Posted in Politics, Things that make you say "hmm...", Things that piss me off

Here’s the “Skinny” on “the Skinny”

As of this moment the bozos in Washington are dicking around with an 8-page “bill” that took them seven years to create.  They call this the “skinny repeal” plan because it repeals some of the ACA.  The problem I have with it is what it repeals.

The “skinny repeal” plan would likely eliminate the individual mandate, which requires nearly all Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty.

This is the part of the ACA that young people have been bitching about.  They’ve been bitching about it because they’re young and healthy so their thinking is “why should I be required to pay for insurance if I don’t need it”.  That’s like someone saying they’ve been driving for twenty years, have never gotten a speeding ticket and have never been in an accident.  Why should I have auto insurance?  I’m a great driver.  Then one day–BOOM!  They hit someone, total their car and send the other party to the hospital.  Bet they wish they had auto insurance.

It’s the same thing with health insurance.  You’re a 20-something young stud, never smoked, don’t drink or do drugs, eat right, exercise, do all the right things.  But one day you start to feel “not right”.  You start to become clumsy.  Your stamina has gone AWOL.  You lose complete sensation in both your arms at the same time.  After many, many visits to many, many doctors and many, many medical bills you have had to pay out-of-pocket from your $15.00 an hour job because you were too ignorant to get health insurance, you learn that you have Multiple Sclerosis.  Health insurance would be nice right about now.

On the surface the option of not being required to buy health insurance may seem appealing to some.  Shit, we could all save a lot of money, right? Maybe take that dream vacation we’ve always wanted but won’t be able to take because we now have cancer and are bankrupt from all the bills we couldn’t pay.  Because we didn’t buy the health insurance.  Because we didn’t have to.  But now we wish we had.  Coulda.  Shoulda.  Woulda.  Didn’t.  Do you think Washington gives a fuck about your bad decision?  They should all be shot for even wanting to give you the fucking option!

Then there is the elimination of the employer mandate, which obligates larger companies to provide affordable coverage to their full-time workers.  The company I work for is a rather large company and I do obtain health insurance for me and my family through them.  If they are given the option to eliminate affordable coverage, what kind of health insurance options am I going to have as an employee?  Great, they can save money by offering some watered down shit plan.  Oooh, maybe they’ll install new windows with their savings.  Christ, the plan they offer now isn’t even that great but it’s first class compared to the health insurance offered at my husband’s company and at a few other companies I know of.  I can’t imagine what the plan would be like if they were only “obligated” to offer the “minimum”.  I’d probably be better off with nothing.

A little over a month ago President Barack Obama posted a message on Facebook regarding the Republican plan.  One thing he said that stood out to me was:

“Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family—this bill will do you harm. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.”  

Folks, this means all of us.  We’re only human.  You know at some point in your life you will get sick, even if it’s just the common cold.  Hopefully you will live long enough to get old but along with age comes a myriad of health issues from simple ailments to complex diseases.  And you may or may not start a family.  But if you have any kind of dependent in your life, whether it’s a child or spouse, they may rely on you for health insurance.

WHY WOULDN’T YOU WANT IT??????????????

Posted in Things that make you say "hmm...", Things that piss me off

You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Until It’s Gone

 

I’ve come to the conclusion that whatever happens with the whole healthcare fiasco happens.

As crazy as it sounds, it actually would be great if this bullshit passed.   You know why?  Because everything happens for a reason.

  1.  First of all, if this shit bill passes it’s going to be a while before it actually goes into effect.  If they think otherwise, then things will be really interesting.
  2. Something nobody has mentioned (except Senator Angus King from Maine and my husband), is how this is going to effect everyone.  I don’t mean the people who need healthcare.  I’m talking about the healthcare workers.  I’m talking about the pharmaceuticals.  Does anyone know how huge the medical field is?  How many hospitals, doctors, nurses, administrative people, pharmacists this bill will affect?  Even nursing homes and rehab facilities.  Think about it.  If nobody can afford to have health insurance, how will any of these medical facilities remain in business?  Watch Senator King explain it all here to the hosts of ASSHOLE’S favorite MSNBC show “Morning Joe.

