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When Sarah Palin booked a flight to Europe, the French immediately surrendered.

calendar   Sunday - August 14, 2016

Gee, That Worked Out So Well

ObamaCare ==> Hellena Handbasket

Premiums soar as coverage falters and providers run for the hills. Only massive bribery can keep them now.

The health insurance exchanges that are the beating heart of Obamacare are on the edge of collapse, with premiums rising sharply for ever narrower provider networks, non-profit health co-ops shuttering their doors, and even the biggest insurance companies heading for the exits amid mounting losses.  Even the liberal Capitol Hill newspaper is warning of a possible “Obamacare meltdown” this fall.

Three states – Alaska, Alabama, and Wyoming – are already down to just a single insurance company, as are large parts of several other states, totaling at least 664 counties.

UnitedHealth is pulling out completely, Humana is pulling out of 88 percent of counties it was in, and last weak Aetna strongly suggested it will be exiting, too, unless it gets bribed to stay with a huge, annual infusion of direct corporate bailout payments from taxpayers.

Dealing with the wreckage will be at the top of the agenda for the new president and Congress next year, and their options will be limited – especially if, as appears likely, we will continue to have divided government.  Most Democrats would prefer moving toward a totally government-run system while Republicans continue to favor repeal.

Wasn’t there another ObamaLie back in teh day about how this wasn’t all about setting up a single payer (ie government run) system?

But don’t worry, it gets worse:

Cost of Obamacare Medicaid Expansion 49% Higher Than Previously Estimated

[ perhaps that’s because you have the CIA and the military doing your estimates, and feeding you only the “blue sky” numbers? And what about the rest of us who were screaming from the balconies about what would happen? Oh right. Dismissed us totally. Because we were raycis. ]

A government report finds that the cost of expanding Medicaid to millions more low-income people is increasing faster than expected, raising questions about a vital part of President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The law provided for the federal government to pay the entire cost of the Medicaid expansion from 2014 through the end of this year.

Obama has proposed an extra incentive for states that have not yet expanded Medicaid: three years of full federal financing no matter when they start. But the new cost estimates could complicate things.

In a recent report to Congress, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said the cost of expansion was $6,366 per person for 2015, about 49 percent higher than previously estimated.

“We were told all along that the expansion population would be less costly,” said health economist Brian Blase with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Virginia. “They are turning out to be far more expensive.”

Don’t forget, ObamaCare isn’t the son of RomneyCare. It’s the rebirthed Frankenstein bastard of HillaryCare. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/14/2016 at 08:38 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - July 23, 2016

ruff week

My brother is back in the hospital. High fever, dehydrated. Talk about your misdiagnosis - some online doctor he “visited” told him he had “summer flu” but when that didn’t get better and he went to a real doctor, he wound up in the hospital straight away and tests are showing a blood clot and a big diverticulitis attack GI area of concern that merits further attention. So we’ll see what happens. Hopefully he’s getting some real care for the real problems now. Don’t know if surgery will be called for.

Helluva way to spend his birthday.

Arrggh.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/23/2016 at 02:02 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - June 02, 2016

Evacuation complete?

Peiper Has Been Released, Again

I had a nice little message on my answering machine. Peiper is out of the hospital, again. And back at the rehab center, again.

So I guess that means they’ve stopped his internal dripping. Which means he’s finally done having a leak. Evacuation complete!

We hope.

Best wishes old buddy!


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Why yes, this is a gay bar. What gave it away?




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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/02/2016 at 11:59 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - March 30, 2016

Pray For Peiper

I got a phone call today.

“Hello, is this Drew? This is Jen, Jay’s wife. In England.”

And the bottom dropped out of my world. At a certain point in life, there are phone calls you just do not want to get.

Well, poor old Peiper has had himself a major heart problem. He’s lucky to live barely more than around the corner from one of the better cardiac centers on that verdant island, and they got him right in.

Six hours of surgery later, and he’s in an induced coma until the situation stabilizes.

It’s something to do with one or more of the layers in his aorta. And bleeding. And that’s all I really know for sure. Updates when I get them, which I might not get very often.

03/31/16 UPDATE: None. I haven’t heard a word, but I’m not really expecting to. I’m sure she’s got plenty enough to worry about. Lyndon, did you get my email?? Thank you, everyone, for your kind words of support. Keep the prayers coming. 

