Archive for the Health Care Category

Seeing 2020:  Déjà vu All Over Again.  Oh, And Happy Groundhog Day! (February 3, 2020)

Posted in Collapse, Covid / Coronavirus, Ebola, Health Care, Public Health, Wall Street on February 3, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Contagion in the market and contagion outside the market.”

J          “I have seen this before.”

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J          “No matter how much things stay the same, they stay the same.”

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Bumper stickers of the week:

Coronavirus:  Coming to a town near you

No one ever died from overexposure to education

“Health” “Care” In A Nut Shell: “Single Non-Payer” versus “Single Payer” (March 11, 2019)

Posted in Health Care on March 11, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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J          “What we have now in most every state in the nation is a ‘single non-payer’ system.  With a few exceptions, one insurance company is provided a monopoly and purports to provide coverage in each state.”

K          “The economic dilemma is simple and obvious.  We as a country cannot afford a ‘single payer’ system, but we as a people cannot afford a ‘single non-payer’ system.  The health care conundrum.”

J          “If you care about the health of the nation, implement a ‘single payer’ system.  It is simple and obvious.  And the only thing we can afford.”

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[See the e-commentary under the Category “Health Care”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Celebrate National Sunshine Week – March 10 – 16

“And 3 Feet Above The ‘Recalibrated Sea Level’!!!” (May 22, 2017)

Posted in Architecture, Economics, Health Care, Housing on May 22, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Forget about the attractive magnet schools, forget about the nine star energy rating, forget about the cute little pergola in the back yard.  Recall and remember that the property is 3 feet above the official published ‘Recalibrated Sea Level’ (‘RSL’) for the region!!!  3 whole feet!!!  Almost a meter of freeboard.”

J          “The sales brochure proclaims:  ‘Natural gas bill:  only $14,700 per year!  And only 1600 square feet!’  That should seal the deal.”

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K          “The premium for the flood insurance exceeds the yearly mortgage payments, but that is the way it is today.”

J          “Bummer.”

K          “But it is still slightly less than my health insurance premium.”

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K          “I think they call it ‘contemporary architecture’ in all the tony salons.”

J          “Did you read if the HOA provisions allow you to use one of the swamped homes in the neighborhood as a duck shack?”

K          “If you have both your state and federal duck stamps and a temporary use permit on your person.  But there is a three-day stay limitation.”

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[See the article “High Ground Is Becoming Hot Property as Sea Level Rises” by Erika Bolstad in “Scientific American” dated May 1, 2017.]

[See the e-commentary at “The Marginal Utility of (House) Utilities:  Only 1600 Square Feet! (October 25, 2010)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Take the high ground, take the high road.

“Trumpi Care” v. “Romney – O’Bama Care”:  Who Cares? (March 27, 2017)

Posted in Congress, Health Care, O'Bama, Romney on March 27, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “O’Bama had a bad plan, few ideas, and fewer clues.”

J          “Trumpi has no plan, no idea, and no clue.”

K          “And the Republicans have no plan, no idea, and no clue.”

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K          “For the past seven years, House Republicans have taken meaningless vote after meaningless vote after meaningless vote after meaningless vote to repeal or roll back provisions of the Unaffordable Care Act.  Now that they control all three branches of government, they are unable to conduct even one simple vote to do what they have done these innumerable times in the past.”

J          “That is what happens when you actually get what you want.”

K          “Seems to me that you can’t always get what you want, but if you try and try and try and try sometimes, you do not get what you do not need.”

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K          “The ACA versus the AHCA.  Our own national March Madness.  Both are losers.”

J          “The syllogism of health carelessness is so obvious.  ACA = Insurance Company Control; AHCA = Insurance Company Control; ergo ACA = AHCA.”

K          “And we are the losers.  Could you report the score by reporting that it was an upset with both sides each scoring less than zero points.”

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K          “As a country, every industry is more monopolized than at any time in American history.  That includes the health insurance industry.” 

J          “The few providers increase premiums which lowers participation rates which results in a deterioration of the risk pool which leads to an increase in premiums which lowers participation rates which results in a deterioration of the risk pool which is then repeated and repeated.”

K          “The death spiral is increasing.  The only way to force participation will be to provide a mechanism to impose increases in the penalties from not participating tied to increases in the premiums for participating.  The premium soon will be $5000 a month for a $50,000 deductible policy and thus the penalty for non-participation must be $5000 a month.”

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J          “Sixty years olds do not need maternity coverage and sixteen year olds do not need mammograms.”

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K          “What about H.R. 676, the Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act, that provides for a single payer?”

J          “What we have now in most states is a ‘single exploiter’ system.  A ‘single payer’ system does not heap wealth on the health insurance companies.  It is doomed.”

K          “We as a country cannot afford it, but we as a people cannot not afford it.”

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J          “Until someone challenges all the theft forced and enforced by the government from the people to the insurance companies, nothing will improve and everything will get worse.”

K          “But who really cares?”

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[See the e-commentary at the Category titled “Health Care.”]

Bumper sticker of the week:

ACA = Insurance Company Control; AHCA = Insurance Company Control; ergo ACA = AHCA.

Second Annual “Cameo In Courage” Award For 2017 (March 6, 2017)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Bush, Cameo In Courage Award, Courage, Fukushima Daiichi, Health Care, Kennedy, O'Bama, Profile In Courage Award, Romney, Trumpi on March 6, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “This year, the Awards Committee for the ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award is bestowing a special lifetime achievement award to . . . Mr. William E. Binney, Mr. Thomas A. Drake and Mr. John Kiriakou, all of the United States, for dedicating their professional lives to the good of their country at considerable cost to themselves.”

J          “Great choices.  Long overdue.”

