Posts Tagged ‘health care’

Pastiching The Night Away

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

(h/t to Frank Loesser, a great musician, for “A Secretary Is Not A Toy” from How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying)

Gentlemen. Gentlemen.

A health care mandate is not a tax
No, my boy, not a tax
To fondle and dandle and playfully handle
In search of some Limbaugh pax.
No, a health care mandate is not
Definitely not, a tax.

You’re absolutely right, Mr. Mitt
We wouldn’t have it any other way, Mr. Mitt
It’s a company rule, Mr. Mitt.

A health care mandate is not a tax
No, my boy, not a tax
So do not pretend boy to relax
A health care mandate is not
A health care mandate is not
A healthcare mandate is not a tax.

A health care mandate is not used
Like old vouchers you abused
Be good to the hacks you employ, fax:
Remember no matter what
Science is not what you’ve got
A health care mandate is not a tax.

She’s a highly specialized component
Of death panel unity
A fine and sensitive mechanism
To back stop wing-nut security.
With a mother at home she supports
What bishops don’t buy at FAO Schwarz.

A health care mandate is not a pet
Nor a conscience you forget
It happened to Roberts, much too lax
Betrayal like a shot
The day the fellow forgot
A health care mandate is yes! a tax.

A health care mandate is not a tax
And when you put it to use
Observe, when you put it to use
You’ll not find the name Obama
As you caboose.

A health care mandate is not a thing
Wound by Palin, pulled to bring
Most women you blight in
They won’t spend the night in
While lacking a condom or sax

The health care mandate you’ve got
Is definitely not
Employed to frighten the cot
Or you know what

Before your jumping jacks
Remember this, a tax
Is what exactly is not
A winning max!


A Great Day For America

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Now, Mr. President, do a better job of explaining the damn healthcare future!

That’s what the Prez needs to do: a clear, simple explanation that all Americans now will have access to health care, regardless of their income, regardless of their pre-existing conditions, etc.

If he does that, and points out clearly that the other guys want to take it all away, people will see it’s a winner and he’ll be reelected easily (and Dems will do better, because the other guys don’t actually have a healthcare plan). The exchanges and the subsidies should do the rest, and we may eventually get to single payer.

This was a big loss for the GOP, although they get a chance to screw poor people via Medicaid on the state level.

For the poor, it will still depend on where you live and the states will race to the bottom for a while.

For everyone else, this is the biggest positive thing to happen in America since Medicare and the Voting Rights Act, a truly big deal!

Gorilla says: “Proud of our President, proud of the rule of law, a great day for our country!”


Two Points Of Clarity

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Number One: If the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate in the healthcare bill, we will know that it is no longer an independent branch of government and health care will not be revisited seriously for another decade or more.

Number Two: If the Germans stand by once again and allow the market to tank 5-10% or more by their completely amoral irresponsibility, then the Eurozone will break up before the end of the year. It matters little whether the Greeks/Spanish stay or the Germans/Dutch go, but the current lunacy is completely unsustainable.

Gorilla says: “Outcomes may be depressing, but outcomes is what we’ll finally get!”


And The Surprise Would Be?

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Cut government spending at a time of low private sector demand, and you get recession!

When the Supreme Court majority consists of 5 neanderthals, you better lower the Medicare eligibility age pronto!

When the dictator of Syria agrees to yet another peace plan he’s not serious about, you better decide whether Syria’s disaster is a national security interest (hint: it isn’t)!

When 60 countries gather to do nothing about nuclear weapons stockpiles, you better pretend that non-proliferation is its own reward!

Gorilla says: “A week of depressing news, mostly made by evil and stupid people, so what else is new?”


Screwing The Most Vulnerable Americans

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

The new Super Duper Committee wants to cut costs in Medicare and Medicaid!

Not of course by the simplest solution, namely bringing everyone into a single payer system and reducing payments to the bloated medical industry, but by forcing the sickest and poorest Americans into a far more expensive privately managed care program!

The US spends twice as much on healthcare as any other country, yet 50 million Americans lack health insurance and our life expectancy is more or less the same as Mexico’s.

But the Congress is bought and paid for by Big Pharma and the AMA, so naturally those with no clout will be first in line to be clouted.

Gorilla says: “Single payer remains the only serious way to cut healthcare costs, and it’s nowhere in sight!”



Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

52 million Americans now lack health insurance!

25 million Americans remain unemployed!

And our leaders?

Cutting spending, the stupidest thing you could do in such circumstances!!!

Gorilla says: “We’ve become a self-fulling prophecy of our own misery!!!”


Why Not Write The Truth?

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

The NY Times today: Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate, and Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the House Republican leader, led the criticism in the summer of 2009. Ms. Palin said “Obama’s death panel” would decide who was worthy of health care. Mr. Boehner, who is in line to become speaker, said, “This provision may start us down a treacherous path toward government-encouraged euthanasia.”

Written correctly: Leading Republican politicians, including Sarah Palin and John Boehner, falsely claimed that the government would create “death panels” to decide who was worthy of health care and “may start us down a treacherous path to government-encouraged euthanasia”. These falsehoods influenced public opinion, to the extent that 30 percent of Americans over 65 believed incorrectly that the new health care law allowed a government panel to make end-of life decisions for people on Medicare.

Gorilla says: “Please try harder to make a distinction between what is true and what is false, oh media gods!”


The World’s Greatest Closed Shop Union

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Why, the AMA, of course!!!

Nobody restricts competition better, by limiting the number of doctors and effectively controlling how they are educated and licensed.

It’s an absolute disgrace.

There’s a large shortage of doctors in the country.

Qualified doctors from abroad must take years to get their credentials “recertified”.

Gorilla says: “Free trade means nothing until professional service providers are also subject to competition!”


Holbrooke: More Relevant To Health Care Than Anything Else

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Holbrooke’s dead and an object lesson in what’s wrong with American health care…

There wasn’t any chance, post-torn aorta, that he would live, but if you’re rich and/or famous enough, you can get whatever they’ll give, and they’ll give plenty.

Most of the health care dollars spent in this country go to the last few months/weeks/days of life, suggesting for the umpteenth time that an acceptance of death’s inevitability remains the greatest obstacle to genuine reform…

In life, of course, Holbrooke was one of those neocon ideologists who accomplished very little and damaged very much.

Nobody liked them, everyone had to deal with them, but once in power anyone with a bit of sense decided not to bother with them.

Such centrist folks put out to pasture (but retaining great journalistic contacts) are always portrayed in Washington as heroic and tough diplomats, but in reality their arrogance and their ignorance of facts on the ground always got in the way of their capacity to do anything.

When Bosnia is cited as your singular achievement, and 15 years later isn’t anywhere near being solved, oh well, let’s not speak ill of the dead or the hangers on at Dayton’s airport!

Gorilla says: “It helps to be a Villager in the Village of the Damned!”


Know Nothing Party Fall Platform

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Apparently, so far it goes like this:

“We decided it was better politically for 45,000 Americans to die in this and every subsequent year due to a lack of health insurance”.

“Sure, the Tea Partiers are racist homophobic extremist neanderthals, but we were glad to have them on our side”.

“Student loans must be provided by a federally subsidized banker, anything else is socialism”.

“We think the American people should have less protection from the predatory practices of the financial services industry“.