04/01/16 UPDATE: HE’S ALIVE! ALIVE I TELL YOU!! I got another call from Jen. Jay is alive, awake, no longer bleeding from the heart or from the brain, and does not seem to have suffered any brain damage. Awesome news, but Say What?? Bleeding brains? OMFG.  Crivens and a half, there’s a story here for him to tell when he is up to it. Which might be quite a while. And he wasn’t in the local hospital, they took him to South Hampton which is a better care center. Well, fine. Fine.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/30/2016 at 09:37 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - March 20, 2016

Gosh I wonder How

UK “Experts” Willfully Blind ??

Unexpected Illness: scarlet fever infecting hundreds of children a week

Thousands of children are being infected with scarlet fever as the once feared Victorian disease, a leading cause of infant deaths in the early 20th century, makes a startling comeback.

Cases of scarlet fever have reached a 50-year high, with more than 17,000 cases confirmed last year – the highest since the 1960s. There have been more than 6,100 cases since September last year, and the peak season is from now until the middle of April. Around 600 cases are currently being recorded each week.

Family doctors across the country are now being told to keep watch for scarlet fever by Public Health England, and parents are being told how to spot the symptoms.

The Independent on Sunday reported last year that scarlet fever was one of a number of diseases rife in the Victorian era, along with scurvy, cholera and whooping cough, that have increased since 2010. But doctors say scarlet fever, if treated, is no longer the death sentence it once was, thanks to antibiotics and better hygiene. Experts say it is unclear why it is making a comeback. There is no vaccine.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/20/2016 at 01:40 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - March 08, 2016

The Food Police Suck More Fun Out Of Life, Again

G_D DAMN IT TO HELL.

I had a great post just about ready to publish and I managed to close the tab by accident. Lost the whole thing. I had a 3 paragraph social commentary, tie-ins to ObamaCare and Big Pharma, links to the Celiac Foundation and everything.

fuggit. It’s too late at night and I’m cranky. But I’ll try to regurgitate the gist of it. I probably needed the editing anyway.

so here’s the damn link to the original story

My whole point: You’ve probably noticed how every food product under the sun that isn’t made with flour now touts “Gluten Free” on it’s label, as if glutens were some new kind of poison worse than eggs, salt, Conservatives, or even those awful trans-fats. And now we’re being pushed to believe that everybody and his uncle, and probably their dog to boot, has celiac disease. 1 in 100, says the foundation. Absolute total horse shit, says the Drew. Someone has lowered the membership bar into a trench dug deeply in the ground, so that anyone with the occasional tummy ache can claim to be a victim of the disease, and being a victim is the thing these days.


BREAD CAUSES LUNG CANCER

Well not just bread, but any foods with a high glycemic index. Cakes, pies, rice and barley. Also sweet fruits and vegetables, including beets, carrots, apples, oranges, and dates. And let’s not forget starchy foods, they’re HGI too. Atkins Diet for everyone!!

White bread, bagels and rice ‘increase the risk of lung cancer by 49%’, experts warn

a new study revealed that carbohydrates may also be bad for your lungs. Consuming a diet with a high glycemic index increases the risk of lung cancer, scientists revealed.

Foods known to have a high glycemic index (GI) include white bread or bagels, corn flakes and puffed rice.

Lead study author Dr Stephanie Melkonian, of University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, said: ‘We observed a 49 per cent increased risk of lung cancer among subjects with the highest daily GI compared to those with the lowest daily GI.’

The findings suggest that cutting out foods with high glycemic index could reduce a person’s risk of developing lung cancer.  Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women across the US. Furthermore, it is also the leading cause of cancer mortality.

More than 150,000 people in the US are expected to die from lung cancer in 2016, according to an estimate from the American Cancer Society.

Meanwhile in the UK there are around 45,525 new cases of the disease diagnosed each year, while 35,371 people lose their life to the disease annually, according to Cancer Research UK.

And, while tobacco is the leading cause of lung cancer, it does not account for all cases - particularly for those who never smoked.

The study, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, is the largest ever to investigate the potential link between glycemic index and lung cancer.

It is also the first to show that GI was more significantly associated with lung cancer risk in specific subgroups - including people who had never smoked and those with the sub-type squamous cell carcinoma.

The glycemic index, or GI, measures how a carbohydrate-containing food raises blood glucose.

Foods are ranked based on how they compare to a reference food — either glucose or white bread.

A food with a high GI raises blood glucose more than a food with a medium or low GI.

Previous studies have found that dietary factors may have an influence on a person’s risk of developing lung cancer.

Diets high in fruits and vegetables were found to decrease the risk - while increased consumption of red meat, saturated fats and dairy products are known to increase the risk of the disease.

