Friday, July 28, 2017

but the press let the story leak

"I thought there was a 10-day waiting period before a White House staffer went off the rails."

~~  Bill       California

"My compliments to the undertaker who does Mr. Scaramucci's make-up."

~~  Jack       Middletown, Connecticut


The mama pajama rolled out of bed

And she ran to the police station

When the papa found out, he began to shout

And he started the investigation

It's against the law
It was against the law
What mama saw
It was against the law...


"out-of-network" medical billing, Reader Comments on NYT EmCare article:

Me Too
Georgia, USA
-------------- Stupid, insane system that allows this to happen.  Another example of why the medical industry should not be a for-profit industry.  A single-payer medical system would totally eliminate this.  Presently greed is the driving factor, and is why doctors and clinics, hospitals, bill high -- take what they can get away with.

Steve Bolger
New York City
------------------ The US has a certain number of people who will devote themselves to ripping off any system.... 

Scottsdale, AZ
---------- To the New York Times and the three authors of this article:  thank you.  Stories like these are why you are the Paper of Record. 

Businesses, including hospitals, will try to get away with whatever they can. 

I'm a firm believer that sunshine is the best disinfectant.  Shining a light on these shady medical billing practices will help put an end to them....

Richard Head
Mill Valley, California
----------- AH HA!  Yes the costs are due to the out of control bills based on mythical "codes" and uncontrolled drug costs.  Yes, we know this and so do the politicians but 1000 lobbyists working each day and paying millions to keep the con going.  40% of procedures not necessary....

Ben W
----------- It would be helpful if the Times could publish a list of EmCare hospitals to help consumers know where to avoid.

Kat Perkins
San Jose, California
----------- Imagine if all the wasted energy and money of Republicans fighting healthcare for all for 100+ years, had been spent on making the US strong with education and jobs.

Monroe, Connecticut
-------------- Now this is the type of everyday problem the Democrats should be speaking to in the Better Deal. 

Rather than broad-stroke, yawn-inducing proposals such as non-defined job training programs (for what kind of jobs?; training by whom?),

the Democrats should be saying that when they are back in power, surprise out-of-network bills and similar fleeces of ordinary Americans will be a thing of the past because they'll be made illegal. 

It's not that hard. 

Democrats need to address economic injustices head on, without fear of retribution from their corporate campaign contributors.  Their proposals were nothing if not careful - must not offend the big money.

Gail Marie
------------- EmCare is a very bad actor.  You should interview docs who have been in hospitals before EmCare got the contract and have them tell you what happened after.  

EmCare is solely profit driven, docs who don't follow their rules are let go. 

Hospitals should stop contracting with them, period.

New Jersey
------------- The controller of the hospitals should have found EmCare's fraud and questioned the company, utilized legal actions against them, etc.  And this should have been done immediately.

----------- [end, Reader Comments]

FRIDAY!!  It's almost The Weekend, time for Songs (4!)played from You Tube, Yay! (even if you have to work...)

1.  "Mrs. Robinson"  (Simon and Garfunkel)
2.  "The Boxer"  (Simon and Garfunkel)
3.  "Loves Me Like a Rock"  (Paul Simon)
4.  "Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard"! -

The mama looked down and spit on the ground
Every time my name gets mentioned

The papa said "Oy, if I get that boy
I'm gonna stick him in the house of detention"

Well, I'm on my way

I don't know where I'm going
I'm on my way

I'm taking my time
But I don't know where
Good-bye to Rosie, the Queen of Corona
See you, me and Julio
Down by the schoolyard
See you, me and Julio
down by the schoolyard

In a couple of days they come and
Take me away
But the press let the story leak

And when the radical priest
Came to get me released
We was all on the cover of Newsweek --

And I'm on my way --

I don't know where I'm goin'
I'm on my way
I'm taking my time

But I don't know where

Good-bye to Rosie, the Queen of Corona
See you, me and Julio
Down by the schoolyard
See you, me and Julio
Down by the schoolyard   



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