Big News From Trump

News that gives me hope.

I find many people think I am a Never Trump person (a post for a later day)…..or those that accuse me have the attention span of a garden slug……it is true that I do not like the man or some of his ideas and in the past I have defended some of his ideas especially about our many wars.

And I have found another idea that I can support from the mind of Trump…..lower insulin prices for seniors….

The Trump administration is working on a proposal to lower seniors’ out-of-pocket costs for insulin, which have nearly doubled over the last decade.

Why it matters: Voters care deeply about prescription drug prices, and if the policy comes to fruition, it could both help seniors afford their insulin and give the administration political points.

Details: The White House, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are jointly working on the policy.

  • Details are unclear or undecided. One idea is to give insurers an incentive to offer plans with lower cost-sharing, a source familiar said.
  • “The goal is to make sure it’s technically sound and if it helps patients, get it out” as soon as possible, a senior administration official said.
  • A CMS spokesperson declined to comment.

https://www.axios.com/trump-insulin-diabetes-medicare-costs-485eacc7-7e00-4f60-81fd-f5499f44a7f1.html

I hope this is a true concern for seniors and not some ploy to win more votes in November…..the only way this will happen is if Big Pharma is eliminated from the decision making process….and that is hard for me to imagine.

As it is now profit is far more important than the lives of our seniors…..and these groups have a strong and massive army of lobbyists to see that this idea will die a rapid death.

It is possible the Pharma could support this idea….if they do then ask what has been giving to get that approval.

I support this attempt and a hope he can pull it off.

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Blame Privatization

It is absolutely NO mistake about it…I think the idea of privatization is and was a colossus brain fart.

In case anyone doubts my words of condemnation of the idea of privatization…..

https://lobotero.com/2016/06/22/the-history-of-privatization/

https://lobotero.com/2019/06/17/privatization-sucks/

Now that I have filled in a few blanks…..a little personal history…..

in 2005 after Katrina I fell off a ladder a broke my right leg in 4 places—two surgeries and 13 screws and I had my leg back….not mas good as it was but I could walk with a limp…..I was prescribed 2 opioids to help with the pain…morphine and oxycodone…..so I have an interest in the whole opioid abuse thingy that the president and the country is so involved in these days.

Let me say here….Blame Privatization!

The opioid abuse epidemic is one of the worst public-health crises in American history. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 1999 and 2017, almost 400,000 people died in the U.S. from an overdose of either prescription or illicit opioids. In 2017 alone, opioids, more than one-third involving prescriptions, killed more than 47,000 individuals. And today, on average 130 people die each day from opioid overdoses.

The root cause of most cases of opioid addiction, particularly prescription-initiated addiction, is pain, a devastating but sometimes overlooked symptom. As a recent American Industrial Hygiene Association paper argues, “the opioid crisis should be seen primarily as a pain crisis, much of which is related to work.” Addressing that crisis precipitated another: treatment regimes that relied heavily on opioids. Today there’s little awareness that almost two decades ago, conservative members of Congress, in a burst of anti-regulatory zeal, championed the fight to eliminate the very ergonomics standard that was designed to reduce the high incidence of a number of common workplace injuries.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/08/01/how-deregulation-led-opioid-epidemic

Let us be honest!

Privatization and deregulation has caused more problems than it has cured…….and yet the GOP and some Dems keep pushing the for more of both

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Pro-Choice And The Dems

The Christmas countdown has begun!

Okay before we go through exercise let me state that this is only an observation into the issue of abortion….I am not advocating for one side or the other….this is only my thoughts on the whole issue of abortion from Roe v Wade to today.

My personal opinion in a full disclosure I believe that a woman has a right to her body and government should have NO say in this decision.

The Dems since the beginning have a history of dropping the ball on many issues and abortion is one of them…..

America’s pro-life movement is surging, and not just because of conservative activists—at least according to a detailed New York Times piece about the abortion rights movement’s fragmentation along political, financial, and cultural lines. “It’s really, really complicated and somewhat controversial where the pro-choice movement lost,” says a Rutgers University professor versed in abortion history. With Midwestern and Southern states passing 58 abortion restrictions over six months in 2019, many pointed to years of steady work by conservatives to win state legislatures, pressure judges, and, as the Guardian noted in June, gerrymander districts to win state legislatures. But interviews with over 50 people on the pro-choice side tell another story.

They say national pro-choice leaders had become overly confident, relying too much on President Obama’s abortion protections and assuming Hillary Clinton would win in 2016. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood was riven by internal discord and apparently didn’t realize the funding problems faced by independent clinics, which perform some 60% of America’s abortions. By one account, pro-choice leaders in swanky New York and California zip codes had lost touch with red-state America. Now Democratic Party presidential candidates are pushing back with ardent pro-choice stands, but polling shows America is still only moderately pro-choice. “I hope they continue doing what they are doing,” says one active conservative. “We’ll run the table in 2020.” Click for the full Times piece

Dems always drop the ball matters not on the issue….they have done so with civil rights, voting rights, etc etc……they get a win and then they are satisfied and move on and leave their win vulnerable to attack from the Right….