 

 

3.  Here’s the great part.  You know how ASSHOLE keeps pointing the finger at Obama blaming him for this “awful” healthcare that we have?  You know, the          Affordable Care Act?  Well, if this new shit healthcare Congress came up with gets passed and ASSHOLE signs it, guess what?  HE CAN NO LONGER BLAME OBAMA FOR SHIT HEALTHCARE!  He won’t even be able to blame Turtleface McConnell BECAUSE ASSHOLE’S name will be on the bill!  So, you know what THAT means?  WE can point the finger at ASSHOLE and he will be the only one to blame.

4.  Once Congress gets sick of the mess they created and ASSHOLE signed off on, along with all the chaos it has caused, they don’t even need ASSHOLE to repeal the shit bill and replace it back with–you guessed it–OBAMACARE!

5.  Here’s the best part:  after all this shit has been done and gone and the ACA is back in effect, people (at least the intelligent ones) will realize that although the ACA may not be perfect, it’s a hell of a lot better than what the greedy GOP assholes stuck us with.

6.  It will finally be realized that–DUH!–ACA needs to be revised, not repealed.

Remember:  you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.

Posted in Things that make you say "hmm...", Things that piss me off

Pursuing Happiness

Although I have lived in America all my life, these past six months, particularly the past six weeks, have really made me think about where we’ve come from and where we’re headed.

To get where we are we fought hard for our independence.  Now I feel we are at a crossroads, still independent and yet timid in expressing our freedom.  I feel our democracy slowly slipping away from us and we can’t let that happen.  No matter who may want it to happen.  We fought too hard for it.  Many battles were won.  Many lives were lost.  To get where we are today fifty-six individuals signed a document stating that Americans were free to seek “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”.

Today when I think of these three words it occurs to me that in order to pursue “happiness” we must first have “life” and  “liberty”.  The fact that a lot of money-grubbing politicians want to make access to healthcare unaffordable or even impossible for most puts a damper on the whole “life” thing.  It’s kind of difficult to lead a productive life if one has to worry about being able to afford medical care for themselves and their loved ones while trying to put food on the table as well.

The definition of “liberty” is:  “the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views”.  Apparently some people forgot this word was part of the Declaration of Independence when they decided to ban individuals from coming to America because their life was full of turmoil somewhere else in the world.  The meaning was forgotten when they decided to ban people of a certain religion, but only the ones of that religion from specific countries.  Nobody in North Carolina knew what “liberty” meant when they felt it necessary to create a “bathroom bill”.  Obviously the White House has no idea what “liberty” means as every day they oppress the very people who are America’s first eyes and ears:  journalists.  They should really pay attention to the key words in the definition of “liberty” that say “free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority”.  And apparently even people in Congress have no idea what “liberty” means.  If they did know they wouldn’t be seeking the voter details of American citizens.  You want my name, address, age, last four of my Social Security number, party affiliation?  Fuck you.  Because it’s my “liberty” to keep that private.  Especially from the likes of what is clearly appearing to be a very corrupt United States government.

Right now because of our rights to  “life” and “liberty” being tampered with, I don’t know how anyone can pursue happiness.  Who can be “happy” with all this shit going on?

America may have come a long way in 241 years but it still  has a very long way to go.  With luck the direction will be forward instead of backwards.

Posted in Idiots and dumb-asses, Things that make you say "hmm...", Things that piss me off

Killing The Human Race–One Prick At A Time

Apparently GOP Congressman John Shimkus feels that it’s not right that a man should have to pay for pre-natal care.

A few questions come to mind with this prick’s arrogance:

  1.  Were you not born?
  2. If you have a female counterpart who is on your health insurance and lo and behold you get her pregnant, why shouldn’t your health insurance cover the care of the human being you helped create?
  3. Women don’t have limp dicks.  Why should we have to pay for Viagra?
  4. Do you have any idea what it costs to have a baby?  My guess is you don’t.

It’s bad enough that so many involved in this “health insurance game” don’t understand the first thing about health insurance.  We don’t need assholes like this Neanderthal telling us they don’t want to pay for pre-natal care because they don’t use it.

What are they trying to do?  Kill the human race?