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John King Pitches "Gotcha" Questions to Sebelius

I listened to John King (a Republican shill) interview Kathleen Sebelius on State of the Union. He was playing "gotcha" and Sebelius rolls over to let him scratch her belly. I have to paraphase this because there isn't  a transcript yet. John King asked:



Secretary Sebelius, according to President Obama in this NYT op-ed; he says if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. Is it true in the coming market after reform that you can guarantee you will be able to keep your doctor? I mean if your employer changes plans or goes to the Public Option will you be able to guarantee you can keep your doctor?


What Lou Dobbs Really Said.....

Lou, when you find yourself in a hole,


Stop digging.


Lou Dobbs is not my favorite news commentator, he's too elitist for me, but I came home last night and hubby was watching him (which is strange, because he's usually on G4). I went with it. Then, came the argument between Lou Dobbs, Karen Finney and Errol Louis. Chris Stirewalt seemed to be the bemused spectator.

Sex, Lies and Health Care Reform

The lies that the reform bill allows teenagers (women, really) to have accurate sex information, birth control and safe sex and safe abortions, which isn't in the bill, whipped up the nut cases into a frothing tizzy. Not to be outdone, the Palenesque descriptions of health care rationing based upon "societal contribution" are absurd, yet the ignorant believe them.

The lies served up by posturing Republican and Democratic Congressional members, AHIP, the former CEO of HCA, Rick Scott go unchallenged by the main stream media. In fact, the sillier the claim, the more likely the MSM is to cover it and cover it until the airwaves are saturated with big fat lies. All created by the same media that likes to say bloggers aren't real journalists because they don't do enough fact checking prior to publication.

Sigh, "Pot, let me introduce you to Kettle".

Who Believes the $80B Pharma Pholly?

A couple weeks ago pharmaceutical companies pledged to "voluntarily" reduce their revenues by $80 Billion over 10 years. Forgive me for not standing up to salute that initiative.


Maybe it's because I can... like, do the math in my head.


$80 Billion / 10 years = too damn little $8 billion per year.


That won't stop the spinmeisters who are brazenly pushing this as a great sacrifice, however, some people see this offer for what it is.



To be sure, $80 billion is less than one-tenth the projected cost of healthcare reform. But by striking this cost-sharing deal with one of the reform effort's leaders--Sen. Max Baucus--and the White House, drugmakers could shame other providers into cutting their prices, too.


Nancy Snyderman's Fluffy Health Care News Show

Crossposted from DailyKos.

It yanks my chain whenever I see a show like MSNBC is putting on at noon Monday through Friday. Health care is at a tipping point, so what does MSNBC do? They put on fluff. She gets meaty guests, then flubs it. This interview with Tom Daschale is all broad strokes and no nitty gritty. She asks some tough questions, but lets Daschale skate without answering them.

Dr. Snyderman has been around tv for years. She was on ABC regularly. Now she's got her own spot on MSNBC at noon. The problem is she relies too much on her "authority" as an MD and she doesn't do what it takes to back up what she says.

Dr. Snyderman, trying to win an argument by saying, "Because I said so" or "I've read the research and it says I'm right on this" (without citing the source) doesn't do it for me. Take a page from Ross Perot's book and do the charts and show them to your audience. Cite your sources, don't use suspect sources. Spend less time grinding your ax and spend more time exploring ideas different than your own.

What Health Care "Choices" Are They Talking About?

Cross-posted from dKos with permission of author, JDWolverton.

It happened again this morning. Some talking head on CNN was talking about making sure consumers had adequate choice in health care. What the heck was he talking about? I don't have a lot of choices when it comes to "choosing" my health insurance. ...and I don't have a lot to say about what my doctor recommends for me.

My choice for health insurance is either

  • Take my company's plan
  • Take my spouse's company's plan
  • Go out on the individual market which offers less coverage at a higher price
  • Go bare and pray we don't get sick

Similarly, my choice of health care treatment is

  • Select and pay the balance (after my insurance pays) for the treatment my physician orders.
  • Cajole my physician into ordering a treatment my insurance company allows that will most likely be less effective or the doctor would have ordered it in the first place.
  • Go against physician advice and skimp on care or skip care.
  • Pay the mortgage, car payment, electric bill or skip on food or get health care.

This "choice" meme is particularly irritating to anyone who has faced these "choices".