They, the Dems, dropped the ball in yesteryear and they are still dropping it as I type.

This issue could be the “sleeper” issue of 2020……

Forget impeachment. Forget Medicare for all, global warming, and income inequality. The sleeper issue of the 2020 campaign is none of those. It is abortion — and it could tip the balance in three swing states to favor President Donald Trump.

Abortion may not be on everybody’s “hot issue” list, but it remains so for the people who head the Catholic Church in the US. And while US Catholic bishops don’t sway a huge percentage of Catholic voters, they just might influence the Catholic voters who count.

An estimated 51 million adult Catholics live in the US, about one-fifth of them in the midwest. When the bishops talk, a key group of swing voters listens: White Catholic voters helped deliver Trump victories in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in 2016. He won these three crucial swing states by a total of fewer than 80,000 votes.

The Sleeper Issue That Could Swing the 2020 Election

I wish I could say something nice about the Dems but they leave a bunch to be desired….as the Dems of today illustrate….they are bought and sold in the political slave markets of DC.

Democrats are great with big ideas but they SUCK at the art of politics.

Enough said?

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A New You

Ever considered to having a bit of work done?

Saturday and I need to decompress from the events of the past week……so to do so I will post on the growing trend of plastic surgery…….

I admit it I have always been a girl watcher……I read about a research project by plastic surgeons on the shape of breasts…..

Plastic surgeons have difficulty assessing the success of a breast surgery because, well, the beauty of a pair of breasts is in the eye of the beholder.

“Terms such as ‘beauty’ or ‘aesthetics’ are subjective and thus poorly defined and understood,” plastic surgeon Piotr Pietruski told Motherboard. “Due to this fact, both aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery suffer from the lack of a standardized method of postoperative results analysis.”

That’s why Pietruski and his colleagues in Poland asked a hundred people to spend about a half hour each staring at naked breasts, all to gather data for a new study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

https://futurism.com/neoscope/surgeons-eye-tracking-tech-perfect-breasts

If it were not labelled “research” then it would be condemned as “soft porn”……some would say…..

We all have heard of tummy tucks, chin reconstruction, nose jobs and even butt implants and all the beauty extenders……and how sad when all that money spent goes terribly wrong…..

Model Courtney Barnes may have a little less room this Thanksgiving to stuff her turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and dessert.

That’s because she has been told by doctors she may need to have her entire ass amputated, after “enhancing” it with illegal injections, according to the NY Post

Barnes, who is known as Miss Miami, said on the E! show “Botched” that she is desperate to get her body back after the injections. But Doctors told her that in order to fix her ass, it may have to be amputated. 

“Amputate the whole booty? I’m not doing that. No, I’m not doing that. I’m not amputating butts,” she responded. 

She had the illegal fillers injected when she was 22 years old and working as a dancer in a club. 

She said: “When I was in college I got a job dancing at a club. The first night, after really not making no money on the stage, there was a dancer who walked up to me and she told me that I needed some more booty if I wanted to make some more money. That’s when I found out about the injections that gave me my big booty problems.”

https://www.blacklistednews.com/article/75583/stuffed-woman-needs-her-ass-amputated-after-enhancing-it-with-illegal.html

We humans can find ways to spend our hard earned cash…..me?  I will stay as I am….a grumpy old man with sagging pieces parts of the bod.

If I must enhance my body then make me a cyborg.

In closing a “Blast From The Past”…..old farts will remember……

Be well, Be safe…….

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Thoughts On Medicare

FYI

So many people are either retiring or already having to suffer through retirement.

As a retired dude I am always concerned about my medical costs……for instance….I am a diabetic and my insulin cost me $400 if I were in Canada it would cost me $32…….so yeah I am always worried about the cost of my medical care.

The AARP, that seniors program that helps us get discounts and stuff, has been pushing this Medicare Advantage plan which will pick up the parts that Medicare does not pay……but is it all that or is it worth the money?

While the Democratic presidential candidates are debating full Medicare for All, giant insurance companies like UnitedHealthcare are advertising to the elderly in an attempt to lure them from Traditional Medicare (TM) to the so-called Medicare Advantage (MA)—a corporate plan that UnitedHealthcare promotes to turn a profit at the expense of enrollees.

Almost one third of all elderly over 65 are enrolled in these numerous, complex MA policies the government pays so much for monthly. The health insurance industry wants more enrollees as they continue to press Congress for more advantages.

Medical Disadvantage would be a more accurate name for the programs, as insurance companies push to corporatize all of Medicare, yet keep the name for the purposes of marketing, deception, and confusion.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/11/22/wake-aarp-message-seniors-medicare-disadvantage-corporate-trap

there is a bamboo stand that needs some attention.Since the weather has changed again in South Mississippi….I need to work a bit in the yard…..there is a bamboo stand that needs some attention….

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More Random Thoughts

How many have seen the ads by some jock who’s head looks so small compared to his body hawking some pill that will put lead in your pencil…..like they would know…steroid use makes the “pencil” a useless appendage.

