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« Reply #375 on: October 18, 2019, 07:27:06 am »

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After reading through the various headlines in your comprehensive coverage of important news for October 20,2019, the following quote from an article just posted in The Intercept came to mind:

“Just as we had long taken for granted the stability of the planet, we have likewise taken for granted the stability of the human species.” -- Bill McKibben

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Agelbert NOTE: Surly, I was at the MyMedicare.gov web site looking over supplemental plans and costs. I have Medicare part A and B. I also have Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Self Plus One health insurance, so Carmen and I are pretty well covered.
That said, BCBS raises their premium much more than the U.S. Government published inflation rate every single year. So, around this time each year, I check to see if there is a way I can pay less per month.

I went through the costs of various hospital episodes a Medicare participant might have to go through and pay through the nose for. I was not happy with their numbers, even if they are far below the mind traumatizing $100,000 plus charges some people have incurred from brief hospital stays.

They asked me to take a survey and I did. The web site is satisfactory in that you can find, without much effort, the answers they provide to coverage specifics. However, it has a serious flaw.

At the end of the survey they asked about what they could do to improve. So, I told them, in my typical polite way.

Enjoy:

"How can we improve Medicare.gov?"

Ocrober 20, 2019

Educate people about the average costs a person on Medicare must pay out of pocket for ER visits and/or inpatient hospital stays. IOW, be dollars and cents explicit about costs NOT covered by Medicare.

Anyone can see that supplemental health insurance must be paid in advance to keep a person on Medicare, who is increasingly subject to hospitalization, out of the poorhouse.

You need to be very specific about what those supplemental plans (e.g. Medigap, etc.) cover in comparison to the premiums they charge. Your boilerplate explanation of who pays what for a $24,000 heart attack episode at a hospital, along with the average total cost for heart failure, hip or knee replacement and so on, is not specific enough. I'm sure the lawyers like it (and probably crafted it for you), which means it is useless for a person on Medicare trying to estimate hospitalization costs not covered.   

I suggest you give examples of a 10, 20 30, on up to 120 day stay in a hospital detailing the costs of what Medicare covers and what the most common supplemental health insurance plans cover, item by hospital accounting department listed item. You have that detailed information. It is high time you started sharing it. 

The way this program is set up now, instead of putting the responsibility for costs on the hospital when a person exceeds Medicare coverage limits, a patient hospitalized beyond the arbitrary coverage limits is facing bankruptcy. The hospital has an INCENTIVE (see: moral hazard) to keep a patient there as long as possible, instead of striving to get them healthy as soon as possible. This is WRONG. Hospitals are supposed to be about taking care of people, not gouging them for extra profit. On top of the physical trauma a person hospitalized has, they and their loved ones are being arbitrarily saddled with the mental trauma of potentially skyrocketing hospital costs.

Don't tell me the hospital administrators, accountants, assorted bean counters, doctors, nurses, drug companies and "health" insurance corporations are "suffering" from high hospital costs. Medicare participants are the ones suffering from hospital greed, not hospital "needs". The government should be cracking down on "administrative" costs corruption in hospitals, instead of looking the other way as they raise their "costs" annually at MULTIPLES of the U.S. Government published inflation rate. 

It is not your job to champion supplemental health insurance plans that exist for the specific purpose of profiting off of elderly Medicare participants frightened into paying for them, often by sacrificing adequate nutrition. Yes, that is exactly what you are doing when you calmly throw a cost figure like $24,000 for a brief hospitalization at the average American.

Your job is let people know, in no uncertain terms, what those supplemental plans will cost them COMPARED, dollar for dollar, with the coverage they provide.

PLease do your job. 



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« Reply #378 on: October 21, 2019, 07:08:09 am »
AG, this is a brilliant letter and quite specific in answering the question they posed. Of course, as you already know, they have no interest in the answer. Only in being able to say they asked the question, in best bureaucratese passive voice. ("To the question, 'How Can We Improve This site,' we received 416 response which are tabulated in Exhibit A by subject, then ranked in order of usefulness...")

This is right on time as I just signed up for Part B and am trying to assess which way to go for Supplemental. My wife is 10 years younger and doesn't qualify yet. Any wisdom you can impart from. your searches is appreciated.

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... trying to assess which way to go for Supplemental.
« Reply #379 on: October 21, 2019, 04:58:04 pm »
AG, this is a brilliant letter and quite specific in answering the question they posed. Of course, as you already know, they have no interest in the answer. Only in being able to say they asked the question, in best bureaucratese passive voice. ("To the question, 'How Can We Improve This site,' we received 416 response which are tabulated in Exhibit A by subject, then ranked in order of usefulness...")