So. Can’t smoke, can’t drink. Don’t do drugs! Red meat is bad, sugar is bad, fat is bad, bread is bad. Eggs are OK this week, but are scheduled to be bad again soon. Anything with flour or white sugar is bad. Salt is bad. Sugary fruits are bad. What’s left? Here, chew on this disgusting bitter green shit a starving Mexican donkey wouldn’t eat called kale. And have a big scoop of this re-moistened tasteless puss called quinoa. The Fun Suckers are at it again.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/08/2016 at 06:05 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - August 16, 2015

Late Night Indulgence

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One nice part about being sick, is that you can feel sorry for yourself, which allows you to rationalize nearly any minor indulgence. Late night tea with genuine Peek Freans Fruit Cremes? Works for me. Because I deserve it.

Feeling quite a bit better after a few days of medications. Still coughing a fair amount more than I’d wish, but it’s lessened so much in intensity. Well, after a really nasty bought last night. Guess I turned the corner.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/16/2015 at 04:18 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - August 12, 2015

it’s official, I’m sick

Why am I making a blog post at 2:20 in the morning? Because I’m up. Coughing. Because I am officially sick.

I thought I was on the mend, having had the worst ever waterfall sinus condition for the past week. But things got even worse and I finally gave up the foolish male stubbornness and made an appointment. Hey, now that I’ve got my legally required insurance, I may as well use it.

The doctor was so impressed by my coughing that she immediately sat me down and made me partake in a session with their nebulizer. I had no idea what that was, but it sounded like some weapon system from Star Treck. Phasers, photon torpedos, galactic nebulizer. Nope, it’s the medical version of a “Vape”; an electronic cigarette. Just what my bronchitis needs! Actually, it’s a gizmo rather like the air pump from a fish tank hooked up to widened perfume spray venturi attached to what could be a paint cup from an air brush. A gentle breeze turns a spoonful of liquid medicine into a cold steam, which you breathe in through the mouthpiece on the plastic venturi tube. I have no idea what the medicine was, but my chest felt relaxed afterwards.  I never even got around to telling her about my “deep coughing” technique wherein I cough and cough and cough and cough and then cough harder, sometimes having to squeeze the sides of my head against the muscle spasm, and cough hard until some “lungfish” of sticky mucus breaks loose. It’s harsh, but it works, and it’s got me through the past couple of days.

So I’ve got a major sinus infection going, and bronchitis, and a nice middle ear infection. Actually, I think I’ve been keeping the middle ear infection on slow simmer for years now. I think it’s the cause of my almost-always moderate hearing loss, because my Eustachian tubes never open. Must’ve been at least 5 years ago when I saw an ENT who gave me a small dose of steroids, which just barely started to work and then the ‘scrip ran out. No, sorry, you just tapered off, you can’t have any more.  Gee, thanks. And it was a couple years before that, that I tried the drainplug grommet inserted through my eardrum, which was supposed to eliminate inner ear pressure and get things draining. Didn’t work for beans. So I’ve lived with the ear thing, and the deafness that comes and  goes  gets even worse in the winter ... but I knew the inner ear thing was acting up this time when I got up a couple of mornings and found myself bent over to the side walking in tight arcs to the right, because that was what my brain was feeling was up. Middle ear messes with your balance. But I could overcome that with a few good nasal blasts of saline spray and some magnum nose blowing. So I only felt that way for a minute or two each time.

I went a long long time without health insurance, and got by most of the time by going to the local health clinic. You don’t usually get to see a doctor, you see a PA, and that’s usually good enough. Two years ago the last one decided I had COPD, gave me several long term prescriptions to asthma pills, steroidal sinus sprays, and a rescue inhaler, and sent me on my way.  Oh, and here’s a shit ton of low power generic cholesterol lowering pills. I milked those ‘scrips for all they were worth, and finally ran out of the last sinus spray and inhaler about 2 months ago. I figured this iteration of the sinus thing - generally I get 2 a year, almost like clockwork, and have for at least 20 years - was because my meds were used up. But then it hit me worse than it has in a long long time. And for all I knew, it could be a Lyme Disease flare up. I had a real case of Lyme last year, and I got a couple of tick bites this Spring, although they weren’t the “right” kind of tick and I didn’t get any of the symptoms like last time. Which can also be one of the symptoms. Like Lupus, Lyme is a sneaky little bastard. And what happens the second time? Can there be a second time?

