Free Healthcare!!

At my last visit to the doctor’s office I had a conversation with the front desk nurses about healthcare costs.

We happened on the topic because I mentioned that my co-pays for office visits went up a whole $15 in the past 17 years.  (For those cattle who can’t do math…that’s a little more than 88 cents a year.  Conversely, my deductible has gone up about $60 per year, which still isn’t all that pathetic if you really think about it.)

Neither one of the nurses had much to say regarding the rising costs of healthcare, but they both expressed their concern about how many people are on medicaid who shouldn’t be.

Like say, the 24 year old college grad who refuses to work because they can’t “find a job”, even though there are tons and tons of jobs out there.  Maybe not in the field of study for which they graduated, but a job just the same.  

After listening to their gripes, I then mentioned how I would run for President of the USA and promote a four-step plan to offer free healthcare to everyone.

They were intrigued…until I laid out the steps… 

  • First: I would remove all IRS deductions and credits across the board.  That’s right! … No more child tax credits, no more deductions for medical expenses, no more deductions for gambling or investment losses, no more deductions for giving to a non-profit…  NO MORE DEDUCTIONS OR CREDITS…PERIOD!!
  • Second: I would raise the income tax of every single person in the USA by 50%, and any income over $499,999 would be taxed at 100%.
  • Third: I would remove any federal taxes on gasoline or petroleum products and then impose the following taxes:
    • a) a 100% tax on any net proceeds above $30 million that collegiate and/or professional athletics receive in a calendar year. This would include but not be limited to overall revenue or donations regardless of their non-profit standing with the IRS.
    • b) a 100% tax on any monies exceeding one-hundred million dollars ($100,000,000) for any Endowment fund of private or public secondary educational institutions.
    • c) a charge of $1000 per undocumented person living or working in the USA that would be billed to that person’s country of origin.  
    • d) a 50% tax on all gifts, donations or revenue generated through “fund-me” websites regardless of tax-exempt status. 
    • e) a 1000% tax on any business in the pornography industry. 
    • f) a 50% tax on all monies that are invested in foreign currencies, exchanges, banks or financial institutions by US citizens or companies.
    • g) a 50% tax on all proceeds from foreign investors who own real estate for rental or lease on United States soil.
  • Fourth: by putting massive regulations on every health insurance company, health provider and pharmaceutical company to…
    • promote healthy living and severely limit the ability to prescribe drugs that would become addictive. . .I’m talking opioids. . .(unless ALL other options have been exhausted), if they did prescribe these drugs, not only would the doctors who prescribe them have to fill out massive amounts of paperwork just to get the approval to prescribe them, they would also have their names placed on a watchlist to make sure they aren’t over-prescribing. (Ah…who am I kidding?   That paperwork and watchlist would exist for any and every drug that doctors prescribe.)   
    • create a cleanliness act that would force any and all hospitals, care facilities and health clinics to have the technology in place to sterilize and combat bacteria/germs/fungi that can cause further complications to overall patient health.

Yeeeaaahh…much like you, the nurses weren’t all that interested in my plan after hearing it because they understood just how much money it would cost and how little freedom they would have in the healthcare field to actually treat patients.  

By the way…I never said I’d get elected, all I said is I would promote a four step plan to provide free healthcare to everyone in the USA if I run for President.  

I know I wouldn’t be popular, but at least I’d be honest.  

 

 

 

 

Your Phone and Pager are NOT Sterile

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Let me begin this post by stating that I’m very thankful for all the people who work in the medical field.  Most of you are awesome and do your jobs well, and then there are the rare few who make you look bad… but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate everything you do.  So please know that I don’t mean to disrespect you with this post because that’s not my intention.  

However, I would like to bring to your attention something that I noticed while my dad was in the hospital and that is…  

Why would anyone who works in healthcare sterilize their hands with anti-bacterial cleanser, put on sterile gloves, walk into a patient’s room and then answer their pager or cell phone that is covered in germs??  