This is right on time as I just signed up for Part B and am trying to assess which way to go for Supplemental. My wife is 10 years younger and doesn't qualify yet. Any wisdom you can impart from. your searches is appreciated.


Thank you.

My wife is also ten years younger, so we are in the same health insurance boat, so to speak. I'll pass along to you any supplemental plan info I find that can help keep your premiums down as much as possible. I know you are in Virginia and not a retired Federal aparatchik like me ;D, but the info on the plans I have access to may be of use to you.

In regard to that, as soon as I got on Medicare, my Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) plan became supplemental for me, and continued to be primary for my wife.

I saved some money a couple of years ago when the Federal Government forced them to start the "Self Plus One" plans with the same coverage as "Self and Family", but a lower monthly premium. Always look for the "Self Plus One" 🧐 plan option in your favored supplemental plan, if it is available.

BCBS FEHB (Federal Employees Health Benefits) have had the "Standard" and the "Basic" plans for decades. The "Standard" costs more but allows you to go outside of "Preferred Providers" (PPO) for care and still be covered. If you are in an area where most of the doctors are PPO, like here, the "Basic" plan is a better deal.

I was on the "Standard" for a many years, but switched to the less costly "Basic" plan five or six years ago.

BCBS FEHB initiated a new health insurance plan last year called "Blue Focus". The "Blue Focus" plan is $140 cheaper than "Basic" (monthly premiums for 2020) BUT, it has $1000 deductible (Self Plus One - $500 per person) up front. And that ain't all. It gets worse. It also gets rather ugly as to out-of-pocket expenses if a hospitalization beyond Medicare coverage limits is required (YOU PAY 30% of "whatever BCBS allows the 😈 hospital to say the cost of this or that is".).

Yeah, the old 30% trick happens in the "Basic" plan too, but not on hospitalization. I have no plans to be hospitalized, but having the 30% of hellspital 😈 hospital costs Sword of Damocles hanging over one's head is unwise for anyone, not just the penny pinching frugal poor folks like me.   

BCBS in Virginia apparently calls themselves ANTHEM. I don't know a thing about them except what I found on a brief search today using the Ashburn, Virginia (Loudon County) 20147 zip code: Anthem Health Plans of Virginia, Inc.. I don't know if that is where you reside but it is probably close enough to give you a good idea of what is available from them in your area.

They ask a bunch of questions to allegedly help you find the "best" plan for you. Their job is, of course, to suck you in. You are an old hand at dealing with people trying to game you, so I'm sure you will know what to do to get all the information you need from them without giving them information about you that they have no business knowing.

Rather than a short brochure with a plan summary, I prefer to view a detailed brochure/document, on each health insurance plan I am considering contracting for, so I can wade through it to learn about what is and what is not covered, in addition to copays, deductibles, doctor access and so on. In my cursory search I did not see anything but short summaries of the supplemental plans. I'm sure you can get the detailed versions, but I guess it takes some digging.

Here's the rassle dazzle quicky BCBS FEHB 2020 "BENEFITS AT A GLANCE" comparison.

This is the 2019 "Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® Service Benefit Plan" document covering the "Standard" and "Basic" plans (They won't publish the detailed 2020 info until around the 10th of November when "Open Season" starts). That kind of detail is what I want to know about to make sure I know the dollars and cents score, even if I admittedly suffer from glazed over eyes when wading though this behemoth.

Here's a more general list of Medicare supplemental plans from various Health Insurance providers for the same zip code.

NOTE: I am going to repost this reply in the "Corporate Profits over Patient in the Health Care Field" topic thread so we can discuss plans there as time goes by. By the way, there is an excellent brief video by Thom Hartmann explaining how Shrub got the "supplemental Medicare" gravy train for Health Insurance greedballs going. Trump is, as expected, following in Shrub's Republican 'squeeze the poor and middle class to further enrich the thieving rich' footsteps.

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo 👍 is trying to get a law passed forcing the Medicare Supplemental Plan Providers to clearly state what is NOT covered (which unfortunately will be DOA under Moscow Mitch  >:(). You can see why, when I did my cursory search, I did not find what is NOT covered. It's all part of the SCAM that Shrub started.   

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« Reply #381 on: October 22, 2019, 04:39:00 pm »
I was wondering how long it would take Trumpy to attack the Emoluments Clause in the Constitution. in your news roundup for today I see that he finally got around to it. Trump is dumber than I thought. That is ecouraging. ;D The sooner he frames himself as the in-our-faces ENEMY of the Constitution, the better. 

