama insinuated that the doctor/patient relationship should be respected.

    President Barack Obama on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

    “So let me begin by saying this to you and to the American people: I know that there are millions of Americans who are content with their health care coverage — they like their plan and, most importantly, they value their relationship with their doctor. They trust you. And 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. My view is that health care reform should be guided by a simple principle: Fix what’s broken and build on what works. And that’s what we intend to do.”

    President Barack Obama
    Remarks By The President At The Annual Conference Of The American Medical Association
    The White House, Office of the Press Secretary
    June 15, 2009

     

    The above quote, and others, can be found here. Perhaps the President meant we should trust the over-regulated and bloated Obamacare law to respect the relationships between patients and doctors. He couldn’t have meant that doctors should be able to treat their patients without interference, otherwise, I would have my meds in the dosage prescribed by my physician.

    People will say: “You can’t blame this on Obama. Your insurance company is doing this.” Wrong. My insurance company is forced, by law, to follow the bloated Obamacare regulations. This means that Obama is to blame. Since my physician and I spent our valuable time resolving this same problem last month, I’m hoping that this month’s stress inducing pharmacy adventure was caused by a computer glitch, or human error or something. I guess I’ll find out tomorrow.

    Please click on the following video.

    “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” This was repeated ad nauseam by President Obama in the video above, but he must have been speaking of people other than my husband and me as he spoke to Americans at large, since we were unable to keep our old plan. Our old plan was three plans ago.

    Check out this article: THE NEW HEALTH LAW: BAD FOR DOCTORS, AWFUL FOR PATIENTS. What an interesting situation. Sometimes it makes me want to curse.


  • Reflections On SOTU

    I refused to watch the State of the Union address last night. It would have been bad for my health. Just reading the tweets of friends who watched made my stomach churn, so it’s better that I watched something else. I enjoyed the movie Saturday Night Fever, a long time favorite. Tony’s dance alone is a great scene.

    Today I learned that the State Of The Union address was full of distortions, falsehoods and ideological jamming. Following are a few examples.

    • Rebekah Erler was presented by the White House as a random American who contacted the President about her economic situation. She sat next to the First Lady. According to Obama, Ms. Erler’s economic situation has changed for the better because of his policies. Unfortunately, none of the above are true. Ms. Erler is actually a former Democratic campaign operative, not an average American.
    • President Obama took credit for the current lower gas prices. In fact the opposite is true. The lower prices at the pump are a direct result of drilling and fracking by the private sector. Since Obama has made no secret of the fact that he dislikes drilling and fracking, along with the coal industry, I can only assume he was attempting to scam Americans in last night’s speech.
    • President Obama stated that Climate change is the biggest threat facing America at this time. Maybe in his mind. However, his opinion does not reflect the reality of greater threats.
    • Yemen is currently being overrun by Islamic rebels. The American embassy in Yemen may have to be evacuated. The following is from CNN. This seems like a pretty big threat. I don’t know if the President mentioned it in his speech last night or not, but it’s at least as big a threat as Climate change. Maybe even bigger:

    Power vacuum could benefit terrorist group AQAP

    The global stakes are high. Yemen is home to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, the terror network linked to such attacks as the recent slaughter at French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo. AQAP also tried to blow up a plane landing in Detroit in 2009.

    The battle against AQAP has helped make Yemen’s government a U.S. ally in the fight against al Qaeda. A power vacuum often benefits terrorist groups.

    The Yemeni government has been grappling with pressure not only from the Sunni Muslim AQAP but also from Houthi militants, Shiite Muslims who have long felt marginalized in the majority Sunni country.

    For the above reasons and others, watching the speech would have been a waste of time. My family and many others are experiencing the exact opposite of what was portrayed in last night’s speech. We pay higher taxes and we pay more for food and other necessities. Our healthcare situation is iffy. Despite the promises of the President, uttered nonstop before Obamacare was shoved down our throats, his healthcare takeover came between me and my doctor recently, when coverage for a drug I’ve been taking for years was restricted. Attempts were made to ration this drug in my case, and my physician had to waste valuable time getting a pre-certification for me.

    People will say: “That’s not Obama’s fault. Your insurance company did it.” No. Obama did it. All insurance companies must follow the rules in his healthcare law. Perhaps the company is trying to save money by rationing my meds. Maybe they thought I was an easy mark. It doesn’t really matter why this particular incident happened, because the root cause is Obamacare. I’m sure many other Americans are dealing with worse.

    Socialized medicine sucks. Most people understand that, which is why we fought so hard against Obamacare to begin with. From what I’ve read about last night’s speech, more crap is coming.


