Category Archives: health insurance

I Get a +2 to Save Vs. Rescission

A little over a year ago, the Department of Health and Human Services had to demand that a health insurance company actually provide health insurance. On a related note, Eberron is the best D&D setting. Continue reading

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AHIP Fail (UPDATE: Epic Fail!)

The Association of Health Insurance Providers (AHIP) released a broadside against health care reform yesterday in the form of an AHIP-funded “study” (PDF) which says reform will cause insurance premiums to go up 111% over the next ten years. That … Continue reading

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The High Cost of No Insurance

My neighbor (I’ll call him “Mike”) woke up with an infected tooth a couple of weeks ago. Mike recently lost his insurance, along with his job, in a power-battle at the restaurant where he’d worked for two years. (The firing … Continue reading

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The Truth About Health Care

For those who don’t know, until this week I worked for a large national company in a call center. Most of the calls I took dealt with prescriptions in one form or another. Since the health care debate is heating … Continue reading

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GOP Health Care Proposal

Obama asked Congress for a plan that does three things: “it must reduce costs, guarantee choice, and ensure quality care for every American.” The GOP plan is out today, and it doesn’t accomplish any of that. Yes, it guarantees a … Continue reading

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Novel Night

I’m taking a night off to work on my personal daemon, so I’m posting this item I worked up a few weeks ago. I’m considering an entire website devoted to prescription benefits, because so many people call me at work … Continue reading

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Know What You’re Talking About

My participation in the debate drinking game was suspended for eleven seconds tonight while John McCain’s mouth hung open. In case you missed that, here it is: McCain confused Obama’s health care plan with Hillary Clinton’s; basically, he didn’t know … Continue reading

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Of Mothers and Donut Holes

If you were wondering why the “dial line” on CNN hit 100% among women while Barack Obama talked about health care in Tuesday night’s debate, I have this to say:BEEP. “AARP Prescription Discount Program.” That sound comes through my headphones … Continue reading

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McCain Needs a History Lesson

Here’s one interesting fact lost in the hullabaloo over the trillion-dollar bailout: To prevent this meltdown, all we had to do was NOT repeal the Glass-Steagall Act. It really is that simple. Just keep a law passed in 1933, and … Continue reading

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The Evils of Socialized Medicine

BEEP. Mail service call. “Hello, this is Matt. How may I help you?” Right off the bat, there is an edge to the caller’s voice. Before I can help him, I need his name, his date of birth, and his … Continue reading

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SiCKO

My girlfriend took me to see Michael Moore’s SiCKO last night. I was expecting to be amused and outraged, which is pretty standard for anything Michael does (and is why he’s such a target of conservative scorn). But SiCKO was … Continue reading

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