12 November 2013
6 November 2013
With the horrible rollout of Obamacare…I am sure that there is some good news in there somewhere and of course it is something that the opposition would rather not see in the printed page…..so just to piss them off….I submit…..
23 August 2013
We hear many thin gs that will occur because of Obamacare……some true but moist are made up bullshit……
19 July 2013
I wish the twats on the Right would shut up and let the facts drive the conversation…..but that is probably too much to ask for in these times, huh?
We all know just how the Right feels about Obamacare, right? They are always telling us what a dismal failure it is and will be…..and of course the Prez gave them more ammo when in postponed the small business part of the law……let me interrupt the mindless clowns and telling of the successes……..but first let’s look at the action taken by the House (again)………
(AP) – House Republicans voted today to delay core provisions of ObamaCare, emboldened by the administration’s concession that requiring companies to provide coverage for their workers next year may be too complicated. After a day of heated rhetoric, the House voted largely along party lines, 264-161, to delay by one year the so-called employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act. It voted 251-174 to extend a similar grace period to virtually all Americans who will be required to obtain coverage beginning Jan. 1, the linchpin of the law. The House legislation stands no chance in the Democratic-run Senate. Even if it somehow did, the White House promised two vetoes.
The dual political-show votes marked the 38th time the GOP majority has tried to eliminate, defund, or scale back the law since Republicans took control of the House in January 2011. “This administration cannot make its own law work,” said Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, during House debate. Eager to counter the Republican criticism, Obama plans to deliver remarks tomorrow focusing on rebates that consumers are already receiving from insurance companies under the health care law.
And now as promised…..the SUCCESSES!
- New York: Just today we found out that health insurance premiums for those in the individual market will plummet by 50 percent or more. The New York Times reports that someone who is paying $1,000 a month now will be able to purchase coverage next year for as little as $308 — and that’s not even counting potential Obamacare subsidies that could lower the cost even further.
- California: The costs for a medium coverage plan are far below predictions. For example, in southern Los Angeles County Health Net is going to charge $242 a month for one of its plans while Blue Shield is charging $287 and Kaiser Permanente $325 for the same coverage. That means that the 5 million uninsured residents of California will now have more access to affordable, higher quality care than is currently available.
- Montana: The individual and small group health plans sold on the marketplace will be cheaper and offer better coverage. Without the health law, insurance officials predicted the average premium in 2014 to rise by 10 percent to $290. Instead, the average cost for an individual plan will be $273 — about five percent lower than it would have been without the health law’s marketplace. Costs are going down even has insurance companies will now have to cover ten “essential health benefits,” including prescription drug and mental health services, that skimpy individual plans almost never cover.
- Louisiana: Residents will soon see lower premiums as well. Just last week Louisiana’s largest private health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, estimated that two-thirds of its customers who buy their own policies will pay the same premiums or less for better coverage under the federal health care overhaul.
- Washington: After warning that premiums would go up by 50-70 percent under Obamacare, Premera Blue Cross released rates for individual plans that are far lower that current levels. Premera currently offers individual plans for 21-year-old non-smokers at a monthly cost of $325, with a deductible of $1,800. In the exchange, that same person in King County could purchase a similar Premera plan with a lower deductible at a rate of $276 — a decrease of 15 percent.
BOTTOM LINE: Obamacare is working. And with 24 million Americans expected to gain coverage through the marketplaces by 2016, that’s great news for Americans’ pocketbooks — as well as their health. It’s time Republicans do their job and make sure their constituents get coverage and the benefits from Obamacare, instead of doing everything in their power to take away those benefits from their constituents.
Okay sports fans here is the ammo we all need to fight the revisionist bullsh*t of the GOP……..make good use of the information at hand………we can beat the pants off the Right when armed with facts…..you have your facts…..GET BUSY!
13 July 2013
The weekend and time for a cleansing couple of days…….the mind needs a diversion…….
Some numbers are lucky…..some places are lucky…..and then there are people that are just plain lucky…..we all know someone like this….but this woman has them all beat…..
