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Serve & Protect

If police protection was rationed run like health care:

This is a Top-20 finalist in the Organizing For America health care reform video contest. Want to see more?
::: Of course you do! :::

Check ’em out here and vote for your fave!

And, if you want to know more about how our current health care system (and lack of public option) affects REAL people in our country – check out WriteChic Press and search her fantabulous blog using the term ‘Eric De La Cruz’.
::: You’ll want to have a hanky ready to dry your eyes and a pillow ready to practice your legislative face-punch¬†:::

November 2, 2009 at 11:02 am 2 comments

Health SCARE Plan

Don’t worry South Floridians!
You don’t have to wait for Congress to pass legislation giving the legal okeedokee to prematurely deep six Nanny Myrt — Sunshine State ‘health officials’ are ON it!

Whole and entire months before FOX news began pushing the nation’s the collective panic button by erroneously – if not convincingly – tolling the death panel knell, Florida Surgeon General Ana M. Viamonte Ros was dotting the final i’s and crossing the last few t’s on a plan that would actually put some push to the fabled death panel proposal.

Ros’ plan recommends that hospitals overrun with flu cases give the proverbial ‘hand’ to the helpless and bar bitches with ‘incurable cancer, end-state multiple sclerosis’ and certain ‘other’ diseases from coming in and getting their treatment on.
::: Hippocratic hypocrisy!! :::

The plan — which is aimed at helping Florida hospitals navigate the wicked waters of actual megabig full-on pandemic pandemonium — also calls for doctors to remove patients with poor prognoses from ventilators to treat those who have better chances of surviving.
::: Kevorkian FAIL :::

Oh but don’t worry, sufferers!
The plan does allow hospital folks — IF NEEDED — to give your sick sorry ass ‘palliative care’ to keep you comfortable.
And by ‘palliative care’ they mean ‘shit to keep you quiet’.
And by ‘keep you comfortable’ they mean, ‘while you wait to die strapped to a gurney in a corner of the lobby’.

See?! They’re not going to totally abandon the sick and helpless!
::: at least not those with insurance ūüėČ :::

But the best part?‚Ä®Florida’s not alone!
YAY – company!!

With swi, err, H1N1 wreaking havoc on health wards nationwide, hospital heads from here to there are behind the 8-ball as they try to figure out just how to handle the flood of patients a truly heinous flu pandemic, like the one that gripped the nation in 1918, would unleash.

What to do? What to DOOOOOO?!?
Ya, I guess everyone was just waaaayyyy too busy for the last
NINETY-ONE FUCKING YEARS to worry about another inevitable pandemic, so playing catch-up with actual lives on the line’s just a slice of OK, right? Right?
::: ugh :::

And how does ‘the plan’ play out?

Well, when Utah tested a similar method out against reality in a drill a few months back, the results revealed some uh-oh’s, a few oh shit’s, and more than the requisite number of mmm-hmmm’s¬†found in typical health care policies.

For example, Utah family physician Pete DeWeerd had to tell the mother of a mock patient that her 7-year-old daughter, who had cerebral palsy and was suffering from the flu, would be turned away from the hospital and likely die.
::: uh-oh :::

“I don’t like to tell you this,” he said he told her. “It feels unfair, but our list is our list is our list.”
::: oh shit :::

He added, “It was awful. You get a huge lump in your throat.”
::: mmm-hmmm :::

Infectious-disease physician Tom Kurrus¬†said the public at large is largely uninformed of ‘test’ triage policies.

“Even with the scenarios played out and the discussions entertained, they still don’t understand,” he said. “It’s, ‘Why can’t I get into the hospital? Why can’t Grandma get put on a respirator?'”


The planning’s all fun and games until there really are too many people for too few doctors and hosptial beds and people put on their pissy pants.

S’cool. I get it. I’m down.

But I do have a teensy-weensy smidge of a budding problem with the Florida plan’s provisions to “reduce or eliminate” the legal liability of health care workers who, ‘in good faith’, deny or withdraw treatment from patients in an emergency.

In good faith?
In whose judgment?
The nurse? The patient? The guy outside in the hallway hacking flu cooties all over the place because he doesn’t have my/your bed?

