The emergency room is not the place to go for a common cold but people go there because they get free healthcare that really isn’t free to the rest of us. The bills get generated, the doctors submit them to the insurance company and those of us in the system see our rates go up.
With everybody getting insurance when someone who previously couldn’t afford healthcare gets sick they’ll go to the extremely less expensive primary care physician of their choice. And maybe even go in for regular check ups and take on preventative healthcare measures that also lower healthcare.
Do you wait for your car to break down by the side of the road or if it makes a funny noise to you run it into you local garage of choice or dealership to get it diagnosed and fixed for less money?
Everyone in some sort of private insurance will drive our collective national healthcare costs down which will increase our GDP and productivity because fewer of us are sick and out of the economy and more of us will have dollars to direct elsewhere that demand will equal more jobs, and a better standard of life for many.
If its a “Government Take Over of Healthcare” how come Aetna, BlueCross Blue Shield, Humana, Kaiser, WellPoint, Cigna, WellCare, Healthnet, Coventry, United Health, Highmark and BCBS are all still in business? The insurance company’s are all still operating and still making money.
Governemnt didn’t take over healthcare they just made better laws for you and I so we don’t get ripped off by the big boys squeezing us for profits. Some people under the Obamacare Affordable Healthcare Act (the new set of laws) even got refund checks. Why? Because of the 85/15 law a part of Obamacare states that insurance companies have to use 85% of their income actually covering people and only 15% of their take can be distributed to CEO salaries and administrative costs.
At the end of every year checks go out to you and I because Insurance companies can’t know exactly how many of their customers will get sick or hurt. But at the end of the year the books have to be balanced and people have already gotten checks to offset their healthcare premiums if the Insurance companies pay out was less than 85% of what they took in….amazing huh?
Corporations are not any more evil than government. Its the people in them who can be unscrupulous or driven by the bosses pressure to come up with gimmicks and schemes to ever increase profits. Insurance companies are not in the business to pay out to hospitals and patients and customers but to make money. That’s why they are more than happy to insure healthy people and kick to the curb the sick….oopps didn’t read the fine print thanks for your premiums.
Government is our tool to keep them honest. Being dumped from insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions is illegal now and thank god. Being driven into bankruptcy because your provider says read the fine print you have passed our cap and we’re not obligated to give you any more money but thanks for paying for our lousy insurance all those years…..that’s now illegal and sick people will get to keep their homes instead of booted onto the street.
Hello you have cancer sorry your insurance has run out and now your house has been foreclosed on have fun living in your car dying of cancer….and welcome to America. Pretty grim right, but the Obamacare Affordable Care Act makes that practice and eventual bankruptcy illegal.
The problem is unless you have actually been sick and tried to get reimbursed from an insurance company you have no idea about the tricks, stall tactics and shenanigans they pull. Claim agents are given demerits if they actually pay a claim and bonuses for denying coverage – all true.
Government is not running the healthcare process but they are our tool for opening up the markets so we can review competing plans and making these decade long horrendous practices illegal.
Go to Healthcare.gov in a few weeks and see for yourself you might find cheaper insurance.
And remember Corporations are in the business to make money and there is nothing wrong with that as long as they are accountable for their actions and not too slippery.
Government is our tool to make our country better. Some corporate players do not want Government oversight and they contribute a lot of money and pocket politicians to push their agenda because they can and they are driven to make more and more money regardless of the costs they mitigate to society (like ruining a stream by blowing off a mountain top that fed you clean water but now gives you cancer because of the chemicals they use).
Government is the cop on the beat. If some corporate players can corrupt it, weaken it, or bribe it then it becomes easier for them to cheat, steal, get away with wrong doing and pass the cost of their byproducts and actions onto the public.
You and I can not sue GE for polluting the Hudson River we don’t have the financial muscle. But the Federal Government can call GE to task and go toe to toe with them in Court for decades if they have to for dumping PCB’s in the Hudson, killing the fish, giving children cancer and ruining property value. Why would GE do that (?) simple they are profit driven and anything they can get away with to cut cost they are going to try. In some cases its cheaper to litigate for decades than to clean up oil and toxic waste spills, dumps and tanks or to be held accountable for ruining businesses and sickening even killing people.
