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Monday, February 24, 2014

Cruising the Web

It turns out that the NCAA fine for Oklahoma's players eating extra pasta was bogus with Oklahoma just having some fun with the NCAA. Too bad - it was a nice story seemingly encapsulating the ridiculousness of some of the NCAA's rules.

Jim Boeheim photoshops are already making the rounds. And then there is this poster that one Cameron Crazy had, but that was confiscated by security.

Politico looks at the politics of the delays in Obamacare's employer mandate. It seems that many Democratic politicians are quite happy to have the implementation of the law they voted for postponed more and more. Businesses aren't complaining; it's the insurance companies that are the ones most adversely affected by all these delays.

One man has a heartrending story of what Obamacare has done to his mother who has carcinoid cancer. She had a perfectly fine plan that covered her expensive treatment...until it was cancelled because of Obamacare. Then the nightmare really began.
And then in November, along with millions of other Americans, she lost her health insurance. She'd had a Blue Cross/Blue Shield plan for nearly 20 years. It was expensive, but given that it covered her very expensive treatment, it was a terrific plan. It gave her access to any specialist or surgeon, and to the Sandostatin and other medications that were keeping her alive.

And then, because our lawmakers and president thought they could do better, she had nothing. Her old plan, now considered illegal under the new health law, had been canceled.

Because the exchange website in her state (Virginia) was not working, she went directly to insurers' websites and telephoned them, one by one, over dozens of hours. As a medical-office manager, she had decades of experience navigating the enormous problems of even our pre-ObamaCare system. But nothing could have prepared her for the bureaucratic morass she now had to traverse.

The repeated and prolonged phone waits were Sisyphean, the competence and customer service abysmal. When finally she found a plan that looked like it would cover her Sandostatin and other cancer treatments, she called the insurer, Humana, to confirm that it would do so. The enrollment agent said that after she met her deductible, all treatments and medications—including those for her cancer—would be covered at 100%. Because, however, the enrollment agents did not—unbelievable though this may seem—have access to the "coverage formularies" for the plans they were selling, they said the only way to find out in detail what was in the plan was to buy the plan. (Does that remind you of anyone?)

With no other options, she bought the plan and was approved on Nov. 22. Because by January the plan was still not showing up on her online Humana account, however, she repeatedly called to confirm that it was active. The agents told her not to worry, she was definitely covered.

Then on Feb. 12, just before going into (yet another) surgery, she was informed by Humana that it would not, in fact, cover her Sandostatin, or other cancer-related medications. The cost of the Sandostatin alone, since Jan. 1, was $14,000, and the company was refusing to pay.

The news was dumbfounding. This is a woman who had an affordable health plan that covered her condition. Our lawmakers weren't happy with that because . . . they wanted plans that were affordable and covered her condition. So they gave her a new one. It doesn't cover her condition and it's completely unaffordable.
Her story is tragically Kafkaesque.

Now the administration is going after Medicare coverage of certain types of drugs.
The administration’s proposal would remove the protected status from three classes of drugs that has been in place since the program’s inception in 2006: immunosuppressant drugs used in transplant patients, antidepressants and antipsychotic medicines. They include many well-known drugs, such as Wellbutrin, Paxil and Prozac to treat depression, and Abilify and Seroquel to treat schizophrenia.
Add this to the attacks on Medicare Part D. Remember that it was supposed to be Paul Ryan who was throwing granny of the cliff. Now it's Barack Obama

Whole Foods: Temple to pseudoscience?

Why what is happening in Ukraine is Putin's worst nightmare.

Thomas Sowell excoriates Ted Cruz for endangering the possibility of the GOP retaking the Senate. And then he rightly turns to attacking the GOP establishment for being so poor at articulating their arguments.

Glenn Reynolds celebrates some examples from the U.S. of people rising up to protest encroachments on their freedoms and government taking a step back.

Stuart Taylor bemoans the situation in our country where Justice Anthony Kennedy is practically the "emperor of America."

8 comments:

mark said...

Let's see if the claims match the facts regarding the mother of Stephen Blackwood. The conservative press has lied numerous times about Obamacare horror-stories.

http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-bette-20140130,0,1703947.story#axzz2uHfJWmnC

http://www.salon.com/2013/10/18/inside_the_fox_news_lie_machine_i_fact_checked_sean_hannity_on_obamacare/

tfhr said...

If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period.

If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance.

Families will save $2,500....

And on and on with his lies. Obama lied about his healthcare scam over and over. Millions have lost their insurance. Costs are soaring for others and we've not even begun to feel the impact of the employer mandate because the law has been illegally circumvented.

