Wednesday, February 10, 2010

NYC Crazies

Spotted: Larry Alexander Himself
Location: Downtown A-train
Behavior: Sitting in the seat adjacent to you, leaning forward every now and then to divulge secrets of the past.
Defining Characteristics: Glassy-eyed concerned stare into nowhere, urine stained slacks, properly folded hands in lap, heavy week old whiskey breath, greets you with Happy Holidays (post-holidays)
Reveal of the day: "Phyllis Lawrence" (pause) "She killed herself" (pause) "Behind Larry Alexander" (pause) "A man."

Chaos Reigns in the Cost of Health Care - Prologue

Here's a run-down on the progression of Health Care starting with September 2009. I have broken this up in chapters to make this a more easy read for you. I will be writing more from here up until post February 25, 2010 Obama symposium:

September 2009: Gang of Six - Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and others - vs. - Max Baucus Senate Finance Committee Chairman (D-Mont.)
-Max Baucus effort to gain support from 6 key Republican Senators for a "broadly" bipartisan bill
-proposed legislation that does not include the public insurance option
-includes health care cooperatives
-supports a new tax on health insurers who provide high-cost plans
-a new fee on insurance companies to pay for reform, designed to raise $6 billion per year starting in 2010
-supposedly would expand coverage to about 94 percent of the American people
-Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Mike Enzi of Wyoming, have signaled in recent weeks that they might not be able to sign on to a compromise
-Pelosi stated that the public insurance option remains “essential” to passing a bill in the House
-repeated signals from the White House that Obama doesn’t consider it essential at all.
-$900 billion plan that’s likely to be controversial: a mandate that would require every American to either purchase coverage or face a penalty
- What is the cost of this penalty? $950 for an individual and $3,800 for a family above 300 percent of the poverty line. For families at 100 percent to 300 percent of the poverty line, the maximum penalty is $750 for an individual and $1,500 for a family.
- Republicans found one provision they liked: allowing younger people to buy only lower-cost catastrophic coverage.

What does this all really mean? I will refer to Bill Maher's conversation with former Cigna Exec Wendell Potter (he was the Head of Corporate Communications):

Bill Maher says: "Blow Job to the Insurance Industry"
Wendell Potter Breaks it down for you -
-Catering to the Special Interests
-Continuing of cost shifting
-Give industry wide latitude to put us into high cost plans
-Guarantees more Americans would go into Bankruptcy
-Still corporate friendly
-Republicans don't like some of the restrictions on the free-market options, even though corporations are benefiting from it
-Needs to be a public option, if not health-insurance industry wins
-Higher premiums, insurance industry has more levarage to reduce subsidy for people to afford bad insurance
-Plans with high deductibles
-Guarantees 40 million more people as new insurance customers

Video can be found here

*I can definitely say that since last year, I have already been experiencing higher deductibles after a co-pay with my health insurance already...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

NYC Crazies

Spotted: The He-Man Lesbian Hater
Location: L-train, boarded at 6th Avenue
Behavior: Preaching to the ceiling in the middle of the train car
Defining Characteristics: Hetero- Friendly plastic frame glasses, Faded NYPD oversized nylon jacket, no-homo baggy jeans and skull cap
Speech of Choice: "Why is America introducing Lesbians to kids? All they want to do is watch American Idol, and that's all you see on American Idol. Talking about lesbians and not stopping the fucking war. Nasty stupid lesbians ain't going to win that war for us. Lesbians shit out they ass just like men shit out they ass. They all have a smelly shitty ass like a man's ass. Why don't you stank fucking pussies go and fight the war. You all are a bunch of stank pussies, you ain't gonna fight that fucking war for us. You bunch of stank ass pussies."

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Biggie Shortie

Photo Credit: Faithmouse on Fleshbot

Bernie went to court and I missed out on going to see him! Feng Shui consultant that lost 2/3's of her investments wonders how he was able to swindle all that money from everyone, perhaps he himself was a Feng Shui consultant of Portfolios.
Cramer Vs. Stewart
Free Space for Artists in Braddock! Does anyone want to move out there and start something?
Natasha Richards dies from ski-related head injury
Obama Administration and Congress do not care about you

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Can You Ear Me Now?

