Care, Craft, Crap, & Crazy

After a nice long weekend, and a relaxing start to the week, things are about to pick up.

I have a dentist appointment tomorrow. It seems I was eating a mutant chicken wing last week, and bit into a bone that shouldn’t have been where it was. Presently, I have a chipped tooth and I have a nice big dental bill in my future.

Thought #1

Stop The ACLU has an interesting post about health care claim denials. You’ll never guess which insurer denies more claims than any other health care insurer in the country.

It’s not United Health Care. From March 1,2007 through March 10, 2008, a period of just one year, they denied just 30,000 of 1.1 million claims.That’s less than 3% of all claims submitted to them.

It’s not CIGNA. During the same period they denied just 9,000 claims out of 260 thousand, or just under 3.5% of all claims.

So who was it? Was it Aetna? Humana? Could it be Anthem or Coventry? Nope, nope, nope and nope.

Out of 6.9 million claims submitted, 475,000 of those claims were denied… by Medicare.

When you hear President Obama, or any of the Democrats on the Hill talking about the virtues of government run health care, keep this in mind. More people are denied coverage by the government than any other insurer in America and I’m sure that number won’t change when they add the ‘public option’. (cough)

Hat Tip to Vinny for posting about this too, somehow I missed it because of my chicken wing trauma.

Note: You can click the image above to view the denial statistics I so eloquently wrote about.


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Thought #2

The Obama Administration worked hand in hand with Egypt to craft a new resolution for the United Nations Human Rights Council.

“The United States is very pleased to present this joint project with Egypt. This initiative is a manifestation of the Obama administration’s commitment to multilateral engagement throughout the United Nations and of our genuine desire to seek and build cooperation based upon mutual interest and mutual respect in pursuit of our shared common principles of tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”

Sounds good doesn’t it? We’re working with other countries with mutual interest and respect to help all human beings around the world. Awesome, huh?

The new resolution, championed by the Obama administration, has a number of disturbing elements. It emphasizes that “the exercise of the right to freedom of expression carries with it special duties and responsibilities . . .” which include taking action against anything meeting the description of “negative racial and religious stereotyping.” It also purports to “recognize . . . the moral and social responsibilities of the media” and supports “the media’s elaboration of voluntary codes of professional ethical conduct” in relation to “combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.”

The compromise which the Obama administration had emphasized as an important step in our involvement with the human rights council restricts one of the very freedoms we cherish so much. The freedom of speech. When the European Union distances itself from your resolution on human rights, you know you screwed up.

Thought #3

Has MAD Magazine has finally crossed that imaginary line? I sure hope so.

Thought #4

Do you remember when Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) compared health care in the United States to the Holocaust?

It seems such comments on the floor of the House of Representatives are allowed, if you’re a Democrat.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says there’s no reason for Rep. Alan Grayson to apologize for his “Die quickly” remark, since Republicans have made statements just as outrageous as his.

“If anybody’s going apologize, everybody should apologize,” Pelosi told reporters at her weekly press conference. “We are holding Democrats to a higher standard than their own members.”

Did you catch that last line? “We are holding Democrats to a higher standard than their own members.”

Their standards must be quite low if the “higher” standard they are holding Democrats to amounts to something so vile as the comments made by Rep. Grayson.

I guess the rules only apply if you disagree with the leadership in the House. Way to stay ethical Nancy.

Thought #5

Vice President Joe Biden says the stimulus package has worked quite well, beyond his wildest dreams.

“In my wildest dreams, I never thought it would work this well”

Last week we learned that unemployment rose to 9.8% nationwide (17% if you count those who have simply given up looking for work).

Can we say out of touch with reality?

Thought #6

The Senate Finance Committee will be voting on the Baucus Health Care Bill soon. When asked if he will read the text of the bill, committee member Rep. Thomas Carper (D-DE) says,

“I don’t expect to actually read the legislative language because reading the legislative language is among the more confusing things I’ve ever read in my life”

Yet again, members of our clueless Congress are planning to vote on a bill they themselves have not read. A bill that could contain just about anything, since they have no intention of reading it. Follow that link to view the video of Rep. Carper making his excuses for failing to read the bill.

For that reason alone, this bill and any other bill they fail to read and disclose to the American people should be rejected in it’s entirety.