Right. So off to see the real doctor. And tell my story, going back most of a decade. She looks at her tablet computer and names the ENT who did the minimal steroid treatment. Damn doc, you’re good; I know I didn’t mention her name because I never knew it. Yes, but our whole county is wired in to a shared medical database run out of the hospital. EMR at its finest, and it works. Sign that HIPPA form and they share everything within their medical circle.

And after all of this, I come home with 5 ‘scrips, including a much heftier regimen for the Prednisone steroid. Giant anti-cough pills. Antibiotic pills big enough to use as pillows, of a kind I’d never heard of. Even new sprays for the old schnoz. Oh baby. So I’ll be popping pills left and right for the next couple of weeks. And who knows, I may actually get well. And perhaps even be able to hear! Horry Clap! And they want to see me again ... not in a few weeks or months, but this very Friday. You know, maybe the clinic isn’t such a great solution after all. They were there when I needed them, they were cheap, and they got me well enough to continue muddling through. I think I want to do more than just muddle this time.  I had the first round of pills with lunch, then took a nap for an hour. I think I feel better already.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/12/2015 at 05:18 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - August 01, 2015

Thank Some More White Folks

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Canadian Developed Ebola Vaccine 100% Effective When Tested On Thousands

A vaccine, not a cure.

Merck & Co.’s vaccine for Ebola is “highly effective,” according to an interim analysis from a panel of experts who recommended that a late-stage trial should continue.

The vaccine was 100 percent effective when it was tested on more than 4,000 people who were in close contact with Ebola patients in the African nation of Guinea, according to a study published today in the Lancet medical journal. The trial of the vaccine, called Ebola ca Suffit—“Ebola, that’s enough” in French—began on March 23.
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The vaccine was developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada and licensed to NewLink Genetics Corp. In November, Merck entered in an agreement to research, develop and distribute the vaccine. Charles Link, NewLink’s chief executive officer, said the company doesn’t intend to make any significant profit in Africa or developing countries from the potential Ebola vaccine.
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In the trial, researchers vaccinated anyone in the close circle of contacts of a newly infected person, targeting those most likely to get the disease after a new case. The Lancet called it the largest-scale trial ever performed in Guinea.

People in the study were protected against the Ebola virus within six to 10 days of vaccination. The late-stage trial is continuing, and other studies are in progress, with the goal of submitting the vaccine for regulatory approval around the world.

To create the vaccine, scientists removed a gene from another virus, vesicular stomatitis, and replaced it with an Ebola virus gene that can’t cause the disease alone. That could let people who get the vaccine develop antibodies against Ebola.

It’s still unclear how significant or long the immune response to the vaccine will be, Merck said.

Well, yeah, that’s why it’s still in testing. But mon Dieu, this is far more than just “looks promising”. It’s half an inch from grasping the gold ring, even if the immunization only lasts a few months or turns out to be 97% effective. Thanks Canada!

GlaxoSmithKline is also getting great results with their vaccine.

And the third to enter human testing is made by Johnson and Johnson together with the company Bavarian Nordic.
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Johnson and Johnson announced the start of their vaccine trial at the beginning of 2015. This uses a different approach still - two separate jabs will be given in the hope the second one boosts the effectiveness of the first.

Vaccine company Novavax has recently announced the start of an Australian trial designed to investigate another potential immunization on healthy human volunteers.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is also evaluating developments in Russia and Japan.

So 6 vaccines rushed through development, 4 already in human testing, with highly positive results back on 2 of them so far. Developed and made in Canada, USA, Bavaria, Australia, Russia, and Japan.  The palest corners of the world.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/01/2015 at 04:24 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - June 25, 2015

Welcome To Wonderland

SCOTUS Rolls Over, Plays Dead For Her Master

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, rejecting a major challenge to the landmark law in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

The justices said in a 6-3 ruling that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, as opponents contended.

The outcome was the second major victory for Obama in politically charged Supreme Court tests of his most significant domestic achievement. And it came the same day the court gave him an unexpected victory by preserving a key tool the administration uses to fight housing bias.

Obama greeted news of the decision by declaring the health care law “is here to stay.” He said the law is no longer about politics, but the benefits millions of people are receiving.

Declining to concede, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio said Republicans, who have voted more than 50 times to undo the law, will “continue our efforts to repeal the law and replace it with patient-centered solutions that meet the needs of seniors, small business owners, and middle-class families.”

