Print Story I feel sorry for you furriners that don't have the best health care in the world
By georgeha (Fri Feb 05, 2010 at 10:52:39 AM EST) emo, Ren Faire, HCR, it's a hard life for a pimp, math (all tags)
Are you at least allowed to suck on willow bark?

Plus Hustle & Flow, Adventureland, tunic like whoa, Guadalcanal, cleaning, birthday party, quadratics and set notation and less.

Poll: Ginger, Maryanne, Lisa P or Em?

Whoa, we watched a movie this weekend, in between celebrating my dad's birthday, making a sumo sized tunic, cleaning the school, playdates and all the other weekend stuff. The movie was Hustle & Flow, which was a lot more sordid than the previews indicated. A small time Memphis pimp tries to change his life and become a rap star, and sort of succeeds.

But that wasn't the only movie I watched. Mrs. Ha has been going to bed early (stress, bitter cold, anxiety who knows), so I was able to watch Adventureland over two nights. Set in 1987's, it's about a socially immature recent Oberlin grad dealing with a sudden lack of family money, working at a grungy amusement park, and meeting an emotionally disturbed just graduated coed, set to an awesome 80's alternative soundtrack. That's the story of my life, well, no, that VU song didn't make it, but other VU and Lou Reed ones did. I liked it, but I suspect it may only appeal to those of us we lived through the 80's. Think John Hughes meets Juno. I do think Kristin Stewart is too skinny, and it's looking like Em or Lisa P is going to be as big as Maryanne or Ginger, see my poll!

As charter school parents, we're supposed to volunteer 20 hours of work to the school, every year. Saturday I put in three hours cleaning the fourth grade classroom. If the overnight counts, we're pretty close to 20 hours. When I got home I cleaned a bit to get ready for eight year old's playdate.

During the playdate, I made my Ren Faire tunic. The pattern was wack, the thing would have fit a sumo wrestler. I took about six inches off each side, and it fits. Next up breeches, a jerkin and a hat. I may buy some stuff, time is getting short, I'm getting tired of sewing. I'm still not sure if I'll wuss out and make long pants to cover my shoes, otherwise I have to wear tights and acceptable shoes, or at least cover my shoes in rags. I did pick up some brown linen/polyester mixed cloth that will do for the breeches.

Sunday we went to my parents to celebrate my dad's birthday (he turned 69 on the 30th). One of their old college chums showed up. They lived in the trailer next to ours when my folks were attending Penn State, main campus. I could claim his son as my oldest friend, but we haven't seen each other since the chum's wedding four years ago (or maybe it was a funeral, they've had three in the last seven years), but my oldest acquaintance certainly fits.
He's from Allentown, and was talking about his family's thirst for beer, so I had to mention the tap setup (tap and regulator) I got from his dad. When I pull a pint, I can mentally thank him for his tap.

With it being cold out I decided to read about somewhere warm. Frank's Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle fits the bill. It's definitive, a big Bible sized book, all about the fighting on, around and above Guadalcanal. Highly recommended.

We have new health insurance, just like every year for the past four years. I'm due for blood testing to check the level of my anti-arthritis med (sulfasalazine) and my Vitamin D levels. Like a good corporate drone, I went to the health benefits site to look for a local, in network blood lab. I put in my zip code, requesting labs less than 25 miles. The first 20 results were a slew of 800 and long distance numbers, possibly from the greater corporate owners. They weren't close long distance numbers either (716 or 315). The first one I called told me to look on another website, whereupon I found one only 37 miles away. I'm getting old and crotchety, when I was learning math 37 was greater than 25, not less than. The second number was the same place as the first, just a different name. The third number was for blood labs in Tennessee. Maybe I have Cadillac plan, maybe they'd pay for me to fly to Tennessee, get my blood drawn and fly back, or at least let me count the trip towards my deductible. Riiiiiiiiight.

So I called the place I've been going to, they didn't know if they were in_network, but gave me another number, who also didn't know. I called CIGNA, who didn't know, but agreed to a conference call with the lab I've been using. No one knew, we had a health insurance rep, a medical provider rep, and me, and no one could tell me if they were in_network.

On my third go around, a nice rep at CIGNA told me of a local lab chain. I'm going to go there when my current recquisitions run out in April, my current lab is probably outside the network (again, no one knows) but I'd rather do it today then call my Dr. to get a new requisition, and wait, and hope I can get blood drawn and results to the Dr. for a new prescription to mail order so I can keep taking those drugs that keep me from being crippled with arthritis (my current stash run out at the end of February).

Yeah, I took the high deductible option, I have to spend $2400 out of pocket before my health insurance does what health insurance is supposed to do. Let's just say my corp is kicking in $12,600 for my family's health plan, I suspect that's in the ballpark. If I meet my deductible and don't get any other health care, we're getting $2,400 worth of care for $15,000, what a bargain! Now, some of that missing $12,600 goes to people suffering catastrophic illness, and I'm cool with that, that's why have insurance and risk pools. I suppose some of that goes to subsidize Medicare, and the un and underinsured, which if they can't pay for it, I'm guess I'm cool with it. A chunk of it goes to the executives I imagine, but they must have colluded hard to set up this monopolistic health care system, who am I to condemn them for legal stealing. Some of it probably went to Senater Lieberman (I-Cigna), and some probably went to the ignoramus who coded the database to give me lab locations a 1000 miles from my home.