Over a year ago My dad was in the hospital getting a kidney stone blasted into oblivion.  While in the hospital room the nurse did a great job of making sure her hands were sterile and that she wasn’t doing anything that would transfer germs from one patient to another.  However, when the Phlebotomist walked in, he proceeded to sterilize his hands with cleanser, put gloves on, began to prep my dad for the blood draw and when his pager went off, he picked it up and looked at it.  

Once he put the pager back in his pocket, I abruptly asked him if he would please change his gloves and sterilize his hands again.  

He just stared at me…then glanced over at the nurse as if to get some kind of defense from her and when she raised her eyebrows and looked at the floor, he looked back at me as if I my question was offensive.  

I didn’t flinch, nor did I apologize.  I just looked at him with a blank stare. 

After a few seconds of him trying to decide what to say or do, he slowly removed the gloves and re-sterilized his hands with cleanser.  While doing so, he had the nerve to ask in a condescending tone if I wanted to do his job.  (Seriously?!?)

I was in no mood for his crap…so I responded . . . in the same tone,  “No, but my dad’s health is more important than your pager.”  

After the phlebotomist finished with my dad’s blood draw and left the room, the nurse looked at me and said… “Wow…good catch!”    

That’s when I asked her why there isn’t a rule that BEFORE entering the room of a patient all health care professionals must leave their pagers and cell phones in a bin outside the entryway.  

Those devices are covered in germs and who knows what could be transferred from one patient to another?  

Same thing happened about a month ago in the same hospital.  

My dad was in the ER with pancreatitis and the nurse who was trying to put the IV catheter into my dad’s arm had sterilized her hands…put on gloves…had swabbed my dad’s arm…was just about to put the catheter in and her cell phone went off, so she answered it!   

What the hell?!?!?!?!  

So, I have a bone to pick with health care people.  

Your pathetic mistake of answering a cell phone or pager MIGHT contribute to the spreading of germs and could possibly kill a patient.  

You need to stop answering cell phones and pagers while in the room of the patient.  

The patient is (or should be) priority number one. . . pagers and cell phones can wait!   Leave them outside the room!!!   

I don’t have a problem with healthcare professionals, but I do think it’s pathetic that hospitals and their staff don’t leave phones and pagers outside the hospital room when working with patients.

 

Bridalplasty

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A couple years ago, a group of numb-nuts in the world of reality television all got together in a padded cell and asked themselves,

“So, what kind of train wreck can we put on the air for the weak-minded and unstable followers of this world to start watching, then want to look away from, but can’t?”

After numerous doses of CymbaltaLexapro and Wellbutrin; one of the less medicated stood up and shouted…

“I know!  I know!!!  let’s make a television show where soon to be brides, who are extremely insecure with their appearance, compete for a chance to win plastic surgery that may or may not make them look better!!!”

And this is where the show Bridalplasty was created! 

The show had only one season from what I can find.  IMDb says it had two, but I can’t locate the second season anywhere, so I think it’s a misprint.  

The show is about twelve or thirteen contestants who are soon-to-be brides.  All of them have some kind of flaw that they don’t like about their appearance and would absolutely love to get plastic surgery to fix said flaw. 

Within each episode the contestants are given certain bridal “challenges” that they must complete within a certain amount of time.  Then each challenge is judged by someone important within the realm of bridal/wedding preparations who thinks more highly of themselves than they ought. 

lizardtongueEvery challenge has a “winner” (and I use that term loosely) who gets to choose from a list of plastic surgeries that they submitted with their application to join the show.  

At the end of the season there is ONE overall “winner” who gets to have all their remaining plastic surgeries completed from their list.

The show is very pathetic and made me hurt just watching it…

yes…I watched all ten episodes.  Why? 

Well…honestly? 

Because it was funny!

That…and I got hooked on watching these crazy women do some horrible things to their faces and bodies.  LOL!!!!   (<—I think that’s the first time I’ve ever put an “lol” in one of my posts, but it’s worth it!)

crazyeyesThe fact that these women were so eager to go under the knife just made the show even more pathetic.  Not too mention, all the “post surgeries” these women suffered through. 

OH!  Yeah…I almost forgot to mention the contestants in recovery!!!  

