Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
When Republicans had to face the fact that American health care needed to be reformed they decided to fight the “No” party perception with fixes of their own. Until the last two years of Bush’s administration Republicans owned Congress and the executive office and health care wasn’t even a blip on their radar.
It kind of reminds me of when Reagan said, “That was before we even knew there was a race problem in
When forced to face the issue their answers were tort reform and buying insurance across state lines. I want to talk about tort reform.
For ten years I videotaped depositions and played them back in court houses for a living. It was lucrative for me. I did a lot of work in
Needless to say corporations hate the place.
The fact of the matter is states like
It seems like it should though, doesn’t it? Doctors pay less for insurance so why isn’t that cost passed down to us?
The fact of the matter is insurance represent a very small part of the cost of health care. Not to mention $250,000 would hardly compensate someone for the loss of a wrong leg due to a hospital’s negligence and these things actually do happen.
One of the things that drive up costs is our romance with all things high-tech. Doctors cover their butts against law suits with expensive high tech test that are for the most point redundant.
I’ll never forget getting ultrasound pictures of my kids in the womb. I got a videotape of my son crossing his legs and flashing a big peace sign with his fingers. I had to settle for stills of my daughter though. By then, they said if there was proof of anything potentially going wrong on it they’d be held liable.
I wonder if there really are well meaning Republicans that believe tort reform would address these things.
I doubt it!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
The only politician I really have any respect for is Dennis Kucinich. Both sides have done everything they can to shut him up. He decided to go along with Obama’s Health bill. I can only think he believes it can be fixed.
Obama's solution will pour billions of dollars into the pockets of the same people who caused this mess: insurance companies.
Insurance companies make their money denying claims. Their lobbyists protect regional monopolies. They raise rates faster than inflation, underpay doctors and kill people by denying claims and charging rates that are unaffordable. They pay their CEOs tens of millions a year.
We should start by shutting down the health insurance companies and nationalize the entire system. Public health should not mix with private profiteering. Obama won't do a thing to stop the insurers. For-profit healthcare will gain up to 30 million new customers.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
I hate to hear myself say it, but Obama has compromised the healthcare bill into oblivion. I honestly think it would be worse than nothing at this point. His plan does practically nothing to control costs and he knows it.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Amerin UE aired commercials last year that gave the impression they were implementing carbon capture in their coal fired power plants today. That technology is still at least ten years down the road.
Now that Americans don’t think we can have a negative effect on our environment they don’t even bother with these kinds of ads and I bet carbon capture will never happen.
I had a delivery last week that took me to a coal fired coal plant that is under construction in
They told me the plant was going do great things for the economy of
Without even thinking I casually asked about carbon capture. The atmosphere totally changed. They were no longer friendly and wouldn’t even make eye contact.
When I got back to my company’s warehouse I told my dispatcher about the sudden chill. She said they probably thought I was a spy.
Obama is getting behind subsidizing Nuclear power plants to cut down on our carbon footprint. There is still no place to dispose of the spent fuel rods. These rods are beginning to pile up and
Nuclear power plants are ridiculously expensive and wind power is making incredible strides without subsidies.
I really am beginning to think Obama is a corporate shill. What the Hell is he thinking?