Maybe he should look at life expectancy numbers for states

Baby Jesus Mothertrucking Christ in a manger, just how stupid is Bill O’Reilly?

Free Market and increasing profit margins are teh awesomez

See, this very well illustrates why I feel that turning a necessary service, one that is required for the well-being of a population, into a profit race is not only stupid, but evil.

Karen Tumulty has the goods over at Swampland. Allow me to serve you this Amuse Bouche:

What Robin went through after that was a nightmare, one she tearfully described Tuesday morning in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s oversight and investigations subcommittee. “The sad thing is, Blue Cross gladly took my high premiums, and the first time I filed a claim and was suspected of having cancer, they searched high and low for a reason to cancel me,” said Robin, whose hair is just beginning to grow back in from chemotherapy.

Fuck them. And their enablers. There’s plenty of areas and businesses where there’s nothing wrong with cutting corners to increase your profits. People’s health is not something that should be traded for some extra dough for a shareholder.

Seriously, I can’t wait for some goddamn Socialized Medicine*.

*Yeah, I know, nothing that’s been considered in the U.S. actually qualifies as socialized medicine. But it sounds sexier. Besides, the word socialist makes nutjobs pee their pants. And that’s always funny.

EDIT- Let me see if I can put it succinctly: The way things are right now, Health Insurers exist to make money. They are “regular companies.” Fuck that. Health insurance’s raison d’etre is to give access to health care to people who need it. And they keep proving way past any doubt could remain, that one does not bring the other as a side-effect. It is fuckin’ savage to leave it to greedy ruthless bastards to provide a necessary service. It’s kinda weird how most countries who are able to afford paying for such a system seem to have such little trouble getting it. I mean, except here. I bet it’s their lack of freedoms.

John McCain can see outer space from all of his houses.

“I was out of the military for a while before I went to congress. You know that’s an interesting statement, isn’t it? And I have never been an astronaut, but I think I know the challenges of space. And I have never done a lot of things in my life that I think I am familiar with.”  –John McCain

You can see the videos from McCain’s interview with the Des Moines Register (a paper that endorsed him last year) here.

The quote above comes from the “John McCain: Taxpayer financed health care” one. It was part of his response to the question: “Have you always been covered, in your adult life, by a tax-payer financed health care plan?”

Why did he have to talk out of his ass? He really thinks he understands “the challenges of space”? Please. Somebody freakin’ ask him what those are. No, really, I want to hear it. If he chose this to be his argument, somebody should ask him to demonstrate the validity of it.

This wasn’t even the part when he got visibly furious at the very unpatriotic and troops-hating insinuation that His Royal Maverickiness had not been true to his promise of running an honorable campaign and was less than 100% truthful on some of his adds. Watch that one. Then promptly get off his lawn.

What I’m trying to say is, he didn’t seem to be going on angry auto-pilot. So I don’t really get it. Why talk out of your ass and say something laughable when there are far better alternatives?

I agree that, in principle, just because life has put you (with or without your direct involvement) in situation A, it doesn’t mean that you cannot have a decent understanding of the needs of people in situation Not-A. Which really, is all that question was getting at: You have always had health care thanks to the taxpayers, you think you can still relate to those who don’t?

It wasn’t even about the underlying issue of the cynicism of actively trying to deny people a benefit that you’ve always enjoyed (government provided health care). It was just hinting at empathy. And he gave a patently ridiculous answer.

I could see him bullshit his way around the cynicism part because I cannot see one good argument that doesn’t involve him asking (and leading by example) his fellow senators to give up their socialist government health care, which he’s had plenty of time to do and hasn’t. But resorting to such a flimsy argument when it was about the possibility of empathy, I just don’t get it. I guess I really don’t get how this man’s brain works.

Take it away, Barack!

I was gonna blog about the delicious ironing that is McCain’s opinions on how to handle health care, courtesy of the American Academy of Actuaries:

Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation.

I know, hilarious. He’s going on all “those Wall Street people need a reprimand!” now because there’s nothing else to say. But before shit hit the fan, he was saying we should be having health care follow the brilliant lead of Wall Street. A path for which he feels partially responsible for (I honestly doubt he was using the royal “we”). Mavericky!

But I think Barack Obama explains it with the right amount of righteous snark and derision such a proposal merits. So here he is.

McCain’s Health Care Policy.

A heavy dose of semantics therapy, and 2 cc’s of areyoufuckingshittingmecilin, courtesy of John Goodman*, advisor on health care to John McCain:

So I have a solution. And it will cost not one thin dime,” Mr. Goodman* said. “The next president of the United States should sign an executive order requiring the Census Bureau to cease and desist from describing any American — even illegal aliens — as uninsured. Instead, the bureau should categorize people according to the likely source of payment should they need care.

“So, there you have it. Voila! Problem solved.

The only sensible answer to this is, no doubt:

Shut the fuck up, Johnny, You’re out of your element. You have no frame of reference here. You are like a child who wanders into the middle of a movie and wants to know… Here’s my point, there’s no fucking reason why these two… THE CHINAMAN IS NOT THE ISSUE HERE, DUDE! I’m talking about drawing a line in the sand.

*Yeah, I know not that John Goodman. Shut up, you too are out of your element.

EDIT- McCain’s campaign says Goodman is not an advisor to McCain. The reporters answer “bullshit.” They also point out that the Semantics Pills are in very good agreement with McCain’s stated views on what needs to be done re: Health Care.