Yeah, most Americans with a brain knew he was a sworn enemy of the Constitution long before he stole the election, but his brazen attempt to "normalize" his disdain for laws as "okay for the POTUS" is a MAJOR mistake.

GOOD!

   

 
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Re: Doomstead Diner Daily
« Reply #383 on: October 23, 2019, 02:06:31 pm »
That's encouraging about William Taylor.

The 🦕🦖 Hydrocarbon 👹 Industry news is, unfortunately, VERY discouraging.


Now 🦖 they are going to start extracting oil using wind turbine generated renewable energy.

The story should have been titled, "🦕🦖 Big Oil plans to use Renewable Energy to further pollute our planet".

Agelbert NOTE: Above you may feast your eyes on a sample of wind turbines that 🦕🦖 Big Oil 😇😉😈  will no longer claim are "not ready for prime time", "a bad investment because the wind don't blow all the time", and that other mendacious nugget they have piously trottted out for about forty years, "too low in EROEI". Now we know what Tillerson REALLY meant when he said, "We will adapt to that.". Everyone thought he was talking about Global Warming when, all along, the Hydrocarbon Hellspawn were planning to use Renewable Energy to profit (over people and planet ) MORE from extracting MORE Hydrocarbons. Clever bastards, aren't they?




It takes a special kind of STUPID to believe that lowering the up front costs of extracting hydrocarbons, the burning of which is guaranteed to cause the extinction of most, if not all, vertebrate species, is a Corporate "🦕🦖 fiduciary Responsibility". And that is in addition to the current MORE, not less, "Business as usual"  of INCREASED, not decreased, hydrocarbon sources exploitation.


But then, the 🐉🦕🦖 Hydrocarbon Hellspawn are fervent  CAPITALISTS, so gettin' MORE "profits" while "externalizing" the pollution costs to we-the-people is their RELIGION, so they just keep doing what they do MORE AND MORE, not less.




October 23, 2019

“This is a great day for Equinor and the Johan Sverdrup partnership, consisting of Lundin Norway, Petoro, Aker BP and Total,” ... ... This day also marks the start of a new phase as we prepare to bring Johan Sverdrup oil to the international market.” ... ... The Mongstad plant is expected to receive up to 440,000 barrels of oil per day from Johan Sverdrup when the first development phase reaches peak production. When the second phase is completed in 2022, Mongstad will receive up to 660,000 barrels of oil per day.

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Agelbert NOTE: The following is the kind of news that rarely makes the papers. The oceans are getting rougher as the atmsphere warms and the ice melts. There is a GIANT 🌊 price to be paid by ocean going vessels that we are ALL going to be forced to pay from Catastrophic Climate Change.

A screengrab from a video shows a Russian icebreaking vessel with 33 people on board, which made a Mayday call during a storm off the coast near Aalesund, Norway, October 22, 2019. Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (Hovedredningssentralen)/NTB Scanpix via REUTERS


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« Reply #384 on: October 24, 2019, 06:02:04 am »

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House Democrats look to take impeachment probe public as soon as mid-November

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« Reply #385 on: October 24, 2019, 06:16:23 am »
That's encouraging about William Taylor.

The 🦕🦖 Hydrocarbon 👹 Industry news is, unfortunately, VERY discouraging.


Now 🦖 they are going to start extracting oil using wind turbine generated renewable energy.

The story should have been titled, "🦕🦖 Big Oil plans to use Renewable Energy to further pollute our planet".


Like rust, evil never sleeps.

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When AOC took the floor, she SCORCHED Zuckerberg...
« Reply #386 on: October 24, 2019, 12:16:56 pm »
10/24 Doomstead Daily:Ocasio-Cortez stumps Zuckerberg with questions on far right and Cambridge Analytica

AOC did a very nice number on 🐘 Zuckerberg.


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When AOC took the floor, she SCORCHED Zuckerberg... forcing him many times to admit that Facebook would allow lies to be published by politicians in their ads.

AOC:
You announced recently that the official policy of Facebook now allows politicians to pay to spread disinformation in 2020 election asks in the future. So I just want to know how far I can push this in the next year. Under your policy using census data as well, could I pay to target black zip codes and advertise them the incorrect election date?

Zuckerberg: No, Congresswoman, you couldn't. We have even for these policies around the newsworthiness of content that politicians say and the general principle that I believe --

AOC: But you said you're not going to fact check my ads?

Zuckerberg: If anyone including a politician is saying things that can cause violence or could risk imminent physical harm or voter or census suppression, we roll out the census suppression policy.  We will take that content down.

AOC: So you will -- there is some threshold you will fact check political advertisements. Is that what you're telling me?