Nooooo.‚Ä®In good faith – you know, like ICU personnel reassessing the viability of anyone on a ventilator every 48-72 hours [LET’S GET A MOVE ON PEOPLE! THESE PATIENTS ARE STACKING UP LIKE LEFTOVER DISHES AT THE ALL-NIGHT DINER!!!]
or like stopping medical treatment or outright discharging anyone who’s condition has taken a turn for the worse [CHECK PLEASE!]
to make room for the ‘not so worse’ [TABLE FOR ONE? RIGHT THIS WAY!].

Yeah, Nanny Myrt’s gonna need to have really good faith to make it through that!


October 20, 2009 at 12:20 pm 2 comments

Rare photo!! Bipartisanship in action!!

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., left, shakes hands with committee member Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine after a committee vote on the health care reform bill today.

It’s NOT just a myth!

Way to go, Olympia Snowe!
::: The ONLY Republican senator professional enough to put politics aside and at least try to do the right thing. :::
“When history calls, history calls.”
– Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine

October 13, 2009 at 8:55 pm

We’re No. 37

Let’s celebrate?

September 30, 2009 at 10:20 am

Health Care ReFAIL

So, I’m gettin’ all d√©j√† vu-ey over this whole health-care reform issue because I gots a bayud feeling whatever version of this pitifully lame mockery of health-care reform initiative makes it to my boyfriend’s desk – it’s not going to end up providing any actual ‘reform’.
I know it. You know it. Reconize.

I mean, no doubt — the needs are there.
You simply can’t argue that something must be done to help the more than dental46 million uninsured Americans.
::: For those keeping score — that’s nearly 15% of all Americans — more people than in all of Canada or Spain and twice as many as Venezuela or Australia. That’s a lot of people, people!!! :::

Nor can you argue that the cost of health care has put those with so-so insurance on the medical skids and those with nice plans think they’re all fine and dandy because they aren’t the ones paying the hidden costs (all you so-sos are)¬†and they’re basically sheilded from the suffering of their poor, uninsured neighbors.
::: And don’t even start. It’s a no-brainer. Yes.¬†You should care about your
neighbors. :::

O’Baby says whatever bill is brought before him must broaden coverage, slow long-term cost increases and be deficit-neutral (mmm hmm) — all of this in spite of an expected price tag of more than $1 trillion over the next decade. And he wants it paid for without increasing taxes on the 95 percent of Americans who earn less than $250,000 a year.

Superbly scary pricetag aside, it might not pinch that other 5% quite as waitingmuch as they think to ante up considering they take in more than one-third of all pay in the U.S.

A new Wall Street Journal analysis of Social Security Administration data from 1979 and 2006 revealed the inflation-adjusted after-tax income of the richest 1% of households increased by a gargantuan 256 percent, compared to measly 21% for families in the middle income quintile.

They received “nearly $2.1 trillion of the $6.4 trillion in total U.S. pay in 2007, the latest figures available,” the report states. And those compensation numbers “don‚Äôt include incentive stock options, unexercised stock options, unvested restricted stock units and certain benefits.”

So, I’m sorry, but you’ll have to forgive me if I don’t rush out to get my boo hoo on for them right away. This ‘caste’ing of American society is a little too ‘fall of ancient Rome economy’ if you ask me, which you didn’t but it’s my blog so nyah nyah nyah nyah.

Oh but it doesn’t matter anyway.
I mean, for starters, the various and sundry versions of versions of the plans making the rounds through Congress include some of O’Bossyboss’ ‘must haves’, but – according to the Congressional Budget Office — none of them do enough to slow health care cost increases.


Add to that the harsh reality that nothing will ever change until and unless the government stops pretending that insurance companies are in the healthcare business.
Here’s a lesson kiddies: Insurance companies are in the profit industry. They do not provide health care, they don’t usually pay for some of it.

Bottom line? The whole reform issue is scary. It’s a thorny bush no one’s wanted to prune for, like EVER!
And, while¬†it’s perfectly natural for rank and filers like you and me to fear making a big change like this, it’s also wholly unacceptable for the people representing me you us to flap and squawk and click their heels about the work, the sacrifice, the harship of it all … and in the end do nothing of any consequence.

