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Today's Note From a Madman

Thursday, February 24, 2005

 

 

Health Care, Stupid Quote of the Day & a Conspiracy Moment

All Wrapped Up Into One

 

The Bush Administration is working on a new Health Insurance Plan, kind of.

 

You see, Michael O. Leavitt, the former Utah Governor and current Health and Human Services Secretary instituted a plan where poor people can pay into the Medicaid system and can see a doctor. On the surface it sounds like a great idea. There's only one problem.

 

IT DOESN'T COVER YOU WHEN YOU'RE REALLY SICK!

 

You get to go to the emergency room with a splinter or see a doctor for a cold, but don't get cancer or require a bunch of tests to find out what that "unusual pain" is because you won't be covered. You won't be covered for extended hospital stays, specialty services or the catastrophic costs that cause 50 percent of all bankruptcies  in the United States. Those are the same bankruptcies that the president is now not letting poor Americans file anymore. He just signed into law a bill that says so.

 

First, the Utah Medicaid plan allows more people to join in by charging them and reducing basic benefits. That includes more people in the plan, but makes it into a club some can't afford. Second, the Utah plan requires you to find a doctor or hospital that will perform the work for free. You see, those "specialty services" and "extended hospital stays" are going to have to be considered "charity cases" or "good will causes" by rich doctors or affluent hospitals. Good luck finding them.

 

The crazy rules and outrageous co-pay schedule keeps some from seeing a doctor or getting tested when they need testing for fear of not being able to have the treatment that might save their lives. Take, for example, Wudeh Noba, she holds a $7 dollar an job and has ignored her doctor's advise to get a mammogram or to find out what is causing her headaches.

 

"Wouldn't it be better to provide health insurance to more people, rather than comprehensive care to a smaller group?" Mr. Leavitt asked in a speech this month. "Wouldn't it be better to give Chevies to everyone rather than Cadillacs to a few?"

-Michael O. Leavitt, the former Utah Governor and current Health and Human Services Secretary, trying to explain why less is more

 

We aren't supplying Chevies, Mr. Leavitt, we have taken away tricycles and have given the poor hard-to-ride unicycles. It's faster to walk.

 

Now, for our "CONSPIRACY MOMENT OF THE DAY", we're going to take a different look at what might be the REAL REASON for the possible adoption of the Utah plan by President Bush. This plan will allow the president to say "more people have medical coverage than ever before" without really covering them at all.

-Noah Greenberg


Say Uncle (Billy Bush, the Iraqi War Profiteer)

 

William H.T. Bush, the uncle of President George W. Bush made $450,000 last month by selling stock (actually excising an option, but it amounts to the same thing) in Engineered Support Systems, Inc. (ESSI), a defense contractor that is making a "killing" on the war in Iraq.

 

By the way, Uncle Billy Bush, GW's Dad's youngest brother sits on the board of ESSI as well, otherwise he wouldn't have had to report the sale to the SEC (Security and Exchange Commission) at all. In the last three-month period, ESSI earned a record $20.6 million, a 31 percent increase.

 

CEO Gerald Potthoff, ESSI and its employees have given George W. Bush, Republican Candidates and the Republican Party a minimum of $17,000 in traceable campaign contributions over the past few years (www.opensecrets.org). That's what we might call a conflict of interest, GW. I wonder what Karl Rove would call it?

 

Gary C. Gerhardt, ESSI's vice chairman and chief financial officer who made close to $7.5 million from selling ESSI's stock at the same time Uncle Billy sold his contributed at least $11,000 to George W. Bush, Republican Candidates and the Republican Party, as well.

 

Okay. We say UNCLE!

 

-Noah Greenberg


The Kansas "Witch Hunt"

Dorothy and Toto have Nothing To Do With This

 

Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, an anti-women's-choice activist, is seeking the names all women in his Kansas that have received abortions. He wants to "investigate" the abortions of pregnant women under the age of 16 and all women who received late term abortions (it's illegal to receive an abortion after the 22nd week in Kansas, unless it's related to the mother's health).

 

The patient's name, medical history, details of her sex life, birth control practices and psychological profile are included in these records The clinics are offering to provide records with some key information, including names, edited out. They want to do something crazy, like protect the privacy of these women.

"These women's rights will be sacrificed if this fishing expedition is not halted or narrowed,''

-Court papers, provided by the clinics

 

"I have the duty to investigate and prosecute child rape and other crimes in order to protect Kansas children.''

-Kansas State Attorney General Phill Kline, an abortion opponent

 

Is Mr. Kline also asking for the records of ALL GIRLS under the age of 16 who were pregnant and gave birth as well? Using Kline's logic, the fathers of those children were "rapists" too, and they deserve to go to jail.

 

If Attorney General Kline's "duty" is truly "to investigate and prosecute child rape", then he has to go into all hospitals in Kansas and look at every child's birth certificate of every under-aged mother in order to find out the father's name and throw him into jail.

 

Is it really his "DUTY', or is Attorney General Kline just another Right Wing Hypocrite?

 

-Noah Greenberg


Republican Intention For Social Security
  
Last night, CNN aired a news clip from a town hall meeting at Drexel College held by Senator Santorum (R-PA). A group of Republicans were caught on tape chanting "Hey, hey, ho, ho, social security has got to go". Is  this the Republican's idea of reforming social security? Their party has historically hated social security for ideological reasons. How can anyone trust them to change it?

 

-Robert Scardapane

 

Hey Robert, how'd all those stock brokers get into the town hall meeting in the first place? -NG


Stupid Quote of the Day (from above)

 

"Wouldn't it be better to provide health insurance to more people, rather than comprehensive care to a smaller group?" Mr. Leavitt asked in a speech this month. "Wouldn't it be better to give Chevies to everyone rather than Cadillacs to a few?"

-Michael O. Leavitt, the former Utah Governor and current Health and Human Services Secretary, trying to explain why less is more

 

We aren't supplying Chevies, Mr. Leavitt, we have taken away tricycles and have given the poor hard-to-ride unicycles. It's faster to walk.

 

-Noah Greenberg


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-Noah Greenberg