Posted on March 8, 2012 by Wordsmith
‘Cuz ya know, there is that 4-hour warning signal.
Senator Nina Hall (D-Cleveland) put out a call for co-sponsors to a proposed bill (SB-37) with this initiating paragraph:
I will be introducing a bill to address an issue that has gone unaddressed for far too long. The diligence with which men in state legislatures across the nation have considered the fragile health and feeble minds of women has prompted me to reflect on the welfare of the more powerful breed: men.
Via Karoli at Crooks & Liars who has the low-down.
Thus, Senate Bill 307 protects men by requiring the following prior to receiving a prescription to treatment for erectile dysfunction:
- a signed affadavit from at least one sex partner confirming the man has indeed experienced the symptoms of impotence in the past 90 days
- a psychological screening to ensure the condition is, in fact, medical in nature
- ongoing cardiac stress tests and outpatient counseling about potential side effects
- information from the prescribing physician about risks, complications as well as non-medical options including counseling and celibacy
- copy of medical rationale for treatment filed in patient’s medical record
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Posted on April 5, 2011 by Wordsmith
Still fuming over Rep. Paul Ryan’s quote, “This isn’t a budget. This is a cause” and happened upon some actually interesting economic analysis.
During his little press conference, Ryan had invoked the name of Alice Rivlin referring to his stupidly named ‘Path to Prosperity’ as part of the Ryan-Rivlin Plan. In seeking out something on the connection between Ms. Rivlin and Mr. Ryan there was this bit of analysis regarding Medicare vs insurance:
Whether traditional Medicare could survive as an option, in the sort of system Rivlin says she envisions, is open to question and would depend, in part, on the regulations governing the whole system. But, at least in principle, she wouldn’t force people into private insurance. The new Ryan plan would.
Just the other day someone had sent this link via Twitter tying in Paul Ryan’s
bribes political donations from the “insurance industry” which at the time seemed just benign information. Now it’s more like fodder. Continue reading
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Posted on February 18, 2011 by Wordsmith
Update: I started this over last weekend, however there’s been quite a bit of movement making it almost irrelevant.
Now that Egypt is free and my tweeter feed isn’t ablaze I’ve been able to focus on more local issues which is how this tweet caught my attention which gave a link to ThinkProgress written by Ian Millhiser entitled, Idaho Nullificationists Poised To Kill Medicaid In That State. The closing paragraph from Ian’s post:
ThinkProgress previously reported that the leading proponents of Idaho’s nullification bill — including Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R) — decided to move forward with this ill-considered proposal after reading a book on nullification by leading Confederate apologist Tom Woods. As it turns out, there are very real consequences when state officials abandon the advice of real legal experts in favor of crackpot pseudo-historians like Woods. One of those consequences could be the end of Medicaid in Idaho.
Notwithstanding the possible loss of Medicaid funding that would directly affect my 28 year-old developmentally delayed nephew, I wanted to find why nullification was drawing such a strong, decided response from Idaho’s legislators. Not to mention how not only Idaho’s governor but several Idaho legislators ‘just happened to have’ copies of a book that specifically promotes nullification as a method for “fighting federal tyranny” in the ‘battle’ currently being used as a legal strategy against the Patient Protection & Affordable Health Care Act, fondly referred to as “Obamacare” by idiots everywhere. The book: ‘Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century’ is written by Thomas Woods, Jr., a Harvard/Columbia educated historian. The reason for Inadvertently found the reason why good ole’ boy Butch and GOP legislators had the book. Continue reading
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Posted on January 17, 2011 by Wordsmith
Just an observation…
This morning on the way to and from an appointment I had the radio on. As I often do I had it on ‘scan.’ As the radio paused for two seconds at each FM station, i noticed something. The so-labeled Christian stations were all discussing “Obamacare” and, of course, its repeal.
Two things I thought about:
- 1) The labeling it ‘Obamacare.’ Labeling it as such reminds those who didn’t vote for the president that they didn’t and this is his folly. It may or may not be directly related to their vision of race relations in this country.
- 2) In discussing the repeal, it’s all about taking away something that will benefit those who cannot afford certain aspects of health care or simply cannot afford health care. What about the adage of helping those in the name of Christ? Why would you take that away?
Just some disjointed thoughts while driving this morning.
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Posted on November 16, 2010 by Wordsmith
Please note this asshole’s occupation.
And as was handily pointed out, once again – the motto of the ReTHUGS:
“As long as I have mine – FUCK YOU!”
According to an account from a Capitol Hill staffer in Politico, newly elected Maryland congressman Andy Harris — who ran on an anti-health care reform platform — wanted to know why it was taking so long for him to get his government-subsidized health care.
He demanded to know during freshman orientation why his government health care wouldn’t kick in for a month, according to the account. It starts in February, a month after he’s sworn in, something he says is unusual and, according to one of his staffers, inefficient.
The ONLY place I ‘worked’ where health care kicked in immediately was the military.
Most of my adult life has been working for medicos – hospital or clinics – and there, the only exception was with the radiology group in Ohio; it was 2 weeks. Otherwise it ranged from 30 to 91 days – covering the 90-day probationary period.
Are NONE of these people connected to reality?
Filed under: Health Care, Politics | Tagged: Rep Andy Harris (R-MD) | 1 Comment »
Posted on November 21, 2009 by Wordsmith
Just watched Sen. Max Baucus run through a litany of what he says will be brought to those Americans who are in need of health insurance. I’m not a fan of Baucus’, but it was a decent listing.
Chris Dodd (D-CT) is speaking now. Why does this debate matter? And why are you watching C-SPAN on a Saturday evening. (Um, it was either CSPAN or TruTV’s ‘World’s Dumbest Criminals’ – which I actually enjoy.)
Oh, Christ – Mitch McConnell. What’s that phrase – I’d rather listen to fingernails across a chalkboard.
….. Here’s Harry Reid. My C-SPAN2 stream is getting kind of blinky…
I’m not understanding the hesitancy to have a debate, which is what this vote was all about. The vote was 60-39 to. Every single Democrat voting ‘aye.’ Continue reading
Filed under: Health Care, Politics | Tagged: C-SPAN2, Senate Debate on Health Care, the american people | 4 Comments »