I guess I'm just jealous, if our execs had just bought better Congress critters, they could have passed a law restricting the sale of printers and copies in the US to US headquartered companies, we'd have a lot less competition, we could be fat dumb and happy.

Speaking of my job, for a tech company, we have some surprisingly technologically inept employees. Case in point, while listening to our divisions head talk about how rough 2010 is going to be, some of those dialed in did not know how to use their mute buttons. "I'd like to talk about specific cuts HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, EHHHHHHHHHHHHH, EHHHHHHHHHH" stupid mouth breather co-workers who can't use the mute button. After a decade of annual layoffs, I'm too burned out to worry, just do my best and stay in the profitable parts of the business.

Thirteen year old daughter is gifted mathematically, she and a boy were always neck and neck for the top at the charter school, so it was a shock to learn she got a low C on her midterms. Sure, the teacher has an accent and the class is disruptive, but she's going to have to deal with bad teachers or teacher she doesn't mesh with for the rest of her academic career, not an excuse. So last night we went over quadratic equations and set notations. I don't get that there's four different methods of set notation, sounds like overkill and inappropriate for eighth grade.

On tap for the weekend, kegging my honey lager, maybe brewing some Pilsen, possibly ice skating with the school Sunday morning, and maybe working on my breeches. Does it get more exciting?

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I feel sorry for you furriners that don't have the best health care in the world | 12 comments (12 topical, 0 hidden)
Tap, tap by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Feb 05, 2010 at 01:48:43 PM EST
this thing one? Validate me!!!

No validation for you by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Feb 05, 2010 at 03:54:32 PM EST
until you demonstrate what an Em or Lisa P might look like.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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Dude, what do you think the imdb link is for by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #8 Fri Feb 05, 2010 at 04:11:37 PM EST
Em is Kristien Stewart, from some vampire movie iirc, and you need to watch the movie to figure out their personality.

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I'm a fan of the by garlic (2.00 / 0) #12 Sat Feb 06, 2010 at 10:12:57 AM EST
neck hole so big it slides down a shoulder look.

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Your life sounds nice by littlestar (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Feb 05, 2010 at 01:54:17 PM EST
Your father seems very young, but now talking with CBB I realise, it's only cause my parents are old. I love that you are sewing, CBB doesn't do crafts (read: runs away terrified).

Also, we watched that movie and were was less impressed then everyone else I think, although I too was very happy to Velvet Underground and Lou represented, I don't think Nico got in but oh well. I thought that the Michael played the same character he always plays but the script was less inspired or smart or whatever, sort of lazy. 


I'm the oldest, and my parents had me by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Feb 05, 2010 at 01:59:06 PM EST
young, my mom was only 19.

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At least you get a Dr who speaks English right? by frog (4.00 / 1) #4 Fri Feb 05, 2010 at 02:18:26 PM EST
When my company in a boom year of profits switched health plans I had to move Drs and none of the Drs'on their list in 25 mile range seemed to speak English or to have been practicing for over 5 years.

My plan cost me $1,400 a year and then I had to pay $25 a visit - I only got 4 a year covered at $25 per visit - then it jumped after 4 visit to cost of  85 % of the cost per visit - the Dr sent my blood work to an out of network lab and I got stuck with the bill.

Minimum deductible of $25 per prescription with max total coverage of 1,000 k per year. I stopped filling my cholesterol medicine.
When I was looking at a major medical situaiton I found that the total in hospital coverage would be approx 2.5K. 

Modern medical insurance seems to mean screw everyone but the insurance execs... But if I thought doing an insurance exec would get me a better deal, hell  the person they could hand me could be uglier than Dick Cheney meet Hillary Clinton and I just might do 'em.

I thought all the Doctors spoke English by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #5 Fri Feb 05, 2010 at 02:24:08 PM EST
Mind you, I haven't seen much of the early ones (Pertwee) or the newest ones, mostly Tom Baker.

Anyhow, while I like capitalism, I don't think health care should be for profit, since making money for the stockholders trumps providing medical care and the ones who need the care cost profits.

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We have two local health insurance companies by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Feb 05, 2010 at 02:46:27 PM EST
and I was relatively happy with them, they were local, so they were aware of the big local hospitals and all the labs associated with them, and likewise all the local providers were affiliated with them. So why did we have downstate firms involved?

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As a Public School Committee Member by jimgon (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri Feb 05, 2010 at 07:23:38 PM EST
I wish I could require parents to do community service, but most of them would tell me to fuck off.

Technician - "We can't even get decent physical health care. Mental health is like witchcraft here."
Bad teachers with worse accents by kwsNI (2.00 / 0) #10 Fri Feb 05, 2010 at 09:45:48 PM EST
She had better get used to it, it's half the college professors I had. 

My exact point by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #11 Sat Feb 06, 2010 at 08:34:30 AM EST
I've suggested she break the ice by asking her math teacher if she's related to the Kumar in Harold & Kumar, but she's never watched it.

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