They didn’t have to compete in the next challenges because they had to be cleared by their doctors before they performed any physical activity, so they sat in the “recovery” room in the house until the doctor cleared them. 

It wasn’t uncommon to have two or more contestants in the recovery room at the same time because each “winner” was having something done that required a minimum one-week bed rest.

The entire show was a pathetic masterpiece that revealed the torture that women will subject themselves to for a more attractive appearance.

If you want to watch it, I think it’s still on Netflix streaming; but if you choose to watch it, don’t say I didn’t warn you…The show is a train wreck from beginning to end, and once your eye catches it, you just can’t seem to look away.  

Bridalplasty  =  Pathetic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pathetic Pharmaceuticals

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I would have a really difficult time being a pharmaceutical sales rep because I’m not a conformist, and I can’t sell something I don’t believe in.

My personal belief is that the pharmaceutical companies are using the unsuspecting in the herd as test subjects and putting drugs into their lives just like the jelly bean industry does during Easter.  (Damn you Jolly Rancher Jelly Beans!!!)

Personally, and not to start any vicious rumors, I think the pharmaceutical companies and the united states justice system are in cahoots with one another.  If you think about it, and I mean really, really think about it; you’ll see just how their plans have been put into place.

First, the pharmaceutical companies lobby congress to get them to pass a bill that gives them the freedom to use any cattle who aren’t feeling well to take a drug they don’t need.

Then, the pharmaceutical companies use advertising on television and radio to make the cattle believe they need these new drugs that they really don’t need, and since many in the herd have no self-restraint, self-respect, self-confidence or brains; a lot of them end up asking their doctors for the drugs because they have been duped into thinking they need the drug to relieve symptoms that are all in their head.

Cattle, being pretty stupid and not knowing any better than to follow the rest of the herd into a bad patch of pasture, believe the drugs are needed and start taking them because…after all…your doctor wouldn’t give you a drug you don’t need, let alone a drug that would do weird things to your body and make your life worse, right?

A while after taking the drug the male cattle develop man-boobs, the heifers in the herd start growing facial hair and both genders end up with cancer, bleeding disorders, extra limbs, hair loss, strange midnight cravings for haggis and rocky mountain oysters, a desire to dress like a pirate on Wednesdays and many other side effects that were or were not listed in the advertisements.

Enter: the justice system.

Lawyers get a call from one of the lowly, pathetic cattle in the herd describing all the side effects they have suffered since taking the drug that was prescribed to them by their doctor.  The law firm places ads on television and radio seeking anyone else who may have taken the same drug and suffered side effects.

However, the pharmaceutical companies have already made trillions off the sale of the drug and now have all the clinical test results they desired from those “test subjects” in the herd who thought they needed the drug because they were good, loyal followers and listened to the advertisements that told them they needed the drug in the first place.

A class action suit is filed for a few million dollars and the pharmaceutical companies settle out of court with all those cattle for a smaller sum than they intended to receive, leaving the pharmaceutical companies rolling in trillions of dollars in profit to be used again for lobbying congress to pass more legislation to allow the unsuspecting in the herd to be used as test subjects for another drug.

Funny thing those lawsuits.  They never seem to be enough to put the pharmaceutical companies out of business or hurt them enough to make them stop doing what they do to the unsuspectingcorrectionmorons …in the herd.  

It’s all a pathetic cycle that continues because it makes a lot of someones very, very wealthy.  None of which seem to be you or I.  

However, if a restaurant serves food that’s tainted and makes a lot of people sick, the health department gets called in.  If they find violations at the restaurant, they shut the place down until it gets a clean bill of health.  The restaurant owner loses money and can’t make money until they meet the standards of the health inspector. 

So why doesn’t the government shut these pharmaceutical companies down for a time to punish them for making people sick from a drug they don’t need?  

Uh …   HELLLO!!!! 

I just told you!   Didn’t you pay attention while reading this post? 

((…sigh…))

It’s because the justice system and the pharmaceutical companies are in cahoots…Just go back and read the post from the beginning.  (pathetic) 

Being used by pharmaceutical companies as test subjects for a new drug is pathetic.