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K          “Mr. Drake is also the 2011 recipient of the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling and co-recipient of the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII) award.”

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J          “Kennedy, Inc. gave their award to O’Bama, Inc.  I wouldn’t call it a courageous decision, but I would call it a predictable and strategic move.”

K          “Cross-breeding within the ruling class.  JFK instead of the AKC.  ‘Credential cross-collateralization’ is the way I describe it when each side benefits from bestowing awards on each other.  The award is an effort by the Kennedys to keep the Kennedy brand visible and relevant.”

J          “If O’Bama had proposed, pursued and passed a single payer health care system as propounded by the enlightened members of the medical profession rather than selling out and selling the nation a bill of goods described as the ‘Romney – O’Bama Unaffordable Health Careless Act’, he would be both a man of his word and a courageous man of his word.  But he is not.”

K          “He also spent considerable public resources prosecuting truly courageous individuals and public servants acting courageously such as the Binneys, Drakes and Kiriakous.”

J          “The grand and perverse irony is that O’Bama went to great lengths to punish the courageous.”

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[See the e-commentary at “First Annual ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award For 2016 (May 9, 2016)”, “Award Deadlines (Livelines?) (July 25, 2016)”, “On Courage and Truth (March 17, 2008)” and “Clinton, Inc., Trump, Inc., Bush, Inc., Kennedy, Inc., O’Bama, Inc. (October 24, 2016)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Fukushima Daiichi – 3/11/11

From the Kennedy Clan:

Thank you for taking the time to submit a nomination for the 2017 Profile in Courage Award. 

This year we received a record number of nominations – nearly 30,000 – from people wishing to recognize courageous leaders for standing up for the greater good. 

We are heartened by the unprecedented interest in heralding acts of political courage by our elected officials, and thrilled to have so many qualified nominees.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to be the first to hear about this year’s winner.

[But we do not care what you say because we do whatever advances our interests.]

The Donald:  Enough; Bastante; Basta (April 4, 2016)

Posted in Education, Elections, Health Care, Voting, Wall Street, War on April 4, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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X          “Dangerous.”

Y          “Enough.  Bastante.  Basta.  In any language, enough is now more than enough.”

X          “Danger has caught fire.  Those who kindled a small fire are fighting their fire with another fire.  Fighting fire with fire is more likely to create a great conflagration than to contain the fury.”

Y          “For a time, in his own twisted way, he challenged the war and Wall Street memes.  Now he is at war with decency and civility.  I have had enough, but his followers may have not gotten enough yet.”

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X          “Both the Donald and the Cruz are dangerous, very dangerous.”

Y          “General elections are always about choosing between the lesser of two evils.  Primaries and caucuses are not supposed to present such a bleak choice between evil and vile.”

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Y          “The current Senator and the former Senator are ratcheting up their spat.  However, the undemocratic process of the Democratic Party machine dooms Sanders.  Even their system is rigged.”

X          “Everything is rigged.  Sanders is proposing time-honored first-world public policies.  The country cannot afford a rational and efficient single payer health care system and cannot afford not to adopt a rational and efficient single payer health care system.  The country cannot afford a system of affordable education and cannot afford not to adopt a system of affordable education.  The country cannot afford to adopt what it cannot afford not to adopt.”

Y          “We could pay for it by paying for it the way we pay for war.”

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[See “Physicians For A National Health Care Program” for some perspective on health insurance.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been.  The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’”  Isaac Asimov, “A Cult of Ignorance”, Newsweek, January 21, 1980.  

“Romney – O’Bama Care” In Practice (February 9, 2015)

Posted in Bankruptcy, Congress, Federal Courts, Health Care, O'Bama, Romney, Supreme Court on February 9, 2015 by e-commentary.org

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T1          “One of the biggest misrepresentations of our generation is the statement by President O’Bama that a person could keep his or her insurance policy.  That ‘executive summary’ of the legislation by the Chief Executive led me to believe that the legislation was at least neutral if not benign.”

T2          “The legislation moved so fast that only a few on the inside knew what would transpire.”

T1          “The Federal Courts uniformly reject the doctrine that there is estoppel against the President or any federal official.  One of the great things about being on the inside of the Federal Government, for Republicans and Democrats alike, is that lies are not actionable and are blessed by the Federal Courts.”

T2          “No one cares.  And everyone on the inside gets a regular paycheck and a gilded pension.  And free health care.”

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T1          “It was X dollars last year and then 2X dollars in December and then 3X dollars in January.  February brings a new number and a new nightmare.”

T2          “Before passage, a citizen filed bankruptcy after receiving health care.  After passage, a citizen files bankruptcy before receiving health care.”

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T1          “Boehner does not have to navigate the mine field of ‘Romney – O’Bama Care.’  Pelosi does not have to navigate the mine field of ‘Romney – O’Bama Care.’  McConnell does not have to navigate the mine field of ‘Romney – O’Bama Care.’  Reid does not have to navigate the mine field of ‘Romney – O’Bama Care.’  They are all covered at no cost.”

T2          “No one cares about health care for the people.”

T1          “The Republicans are wasting tremendous money with all the repeated and futile votes to repeal ‘Romney – O’Bama Care’ without providing any alternative legislation.  The Supreme Court is not the forum because bad policy is not necessarily unconstitutional, it is just bad policy.”

T2          “The doctors and nurses have the most insightful perspective and provided the answer years ago.  A single payer system would work for them and their patients.”

T1          “The Republic cannot afford a single payer system and cannot afford not to have a single payer system.  The current schemes are so grindingly inefficient and unfair and only enrich insurance companies.”

T2          “No one cares.”

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[See the e-commentary at The “Contract with America”; The Congressional Reform Act of 2010 (March 29, 2010).]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Stay healthy then die quickly