  • Lies and the Lying Liars who call Americans Stupid

    Three videos recently surfaced with regard to the pile of crap known as Obamacare,

    Seems that Jonathan Gruber, one of Obamacare’s architects, referred to American vUnknown copy 9oters as “stupid” while describing the twists and turns it took to pull the wool over the eyes of a good portion of the folks who pay his salary. Mr Gruber has since “apologized’ for his remark.

    The videos illustrate what many of us have known for years. Obamacare is not in our best interest, and the people who built it and pushed it through lied about it.

    They knew before they shoved it down our throats that it would cause our premiums to go up instead of down, and they knew we wouldn’t be able to keep our doctors, hospitals and the insurance plans of our choice.

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    In addition to President Obama himself, who looked Americans in the face and promised we would see only benefits from Obamacare, not the nightmare scenarios we see unfolding today, there is another huge liar in the news.

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    Nancy Pelosi stated that she had never heard of Gruber. That was a lie, since she cited Gruber in 2009.

    Seems some Americans were played as fools. Perhaps they’ll wake up now, and figure out what some of us have been saying for years: Obamacare is a pile of crap.

     

     


  • Hollywood Movie Stars and Fox News (Or Why Some People Insist on Alienating Half Of Their Audience)

    Mortendummy

    It’s a conundrum. It’s a round robin. It’s a huge, bling-covered snowball, rolling down a glitzy mountain, heading toward a mud-hole. To those of us with eyes to see, it exposes a shallow world view, self-importance, bias, ugliness, and most of all, stupidity, but the people who do it seem to think it makes them look good. They don’t understand that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder; they haven’t learned that lesson. They don’t understand that the world has changed, and that ordinary people are sometimes fighting for their lives, due to the fundamental transformation of their country and the world. This transformation was wrought by the very ideology espoused by these bling covered dirt wallowers. They seem completely unaware of what’s happening around them, however, and insist on shouting their foolish opinions to the rooftops. It happens over and over and over again. It results in lost ticket sales, lost fans, and low numbers at the box office, but those who do it cannot seem to stop.

    There seems to be no answer as to why. Maybe, for a short time, they experience a feel good rush–similar to what a crack addict might possibly feel after a fix–as they degrade the folks who support their industry. That may be the answer, since nothing else makes sense. What industry continually mocks and disparages over half of the people upon whom they depend for their success? Hollywood, of course.

    The latest example is Viggo Mortenson, who told the Huffington Post that: “Fox News is appallingly shallow and manipulative.”  He must be watching a different network than the one I depend upon for factual reporting. Here are a few examples of reports on Obamacare from Fox. “California Cancer Patient is Losing Health Insurance” , featured on “The Kelly File” , one of the most informative news shows on the air for folks like me–those who want real news. Obamacare affects ordinary people.

    Fox does in depth reporting on facts, despite the foolish blindness of their detractors. Stories such as the following are important to ordinary Americans:   “Republican lawmakers say the “bombshell” findings by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) show the Obama administration misled the American public when it insisted abortions would not be paid for by federal funds under the health care law.” , and this: Obamacare exchanges limit access to top hospitals, medical centers” .

    The Obamacare debacle is one of the most important stories of Obama’s presidency, yet Fox News seems to be the only major network reporting stories about its affect on ordinary American citizens. It’s hurting many people. In addition to Obamacare, we ordinary taxpayers worry about Obama’s Foreign policy decisions, his use of the IRS to attack groups who don’t fall in line  with his ideology, and the many cover-ups associated with top administration officials.

    These issues are important to us. Americans are being forced to deal with higher prices from everything from healthcare to milk. We may have to choose between a movie ticket and milk. No offense Mr. Mortenson, but…you’re not that good. You’re no Clint Eastwood. You’re no Jon Voight. You’re No Robert DuVall. We don’t need you.

    Imagine Aragorn, (Mortenson’s character in “The Lord Of The Rings), being on the side of the Orcs. That’s what reading such commentary from Mortenson is like for me, personally. It’s getting old. I won’t support his new movie. I won’t support any actor who disparages my family or myself.

    Here’s a scene from Mortenson’s first movie, (Witness, 1985). Witness is a terrific movie, shot in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, an hour away from my home. Mortenson should remember where he got his start. Perhaps he should watch this film. His attitude seems to be similar to that of the Danny Glover character, or even those who attacked the Amish, not understanding, or even caring about their beliefs.

    Mortenson, like so many other celebrities, seems to be blind. If his upcoming film does poorly at the box office, he may or may not figure out why. If he’s smart, he’ll try to get inside the heads of real Americans. Otherwise, this line from The Lord Of The Rings might well become his reality with regard to his stardom, rather than fantasy…  “I can avoid being seen if I wish. But to disappear entirely, that is a rare gift.”

    Hollywood actors and actresses depend on We The People for their success. They’d do better if they remembered that fact.