The Syracuse Post-Standard has a medical story equal parts amazing and scary: Doctors who thought a 41-year-old woman was dead were preparing to remove her organs when she opened her eyes in the operating room. St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center eventually got fined $6,000 by the state after investigators found a series of mistakes in the near disaster, the most jarring of which is that doctors disregarded a nurse’s observation that the patient had been showing signs of improvement and was not, in fact, dead. The woman had overdosed on Xanax and other drugs, and doctors concluded she had suffered not only a “cardiac death” but irreversible brain damage, reports the newspaper. Neither was the case. Doctors scheduled the organ removal even after a nurse noticed that the woman’s toes curled during a reflex exam; she also appeared to be breathing independently of her respirator. And still, the operation went forward, or would have had the woman not opened her eyes. A sad coda: The patient was released from the hospital two weeks after the incident, but she killed herself more than a year later, in 2011. (Details are just now coming to light thanks to a FOIA request by the Post-Standard.) St. Joseph’s tells the New York Daily News it regrets the error and worked to set things right by the patient’s family, which did not want the incident discussed publicly. Click for the full story. (This isn’t the first instance of a supposedly dead person waking up, either; there was this time. And this time. And this time. And this time. Yeah, it happens a lot.)
Talk about a thankful day!
22 June 2013
Finally, the weekend and I get to pull the plug on my brain and post on something besides politics and such……..at times it is fun to learn new stuff…….
I recall when I was a kid and git sick….to my loving grandmother all sickness was in direct resault of an unhealthy colon…….and I had to swallow copious amounts of that fowl tasting Cod Liver Oil…..needless to say, it did not take long for me to feel much better….anything to avoid yet another dose of the nasties…….
But guess what? My grandmother, rest her soul, was a lot smarter than I gave her credit…….
(Newser) – Researchers recently looked at nearly 10,000 emergency room visits at one hospital by children who were experiencing abdominal pain, and what they found may surprise you: The most common diagnosis, found in more than 25% of the kids who were diagnosed with anything, was constipation. “Parents are shocked that that’s their child’s diagnosis,” says the lead author. Even the pediatrician who wrote up the study in the New York Times was surprised by her own child’s constipation diagnosis, because she had asked him about that exact issue. But, as her child’s pediatrician explained, “Sometimes kids don’t want to tell their mom.”
Constipation is a touchy subject, since many link it to a poor diet or a sedentary lifestyle, but it can start very early in children as they struggle against their parents’ potty training methods. As they get older, kids may not want to use the bathroom at school. “Withholding” in either of these cases can lead to problems, and they can get worse as children develop “defecation anxiety,” a pediatric psychologist explains. All the while, parents may have no idea; they may even think their children are dealing with diarrhea (extreme cases of constipation can lead to liquid stool; see the Times if you need the gory details). Unfortunately, the problems can persist for years, even into adulthood.
Talk to me….my peeps!
15 June 2013
My weekend and a much deserved mental break……once again it is all about the sex…..that driving force of nature that makes us all perk up a bit……..
For years women have been in search of the elusive orgasm………and now there is a way….but what extremes would anyone go to for that moment of “YAHOO”?
Newser) – Good news for those of you dreading childbirth: It doesn’t have to be all pain and agony. There have long been stories of so-called “orgasmic births,” and now a new study by a psychologist looks at the actual numbers. The study author surveyed French midwives, some of whom in turn questioned mothers they had helped; 109 of them completed his questionnaire. The results: In 668 cases, mothers reported orgasmic sensations during birth to their midwives; in 868 cases, midwives saw signs of pleasure from birthing mothers. Nine mothers also reported having an orgasm during birth. All in all, the midwives reported witnessing orgasms in 0.3% of births, LiveScience reports.
