Category Archives: Life

Poor Future of Medical Care

It’s not only coming, it’s not only knocking at your door – it’s here, it’s starting.

And you had better pay attention.

An article describing the effect that Obamacare will have – I am experiencing. Right now.

Here is the link to the article in question – Scott Gottlieb: The Doctor Won’t See You Now. He’s Clocked Out.

The quality of care is what is being talked about, largely, in that article. But what I have learned directly is that it is fast becoming more expensive to the patient from the get go.

Bottom line for the doctors are that they are leaving their own private practice to become employees of hospitals.

But there is an immediate impact on what you have to pay.

One of my doctors that I see on a regular basis has done this (become an employee of a hospital). He doesn’t bill me. The hospital does. And it’s using different codes when submitting to your employer’s healthcare insurance that you have.

This means, for those of us not yet retired and having group insurance through an employer, you are no longer paying a fixed fee for a “doctor office visit.” Because it is no longer called a doctor visit.

Instead, you are an outpatient.

And that breaks your contract that you may have with your healthcare coverage through your employer.

What I used to pay as a copay ($40) to him, now instead may be closer to several hundred dollars if your deductible hasn’t been met yet.

Can you afford that? At all? What if you are retired on a fixed income?

Starting to get the picture? Because this is indeed happening right now. I tried arguing this point with the hospital, but they do not listen nor care to. They will not relent.

When I contacted my health insurance, I pointed out they still have that doctor, by name and practice, listed as a preferred doctor in their plan then explained his current employment. Fortunately, the insurance company decided to then make an adjusted payment to the hospital.

What has to be determined now is – if that is a one time thing or not.

Feeling nervous yet?

All Our LIves Are Most Important

And by that, I mean, all of us have the undeniable right to protect ourselves, our families, our friends, our way of life.

No one has the right to take that from you. No one has the right to tell you what limits you are restricted to – in order to defend your life, limb, family, friends, property.

It is vital that We, The People, understand the US and state constitutions. Because too many do not.
Those elected into positions of trust, those elected and appointed to fill positions of authority, those joining the military…… every one of them take an oath to defend, honor, obey and maintain the Constitution.

We know some percentage of them do not. Either they think they know, do not know, care to know – exactly what it means for this United States to be the most unique on this planet. There is no Utopia here – even so, we are supposed to follow the rules as established throughout history.

But bad laws are not laws. You are not bound to honor bad laws – not by The Almighty. No matter what anyone else tells you. Man is imperfect and always will be.

The choice of tools we would use to protect ourselves is threatened by people. And those people are wrong.

I attended today’s Town Hall in the Parkton American Legion hall this morning and the rally down in Aberdeen afterwards. I feel fortunate to be a part of both.

As I mentioned in a chance to speak to the crowd, I faced down the barrel of a gun pointed directly at me over 40 years ago. I disarmed him. Not by weapons of any kind and not by force but with my voice. I fully expect that was a very lucky event, for me. Two weeks later, that much was confirmed when the man who did that committed suicide with that gun. A Derringer. I never told my parents as I am sure they would have been very, very upset. I don’t know what they may have done, if anything.

That was a serious turning point for me. It is and was an incident that made me fully realize that it is imperative to become totally aware of your surroundings, aware of your friends and family, aware of enemies and criminals. And be as prepared as you can.

That is vital to understand. You cannot defend or protect others, such as your family, friends, relations, neighbors and others if you are dead.

The Second Amendment is not alone in this. It is not the sole issue. The order, or sequence, of each of the Bill of Rights is completely irrelevant. When your ability to defend your life & family is threatened (Third Amendment), your ability to protest and peaceably assemble is denied (1st Amendment), just two examples, then how do you protect yourself from criminals and/or people in government who are irresponsible and lacking in moral compass?

Wake up. This is completely serious. This is not an argument on the appearance of rifles, ammunition limitations, definition of “assault rifles” – these are complete misdirections anyway – this is a whittling away of your God-given right to maintain your existence and your freedoms.

Period.

The Other Fluke

So which is it?

Sandra Fluke Argued for Mandatory Coverage for Sex-Change Surgery

From: The Other McCain

Don’t know about you, but I do not like being scammed – by Congress – putting up a distraction like this when there are more serious matters before this country.

Hear that, Mikulski and Cardin? How about you, Dutch? Steny? Van Hollen?

You really think we are going to fall for this?

After Birth Abortion

That is not my idea. I noticed this in today’s email reminder of the topics discussed on todays Glenn Beck program.

Disgusting, if these jokers are indeed serious. They had better not be.

‘Ethicists’ justify after birth abortion

Lessons To Learn From A Celebrity

Mark Wahlberg.

This is a short article at Hot Air, but it has a fantastic video of an interview with this actor.

I agree. All of a sudden, I have a yearning to go see his latest film, Contraband.

Happy New Year

On the last evening of 2011, a few miracles occurred.
But let me back up a little.

For almost one month, my oldest granddaughter was living with us.
It’s been a little rough for her and her immediate family, her mother recently gave birth to their newest daughter. They have 5 (officially) now with another youngster they are raising and hoping to adopt. We all hope for the best with that.

The difficulties of raising such a busy and full family are – shall I say – more pronounced when you have teenagers to contend with. (I finally understand this even better now as I am the oldest of 6 in my own immediate family.)

So, long story short, my oldest granddaughter moved in with us in order to give her family a chance to ease their strains and burdens for a bit. (Who am I kidding, for as long as necessary?)

Without elaborating on too much detail, suffice to say it’s today’s combination of adolescence, mental growing pains along with anguish, the internet and (grand)parents who keep saying no, not yet. I know that can get rather boring and totalitarian on the receiving end as a teenager (since I was one once – eons ago).

Last night was New Year’s Eve, your not so typical party night of all party nights. And our granddaughter wanted so much to join her friends for it. You can imagine her angst when the (grand)mothers said no.

Finally, it came down to me. What happened next even surprised me when I shut down their conversation (ahem) and talked with our granddaughter. (No specifics now.) And I explained how and why we got to this point. After all that, I told her to call her friend and invite her here to meet us and take her to the party and bring her back.

I found out later, so she told me, that her friend didn’t call her back to make these arrangements and it looked like the party plans were off.

Sometime after that, she asked me to take her to the movies. We went for a quick dinner (for her), 7:10 showing and didn’t get home until well after 10:30pm.

As I said earlier, I am quite sure a few miracles occurred last night.

I feel pretty sure this is going to be a Happy New Year. My granddaughter asked me to the movies.

UPDATE: Merry Christmas 2011

To Everyone


Celtic Woman live at the Helix Center in Dublin, Ireland performing a Christmas celebration.
Carol of the Bells.
UPDATE: New link!

(This is a repost from 2009.)