Thursday, April 22, 2010

Evil people . . . and the evil that they do

All the more reason to bust up the health insurance industry's grotesque little monopoly, send their sleazy, multi-millionaire CEO's packing and once and for all implement a single payer national health care system -- which is what every fucking other civilized, industrialized country on the face of planet has already been doing for years.

(Reuters) - One after another, shortly after a diagnosis of breast cancer, each of the women learned that her health insurance had been canceled. First there was Yenny Hsu, who lived and worked in Los Angeles. Later, Robin Beaton, a registered nurse from Texas. And then, most recently, there was Patricia Relling, a successful art gallery owner and interior designer from Louisville, Kentucky.

None of the women knew about the others. But besides their similar narratives, they had something else in common: Their health insurance carriers were subsidiaries of WellPoint, which has 33.7 million policyholders -- more than any other health insurance company in the United States.

The women all paid their premiums on time. Before they fell ill, none had any problems with their insurance. Initially, they believed their policies had been canceled by mistake.

They had no idea that WellPoint was using a computer algorithm that automatically targeted them and every other policyholder recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The software triggered an immediate fraud investigation, as the company searched for some pretext to drop their policies, according to government regulators and investigators.

Once the women were singled out, they say, the insurer then canceled their policies based on either erroneous or flimsy information. WellPoint declined to comment on the women's specific cases without a signed waiver from them, citing privacy laws.

There you go Sarah Palin --- there's your true fucking death panels --- greedy insurance industry executives and their penny counting computer algorithm programs.

I beg any one of my Tea Party friends to defend these horrible pricks and their greed based health delivery system. Begging!!


Bible Thumping Terrorists in our midst . . .

This is why I don't want these sanctimonious fuckheads anywhere near the levers of government power:

Last month, AFA bloggers wrote that federal employees “can be shot” for passing health reform, which they termed a “MussoliniCare bill.” While the views of the AFA are certainly fringe, the influence AFA enjoys within the Republican Party is widespread. During the health reform debate, Republican lawmakers joined with AFA representatives for a “Prayercast” to kill the bill. Top Republican legislators, from both the House and Senate, often appear on AFA affiliated radio to attack President Obama and concoct conspiracies about his agenda.

Yeah --- because that's what Jesus would do you know --- put a bullet in someone's head as punishment for voting for Health Care Reform.

The American Family Association wingnuts truly are no different or any better than the Taliban and quite frankly, as long as the Republican party considers them a legitimate voting bloc and an integral segment of their political base - all the more reason to keep the Democrats in power (as lame-ass as they may be).


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Idiocy is not a virtue . . . .

It's an unwritten rule and perhaps therein lies the disconnect. If you are going to go out and publicly proclaim your political views for or against this issue or that issue and/or rail against a certain politician -- at least have the courtesy to actually know what the fuck it is you stand for and have a semblance of capability to support your statements with coherent facts culled from a learned knowledge of the subject at hand. Simply regurgitating mindless fuckwad talking points that your favorite AM radio ranter or FOX News personality pounded in to your pea-sized brain impresses me not a whit.

My god these people are truly pathetic creatures:


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

'Tain't' dat a shame . . . .

Not a parody - unfortunately.
At the House hearing, state Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Kennesaw), who is shouldering the legislation in the House, spoke earnestly for better than a half hour on microchips as a literal invasion of privacy.

He was followed by a hefty woman who described herself as a resident of DeKalb County. “I’m also one of the people in Georgia who has a microchip,” the woman said. Slowly, she began to lead the assembled lawmakers down a path they didn’t want to take.

Microchips, the woman began, “infringe on issues that are fundamental to our very existence. Our rights to privacy, our rights to bodily integrity, the right to say no to foreign objects being put in our body.”

She spoke of the “right to work without being tortured by co-workers who are activating these microchips by using their cell phones and other electronic devices.”

She continued. “Microchips are like little beepers. Just imagine, if you will, having a beeper in your rectum or genital area, the most sensitive area of your body. And your beeper numbers displayed on billboards throughout the city. All done without your permission,” she said.

It was not funny, and no one laughed.

“Ma’am, did you say you have a microchip?” asked state Rep. Tom Weldon (R-Ringgold).

“Yes, I do. This microchip was put in my vaginal-rectum area,” she replied. Setzler, the sponsoring lawmaker, sat next to the witness – his head bowed.

“You’re saying this was involuntary?” Weldon continued.

The woman said she had been pushing a court case through the system for the last eight years to have the device removed.

Wendell Willard (R-Atlanta), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, picked up the questioning.

“Who implanted this in you?” he asked.

“Researchers with the federal government,” she said.

“And who in the federal government implanted it?” Willard asked.

“The Department of Defense.”

“Thank you, ma’am.”

This is the unsurprising sum result of allowing the Glenn Becks of the world to dominate the public discourse and the public airwaves.

Just saying . . .