The current system is rotting the country from the inside like a cancer … and cancer doesn’t discriminate.



July 23, 2009 at 3:42 pm 4 comments

Rank … and File 13

Dear Earth,

I know it’s been a while since my last letter and I hate to be the bearer of even more bad news for you because I know you’ve been under your weather for a really long time, buuuut –¬†remember how I told you the folks at the Pew Research Center were doing a survey to figure out what people think President O’Beautiful’s priorities should be?

Well, they’re done and … gosh, I, I just¬†don’t know how to say this other than just to come right out with it …

About those priorities?
You’re not one.

I mean, your movie was off the chain and all – and you know how hot Al Goregous makes me¬†(kind of like the way¬†burning fossil fuels and deforestation make you feel) – but the bottom line is that we’re all just beginning the long journey out of the darkness of this New Great Depression and, well, you don’t put food on the tab …¬†oh wait –¬†ok, you sort of ¬†do … ummm, uhh, what I meant to say is that you don’t pay the bills.
Yeah, that’s what I’m trying to say.

You don’t pay the bills, and so we have to make fixing the economy Priority Numero Uno right now.

Now, I know we made a big deal about you there for a while and, gosh, I sure hope you don’t take¬†this too hard … it’s just that there’s just so much to fix!!

What with the economic situation, the health care situation, the education situation, the social security situation, the crime situa … well, just all the other situations we’ve been so so busy not fixing for the last eight years.

But you are important to me!!
You are!

Increased heating bills, higher cooling bills, rising insurance bills, ever-expanding grocery bills … I know you’re a part of making¬†all of those bills higher … if only you could help pay for them …
… but you can’t and¬†so¬†folks were all ‘Global Warming Schmobal Schmorming, Earth Schmerth! – I need to get straight up PAID, bitch!’ when it was time to prioritize.

Soooo … you know, like, I’m sorry and all and I really do hope you feel better soon.
Maybe next year … right?!?

Yeah … ok … well, umm, see you at the rally in April



January 23, 2009 at 3:54 pm 10 comments

Something’s missing

Joe the Plumber’s on board and so is Joe Six Pack.
Heck, even the grand-poobah of political peepaws himself –¬†Joe Biden – is accounted for.
Yet scant days before the most important election in the entire history of all historical electionations ever to have taken place among the esteemed electorate inhabiting all corners of the Milky Way Рwe seem to have misplaced a Joe!

Where is the crucial Blow endorsement?!?

Don’t¬†the candidates¬†know true, real Americans only care about a health care plan that includes a wide (I SAID WIDE, BITCHES!)¬†array of drug benefits?!?
::: sorry, the morning Prozac hasn’t kicked in yet :::

America isn’t a melting pot as much as it is a¬†medicine cabinet. You can pop a pill for anything that ails ya!

Want to lose weight? Can’t get it up? Blood pressure too high? Thinning hair? Stressed out? Allergies? Common cold? Muscle aches? Stubbed toe? Hangnail?
Take a pill! It’s the American way!

Drugs are a part of everything that is truly American and, therefore, should be embraced as a key pivotal political issue.

Baseball: Steroids
Apple Pie: Preservatives
Mom: Lasix

Whether you’re a¬†craggy AARP Q-Tip workin’ a Plavix fix¬†or a¬†common crack whore searchin’ for¬†some half track – YOU, Mrs. America, have needs no employer-backed plan can possibly cover.

Oh sure, this is a nation of Nickelonians who will nod politely at the ‘You Betchas’ and give¬†nudges of approval to notions of hopification and audaciousness. But make no mistake — it’s also a nation who wants to see their Joe,¬†their ‘everyman’, courted by one of the campaigns too!

When will we hear Big Mac talk about the importance of scoring some bargain-basement Botox for his bride?
::: no stranger to chemical intervention she :::
Where does my boyfriend stand on the critical role the average clucker plays?
::: ‘cuz¬†people pull some crazy ass shit over the rising cost of crank! :::

With granny’s medications costing more than her mortgage, and Vita-G costing a real¬†one – there simply is no bigger pocketbook issue than this one!

The ‘war’ is over — tick tock, fellas!

October 29, 2008 at 4:46 pm

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