GE is only focused on their bottom line how can they make more money this year so they look for ways to cut corners dumping toxic waste into the river and not being held accountable for the cost of the clean up of their by product is something they will do if they can get away with it. Big Government is the only tool we have to make them clean up their mess.
In a Country of 350 million people our government has to be big – you don’t want a pip squeak patrolling the streets….and remember vote in every election.
We are the people, we are the government, we have to direct it to spend our tax dollars wisely and maintain and improve the society that we have built for ourselves. We don’t want it to limit our choices, to tell us what to believe or interfere with our pursuit of happiness but we want it to check the sneaky and the greedy wherever they are who would think of nothing in walking off with our retirement funds.
Its complicated with lots of moving parts – easy sound bites don’t get at the truth.
Thank god we have Steve Forbert back. In this day and age we need all the hope we can wrap our arms around. There’s hope in his personal story let alone his music and talent that spins fresh and turns with so much essence of what is that it will refresh your very own roots of experience and realization with a touch of the sanguine and truth affirmed.
I first saw Steve in 1986 he opened for Arlo Guthrie and while I respected his obvious song writing skill I hadn’t been hooked yet and then I saw his show. I was hooked. So I started my Steve Orbit journey that found me revisiting his music and digging and digging. I knew there was something there if I just kept digging and now my cd collection and speakers are brimming with treasure I over looked, music that I thought would never be again an artist rediscovered who perhaps has rediscovered himself and we all go through this together and its sweet to have those deeper strings plucked.
Here’s what I’ve found out for my self. I love his American in Me disc its where I would send anyone to start if they did not know Steve’s work….keep listening his voice will grow on you if not instantly. Then go get his reissues of Jack Rabbit Slim and Little Stevie Orbit. There is a ton of material on those albums and the songs range all over the musical spectrum but still hang together the bonus material takes up a whole additional disc and is never filler – you get live takes and its all thoughtfully put together. Familiarize yourself with his music and then go see him live. Take your girlfriend, boyfriend or go alone you’ll be glad you did.
With all the ridiculous bullshit we fill our lives up with (Kardashians, political stooges, war and putting the down trodden further down) Steve’s music will remind you and reinforce whats good, whats essential and lift you up even after singing about being put down.
Stronger lyric writing you don’t come across often if ever. A strong sense of melody and what just sounds good with excellent transitions, bridges, hooks, chorus and verse whether singing alone or with backing vocals and a band Steve’s music is the unpretentious real deal and always has been the real deal.
So the question remains are you?
Saw the ABB in V. Beach last night 5th row center – stood for two hours straight – massive air bass playing, head bopping and butane burning- I think I scared Oteil……..the sound down front was beautiful but could have brought Gregg’s key board up a bit more in the mix. Fun crowd not too drunk lots of hand shaking, smiles and interaction with everyone around us.
They went old school to start the show which is what I was craving – That’s what love will make you do was a surprise – I thought oh no as it started and then was singing, dancing and sweating before it was over – sounded great. They were very faithful to the original licks on Blue Sky, Jessica and Southbound but of course blazed their own in the moment imprint when stretching it out. Lots and lots of energy. The array of drums practically in our lap was huge and I was way into the drum break which is unusual for me! Into the Mystic was extremely heartfelt and on point a beautiful rendition that had me mesmerized – Warren brought out a sweet new guitar for that number – the tone was excellent the mood was achieved. And Grace Potter – well hells bells the chick sounded just like Bonnie Bramblet – I thought – no wonder these guys like her – she shimmied in front of Gregg at one point and well that was the biggest smile I’ve ever seen from him – I was happy to catch that moment. Great rendition of The Weight reminded me exactly of Duane’s version with Aretha Franklin thanks to Derek and the time signature of the band really special they nailed it. Grace has some pipes on her. That was so fun!
Here’s a set list I found looks mostly right to me might be missing a song around Statesboro Blues. They also teased out a little Mountain Jam during Jessica. Lots of veterans and service boys in the crowd as well who were pumped to see their Allman Brother Band – a very good show, lots of energy – the sound was excellent did not use ear plugs – no ringing – awesome weather beautiful night surrounded by loved ones – what more could you ask for!