But you go to town on the Blackwood story, mark, because that has got to be the real problem here.

mark said...

And so the Obamacare claims behind the Blackwood story start to unravel:

http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-cancer-medicine-20140224,0,4157578.story#axzz2uKQSu9zi

tfhr said...

If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period.

If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance.

Families will save $2,500....

These outrageous lies are OK with you mark? Don't you see any problems with the President and the Speaker of the House lying repeatedly to impose a program that has forced people off of their plans - millions of people?! Those lies don't mean a thing to you but you're panties are in a wad about Blackwood's details!

Your LA Times article lays the blame on former VA governor, Bob McDonnell but only says this in explanation:

Stephen Blackwood reports that the Virginia enrollment website wasn't working, so his mother spent hours reaching out to individual insurance companies. The truth, actually, is that Virginia doesn't have an enrollment website--he's referring to the federal website, which Catherine had to use because Virginia's Republican leadership, in their wisdom, refused to set up their own.

So this was all because of a website? If VA had only had its own website....

Maryland has its own website and it is an unmitigated disaster. If anything, this episode should underscore the basic argument that government should have less, if any, role in the distribution and management of healthcare, not more.

mark said...

tfhr,
Obviously, feel free to respond to my posts. Just understand that, as you thought your tawdry gossip about Petraeus undermined his comments about Hillary, your lies and insane claims undermine you.
From your disgraceful unfounded "personal attack" on Petraeus to your sad lie about having to change your identity here (to lfm) because of computer problems, you've proved you have no principles or honor.

tfhr said...

That didn't take long - already off on another tangent after having your ass handed to you about ObamaCare. Again.

Why even bring ObamaCare up in these threads? It has cost millions their health insurance and it's only just getting started. Most of the lefties currently up for reelection are either begging for more exemptions for their special interest groups or simply scampering away from ObamaCare and from the liar from which it takes its name.

Don't worry about my laptop, it's fine now. But if I want to use it as an excuse for anything from global warming to the reason why we should not be developing our own oil and natural gas resources, then you are just going to have to accept it if you are going to sit there and believe that garbage article from the LA Times that blames Mrs. Blackwood's predicament on a website!

Maybe you should confine your comments to another topic. Something like Obama's success in foreign policy? Oh wait...foreign affairs aren't going too well. Could it be that the current SecState, bolt-neck John Kerry is just as bad as his predecessor? Or are things just that bad that it doesn't make a difference who they put in that job now that Obama has had five years to trash the United States at home and abroad?

Speaking of affairs foreign and domestic, if you don't think Petraeus cheated on his wife, then that would explain your slavish devotion to the whole Clinton state of affairs. If you're OK with Presidents, commanding generals, and the Director of the CIA engaging in illicit affairs that could compromise national security, then it's no wonder you are unable to comprehend the dangers presented by having an incompetent buffoon like Obama in the Oval office now or potentially placing Bill Clinton's doormat there in 2016. You know she'll do for us what she did for Benghazi.

Maybe all of the Progressives that yearn for more more ineptitude in the Oval office and like theirs with a heaping dose of misogyny can draft John Edwards. I hear he's looking for some action and I'm afraid Hillary isn't going to get far on that Petraeus guote.

mark said...

Actually, I know Petraeus cheated on his wife. He acknowledged it. What I don't know is if he is a "serial adulterer", as you pathetically claimed (based on gossip):

tfhr said...

Wow! Are you kidding?! You picked another serial adulterer to sing
Hill's praises. Are you trying to make Bill jealous?!

"People that I work with say that they saw Petreaus engage in behavior with some of his strap-hangers that suggested that he betrayed his wife over a considerable amount of time."


You rely on knowing that no conservative here has the integrity to call you out on your garbage. At least you got that right.

tfhr said...

mark,

I related to you what people around the military and the Intelligence Community have long suspected. But if that's wrong then you go ahead and keep extolling Hillary's virtues because Petraeus only cheated on his wife once he became Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Say, that does sound better now that I hear it put like. I guess he's A-OK. Sadly, Hillary is still a doormat.

I know one thing, when Petraeus had prostate cancer, he had a much better deal than the one Obama has left for Mrs. Blackwood. I'm glad for him for that but I'm very worried for Mrs. Blackwood and the millions of other Americans that Obama has driven off of their insurance.

Lucky for serial liars like Obama, there are plenty of lick-spittle apologists around to help him continue to ruin the lives, the very health, of millions of Americans.