Okay off my soap box…..do these testosterone pills have any side effects?

In a new study, researchers found that testosterone therapy may double a man’s risk of suffering a potentially life-threatening blood clot.

They found that men had twice the risk for a deep vein blood clot if they’d been receiving testosterone during the previous six months.

The increased risk occurred whether or not a man had the low-testosterone condition known as hypogonadism, but appeared to be more pronounced in middle-aged men than in seniors

The research was conducted by a team at the University of Minnesota.

The “low-T” fad caused testosterone prescriptions to soar early in the 21st century, increasing more than 300% between 2001 and 2013, the study authors said in background notes.

Common testosterone supplements may increase men’s risk of blood clots

I love museums…all the history, the art, the artifacts…..it is a culotural adventure that everyone should participate in……but there is a new museum in London…..a Vagina Museum…..

An new exhibit opening in London this weekend is a glittery and garish homage to the hooha.

The Vagina Museum, built in Camden’s Stables Market, was made possible through a fundraising campaign, which collected almost $64,484 (£50,000) from more than 1,000 vag advocates.

Museum director Florence Schechter was inspired by a similar concept in Iceland: a museum all about the male member. “I discovered there was a penis museum in Iceland but no vagina equivalent anywhere else, so I decided to make one,” she told The Guardian.

https://nypost.com/2019/11/15/worlds-first-vagina-museum-tackles-female-body-taboos/

Speaking of museums….would you like to eat like a Babylonian?

What did a meal taste like nearly 4,000 years ago in ancient Babylonia? Pretty good, according to a team of international scholars who have deciphered and are re-creating what are considered to be the world’s oldest-known culinary recipes.

The recipes were inscribed on ancient Babylonian tablets that researchers have known about since early in the 20th century but that were not properly translated until the end of the century.

The tablets are part of the Yale Babylonian Collection at the Yale Peabody Museum. Three of the tablets date back to the Old Babylonian period, no later than 1730 B.C., according to Harvard University Assyriologist and cuneiform scholar Gojko Barjamovic, who put together the interdisciplinary team that is reviving these ancient recipes in the kitchen. A fourth tablet was produced about 1,000 years later. All four tablets are from the Mesopotamian region, in what is today Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/11/16/779930201/eat-like-the-ancient-babylonians-researchers-cook-up-nearly-4-000-year-old-recip

Speaking of the desert and sand…..is it possible that the world is running out of sand?

South African entrepreneur shot dead in September. Two Indian villagers killed in a gun battle in August. A Mexican environmental activist murdered in June.

Though separated by thousands of miles, these killings share an unlikely cause. They are some of the latest casualties in a growing wave of violence sparked by the struggle for one of the 21st Century’s most important, but least appreciated, commodities: ordinary sand.

Trivial though it may seem, sand is a critical ingredient of our lives. It is the primary raw material that modern cities are made from. The concrete used to construct shopping malls, offices, and apartment blocks, along with the asphalt we use to build roads connecting them, are largely just sand and gravel glued together. The glass in every window, windshield, and smart phone screen is made of melted-down sand. And even the silicon chips inside our phones and computers – along with virtually every other piece of electronic equipment in your home – are made from sand.

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20191108-why-the-world-is-running-out-of-sand

That is my randomness for this Saturday.

Have a day……Be well….Be safe

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It Went Up In Smoke

Closing Thought–19Nov19

I heard more about vaping a couple months ago and the president went on a tear, the warpath, on the sell and use of a vaping trend…..He, Trump, even went in front of the press and promised that a policy on the banning of vaping would be forthcoming….why because he caught kid vaping in his room……that was a couple months ago….and now we have our policy…..(or is that…lack of a policy?)

In September, President Trump said his administration would ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes. “We can’t have our kids be so affected,” said Trump at the White House, making reference to first lady Melania Trump’s concern over the dangers of vaping. Now two reports say Trump abruptly reversed course, mostly because he became worried about the political fallout from young voters and lost jobs in the vaping industry. The Washington Post first reported the reversal, and the New York Times confirmed. Both accounts say Trump made the final decision on Nov. 4, while aboard a plane to a political rally in Kentucky. Health and Human Services chief Alex Azar had until then been scheduled to have a press conference the following day to announce the federal restrictions.

The Post has a critical take on all this: “It was the latest example of the chaotic way policy is made—and sometimes unmade—in a White House where the ultimate decider often switches gears after making a controversial vow, whether on combating gun violence, pulling troops from Syria or promising to deliver an Obamacare replacement plan.” The gist of both stories is that Trump was surprised at the negative reaction his initial announcement received. Political advisers including 2020 campaign manager Brad Pascale also warned him that the backlash could hurt him in battleground states. The administration is now working on a new plan, and it’s not clear when it will be unveiled.

Not to worry this is a typical track for a Trump promise….go out make wild accusations and consequences and then after the  press value is gone to then just blow off all the promises made.

This was not the first time he did this and it will not be the last….

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