Don’t Want You No More >
It’s Not My Cross to Bear
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’
That’s What Love Will Make You Do
Midnight Rider >
Les Brers in A Minor
Who to Believe
The Weight (w/ Grace Potter)
Done Somebody Wrong
One Way Out (w/ drums)
Into the Mystic*
The problem is people think guns are cool. But guns are decidedly uncool. They are used in uncool situations (heated) moments – the very definition of what cool and uncool is – they are used to violently resolve disputes which is the historic height of being uncool. They are props for posers who are ridiculously uncool. Guns are not cool, killing is not cool, gun manufactures profiting off of death is uncool. Blocking common sense gun laws is decidedly uncool. Being drunk in the woods slaughtering animals leaving the dead carcasses behind is pathetically uncool, and a very uncool way to get your rocks off. Poisoning the eagles with lead poisoning as they come to clean up your left behind carcass is uncool. Being ignorant is uncool. Guns are not cool. Falling for the sales pitch that guns are cool is uncool. There’s nothing cool about it not the violence, not the manufactured fear, not the blood shed, not the faux patriotism of unreasonableness or diverting the conversation to racism to protect profits.
Guns are uncool, hatred is uncool, anger is uncool.
Too bad America is just a lot of angry impotent hot headed squares and not cool, really cool, down with the essentials, righteous, knowing how to act, literate, wise, mature, mellow, peaceful, strong, experienced and smart….cooooollll daddio, cool with soul, cool with enlightenment.
America is the lost hot headed ignorant, impotent, wannabe, child, crying tough, standing on a table screaming look at me, loud, noisy, angry, a clueless control freak piss-ant that nobody wants to hang out with…..totally and completely unaware, spewing hatred, ignorant of the facts, ignorant of truth, a ship of fools, self destructive and toxic, and just plain not cool.
Eternity – The Music Never Stopped. Maybe my CD player is haunted or rather through music consciousness beyond the mundane gets to flourish.
Jerry Week Epilogue: With antennas up and positively being open to it a dusting off of the imagination and a laugh, why not…one step beyond. Can the message be any clearer? Within Eternity the music never stops, the music of life, the music of love, the music of fulfillment, the music of self the song of the same that feeling you have when you are firing on all cylinders. Could it possibly be can I say for sure well for sure to me is a distinct possibility how could it not be?
Eternity…the music never stopped. If you held a séance and you heard a voice would you be so surprised to hear those words, “Eternity…the music never stopped,” with a shrug? Wouldn’t it be all you needed to know? Eternity the music never stopped whether here or there. We know it hasn’t here and the allegedly “random” occurrence or the digital shuffle of divinity or just an old friend exercising his power having a chuckle, making a point and with the same old ease? Synchronicity? Coincidence? Debate it doubt it sneer at it I see beneath your protestations the ramifications on you of possible truth and the life you live on Terra Firma. Did you want a signed letter? An active imagination? You’ve learned the hard way not to ignore it and to nurture strength if you are going to crack the door for a daring peak. We shouldn’t know that’s why we don’t but here it is and there it is as well?
Hey easy rider you’ll get this because you were not looking for it you found it because you were not listening for it you heard it because you are open to it you got it, noticed it later, and then put it together easy rider the not subtle plainly occurring manifestation of truth. Ahhhh but now the doubt the skepticism how could it be but why couldn’t it be who’s to say its not supposed to happen or did happen or could happen or didn’t happen but there it is happening and what to make of it…..nothing if you like but not me.
Put a crooked smile on my face and be reminded the ordinary is extraordinary in the strangest of places on a treadmill, in a room, preoccupied with breathing, surrounded by music and light feeling and listening. Quiet mind, stretching body and so my grateful friends no mystical trappings, no men in robes collecting money a message perhaps maybe yes maybe no but received nonetheless eternity here and now here or there on your way to and fro moving there or moving here the music never stopped. Was he as surprised as I am or just reporting back the now known and I didn’t think anything was going to happen this week ….shucks, crooked smile, amused, brows raised unnecessarily comforted but the honor of awareness just the same (~):D.
Also grabbed what I consider the best – best of collection the Rhino disc from 2003 and I have a So Many Roads sampler. I threw them in my Pioneer CD six pack changer with the new Brothers and Sister release the ABB from Winterland and the remastered Brothers and Sister studio and hit the random button.
“Eternity” was the first song that came up – fairly fitting I thought – and had a grateful weekend!