Zuckerberg: Congresswoman, yes, for specific things like that, where there's risk of harm.

AOC: Would I be able to run advertisements on Facebook targeting Republicans in primaries saying they voted for the Green New Deal? If you're not fact checking political advertisements? I’m trying to understand the bounds here of what's fair game.

Zuckerberg:
I don't know the answer to that off the top of my head.

AOC: You don't know if I'll be able to do that. Do you see a potential problem here with a complete lack of fact checking on political advertisements?

Zuckerberg: Congresswoman, I think lying is bad. I think if you were to run an ad that had a lie that would be bad. That's different from it being -- in our position, the right thing to prevent your constituents or people in an election from seeing that you had lied.

By the way, I figured out why Kochroach Pompeo picked Taylor to replace his predecessor, Marie Yovanovitch. Taylor is a West Pointer. He (1965 - Class of 69') came in a year after I flunked out. Pompeo was much later (1986), but West Pointers generally 'West Pointer RHIP' each other as a matter of habit.

No wonder Trump, who doesn't have a clue what West Point Esprit De Corps means, is bent out of shape at Pompeo. Pompeo is corrupt like Trump, but Taylor isn't. Pompeo will try to show Taylor the door quietly but it will not do anything but accelerate the fall of Trump AND his Wrecking Crew.

Right now I can tell you that, among the West Point alumni, a very close knit group, Pompeo AND Trump's names are MUD. That won't make the papers, but I can tell you that it means that Trump has lost any lingering support he had from the United States Army.
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« Reply #387 on: October 25, 2019, 06:38:22 am »

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10/24 Doomstead Daily:Ocasio-Cortez stumps Zuckerberg with questions on far right and Cambridge Analytica

AOC did a very nice number on 🐘 Zuckerberg.


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No wonder Trump, who doesn't have a clue what West Point Esprit De Corps means, is bent out of shape at Pompeo. Pompeo is corrupt like Trump, but Taylor isn't. Pompeo will try to show Taylor the door quietly but it will not do anything but accelerate the fall of Trump AND his Wrecking Crew.

Right now I can tell you that, among the West Point alumni, a very close knit group, Pompeo AND Trump's names are MUD. That won't make the papers, but I can tell you that it means that Trump has lost any lingering support he had from the United States Army.

You will enjoy this:
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-mark-zuckerberg-facebook-hearing-903057/

As for your last, it may well take the Army to remove him.

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« Reply #389 on: October 25, 2019, 07:48:44 pm »
10/24 Doomstead Daily:Ocasio-Cortez stumps Zuckerberg with questions on far right and Cambridge Analytica

AOC did a very nice number on 🐘 Zuckerberg.


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When AOC took the floor, she SCORCHED Zuckerberg... forcing him many times to admit that Facebook would allow lies to be published by politicians in their ads.
//
No wonder Trump, who doesn't have a clue what West Point Esprit De Corps means, is bent out of shape at Pompeo. Pompeo is corrupt like Trump, but Taylor isn't. Pompeo will try to show Taylor the door quietly but it will not do anything but accelerate the fall of Trump AND his Wrecking Crew.

Right now I can tell you that, among the West Point alumni, a very close knit group, Pompeo AND Trump's names are MUD. That won't make the papers, but I can tell you that it means that Trump has lost any lingering support he had from the United States Army.

You will enjoy this:
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-mark-zuckerberg-facebook-hearing-903057/ 

As for your last, it may well take the Army to remove him.


I agree there is a significantly large probability that military force will be required to evict the Orange "Big Brother" from the White House.

 

Here's the thing, though. Trumpy has a gigantic weakness called Trump Towers (and other income properties). The instant he is given the 'No Ticket, No Laundry' "message" that each and every one of those income properties will be prohibited from engaging in commerce (i.e. closed) by Executive Order (the new POTUS defines this as a National Emergency, which it most certainly is!) until he leaves the White House premises, he will spout threats to sue for said "tyranny", but he will leave.

I would love to see a video of that exit. Since Marine One would be prohibited from flying him out, a Trump helicopter would have to do it. Said Hellspawn helicopter would be permitted by the Secret Service to land, NOT on the White House lawn, but beyond the gate out front (where the protestors are).

I don't know if it would require and Act of Congress, but it seems to me that a Disgraced Criminal ex-POTUS blatantly resisting leaving the Executive Mansion should have his Secret Service protection cancelled PERMANENTLY. I'm sure he can find some goons from his old "Trump security detail" to keep his ass from being grass. I hope they demand that he pay all security salaries one year in advance, of course.
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