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Doomstead Diner Daily 10/18
« Reply #375 on: October 18, 2019, 07:27:06 am »

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‘Get over it’: Mulvaney’s twin admissions put Trump at the center of emoluments and Ukraine controversies

www.washingtonpost.com - By Toluse Olorunnipa close Toluse Olorunnipa White House reporter Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow October 17, 2019 at 10:34 PM EDT First came the lengthy infomercial touting President Trump’s private…

ISIS eyes breakout opportunity as Turkish forces batter Kurds

www.washingtonpost.com - Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn on Oct. 14, days after Turkey launched a military operation against Kurdish forces. (Ozan Kose/Afp Via Getty Images) By Joby Warrick and close Joby Warr…

Architect of bin Laden raid says Trump is working to 'destroy' the country

www.cnn.com - Washington (CNN)Retired Adm. William McRaven said Thursday that the US is under attack from President Donald Trump, who he believes is working to "destroy" the country from "within" and "without." "I…

Settlement Talks for Bank Followed Pressure on Trump by Turkey’s Leader

www.nytimes.com - The Justice Department had discussed the possibility of a so-called deferred prosecution agreement with Halkbank, in which it would admit some wrongdoing, perhaps pay a fine, but not face criminal tr…

Trump has awarded next year’s G-7 summit of world leaders to his Miami-area resort, the White House said

www.washingtonpost.com - By Toluse Olorunnipa, close Toluse Olorunnipa White House reporter Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow David A. Fahrenthold and close David A. Fahrenthold Reporter covering the Trump family and its busin…

Trump’s Most Shameless Act of Profiteering

www.theatlantic.com - The timing is either inauspicious or audacious, coming just two days after a federal appeals court revived a case against the president under the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which bars federal …

Is a Ukrainian Oligarch Helping Trump Smear Biden to Evade U.S. Corruption Charges?

theintercept.com - The conspiracy to reelect the president by misleading the American people about Joe Biden’s work in Ukraine continues, despite the impeachment inquiry triggered by revelations that Donald Trump and h…

Sorting Facts From Fiction About the US Withdrawal From Syria

www.mintpressnews.com - The foreign policy elite is in an uproar. They claim we have abandoned our allies, they question how can America be trusted, they say the decision to withdraw from northern Syria was a gift to Russia…

Mysterious traders may have made $3.5 billion off stock bets timed to Trump's trade-war comments, Vanity Fair finds | Markets Insider

www.businessinsider.com - The trade war has consistently sent markets moving in the past year. And according to a new Vanity Fair report, some traders may have been frontrunning new developments. According to the magazine, so…

As Trump Fumes, GOP Advances Party Goal of Appointing Lifetime Federal Judges

nymag.com - Justin Walker, a 37-year-old associate professor of law at the University of Louisville, has an impressive career for a candidate vying for a tenure-track grad school position, having graduated from …

Vladimir Putin must be laughing out loud at the bungling Donald Trump’s crazy mess in Syria: Pulitzer-prize winning reporter

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Pentagon: climate change will destroy us

www.theguardian.com - Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters.. A secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs and obtained by T…

How to support farmers with your food shopping

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When We Love Our Food So Much That It Goes Extinct

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Sea-Level Rise Might Cause Massive Internet Outage That Could Disrupt Modern Life | Earth.Org - Environmental News, Research and Advocacy

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Facing unbearable heat, Qatar has begun to air-condition the outdoors

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When Medical Debt Collectors Decide Who Gets Arrested

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Hacking LIDAR: Changing What Autonomous Vehicles See

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Science, Sensationalism, and the Lessons of 'Insectageddon'

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No Inflation? Check Out All The Affluent Renters - DollarCollapse.com

www.dollarcollapse.com - Generally speaking, if you can afford to buy a decent house you do it. Owning is viewed by most people to be both simpler (no worries about your landlord selling a rental out from under you) and a be…

The answer to helping the unbanked exists on every Main Street: the post office

www.fastcompany.com - As profit-chasing banks abandon low-income and rural neighborhoods, nearly 8% of U.S. households are unbanked, and one in five people live in areas that are insufficiently served by banks, aka “under…

How the Interstate Highway System Shaped American Life

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Doomstead Diner Daily 10/19
« Reply #376 on: October 20, 2019, 10:21:27 am »

News digest brought to you by the Doomstead Diner.

