Morning Reads — Thursday, November 21, 2013

On this day in 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Also on this day, in 1993, the House voted against making D.C. state #51. Amen.

Jimmy (and maybe Jason) Carter

Sweet Tea

Liberty Drum



    $10/day if you pack your kid an unhealthy lunch… #thanksMichelle
    Uh.. this happened in CANADA… #omgblamedemocratsanyway #readingcomprehension

    BTW did ya’ll miss the headline about Georgia Regents University’s “puppy problem”?

    • saltycracker says:

      Hospitals are positioning themselves to dominant healthcare in their “territories”, Northside going for the North metro. Add in the complexities in the markets by uninsured/inadequately insured patients that won’t/can’t pay that they have to treat.

      With this, the games begin. Most insurance claims reflect they amount charged (some stunning amount – to determine tax loss ?) , the amount paid (usually a fraction of the billed),
      the insured’s obligation (usually limited to some annual amount) and if the hospital is not happy the insurance company holds the insured harmless and fights the case. Of course other formulas/cheap insurance alternatives exist for the risk takers.

      The media in sensationalizing it, usually refers to the billed amount which is akin to the retail price on the shirt at Kohl’s hanging on the up to 80% rack less your 30% off card and $10 cash coupons.

      I just listened to a relative blast the cost of health insurance, said he doesn’t need it as he in an active job, so doesn’t get sick like desk jockies. He will either work for cash or get a cheap ( you get what you pay for) policy or pay the small penalty….

      In spite of all there will be risk takers and when some end up in the hospital, they’ll get the list price and the games will begin.

      • saltycracker says:

        Would you suspect ABC news with Diane Sawyer left out some information that might redirect the source of the problem ?

        • Raleigh says:

          No I don’t. The news piece said the same thing I have been saying for years. Hospitals have been gouging patients. I agree what Hospitals want is to be the monopoly in the area. That was apparent when Kennestone tried to stop Northside from expanding. Hospitals keep throwing out the “uninsured” burden but they give little details to the actual monetary impact. That is just as hard as it is to get an itemized bill from them. Why is that so hard? It’s not like they don’t have the details. That said it is disingenuous to hide that cost in the resold goods they offer especially since you can’t refuse to buy those goods. Look at it this way if Kohl’s used the same markup Northside used that $20 shirt would cost over $10,000. The difference is at Kohl’s you can walk away.

          • saltycracker says:

            Not a fan of the hospitals either. As we are but foot soldiers in the battle between hospitals, government mandates and the insurance industry our primary position has to be to NOT go near a hospital without adequate insurance.

            And, no worries, The Feds are adding 16,500 IRS agents to the healthcare system.

  2. Ellynn says:

    All publicly accessed building (private or publically owned) built in the US after 1994 have levers. All multi-family housing structures with 4 units or more has to have a least 1 or 5% of their units with levers (including privately funded places like condos and appartments). Only privately own structures with 3 units or less are exempt.

    You can thank Pres. George H. W. Bush for signing liberty killing bill into the federal law in 1990. Along with the senators who proposed the bill in 1989 (Sen. Harkin, with co-spnoncers, Dole, McCain, B. Kerry, Inouye). One of it’s largest lobby group was the Veterans of Forgien Wars.

    This doorknob killing bill goes by the offical name of “An Act to Establish a Clear and Comprehensive Prohibition of Discrimination on the Basis of Disability”.(aka “Americans with Disabilities Act”).

  3. seenbetrdayz says:

    Dems just voted to reduce the votes needed to end filibusters to a simple majority. I wonder if the GOP can reduce the number of votes needed to reduce the number of votes needed to end filibusters to less than 50%.

    The democrats are behaving like they’ll never be a minority again. They didn’t like the ‘nuclear option’ when they were the minority in the past. But, turns out they are the ones to press the red button.

    • Ed says:

      At the risk of sounding like a Democratic apologist… I kind of think it is absurd how the filibuster has been used the past decade or so and something should probably be done about it. Considering how inept everyone in Congress is at the moment, this is probably the only “solution.”

      • seenbetrdayz says:

        On the flip side, if everyone is inept, do you really want to make it easier for them to do things?

        Now a simple majority of inept congress critters can push through anything they want.

        It was less than a decade ago that then-senator Obama was defending the filibuster as a needed check on the powers of the majority.

  4. MattMD says:

    If you get through the Old Testament and think the Bible is non-fiction then you are a blithering idiot.

    I don’t care who you are.

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