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Thursday, April 05, 2012

Health Scare - Philly Burbs

There was a time when we were in control of our own health care. The talk of so-called “universal” health care brought us the large HMO’s that were supposed to control costs. They did, but probably only after their CEO’s got their billion dollar payouts. They also provided us with the joys of non-medical personnel sitting in a cubicle thousands of miles away making medical decisions.
But it gets even worse, if that’s possible. Now the rocket scientists among us want to put government personnel in charge of our health care. Exqueeze me? Are we that stupid? Don’t answer that.
I’ve been severely injured twice and not once have I ever screamed for a lawyer or a politician. We will not move forward on health care until the patient is the one in charge. The patient currently navigates through the quagmire like an out of control pinball and it’s wrong.
Fortunately, though, the solutions are already woven into the fabric of our nation’s foundation. I wonder if that’s why some are going to great lengths to unravel that fabric.
You’ll have to excuse me. Election season is nearing which leads to my periodic meltdowns. I honestly can’t take the dumbness and selfishness. As a matter of fact if 50% or more of my Jewish community votes for Obama I will renounce my Judaism and become some sort of a Monk. I can’t take it anymore and I’ve really tried. Honest to G-d I have. Maybe I’ll put a propeller on my Yarmulke and fly away.
I hate to state the obvious, but the answer is in that pesky free market that has “freedom” as its core component. It’s that very freedom, too, that gives some the freedom to whine about freedom. Maybe they just hate the personal responsibility that freedom requires. Maybe they’re just ****** idiots. I’m looking into this and will soon get back with my findings.
The real solution to our current state of health scare will include:
- reducing coverage mandates – allow people to select plans that suit their own specific needs
- tax breaks for the self-insured (to match the tax breaks that corporations started getting for themselves in the late 1930’s by providing services that people should provide for themselves which they consequently deduct from their pay anyway whether the employee knows it or not)
- access to plans across state lines
- healthcare savings accounts – possibly the ultimate no-brainer of our day
- higher co-pay/higher deductible/lower premium plans
- put medical decisions firmly in the hands of patients and medical personnel
- caps on NON-ECONOMIC DAMAGES to reduce lawsuit abuse
- penalties for lawyers who make the frivolous lawsuits that significantly raise costs and create an inefficient environment of defensive medicine
But what about the poor? Shockingly, if we were to spend our $2 trillion health care expenditure on actual health care we’d have a lot left over to do whatever we wish. There’d be no problem. It’d be weird.
So where do we go from here? Probably nowhere since my optimism is waning. Romney will likely be the one taking on Hussein and we’ll see what happens once the dust from the well-orchestrated race riots of the Summer/Fall of 2012 settles.
One thing, though, is certain. We can only traverse this ravine together. United, if that’s possible, we will stand and divided we’re falling; hard.

Dogs, Running and Beer - Philly Burbs

There’s a guy in our neighborhood who can expertly turn any topic whatsoever into a conclusion that all Republicans want to do is tell us who we can marry, what we can do in our bedroom and how we can practice our religion. I know I’m sounding hysterical, but I’m not exaggerating. You may know someone like him and, sadly, he defines our politics today which is all about division, distraction from real issues and inaction towards needed solutions. The rules of basic economics and common decency don’t apply and we all suffer as a result when these people are in charge of anything.
The confusing thing about all of this is my optimism of human nature. There’s a disconnect somewhere that I can’t quite put my finger on. There’s like this force of evil that’s running unchecked that no one can identify.
But I don’t necessarily blame my “friend”. This is the politics of today using those like him as the useful idiots they are to further a political agenda that sucks us dry for the benefit of those doing the sucking. Public money is for the taking by those figuring out ways to take it. The examples are endless with the chief enabler being your current President who’s taken everything that’s wrong and put it on steroids.
This all started for me when many of our “esteemed leaders” put their politics over even our national security rather than work together for common goals. Our nation really came together following 9/11. Maybe you remember. I’m on the road a lot and run into a lot of people. A kid with tattoos and pants down to his knees even held the door open for me at a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. Everyone was a lot friendlier joined by a common bond of the challenges ahead all quickly flushed down the crapper for the sole purpose of their twisted politics. And many of us fell for it and continue to do so.
What can we do, then, to recapture that common American bond that we all possess that’s been suppressed? We must reject all attempts by others to define who we are. We can’t just sit back and allow the diabolical among us to fill the void of their life’s emptiness with their oppressive politics. Immediately confront them for who they are and why they are someone who feels it necessary to constantly judge others. They are, quite literally, the modern day Kapo who are complicit in the corruption and submission that follow a path of a compulsive lust for power. It is this greed, organized crime and special interest that’s trying to tear down everything that’s decent, but only if we continue to allow it.
Hence the nature of limited government regardless of what you label it. Some might call it Conservatism while others might call it Liberalism. It makes no difference as most of us share similar goals. It’s safe to say that almost all of us would approve of helping those who can’t help themselves, but I just don’t know why some are so duty-bound to ineffective government programs that are more about buying votes than helping much of anyone. I could go on and on, but it might be more important to seek that common bond which brings me to the title of this piece.
I started embracing running about 3 years ago and it’s the only venue where an Obama bumper sticker doesn’t bother me. The positive energy of a few hundred (or several thousand people) all in one place pursuing good health, achieving new goals, fundraising for great causes (like my own at www.eortho.com/MCM.html , for example) or just enjoying each other’s company far surpass even my own ridiculous politics.
And who doesn’t break out in smiles from a nice dog frantically sniffing around while out on a fun walk? Yet another common bond of goodness.
Beer is another one of those things that tends to yield togetherness (as long as no one overdoes it). And if you’ve never had that raspberry flavored Belgian beer you must run over with your dog and you’ll be stunned in gleeful disbelief how great it is.
If you don’t mind, please add to my list of dogs, running and beer to see what you come up with. Spread the positive vibes or our true defining qualities and leave the rest behind where it belongs. Every day’s an opportunity to do better and we’re at that critical crossroad where we need to start going down the correct path and get back on track when we stray.
Very well said by Eric Hoffer:

“Those who see their lives as spoiled and wasted crave equality and fraternity more than they do for freedom. If they clamor for freedom, it is but freedom to establish equality and uniformity. The passion for equality is partly a passion for anonymity: to be one thread of the many which make up a tunic; one thread not distinguishable from the others. No one can then point us out, measure us against others and expose our inferiority.”

Continued by an unknown author:

“Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women. When it dies there; no constitution, no law, no court can save it.

Good luck. I have enormous confidence in you.

Sympathy For the Devil - Philly Burbs

I’ve decided to write this standing on my head in the hopes that the world will become right-side-up. I was all prepared to start writing about ways to bring people together when this whole orchestrated “contraception” non-issue culminated with a 30 year old Georgetown Law School student pleading with Congress to have us pay for her contraception. Where does this even come from?
And then Rush Limbaugh gets trounced on for calling a spade a spade. Mission accomplished. Mr. Limbaugh’s assessment didn’t go far enough, but I’ll refrain from the words I would have used (and, in fact, did if I remember correctly).
This is as clear as any example of the politics of agitation. Forget about leadership for we’re only concerned with politics for the sake of politics and not in getting anything meaningful accomplished. And we have no one to blame but ourselves as we continue to allow ourselves to be used as the tools that we are.
What jumps out is how widespread the technique is of the most intolerant among us pretending to be all about tolerance. There’s an excellent chance that I’m going to drive off a cliff if I see one more “COEXIST” bumper sticker spelled out in different religious symbols. I might even go free Tibet, although I’m not quite sure what that means. Plus, as I’ve said before, the notion of tolerance implies that there’s something that needs to be tolerated which, itself, is a distortion of the equality that actually defines us and is insultingly smug.
It’s like somehow it’s OK to be disgusting, sloppy as hell and immoral to the extreme if we’re all sophisticated and intellectual about it. I think that The Rolling Stones summed it up better than anyone. Who knew that Mick Jagger’s words would be so profound? He probably knew, but I’m a little slow.
Some of the word choices in “Sympathy for the Devil” are:
“Please allow me to introduce myself I’m a man of wealth and taste.”
OK, so far so good.
“I’ve been around for a long, long year stole many a man’s soul and faith.”
Getting there.
“But what’s puzzling you is the nature of my game.”
Probably the essence of my confusion.
“I shouted out Who killed the Kennedys? When after all it was you and me.”
I think I’m starting to understand.
“Pleased to meet you. Hope you guessed my name.”
Definitely starting to get a clue.
“So if you meet me have some courtesy or I’ll lay your soul to waste.”
Sounds like someone needs a beat’in.
And the crescendo:
“And all the sinners saints.”
Probably sums it all up.
So, in conclusion, I blame you and me and all of us for the sad state of affairs we’re in where sleeze is all the rage. Where “Jersey Shore” is art and integrity passé.
Of course there’s a Presidential election this year and I don’t trust any of them. But that’s OK. The answer is in us so we’ll just have to stand on our heads for awhile and eventually we’ll start seeing more clearly. In the mean time please stop having sympathy for the devil. It never ends well.