Of Two Minds - What We've Lost


www.oftwominds.com- This is only a partial list of what we've lost to globalism, cheap credit and the Tyranny of Price which generates the Landfill Economy. A documentary on the decline of small farms and the rural econ…

The Fantastically Profitable Mystery of the Trump Chaos Trades

www.vanityfair.com - Traders in the Chicago pits have been watching these kinds of wagers with an increasing mixture of shock and awe since the start of the Trump presidency. They are used to rapid fluctuations in the S&…

Trump Sent Barr to Rome In Search of Deep State Plot. Italy Says There’s Nothing There.

theintercept.com - The Italian inquiries into Mifsud’s role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election were sparked by an unfounded conspiracy theory that has gained currency in the conservative media and been seized on by…

Giuliani pushed Trump administration to grant a visa to a Ukrainian official promising dirt on Democrats

www.cnn.com - Giuliani did not reply Friday to questions from CNN. The White House did not respond to request for comment. Kent's lawyer declined to comment for this story. When asked about the matter, a State Dep…

Donald Trump ditches plan to host G7 at his Doral resort, blaming 'irrational hostility'

www.theguardian.com - Donald Trump has been forced into a humiliating climbdown over plans to host the G7 meeting at his own luxury resort following a political outcry. The US president announced in a Saturday night tweet…

Ukrainian Oligarch Wanted by U.S. Authorities Paid $1 Million to Giuliani-Linked Lawyers to Dig Up Biden Dirt

www.thedailybeast.com - Associates of Dmitry Firtash, a Ukrainian oligarch wanted by U.S. authorities on conspiracy charges, reportedly worked to find dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden last year as part of an effort t…

Inside Joe Biden’s brawling efforts to reform Ukraine — which won him successes and enemies

www.washingtonpost.com - Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during a meeting in Kyiv on Dec. 7, 2015. (Myhkailo Palinchak//POOL/UNIAN) By Matt Viser and close Matt Viser National political repo…

AG Barr expands mysterious review into origin of Russia investigation

www.nbcnews.com - A review launched by Attorney General William Barr into the origins of the Russia investigation has expanded significantly amid concerns about whether the probe has any legal or factual basis, multip…

Police blast mosque with water cannon as hundreds of thousands protest in Hong Kong

www.washingtonpost.com - A journalist reacts as police sprays water during an anti-government protest march in Hong Kong, China, October 20, 2019. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters) By Shibani Mahtani, close Shibani Mahtani Reporter c…

Kasich Comes Out for Trump Impeachment

nymag.com - Today, one of the avatars of late-20th-century moderate Republicanism, longtime Michigan governor William Milliken, died at the age of 97. As the Detroit Free Press noted, he was identified with caus…

‘I’m Worried That I Will Die:’ Hong Kong Protesters Write Final Goodbyes

www.nytimes.com - As violence escalates between demonstrators and the police in Hong Kong, protesters have started writing “last letters” to their loved ones, in case they don’t return. These notes chronicle the menta…

‘I’m Worried That I Will Die:’ Hong Kong Protesters Write Final Goodbyes

www.nytimes.com - As violence escalates between demonstrators and the police in Hong Kong, protesters have started writing “last letters” to their loved ones, in case they don’t return. These notes chronicle the menta…

Letter to the editor: Syria pullout defies military-industrial complex

www.pressherald.com - Unsurprisingly, President Trump’s critics breathlessly lambasted his decision to withdraw a minuscule contingent of American troops and military observers from Syria. One loyal congressional Trump al…

Christ on a Crackpot: A Pair of Dangerous Speeches from the Attorney General and Secretary of State

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Bill McKibben's Book “Falter” Explores End of Humanity

theintercept.com - Can you explain what you mean by the “human game”? I was looking for a phrase to describe the totality of everything that we do as human beings. You could also term it as human civilization, or the h…

State Dept. Inquiry Into Clinton Emails Finds No Deliberate Mishandling of Classified Information

www.nytimes.com - The report concluded, “There was no persuasive evidence of systemic, deliberate mishandling of classified information.” A representative for Mrs. Clinton declined on Friday to comment on the report. …

UK’s first Chick-fil-A says it will close just 8 days after opening thanks to LGBT rights group

deadstate.org - It was announced this Friday — just eight days after opening — that the first and only Chick-fil-A restaurant in the UK will close, thanks to a campaign waged by an LGBT rights group over the company…

Will the Public End up Paying to Clean up the Fracking Boom?

www.desmogblog.com - Increasingly, U.S. shale firms appear unable to pay back investors for the money borrowed to fuel the last decade of the fracking boom. In a similar vein, those companies also seem poised to stiff th…

Why Do Democrats Still Cling to the Earned Income Tax Credit?

theintercept.com - There’s one big problem: New research by Princeton University economist Henrik Kleven suggests that the EITC does not actually have this effect. Contradicting the consensus literature, Kleven finds t…

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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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October 19 2019, 6:00 a.m.

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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.


"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. 

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Pr. 13:12


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