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Bush to annouce troop withdrawal

by Lasthorseman Wed Sep 12th, 2007 at 07:19:22 AM EST

I can't even enjoy my first coffee in the morning anymore without being subject to the Satanic memes of mainstream American "media".  "Bush plans to announce 30,000 troop withdrawal from Iraq", yeah, plans to announce, and withdraw when.  Note the Orwellian doublespeak here, the planting in the minds of simpletons still half awake that there is some slight glimmer of hope.

After that "announcement" appeared I had a followup discussion with my son about marketing techniques and memes, he is a senior in high school.

My problem is that things have been so f**$ed up for so f#&%ing long that it has become institutionalized into every area of life.  United Health Care, one of the largest health insurance providers regularly scams people by denying benenfits causing the "insured" people to then fight back.  The company was sued under the RICO status several years ago but United with boatloads of money for legal fees has it buried in the courts for years.  And that is only one example of such widespread governmental non-functioning hubris which has spread from the federal all the way down to state and local governments.

My thought of the day is that some major disaster might well be the thing to wish for to bring relief from the torturous bullshit marketing points of TV.

Regarding United Healthcare (which I have in the form of Oxford) you are right about how frustrating it is that a trained medical professional doctor prescribes certain treatment and a clerk with a high school degree arbitrarily denies it based on corporate guidelines.

Related to that is Long Term Disability insurance. The federal government protects these insurance companies under the ERISA statutes. ERISA which was set up to protect all retirement related benefits was legislated by our pious lawmakers to protect some of their major donors - the LTD insurance companies.

My wife had an accident at work in 1999 which caused inoperable herniatation in the thoracic part of her spine. After years of a productive life and career she was ordered by several specialists to never work again without risking a life threatening operation. Her company's LTD insurance company denied her all benefits. They never looked at her MRIs, never spoke to any of her physicians, never sent he to any of their bogus insurance doctors, and based their entire decision on a video of her going to and from her physical therapy.

Outrageous but perfectly legal action on their part. It forces the insured to retain an attorney and sue the insurance company which takes years. It took over 4 years and a federal judge delivered what is now a landmark decision that lambasted the insurance company. But I could afford to do that because my wife's income was not critical to us.

These LTD insurance companies do this to average hardworking people who are the breadwinners, do not have 401K's and live hand to mouth. Typically they quickly lose everything including their home and end up on welfare because they cannot afford to fight these companies for 3-4 years.

Also the definition of a "surge" is something that rises and falls. The 30,000 troop withdrawal and its timing was always part of their plan whether it was working or not working. If it were reported that it was not working then Bush would admit to it, blame the Iraqi government and tell announce a staged withdrawal. Either way he was going to use this to his advantage.

by BJ Lange (langebj@gmail.com) on Wed Sep 12th, 2007 at 11:12:28 AM EST
A co-worker of mine sent an email suggesting to people ways to avoid the scamming systems used by this health insurance company.  The responses to this email then caused the company to shut the discussion down.
by Lasthorseman on Wed Sep 12th, 2007 at 12:07:30 PM EST
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It is one more example why we must eliminate or severely limit the influence of major lobbies like healthcare companies. I think part of that is term limits on Senators and Representatives who put on a show of lobby reform but in reality just keep the system going.
by BJ Lange (langebj@gmail.com) on Wed Sep 12th, 2007 at 05:42:41 PM EST
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Term limits seems like the wrong solution to the problem of incumbents being virtually unassailable. Maybe doing away from firts past the post would be a better way.

Oye, vatos, dees English sink todos mi ships, chinga sus madres, so escuche: el fleet es ahora refloated, OK? — The War Nerd
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Sep 12th, 2007 at 05:44:46 PM EST
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More generally I take this type of thing as a symptom of a dying empire. Since the economy is shit and only based upon fiat money no real exchange of goods and services is actually being done.  It's sort of a virtual, fictional economy so health care suffers along with it.  United knows that in this modern age a large percentage of people will not persue a lengthly argument over denied insurance benefits.  Government regulation today, right now in America does not exist, or more appropriately has ceased to function with these cases tied up for years in the courts.  
Then we continue down the slippery slope as other industries figure out the very same process.  That means everyone gets less, or nothing for their money. A lowering of purchasing power and lifestyle, which I believe is the ultimate plan anyway.

Honestly I think it's so far beyond repair so if Al-quaeda wants washington we should let them have it.

by Lasthorseman on Wed Sep 12th, 2007 at 07:07:43 PM EST
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I think that articulates very well. Nothing more to add to that.
by BJ Lange (langebj@gmail.com) on Wed Sep 12th, 2007 at 08:36:16 PM EST
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