Saturday, March 25, 2017

Letter On the Bring Out Your Dead Bill

   So, going from the sublime to the ridiculous and beyond. I spent last Monday through Friday as a guest in Glens Falls Hospital. I met so many people working there that I can't begin to praise enough because I'd miss so many. I hope this letter helps to make up for my inability to find and thank each one. From janitorial and food service to nurses to doctors there was no one who is not pure gold. For the nurses, that's double. I'd like to also express gratitude to Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats for passage of ACA. Healing is easier without thoughts of impending financial ruin.
     I'd like to thank our current reigning party, as well, for the buffoonery on Thursday and Friday. Laughter is the best medicine. I keep hearing that ACA is a disaster, despite CBO saying markets are stable. It may just be Republican attempts at governing that are disastrous. What are they planning for the eighth anniversary of the signing of ACA? This year's EPIC FAIL will be hard to top. "We will have so much winning if I get elected that you may get bored with the winning." Don't stop yet.
     Rep. Stefanik got out of casting a vote and is able to stay on record as "undecided." The bill they were trying to pass did away with the requirement for policies to cover maternity and hospitalization in general, along with giving tax breaks to people who don't need tax breaks. Beyond the question of what a health policy should cover to meet Republican expectations is; how inhumane and immoral does legislation have to be to get a hell no from our rep? Congresswoman, are you a freaking lizard person? 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Comment At Shaw's

Looks like in the battle between Obamacare and Trumpcare (or as I prefer, GOPcare) the good guys are winning. The Reprehensibles went from a FAIL on the seventh anniversary of the signing of the ACA to an EPIC FAIL today. Ironically, I've been taking advantage of having health insurance since Sunday night and was able to get out of hospital on the day of the EPIC FAIL. I feel better knowing that at least some of my medical expenses are going to be paid.

What are the Repulsives planning for the eighth anniversary? Maybe we can make this a yearly event. It should be obvious to everyone at this point the GOP is incapable of governing.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Letter From the Original HHH

Thanks Maggie! I was thinking of writing a letter on the firing of Preet Bharara and you made it so much easier.

So President Trump fired Attorney Bharara. Who cares? I do not know if Mr. Bharara is Muslim or not. Maybe everyone is trying to being politically correct.

Not everyone. She certainly isn't. For the record, his father was Sikh and his mother was Hindu. I believe his grandmother was Dutch, though. 

I thought I saw this linked at TPM yesterday. Couldn't find it today. In any case, lots of good stuff in it: Info and links and such. 

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was removed from his post by the Trump administration last week, was overseeing an investigation into stock trades made by the president’s health secretary, according to a person familiar with the office.

Martha Stewart should be pissed

Friday, March 17, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Two Letters to Elise Today

Just got time to link to them.

Sue Elliot

Stephen Baratta

Thanks folks, keep those fan letters to our rep coming!

Patient-Centered, Market-Driven?

Not so much.

To address this lack of price transparency,  the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) during the Obama administration launched a public database of charges by doctors, hospitals, drug companies and other providers.  You can find it here. If you are a professional researcher, you might be able to figure out which hospital in Minneapolis has the lowest posted price for a heart transplant or any of 100 other of the most common procedures.

If Republicans really wanted patients to take more responsibility for their health care, they would fix all that — fix it by insisting that doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other providers make all their prices for all classes of customers readily available at the front desk and on their websites. But if you look through the 123 pages of the Republicans’ American Health Care Act that was rammed through two House committees this week before anyone could digest it, there’s nothing about any of that.

Nor is any mention of quality metrics. Obama’s Affordable Care Act included a big push for the government to do what is known as “outcomes research,” using millions of patient records to determine what operations, what drugs, what tests were most effective in treating various conditions. But at the insistence of Republicans, researchers cannot consider price in their analysis, making it impossible to determine which offers the best value. The Republican bill leaves this prohibition in place. What it does do, however, is to repeal the small tax on group health insurance that funds outcomes research.

Yeah, I think it's more about giving rich folks tax breaks.