No, I mean really. Look like an army recruit for the Fat People’s Militia 🙂 LOL. But I had no idea my neck and head could feel so cooled down…It’s really kinda nice
The Republican’s are staking their opposition to reform in healthcare under the group….“Conservatives for Patients Rights.”
From the Health Beat website [linked below]
The group’s leader, is a Richard Scott former CEO of CEO of Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp.
He and his partner, Rainwater, (Not to mention connections to the Frist’s Sr. and Jr. ) caused the following “improvements” at hospitals they ran since of course, we know treating hospitals like a McDonalds or a Wall Mart is the bestest way to run them:
“Gloves rip easily,” complained hospital workers in Florida. In California, some nurses protested “filthy conditions” and being “stretched to the limit as the hospital slashed the ratio of nurses to patients”
“I sometimes had to watch 72 patients heart monitors at a time,” one nurse reported. “I was told, either do it, or there’s the door.”
In Indianapolis nurses complained to state authorities that babies in the neonatal unit were left unattended for as long as three hours.
Execs got healthy bonuses for the profit these conglomerates brought in, until
…a short three years after he became CEO of Columbia/HCA. In July of 1997,
the FBI swooped down on HCA hospitals in five states.
I can’t say much due to non-disclosure, but a side effect of Columbia HCA’s greed affected this humble diarists job(s).
The investigation revealed that the hospital chain had been bilking Medicare
Bilking Medicare…Wait. Stop right the fcuk there. Stare at that for a moment. Absorb it. Robbing our government. Stealing from disabled and elderly beneficiaries safety net for seniors and the disabled to pay themselves extra bonus money.
Rick Scott did this and he is the man behind Conservatives for Patient’s Rights? This crook, this crimminal, former head of a convicted organization is running the Conservative blab machine against healthcare Reform.
You watch…he’ll get another cushy job running another set of insurers or hospitals, and there he’ll go, stealing from ‘the least of these,” once again.
And NBC feels just a bit complicit in re-legitimizing this guy by taking his money to run an infodocumentary after Meet the Press this Sunday… about how reform would “worsen” health care.
Please NBC. Don’t run this show. Give it to Fox. Rick Scott is a crook and a thief.
Conservatives are you truly abandoning health care competency by selecting this speculating profiteer as your spokesman? I’d assume you’d rather have a free market advocate with some *** **** experience in running health care system, and also a few *ethics?* Failing that, I’d settle for inexperienced in the field, but profoundly ethical… An Honest Republican?
(George Voinovich where are ya when we need ya? [sob] )
It always helps in the trenches of living with cancer…to have a goal for still being here, a purpose….I don’t think I’d still be here if I hadn’t had the driven mantra of “I have to get better before he (the late husband) gets worse.”
Well, Senator Edward M. Kennedy certainly believes he’s got something to do…a purpose to accomplish, the goal of real healthcare reform…and his cancer is levels of magnitude more lethal than my Hodgkins Lymphoma ever was….
Here’s his column about healthcare from the Boston Globe…and he notes that a public option would be part of his plan.
The fourth element of his setup is of particular interest, but you really need to read the whole thing….
Fourth, we’ll make it possible for the elderly and disabled to live at home and function independently. Our bill will help them afford to put ramps in their homes, pay someone to check in on them regularly, or any of an array of supports that will enable them to stay in their communities instead of in nursing homes.
And, like any other patient meant to cost the for profit insurers any money…. (I’m going to sound truly evil here, but I’ve spent time in the private insurance maze…)
I’d imagine there’s been some private discussion in some office somewhere…
Of trying to wait the Senator out.
Waiting until his voice on healthcare is only a legacy, and not a living breathing fighting legislator, negotiator, orator and cancer patient.
Will all of you, corporate and legislative, lined up to protect *money*…. will you actually sleep well at night if you’re able to gut this idea into ineffectuality? Will your consciences stay silent if you stall the process all together? Will you, privately, of course….
Express *relief* if heathcare reform is stalled all together past the lifespan of Senator Kennedy?
It makes me sick to think about.
Do the righteous thing….One Time. Lay down your cost/benefit analyses, your cost avoidance strategies, your quota of appeal denials per month.
Just *ucking drop them!
Suck it up, pass healthcare reform, and go to bed….
You can wake up the next day and find a new money hoarding scheme that doesn’t intersect lethally with the well-being of our citizens.
She’s discovered electric cords so we have to move the furniture. I’m on waste patrol 3x a day. But she is getting more of a sense of what some boundaries are. The roomate just wants to love on her all the time, and I end up being the bad cop, “When she nips at you, *put her down,* so she’s clear that fussing over her ends if she bites.”