These results have “established the fact that obstetrical pleasure exists,” the study author says, though some are still skeptical. But one professor of psychology explains that it makes sense from an anatomical perspective: “It’s stimulation of the birth canal, stimulation of the cervix, the vagina and the clitoris and uterine contractions,” he says, adding that he’s done studies finding that orgasms can reduce pain sensitivity. A childbirth educator who made a 2009 documentary on orgasmic births says they’re probably even more common than this survey finds, and wants the stigma to go away: “People see ‘birth’ and ‘orgasmic’ together on paper, and it pushes all their buttons on sexuality,” she explains.
Was it worth it?
2 June 2013
A button I use to wear back in the 80′s when running became the en vogue thing to do…..I never had time to join a running club or gym….I was too busy trying to earn a living and to keep my family fed to be so self-absorbed……..
But recently I have been looking at the beauty culture that has been spawned in Hell…..where people must have a certain appearance to be considered one of the “pretty people”….you know hairless men, women who have no butt and their measurements are the same all the way down…people that their self worth is tied to their body mass……..
But then I saw this report and smiled…….
(Newser) – With some studies showing the health benefits of running—good cholesterol levels, improved blood pressure—may be offset by heart conditions like plaque buildup in arteries and arrhythmia in extreme athletes, doctors are divided on whether there’s such a thing as too much exercise. While one doctor says, “there is compelling evidence that there’s no upper limit,” another tells the Wall Street Journal, “why wouldn’t there be a relationship between over exercise and heart disease?”
“I don’t want anyone to read that exercise can be bad for you,” says a columnist for TheHeart.org. “Some folks do tons of exercise and are protected. Some folks probably have some individual susceptibility to it. I’m a big believer in short intervals of high intensity.” Recent research indicates that any benefit runners see drops off beyond 30 miles a week, the Journal notes. Still, a veteran marathoner says he’s not worried by the blurring line between runners and the not-so-healthy among us. “There are guys who live to be 100 smoking cigarettes and eating cheeseburgers.” Click for the full piece.
Do not get me wrong healthy is a good thing but not to the point that you judge other people……do you want me judging you by IQ capability?
Then there is the exercise thing……we all need motivation, some need more than others…..but I do believe that this woman has founbd the perfect motivation to exercise……
Published in the USAToday………..
ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A Zumba fitness instructor who pleaded guilty to using her Maine studio as a front for prostitution is going to jail, bringing to an end a scandal featuring sex videos, adultery and exhibitionism.
Alexis Wright was sentenced Friday under a plea agreement to 10 months in jail for 20 counts including prostitution, conspiracy, tax evasion and theft by deception.
Afterward, she was led from the courtroom by a court officer.
The 30-year-old Wright was accused of conspiring with an insurance business owner to run a prostitution business in which she videotaped clients without their knowledge and kept detailed records over an 18-month period indicating she made $150,000 tax-free while collecting welfare.
I knew those Zumba instructors were just a bit too sexy……now we know!
15 May 2013
10 March 2013
Once again it is the weekend and a breath of fresh air from politics and the insects that report on it……
We all want to feel safe, right? Safe at home……safe at work……safe on line……just always prefer that feeling of safety…..then there is a place that is sanitized and we should feel a lot of emotions when there, but a feeling of being unsafe is just not acceptable……so just how sterile is a hospital?
A family of deadly germs that can withstand even the strongest antibiotics is a growing threat in American hospitals, federal officials warn. Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae—CRE—have been detected in 4% of short-stay hospitals and nearly a fifth of long-term ones and authorities warn there is only a “limited window of opportunity” to prevent their spread, the New York Times reports. Cases have been reported in 42 states. “What’s called CRE are nightmare bacteria,” CDC director Thomas Frieden tells NPR. He describes them as a “triple threat” because they are resistant to even last-ditch antibiotics, can cause fatality rates of nearly 50%, and can pass on drug resistance to other bacteria. “The mechanism of resistance to antibiotics not only works for one bacteria, but can be spread to others,” Frieden warns. The CDC is urging hospitals to do all they can to contain CRE before it spreads to the community at large.
Nothing like going to a place of wellness and finding that it is a den of bacteria……..have any horror stories you would like to share?