Thursday, November 5, 2009

Where’s A Cream Pie When You Need One?

I have a question for Liebermann, Snowe and Bonehead – I mean, Boehner…Who, exactly, do you people imagine yourselves to be? You are here to serve the people, not your own interests. You stand up and give a monologue about what the people want when you obviously haven’t a clue. People are dying and you have the nerve to hold up reform because it doesn’t serve your interests. You should be ashamed. If you had any sense of decency, if you had any sense at all, you would be. Every time I have to endure one of you holding court, I long for the late Soupy Sales to be alive and well, and in the crowd.

Olympia Snowe was pontificating about what she wanted to see, and all I could think was “Who do you think you are?” Since when do we give a crap what you think? As I just said: you are here to serve the people, not yourself, and this is what the people want. Deal with it.

As for Liebermann, he actually believes that the constituents of Connecticut are better served without a public option. He said that he could help them better without it.

Well, all righty, then, Joe! Here’s what I propose to everyone in that lovely and picturesque state:

Send Joe your medical bills. Send him each and every bill for each and every service. Surgery. Outpatient services. Cat scans. MRI’s. Emergency room. Pre-existing condition. Procedures that are considered to be merely cosmetic, such as repairing the huge scar left by skin cancer surgery. Anything not covered by your sky-high deductible. Send this man every bill you have ever received for medical care for the past year. Every last one of you.

After all, he said he would help, didn’t he?

I, I Who Have Nothing

An Open Letter to the Republican Party and The Blue Dogs:

If this were a poker game, you guys would have to fold. Seriously. As it is, you are trying to bluff your way through. If it weren’t so infuriating, it would be laughable.

Unfortunately, the poker game is being played with peoples’ lives as the stakes.

But here’s what you’ve got, gang: nothing. You have nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. The big fat zero. I reiterate: you have nothing.

When you actually have something, feel free to blither on.

You, who have your health care (including dental care and vision) taken care of for yourselves and your family at zero cost to you, have the nerve to try to block passage of the public health option. And yet, you have nothing else to offer us.

Still, today on MSNBC, an Iowa congressninny looks into the camera and tells the viewers that “85% of the people do not want a public health option”. Which 85% are we talking about? 85% of his Republican friends? 85% of the wealthiest of Americans? It sure ain’t 85% of anyone around here, bub!

This man actually said that everyone needs to show up at the West Wing and let Washington know that “we do not want the government controlling our health care”.

So, ok, goodbye Medicare, then. Because that is what would happen if that sentiment were applied across the board.

I wonder how this dunderhead would feel were one of us to stand in front of him with our arm around his mother’s shoulders and say that we were fighting to repeal Medicare. Good luck, Mom!

The stupidity of anyone confusing socialized medicine with actual socialism is almost understandable from anyone except a senator or congressperson. Didn’t they study civics, government, or anything at all pertaining to that? This is stuff that was basic in high school! Hell, government was taught in my school in the fifth grade! Civics was part of the ninth grade curriculum. U.S. History, in the 11th grade. I did not finish college, yet I remember what I was taught.

As I said before, I have no medical benefits of any sort due to the Cobra debacle. Even if this weren’t the case, and I had merely changed jobs, I would have no way of getting the cat scans, blood-work, and follow-up visits to the specialists that are required every 6 months because of my “pre-existing condition”. And again, as I have said before, there are thousands of people just like me. Thousands of people have conditions that continue to worsen because they cannot afford the tests, the office visits. . Thousands of people who are having trouble paying the electric bill or getting heating oil are being harassed by collection companies acting on behalf of hospitals and doctors’ offices, should those people be fortunate enough to find a doctor or hospital who will take them. Imagine how that feels. These people could lose their homes. And that would be the least of their problems. Thousands of people are dying, as I write this.

Still, the Republicans and the Blue Dogs continue to block the public health option, continue to misinform the public, lie to the public to further their own selfish agenda. If these clowns were in the shoes of anyone who does not have health care and who has a chronic illness, or who discovers during a routine exam that something seems wrong and requires tests, x-rays, biopsies or invasive surgery, and had to also somehow manager their day to day bills, they would run screaming from the room. It is harder to do without if you are accustomed to having than to do without when that has been your daily experience for years.
Yes, we the people do need to make our voices heard. We do need to show up at the West Wing. But we need to do so in order to shout down the bastards who are afraid of losing their self-appointed superior status, and get this bill passed.


My sister is 72 years old. A very young-looking and acting 72, but never the less, that is her age. She is also being treated for Stage One breast cancer, having survived a mastectomy, and chemo. She is now on five years of medication to deal with this disease, and to, hopefully, arrest it.

She was still working until September of this year. 8 years beyond retirement age. Not because she was so adored being an administrative assistant, but because she felt she had no choice, given economic circumstances. In other words, a 72-year old woman could not retire because she couldn’t afford to do so.

This May, due to the cancer and subsequent surgeries and treatments, she was on a leave of absence from her job. An unpaid leave of absence. This, along with the unpaid family leave, makes no sense to me. Nor should it to anyone who uses their brain. When a person is facing a debilitating illness, either their own or a family member’s, that is the very time that they need the income. What use is a leave of absence in the face of illness that costs thousands to deal with, if there is no money coming in? The stress from that idiocy is enough by itself to kill a person.
Yet, there she was – on an unpaid leave and dealing with surgery, chemo, baldness, nausea, fatigue, fear and depression. And now anxiety from a lack of a paycheck.

After the leave had been “exhausted”, her employer informed her that they “had to let her go”. I have always been amused by this phrase. The bastards make it sound like a good thing, as though they had treated a wounded bird, nursed it to health, and were now releasing it to its ultimate good, its natural habitat. Now it is flying free. “Letting you go”. How kind. How generous.
In other words, these sons of bitches just fired a cancer patient, leaving her with no financial resources to deal with her very brave battle against this hideous disease. Imagine how that feels. Imagine how you would feel if it were you. Or if it were your sister, aunt, mother, or grandmother.

She was informed that she was “entitled” to apply for unemployment. I drove her to the Department of Labor where she filled out form after endless form after waiting in line for over one hour. She was then told that she needed to register at the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, where she needed to file a resume online in order to conduct a job search. This is a requirement.

Jesus Christ, people. This is a 72 year old cancer patient we are talking about. What job is she supposed to look for? Who is going to hire her?

It’s enough of an insult to require her to look for a job, but to add insult to injury, if she doesn’t fulfill this requirement, she will lose her unemployment rights. They will cut her off, financially.
And yes, if you were guessing the Department of Labor doesn’t care what job you take, as long as you simply take one, you are right. They see nothing wrong with an administrative assistant working at a fast-food or retail job. Never mind that these jobs do not pay enough to support anyone, let alone cover their medical or dental challenges or needs. Never mind that Medicaid, should they make more than $903.00 per month, will not take care of them. These are the rules, and you play by those rules, no matter how ridiculous they seem, or you lose your benefits.

Am I the only one outraged by this?

Why aren’t there some allowances made for this type of situation? Why aren’t their allowances made for the sick, the people past retirement age? Why this “one size fits all” method of dealing with the unemployed?
I don’t know how to get this laws changed, these rules changed. All I can do is write about it and hope that enough people as incensed as I am by this Governmental stupidity (Yes, I realize that’s redundant) start making their voices heard.
What have we got to lose?