At the court, Chief Justice John Roberts again voted with his liberal colleagues in support of the law. Roberts also was the key vote to uphold it in 2012. Justice Anthony Kennedy, a dissenter in 2012, was part of the majority on Thursday.

Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Roberts declared in the majority opinion.

Limiting the subsidies only to individuals in states with their own exchanges could well push insurance markets in the other states “into a death spiral,” Roberts wrote.

Justice Antonin Scalia, in a dissent he summarized from the bench, strongly disagreed. “We should start calling this law SCOTUScare,” he said, using an acronym for the Supreme Court and suggesting his colleagues’ ownership by virtue of their twice stepping in to save the law from what he considered worthy challenges.

His comment drew a smile from Roberts, his seatmate and the object of Scala’s ire.

Scalia said that Roberts’ 2012 decision that upheld the law and his opinion on Thursday “will publish forever the discouraging truth that the Supreme Court of the United States favors some laws over others, and is prepared to do whatever it takes to uphold and assist its favorites.”

Boy howdy, nothing like taking a quote out of context. Changes everything, nyet? How about the whole Roberts quote this time?

“Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. “If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter.”

Roberts continued, “In this instance, the context and structure of the Act compel us to depart from what would otherwise be the most natural reading of the pertinent statutory phrase.

In other words, the law means what I say it means, NOT WHAT IS ACTUALLY WRITTEN.  Um, gosh, does that sound a wee bit familiar??
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In a dissent he summarized from the bench, Justice Antonin Scalia said, “We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.” Using the acronym for the Supreme Court, Scalia said his colleagues have twice stepped in to save the law from what Scalia considered worthy challenges.

“The Court holds that when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act says ‘Exchange established by the State’ it means ‘Exchange established by the State or the Federal Government.’ That is of course quite absurd, and the Court’s 21 pages of explanation make it no less so,” Scalia wrote.

Scalia added, “Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is ‘established by the State.’ It is hard to come up with a clearer way to limit tax credits to state Exchanges than to use the words ‘established by the State.’ And it is hard to come up with a reason to include the words ‘by the State’ other than the purpose of limiting credits to state Exchanges.”

Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas joined the dissent, as they did in 2012.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton commented on Twitter following the ruling.

“Yes! SCOTUS affirms what we know is true in our hearts & under the law: Health insurance should be affordable & available to all,” she tweeted.

So there you have it. The law is what we say it is, without regard to how it was written, because we so fervently believe it to be true. Feelings trump every kind of fact, every aspect of reality, including the written word of law. From the very top on down.

Welcome to Wonderland.

PS - and you’re not allowed to think about how this kind of squishy thinking can now be applied to any other annoying law, like the Constitution. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/25/2015 at 05:20 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - May 13, 2015

Obamacare Exchange Down The Toilet

Hawaii Closing $205 Million Health Care Exchange: FAIL

Despite over $205 million in federal taxpayer funding, Hawaii’s Obamacare exchange website will soon shut down. Since its implementation, the exchange has somehow failed to become financially viable because of lower than expected Obamacare enrollment figures. With the state legislature rejecting a $28 million bailout, the website will now be unable to operate past this year.

According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser the Hawaii Health Connector will stop taking new enrollees on Friday and plans to begin migrating to the federally run Healthcare.gov. Outreach services will end by May 31, all technology will be transferred to the state by September 30, and its workforce will be eliminated by February 28.

While the exchange has struggled since its creation, it is not for lack of funding. Since 2011 Hawaii has received a total of $205,342,270 in federal grant money from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In total, HHS provided nearly $4.5 billion to Hawaii and other state exchanges, with little federal oversight and virtually no strings attached.

Despite this generous funding, the exchange has underperformed from day one. In its first year, Hawaii enrolled only 8,592 individuals – meaning it spent almost $23,899 on its website for each individual enrolled. Currently over 37,000 individuals are enrolled in Hawaii’s exchange - well below the estimated 70,000 enrollees that is required to make the website financially viable. Unfortunately, taxpayers will have to hand out an additional $30 million so that Hawaii can migrate to the federal system.

It’s not like the interface wasn’t standardized or anything ... they just can’t code a gateway for shizz ...

The plan, obtained by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, states the Connector will cease new enrollments Friday, discontinue outreach services May 31 and transfer its technology to the state by Sept. 30. The Connector’s workforce will be completely eliminated by Feb. 28. The exchange has 32 employees, 29 temporary staff and 12 full-time contractors.

