Today's Note From a Madman


Wednesday, December 29, 2004




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-Noah Greenberg




So it seems that Mr. Holier-than-thou J. Kenneth Blackwell, the Secretary of State of the great state of Ohio, and would-be gubernatorial candidate refuses to appear at a deposition regarding the Presidential vote in the state where he is arguably the second most powerful man. It appears that Mr. Blackwell doesn't want to have to take an oath and testify.

If that rings sounds familiar, let us remember Condoleezza Rice shied away from oath-taking herself when confronted by the 9/11 commission.

In case anyone didn't already know, G.W.'s new
Kenny-Boy, Mr. Blackwell was also the Doofus-in-Chief's campaign chairman in the Buckeye state. The old one, Kenny-boy Lay of Enron, helped bilk the Grandmothers of California out of billions of dollars and much of his former employees' of their retirement savings.


Even though the J. Kenneth, along with
President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Karl Rove all know they are being subpoenaed by various counties in Ohio, they all seem to be avoiding those court orders. Kurt Tunnell, the attorney for the Texas Trio, says that his clients haven't been "formerly served", and if the Republican dominated courts in Ohio have their way, the trio won't be.

What was it that
Jesus said about Hypocrites?

-Noah Greenberg


The Norton, OH gynecologist sat next to
President Bush on the stage of the Palace Theatre a couple of weeks ago and told him how her medical practice changed earlier this year when her office's malpractice insurance premiums jumped 98 percent overnight, from $60,000 to $118,000.

Dr. Coen now pays an additional $58,000 on malpractice insurance. The good doctor has, at any given time, 110 patients. Doing the math, that's $527.27 per patient. I wonder what the good doctor charges for a delivery? I bet she's losing money hand over fist. No big seal, with a practice like her's she'll make it up in volume.

``We had to call 110 pregnant women and tell them they don't have a physician anymore,'' Dr. Coen said. ``The response was anger, disbelief... We have patients writing us notes, saying, we promise we won't sue you. Please deliver our babies.''

The president proposes a ``firm cap'' of $250,000 on pain-and-suffering awards in medical malpractice cases. If passed, the federal legislation would supersede state laws, including Ohio's, which set a sliding cap of $350,000 to $1 million in 2002.

Doesn't that mean Ohio already has a cap? So why is the malpractice insurance so high? Malpractice Insurance is determined by individual states. Since there is a cap, what are the
REAL REASONS that Dr. Coen's rates are so high?

Could they be:
GAO (General Accountability Office), the nonpartisan investigative arm of Congress, found that lawsuits and settlements were indeed a significant cause of rising insurance rates. However, it also found that insurance companies were partly to blame, by keeping rates artificially low for too long and by depending on investment income.

The CBO (Congressional Budget Office) also found that
MALPRACTICE RATES HAVE LITTLE IMPACT ON THE RISING COST OF HEALTH CARE, representing less than 2 percent of overall health care costs.

Does that means that the president is lying?


As bugs Binny might say, "Could be."

On health care, Mr. Bush also showed his support for health savings accounts, which allow people to save money on a pre-tax basis to pay for medical expenses. Participants must have a health insurance plan with a deductible of at least $1,000 for individual coverage or $2,000 for family coverage.

I'm 44 years old. Let's assume I work until I'm 65. That's another 21 years. My wife works part time, and we make a good living. After taxes and expenses, we save about $5,000 a year, even with living in NJ and owning a home). With one child about to start college, and another that will go to college (we hope),
where is my HSA (Health saving's Account) money coming from?


I already have retrained myself as a network engineer, President Bush. You got any ideas? What new job should I retrain myself for now?

By the way, I called dr. Barbara Coen's office in Norton, OH, and I actually got an answer!

Maybe she isn't out of business after all.


-Noah Greenberg


Hey new Jersey voters. Are you listening? There's a push to have former Governor Christie Whitman, the author of New Jersey's 4 billion dollar budget deficit and the woman who left her state high and dry to take a do-nothing post in "G"(lobal) "W"(arming) Bush's cabinet, run once again for her former post... New Jersey Governor.

It appears that the
Republican Gods aren't happy with the current crop of gubernatorial candidates the Grand Old Party have to offer the Garden State.

Let's not forget, many consider being the Governor of New Jersey to be the most important state job In the nation.

Bill Palatucci, a leading Republican fund-raiser who is Christie's political confidante. "I wouldn't sell Chris or that office short."

No Mr. Palatucci. It would be the citizens of New Jersey who would be sold "short."


-Noah Greenberg

Stupid Quote of the Day

"When I am governor, the special interests will know I am there."
-New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate, Doug Forrester

They already know, Doug. They already know.


-Noah Greenberg


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-Noah Greenberg