Horrible Humans

9 Feb

So Ann Coulter and Tucker Carlson are on TV talking about how much better healthcare would be in America if only we let free enterprise do its job and allow health insurance companies to compete for customers instead of the dreaded new healthcare law that we have now…and they were laughing and chuckling and smiling and having a grand old time agreeing with each other about how much better and cheaper things are when you “outsource” to private enterprise and get government out of the way.

Anyway, their conversation suddenly took a serious tone when Ms. Coulter told a little anecdote about how her “friend” in California called her up one evening and told her that the friend’s sister had lost her insurance because of “Obamacare” and then when the sister became sick they couldn’t even go to the emergency room because they had no insurance. So days went by and Ms. Coulter had to go give a speech and when she got home afterwards she received a text from the friend informing her that the sister had gone into septic shock… and died! And the friend added in the text that her sister was “killed by “Obamacare!”

“Can I tweet that?” Ms. Coulter asked her friend. And her friend replied, “Of course you can. My sister would have wanted that.”

“Oh my God!” said a suddenly saddened Tucker. “That is really upsetting!”

“Shocking but not unexpected”, said Ms. Coulter with a chuckle (she’d apparently gotten over her grief) and then went on to conclude that “Obamacare” kills people just like she and all Republicans always knew it would and that the obvious answer is free market capitalism which as we all know saves countless lives all over the world and never is responsible for the death or mistreatment of anyone.

However, Never once did Ms. Coulter mention the fact that Blue Shield (the friend’s sister’s insurance company) did not pull out of California, like she said it had, and the company did not leave people without insurance, like she said it did… And in fact, in California, customers are allowed to keep their existing insurance plans through March…and of course that obvious scholar of all things American, Tucker Carlson, never once corrected her.

Nor did Ms. Coulter happen to mention to her friend that anyone can go to the ER in a hospital for emergency treatment, with or without insurance, and must be treated for life threatening illnesses. (any illegal alien knows that!)  In fact that has been one of the cornerstones of Republican angst whenever they discuss the sorry state of healthcare in the U.S.A. and how expensive it is to supply free ER care to the millions or immigrants, illegals and uninsured in the country today.

And Ms.Coulter apparently forgot that she is a mufti millionaire and could have saved her friend’s sister by simply telling her friend to “take your sister to the doctor and send me the bill. I’m really rich! Spare no expensive because after all, we’re good friends!” …but she didn’t…and Mr. C. didn’t point that out to her either.

All Ann did was go give a speech and then text her friend, after her friend’s sister died, “Can I tweet that?”

 

Then Tucker and Ann went back to alternately smiling and looking concerned and feigning outrage while continuing to discuss how President Obama and his horrible “Obamacare” (actually it’s called the Affordable Care Act) was specifically designed by the President of the United States and forced down the American people’s throats just so he could purposely kill people.

And the thought of that was amusing to them too! Silly Americans, you elected a murderer! Hee, Hee, Hee…

And for some strange reason Ms. Coulter also failed to mention how, if only her friend’s sister had been a Liberal Democrat, this all would have been a very happy story with a very happy ending and also the title of her next book, “How Obama murders liberals and I don’t care!”

How do these horrible human beings live with themselves? They make a living laughing, joking, cavorting…lying and worst of all, pretending to care about relieving the abject despair that so many real Americans live with every day of their lives… when they really couldn’t give a rat’s ass about anyone other than their own sorry, selfish, insincere, money grubbing selves.

How do they do it?

Will somebody please tweet me that.

 

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11 Responses to “Horrible Humans”

  1. ruminationville February 10, 2014 at 12:03 am #

    What an excellent post!

  2. I always know I’m going to read a well thought out plus well written post when I approach your blog. Of course I’m 100% against the Affordable Care Act, only because it takes away my ‘Freedom of Choice.’ It has left many Americans paying higher premiums and higher deductibles than ever before and many that were once insured still haven’t found an insurance company that will insure them. Another issue rapidly showing its ugly head are the number of doctors refusing to accept the ‘new’ plans. The physician’s office is advising they will bill the new insurance but before the patient leaves the office, they are to pay the anticipated deductible and in some cases the full amount of the visit. The billing office tells the patient, if and when the insurance company pays for their visit, the doctor will then forward the money to the patient.
    I can’t help but be afraid for the millions of people facing this situation.
    we also have the issue of physicians declining to accept Medicare, Tricare, Medicaid and the new insurance plans. In my opinion, the population of the United States is now at an all time high for health care risk.

    • A Voice February 10, 2014 at 7:07 am #

      “Another issue rapidly showing its ugly head are the number of doctors refusing to accept the ‘new’ plans.”