“Staff reductions will commence immediately, with the executive director ( Jeff Kissel) exiting once the bulk of operational activities end,” the report said. “If the state cannot facilitate an orderly transition, the Connector’s operations will abruptly end, as the Connector does not have the resources to continue operations.”

The state was notified in March that Hawaii was out of compliance with the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, because the Connector wasn’t financially sustainable at the start of this year and wasn’t integrated with the Medicaid system, which determines eligibility for subsidies and tax credits obtained through the exchange. The federal government subsequently restricted grant money to support the Connector and moved to take over its IT functions to allow residents to enroll in coverage through the federal marketplace, healthcare.gov.

Ya, I kinda hate to say it, but once this crap was signed and sealed, there really should have been a big software design symposium. Design the federal back-end, the federal front-end, and the state front-ends all at the same time. Then hand out the front-ends to the states, so they can modify their copy by changing the name of the state and the wallpaper. And the state providers database. But that’s about it. It really should be an out-of-the-box solution, built, bulletproofed, and tested to bazinga and back again before release.

What a total rip-off this whole thing has been.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/13/2015 at 01:11 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - May 09, 2015

Ebola Burnt Out In Africa?

Liberia Ebola Free For 42 Days

Liberia has been declared free of the deadly Ebola virus, which killed 11,000 people in the west African [area], after six weeks without a new case of the disease,

The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said Liberia was free from Ebola after 42 days without a new case but urged vigilance until the worst-ever recorded outbreak of the virus was extinguished in neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone.

A total of 11,005 people have died from Ebola in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone since the outbreak began in December 2013, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Nearly half of those deaths have been in Liberia, where the outbreak peaked between August and October, with hundreds of cases a week, sparking international alarm.

The size of the catastrophe prompted the United States to send in hundreds of troops to help build treatment clinics in the country.

Helped by the visible U.S. military presence, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s government launched a national awareness campaign to stem the infectious disease, which is spread by physical contact with sick people.

‘We can’t take our foot off the gas until all three countries record 42 days with no cases,’ said Mariateresa Cacciapuoti, MSF’s head of mission in Liberia.

[ UN Special Envoy on Ebola David ] Nabarro suggested that, even though fewer than 20 new cases were reported in Guinea and Sierra Leone last week, it could take months to get to zero.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/09/2015 at 04:26 PM   
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calendar   Friday - May 01, 2015

The Newest STD Is The Worst One Possible

Cured Ebola Patients Can Pass Disease Through Sex



Horry Clap!  ("literally"!!)


The deadly Ebola virus may be transmitted through sex long after a person has been cured, a major finding that could change how the virus is combated.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigators looked into the case of a Monrovia, Liberia, woman who contracted the disease. The agency identified only one link to Ebola: unprotected sex with an Ebola survivor who was not presenting symptoms.

Ebola can only be passed through contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person showing symptoms. But health officials have been aware of another problem: The virus can remain in semen for nearly half a year after symptoms emerge, even after the patient has fully recovered. A survivor could still potentially infect a sexual partner with the virus, which appears to have happened in Monrovia in March, when the woman in question had sexual relations with a man who had been discharged the previous October.

No word on whether this works the other way around: do female fluids of certain types remain infectious as well?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/01/2015 at 04:30 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - April 14, 2015

holy fugnuggle

Check out this government doublespeak ... straight from the Form 1040 Instructions for Line 61 ...

Remember how the ObamaCare Individual Mandate was pushed because it wasn’t a tax, it’s a fine?, but then approved by the Supreme Court, once they (ie Roberts) turned the law inside out so that it wasn’t a fine, it was a tax? Right, you’d better have insurance, or you’re going to pay. But what is it called that you are going to pay? Mwaaahahahahahaa; time to let the masters twist the terms to find one that’s both, and yet neither ...

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Health Care: Individual Responsibility

Beginning in 2014, individuals must have health care coverage, qualify for a health coverage exemption, or make a shared responsibility payment with their tax return.

If you had qualifying health care coverage (called minimum essential cover-age) for every month of 2014 for yourself, your spouse (if filing jointly), and anyone you could or did claim as a dependent, check the box on this line and leave the entry space blank.
Otherwise, do not check the box on this line. See the instructions for Form 8965.

If you can be claimed as a dependent, do not check the box on this line. Leave the entry space blank. You do not need to attach Form 8965 or see its instructions.

Wow, count me in. I sure don’t want to be a slacker and not carry my part of the burden. Let me make my payment to the Tax Man, whether it’s a fine or a tax. Who cares? It’s a shared responsibility.

Weasels.


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