"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
<< | < | 69 | 70 | 71 | 72 | 73 | > | >>

Foxes in the hen house


Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Commentary



The foxes are not just in the hen house they want to build the next hen house complete with an easily breached fence. The American Health Insurance Plans, the American Medical Society, PHARMA and other healthcare organizations that have prospered in and, often, because of our dysfunctional healthcare mess have told Obama they are on board healthcare reform. They have promised to reduce the increase in healthcare costs by 1.5% per year.

Sounds great doesn't it? Did you notice this is not a reduction in cost but a reduction in the increase in cost? The consensus for the foreseeable future for healthcare cost increases if 6.2% so this would bring it down to 4.7% which is still above the average increase in the cost of living.

Note also I haven't listed how this is going to be done. That's because these guys haven't told anyone how they plan to do it. It's a safe bet each one of them plan on the other guys giving up income, not them personally.

Also, Harry and Louise are not dead yet. You remember H&L. They are the ones in the TV ads that sabotaged Clinton's healthcare reform with "socialized medicine and rationing". The guys in paragraph one paid for those.

The front guy for H&L now is Richard Lynn (Rick) Scott the CEO of Columbia/HCA healthcare at the time it was indicted for fraud in Medicare and Medicaid billing. He was never indicted but thrown out as CEO by the board. Columbia/HCA ended up paying a total of 1.7 billion in federal/state fines and other civil law suits. Prior to this he was a partner of G. W. Bush as part owner of the Texas Rangers. Since his ouster he has reentered healthcare by buying up clinics and investing in pharmaceuticals. He continues to profit from our dysfunctional "system".

Everyone with an ounce of common sense, a modicum of empathy for good people who fall ill or are injured, or know that a true civilized nation should look out for the least fortunate understand healthcare cannot be looked at the same as market staples of food and shelter. A large majority now support healthcare reform. The fact these groups noted in paragraph one have decided to come to the table and behave as if they are interested in reform indicates even they don't believe huge amounts of money will turn the tide this time. My problem is I smell a Trojan horse here. Worse, the politicians, at least in part may be complicit in the plot.

Consider the following:

1. Despite protestations that ev .....
[Read the Rest]

It costs too much

Fri, May 15th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



The conventional wisdom is that now is the time for healthcare reform. Of course, the Republicans are saying we cannot do it now because of the economic crisis. We couldn't do it before because of the economic boom and anyone that wanted to ..... 
[Read the Rest]

One moment, please...

Fri, May 15th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



It's not often that we'll have two editorial cartoons on these fashionably sequenced pages, but today is a special treat.

OK, let's not get carried away. Just relax and keep the excitement to yourself.

The reason for two too ..... 
[Read the Rest]

One moment, please...

Fri, May 8th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



Remember SARS or the West Nile Virus? Ah, those were the good old days.

Back when viruses left food sources alone.

Throughout my 15 years in the media business, it will never cease to amaze me how the national media feasts on ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Folks we don't know

Fri, May 8th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



Heroes and Villains share an important commonality; they are always outside of our personal social systems. When I was a kid, all the boys wanted to be cowboys even if they had never seen a horse up close. Girls wanted to be Princesses thoug ..... 
[Read the Rest]

One moment, please...

Fri, May 1st, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I don't usually write book reviews, but this one is worth writing and reading.

This past winter, I read a book that I had purchased long ago with every intention of reading -- but it didn't happen until recently. It was one of those books yo ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Cyberspace, a double edged sword

Fri, May 1st, 2009
Posted in Commentary

An increasingly widespread form of child abuse and sexual exploitation is fostered by predators using the Internet. We should be aware of one of the dark sides of computer use especially the misuse by predators against unsuspecting, vulnerable child ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Ethics, morality and faith: What's in it for me?

Fri, May 1st, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Matthew 16: 26 "What kind of a deal is it to get everything you want, but lose yourself?" The Message (paraphrase) "What will it profit a person to gain the whole world, but lose their soul?" NRSV Bible

So many recent news stories are about ..... 
[Read the Rest]

One moment, please...

Fri, Apr 24th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



Every time we turn on the TV, we witness another floodgate of jobs lost and reports of real estate dropping in value.

The latest blow, locally, came with the announcement of TRW Automotive laying off another round of their workforce ..... 
[Read the Rest]
<< | < | 69 | 70 | 71 | 72 | 73 | > | >>