      Please source this. That some (the logical ‘some’, as opposed to the subjective ‘many’) are paying higher premiums is a fact and an unfortunate one, but it is still a wide-spread fact and sourcing isn’t necessary. This bit about physicians’ offices, presumably ‘many’, not accepting these new plans is not wide-spread fact and requires sourcing.

      I am enrolled in one of the new diseasecare plans. I am also pleased to have found an intelligent, diligent and caring doctor who is a part of the plan. What I am not pleased about is that I have a diseasecare plan as opposed to a healthcare plan and that naked profit is more important than profit through the proliferation and encouragement of due care of the patient.

    • gpicone February 11, 2014 at 4:25 am #

      Thanks for reading and I always appreciate your comments. The ACA has been a godsend for my children who otherwise would have been uncovered for the last 4 years. Do you know of any personal friends or relatives who have lost their insurance or who are now paying higher premiums and higher deductibles? And who are not going to receive refunds on their tax returns? I am just trying to collect actual experiences. Thanks. -Glenn

  3. errinspelling.wordpress.com February 10, 2014 at 12:10 am #

    i can’t stand that woman, she gives me high b/p & i can’t watch her since no insurance comapany is competing to give me health ins.for less than 2640.00 a month

  4. Harold Knight February 10, 2014 at 1:49 am #

    It seems to me they are but the public entertainment face of the 1%, and they can do and say anything they please because they know the other 99% of us probably won’t, even if we could, end the oligarchy they have all but established in this country.

  5. kingmidget February 10, 2014 at 3:17 am #

    Facts, you’re talking facts. They don’t understand what those are. What’s fascinating to me is the content of your opening paragraph … if Obamacare does anything, it allows insurance companies to compete for customers in an incredibly open and transparent manner. Instead of the old system, where they could hide the ball, obfuscate, and confuse. Not sure what the problem is.

  6. A Voice February 10, 2014 at 7:12 am #

    “How do they do it?”

    Honestly, Mr. Picone, I haven’t the slightest idea. There’s an episode of the Boondocks that examines Ann Coulter and politics very cynically, perhaps even appropriately…but I don’t know.

    Would you be able to update this entry with a link to the video?

  7. avwalters February 10, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    Remember that it is not in Fox’s interest to live in, or report on, a reality based world. It’s in their interest to satisfy their corporate sponsors–which means dumbing-down their audience. Entertain, with just enough chuckling outrage, that the anesthetized populace won’t go out looking for “real” facts. God forbid anyone should engage in critical thinking! Were that to happen, we might be looking at serious change.

    As for me, the ACA has meant that, for the first time in years, I could actually obtain insurance. Before that a pre-existing condition kept me out of the market entirely. Granted, to make it affordable, (and to avoid the insidious co-insurance clauses) I have an astronomical deductible. So what? Before I didn’t have insurance at all. Now I have protection which, in the event of a terrible injury or illness, I won’t have to lose my home or declare bankruptcy. Now all I have to do is build my home. (A situation potentially rife with injury opportunities.)

  8. francisguenette February 11, 2014 at 4:28 am #

    I often wonder about that question – how do they do it? Are they so insulated in their little worlds where they never hear any information to challenge their narrow ideas that they truly don’t know? Or do they actually know and convince themselves they don’t? I once listened to a Brazilian socialist speak and he said, “Ignorance is not an excuse.” I agree. So the question is a moot one. Still, I can’t help wondering.

  9. drshyamalavatsa February 11, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    The ‘New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry’ has a chapter, ‘The psychiatrist as a manager’. This was certainly not part of the book when I was a student.

    Under ‘Nature of managerial activity’ the authors say:

    In for-profit organizations, the primary function of management is the satisfaction of a range of stakeholders. This typically means making profit (for the shareholders), creating valued products at a reasonable cost (for customers), and providing rewarding employment opportunities (for employees).

    In non-profit management, other functions are added, such as keeping the faith of donors, attaining social and political goals such as increasing health and fighting diseases.

    (The goal of increasing health and fighting diseases is last on the list, and for ‘customers’, mind you, not ‘patients’).

    Under ‘Quality management’ they say: Excellence relies on a few fundamental concepts:

    1.Results Orientation: Excellence is achieving results that delight all the organization’s stakeholders.

    2.Customer Focus: Excellence is creating sustainable customer (patient) value.

    3. Etc.

    (Again, the patient is second in importance).

    Under ‘Managed care’ they say: Managed care is the use of business managerial principles, strategies and techniques in health care. Essentially, it is a reform of health care from its longstanding not-for-profit business principles into a for-profit model that would be driven by the insurance industry or governmental bodies ruled by the same principles.

    This is what health care has come to, an enterprise managed by businessmen.

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