New Dora doll silhouette outrages moms that don't want their girls to grow up wishing they had long legs, negative torso, and an abnormally large head (photo credit - Nickelodeon and NY Daily News).
Employment Rate up to 8.1%, the highest it has been in 25 years... as was the 7.6% in January. The breakdown: 681,000 in December; 655,000 in January; and now 651,000in February.
We have been in a recession since December 2007 and have lost 4.4 million jobs (almost half that number in the past 3 months)
Details of Chris Brown and Rihanna domestic abuse released, finally. What a poor display of social responsibility from the both of them, especially her.
Hillary Clinton in Turkey
8 Dead in Pakistan bombing
"I am proud that we passed a recovery plan free of earmarks..."
- Barack Obama (as if the Republicans don't do it too)
Pork and Beans Breakdown
8,000 Earmarks for $8 Billion:

$1.6 M for pig odor research in Iowa (findings will be used to end the cause of bellybutton odor)
$143K for Las Vegas Natural History Museum (special "Life of the Neon Light" wing will be dedicated to the Demcratic Party)
$238K for the Polynesian Voyaging Society in Hawaii
1.7 M for Honey Bee Factory in Texas
$1 M for Cricket control in Utah (Plans to end the desire of stepping on grass to make the chirping stop)
$925K towards Sustainable Energy in Las Vegas
*Argued that it's only a tiny fraction of the overall bill (less than 1%), Senators are smiling about the earmarks that they had passed in it - Joe Lieberman claimed that not all of his earmarks that were passed were authorized, but most of them are "good ones," and he is willing to defend them
*Congressional Democrats are getting 60% of the earmarks (favors are owed for the President's agenda to be implemented)
*Earmarks = Jobs

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Much Ado About Health Care

Judge attacked, Defendant carrying scissor/hair-clipper weapon for 2 weeks was killed
School bus drunk driver, Students told their parents that bus driver hit mailbox on the way home and parents decided to report it
Eagle bursts through windshield on interstate 80
Camp Lejeune bus accident on Highway 17: tour buses carrying 100's, 7 marines injured, 1 critically injured
Michael Jackson, 50 and father of 3, calls it a comeback for 2009 - there will be a series of concerts in London to follow, Jackson hasn't done anything since 2001 - also filing suit against Julian's auction house for attempting to auction rhinestone trimmed socks and other priceless items
Chris Brown has hearing today for Rhianna face punches
Karl Rove summoned to court! Rove and Harriet Myers testifying for the firing of 8 U.S. Attorneys, not under oath and is also behind closed doors - boo! Federal Judge struck down Bush's move for executive privilege. Rove claims he has nothing to hide, but Justice department found improper political context
Opening bell for Wall Street today - Dow Jones is down 117 points
General Motors maybe filing for bankruptcy: if it can't implement it's turn around plan
Government spends more than $2 trillion on health care a year: Obama is trying to get hospitals, doctors, drug maker execs, and insurance company execs all "at the bargaining table" to come up with a plan for his health care summit at the White House today
Nadya Suleman auditioning for the role of Christine Collins in the Changeling
Missing NFL players off the coast of Florida
Breaking News: Man cooks eggs and starts building fire in PA
Rep. Zach Wamp (House Appropriations committee) gets a reaction out of MSNBC reporter by saying "Health care is a privilege" - other famous quotes from the convo:
"Well it's probably the next major step towards Socialism... I hate to sound so harsh..."
"So the Devil is in the details and we're waitin for those details"
"Just because Republicans made a lot of mistakes, doesn't mean Democrat's have to make those same mistakes times 5 or times 10"
"Half of 'em choose to what's called 'go naked' and just take a risk of getting sick, they end up in the emergency room and cost you and me a whole lot more money"
"How many illegal immigrants are there in this country today getting our health care? Gobs of em!"
Mrs. Bush (Barb) had open heart surgery, in recovery in intensive care, operation was a success, she's already been on the phone calling people
Is everyone tired about hearing about the monkey attack and outraged about monkey legislation?
Rush Limbaugh is still an idiot, Michael Steele is a pussy
According to Roger Simon, Michael Steele (RNC) "thinks the Republican party has to reach out and become an off-the hook, hip-hop party that reaches out to minorities, especially those in the cities and the suburbs."
I should write a book about how lipstick clad 13 yr olds should not write books and be used as a revival of a failed ideology that erroneously fronts a racist/homophobic/ignorant base. Jonathan, do you really know what filibuster means?

Constitutional Act of the Day: Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act

Passed in 1980
Gave Federal Reserve greater control over non-member banks:
1) Forced banks to play by their rules
2) Allowed mergers amongst banks - practice that had happened, but seemed to really pick up post-1980
3) Raised deposit insurance from $40,000 to $100,000
4) Allowed credit unions and savings and loans to offer checkable deposits (faster access to funds on demand, no interest, say goodbye to saving and hello to spending!)
5) Federal Reserve Board of Governors no longer had the power of setting interest rates for savings accounts (repealed some of Glass-Steagull and Regulation Q)
6) Allowed Institutions unregulated charging of interest rates