Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Where's Your Proof?

Judge refuses to dismiss gay marriage ban suit
He asks lawyers to show how gay unions pose threat to traditional ones

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge challenged the
backers of California's voter-enacted ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday to
explain how allowing gay couples to wed threatens conventional unions, a demand that prompted their lawyer to acknowledge he did not know.
The judge not only refused but signaled that when the case goes to trial in January, he expects Cooper and his legal team to present evidence showing that male-female marriages would be undermined if same-sex marriages were legal.

WOW, just WOW! I honestly can't believe that this judge actually asked the question that we have all be asking for so long. It will be interesting to see where this goes. I know I'll be watching!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Making of a Health-Care Whistle-Blower

Wendell Potter may be the ideal whistle-blower. The former head of corporate
communications for health-insurance giant Cigna, Potter turned against his old
colleagues in June to testify before a congressional committee about what he
viewed as the health-insurance industry's "duplicitous" behavior in the current
health-reform debate. In his testimony, Potter outlined specific techniques
insurers employ to "dump the sick" and protect stock price at all costs. His
testimony was logical, specific and convincing, but that's only part of what
makes Wendell Potter a perfect turncoat in the eyes of the pro-reform movement

Time has done a great piece writing about Wendell Potter. He is a long time player in the Health Insurance Industry who has turned whistle blower, more or less (and I say that because like a man true to his word, he signed a confidentiality agreement and states he will not break that agreement) who is willing now to stand up and tell the truth about what these companies are doing and how they get away with it. Not only that, he also spells out how our representatives are buying into their games, and allowing themselves to be convinced that these Insurance giants are working towards making things better.

You can read the rest of the interview here:,8599,1920893,00.html

Is anyone really surprised by this information? Those who "insure" us care more about profits and their bottom line than the health and well being of those they insure. Do they think we are stupid enough that we don't know that already?

My biggest question to our leaders, our representatives and all those who are not in favor of reform, of the single payer idea, or are even going so far as to complain about the option to give people a "choice".......

Why should our health and protecting it be a for profit business? When did we reach the level of depravity that protecting the health and well being of our citizens become less important than making money?

Insurance companies are the current form of "death panels" in this country and they make those life and death choices each and every day for people whom they don't know, for patients they have no knowledge of and for all of us based solely on how much money it will cost them and if it will cut into the profits they can make.

How did we get to the point that we allowed this to become commonplace?

Yes, we are a free market society, but does that justify the idea that our people and their health can be treated as if they are no more than a commodity, something to be bought and sold, traded on for another dollar in the pocket of a corporation and its shareholders?

It seems to me that the Insurance companies know that they can get away with it because too many remain silent about it. People don't fight back. We don't stand up and make our feelings about this known, people for years have simply fought with the insurance companies and that was that. Now we are seeing more people stand up and fight publicly.

One great example:

Imagine having a perfectly healthy two month old baby and having your insurance
tell you they won't cover him. One local family says that's
what's happened to them.
Baby Alex is a happy, adorable, big baby. And now
at three months old, the family's insurance company says he's not eligible for
Alex eats well, is growing fast and has no pre–existing conditions.
But his mom Kelli says their insurance company says he's just too big.
“Insurance standards say if he's above 95 percent he's uninsurable."
of his size, Alex was turned down for
, his height and weight put him in the 99th percentile
according to CDC guidelines.

Now we are talking about a baby was was being breastfed. And because he was growing at an increasing rate, was healthy and doing well, he was uninsurable? Seriously?
So the story goes national and what do you suppose happens?

A Colorado insurance company is changing
its attitude about fat babies.
Rocky Mountain
Health Plans said Monday it
will no longer consider obesity a "pre-existing condition" barring coverage for
hefty infants. The change comes after the insurer turned down a Grand Junction
4-month-old who weighs about 17 pounds. The insurer deemed Alex Lange obese and
said the infant didn't qualify for coverage.
The insurer said Monday
it would change its policy for babies that are healthy but fat. The company
attributed the boy's rejection for
to "a flaw in our underwriting

How much are you willing to bet that if this story had not made headlines that there would have been no change in the original claim that this child was uninsurable and that the insurance company would never have admitted that there was "a flaw in our underwriting system"?

Look at the fight going on right now that our President is undertaking on our behalf and the roadblocks he is facing by those who feel that not only is the status quo acceptable, but it is a situation that should not be interfered with because of the idea that "those who can, and those that can't.. have only themselves to blame, it makes me ill that this is what a large portion of Americans really believe is acceptable. It's that "I got mine, the hell with you" attitude which makes my blood boil.

I have watched conversations where people have actually said that if you are without insurance it is your own fault for now having a job that provides either the insurance or the salary to purchase your own insurance. I have also watched as people claim that offering a public option will do nothing more than force everyone into that plan because the Insurance industry cannot compete with a non-profit.

We know that AARP has endorse a public option and now it looks like Consumer Reports has done the same thing.

The public option is now backed by the nonprofit group behind Consumer
"We're very strongly in support of the public insurance option as an
option because we think that you can't get health care costs down unless there
really is true competition in the health insurance marketplace," said James
Guest of Consumers Union.

Why are we not having protests demanding a public option be made available to those who want and need that CHOICE? Why are people not standing up and saying that we need to make sure that all of us have access to affordable health care?

Monday, October 12, 2009

Forget the Kool-aid. I'll have one of these.

Time To Get Started!

Standing up for our nation is an idea that everyone can get behind, but it has different meanings to different people. For me, it means standing up and making my own voice heard, knowing that one person can make a difference. It means making sure that our leaders do what is in the best interest of all of us, not just some of us. It means taking a stand for what is right, even when that stand is not popular.

There have been plenty of times when I worried about voicing my own opinion because I knew that it would not be a welcome voice, and so I kept silent. We can no longer afford to keep silent. We absolutely must make our voices heard, make our wishes known, and keep shouting until we are heard.

There are going to be times when it is hard, when it will seem like the majority does not agree with you, but that cannot stop you from making your feelings known. You cannot allow those who fight against what is right to silence you.

So tell me, what does it mean to you, to stand up for our nation?