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California bill would create health care price controls

government solve all problems
But, but…I thought Obamacare was suppose to reduce the cost of health care?
From Sacramento Bee: California’s government would set prices for hospital stays, doctor visits and other health care services under legislation introduced Monday, vastly remaking the industry in a bid to lower health care costs.
The proposal, which drew swift opposition from the health care industry, comes amid a fierce debate in California as activists on the left push aggressively for a system that would provide government-funded insurance for everyone in the state.
Across the country, rising health care costs have put the industry, lawmaker and employers and consumers at odds.
The proposal in California would affect private health plans, including those offered by employers and purchased by individuals. A nine-member commission appointed by the governor and legislative leaders would set prices for everything from a physical exam to an allergy test to heart bypass surgery. No other state has such a requirement.
“If we do not act now, I’m concerned that health care prices will become unsustainable,” Assemblyman Ash Kalra, a freshman Democrat from San Jose who wrote the legislation, said in a news conference in Sacramento.
The measure faces an uphill battle in the Legislature, where lawmakers are generally cautious about making drastic changes to the health care system and are already juggling a wide range of ambitious proposals.
The proposal is backed by influential unions including the Service Employees International Union, Unite Here and the Teamsters. The unions are frustrated that health care costs are gobbling an increasing share of employee compensation.
“Every dollar that we spend on rising health care prices is a dollar that comes out of a worker’s pocket,” said Sara Flocks, policy coordinator for the California Labor Federation, a union coalition. “This is something that is eating up our wages and it is increasing income inequality. This is a fundamental question of fairness.
Health care providers say price controls would encourage doctors to move out of state or retire, making it harder for people to see a physician when they’re sick, and force hospitals to lay off staff or, in some cases, close their doors.
The California Medical Association, which represents physicians, called the proposal “radical” and warned that it would reduce choices for consumers.
“No state in America has ever attempted such an unproven policy of inflexible, government-managed price caps across every health care service,” Dr. Theodore Mazer, the CMA president, said in a statement.
Under Kalra’s bill, prices would be tied to Medicare’s rate for a particular service or procedure, with that price as a floor. There would be a process for doctors or hospitals to argue that their unique circumstances warrant payments higher than the state’s standard rate.
Paying hospitals 125 percent of Medicare’s rate would cut $18 billion in revenue and force them to trim nurses and other support staff, said Dietmar Grellman, senior vice president of the California Hospital Association. Private insurers make up for the low payments from government-funded health care, which doesn’t cover the full cost of care, he said.
“That’s why their bill is such an empty promise,” Grellman said. “They take money out of the system with rate regulation, but then they don’t address the huge gaping hole that’s created by Medicare and Medicaid.”
In recent decades health care spending has risen faster than inflation and wages while employers and health plans have shifted more of the costs onto consumers through higher premiums, deductibles and copays. Americans spend more per capita on health care than other developed countries.
Meanwhile, a wave of consolidation by hospitals, physician groups and insurance companies has given industry players more power to demand higher rates.
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Wild Bill Lays It On the Line about Union Thugs

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Wild Bill Lays It on the Line About Leftwing Union Thugs

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Evil Video Game Wants Players to Kill Conservatives

The Left are coming unhinged.
At a Labor Day event, Teamsters Union chief Jimmy Hoffa Jr. threatened fellow Americans — TEA Partiers — with “war” and called on his union minions to “take these sons of bitches out.” Hoffa said this right in the presence of the President of the United States, and Obama did and said nothing.
Now, there’s a new video game that encourages players to “mow down conservatives.”
Elizabeth Flock reports for the Washington Post, Sept. 7, 2011, that a new video game, “Tea Party Zombies Must Die,” released by advertising company StarvingEyes Advergaming, encourages players to mow down conservative commentators, political figures and tea partiers, including Sarah Palin, Bill O’Reilly, Newt Gingrich, Sean Hannity, Michele Bachmann, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Glenn Beck, and the Koch Brothers.

The video game depicts Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann as zombies. (Image from YouTube)


The graphic game puts tea partiers in Ku Klux Klan robes, places Fox commentators in what’s left of a post-apocalyptic office, and asks players to “grab your weapons and bash their rotten brains to bits!”
Jason Oda, head of StarvingEyestold MRCtv: “The game was just a personal project. I am not worried about it effecting [sic] business.”
 

Jason Oda, creator of video game "Tea Party Zombies Must Die" (photo from his Facebook page)


Personal or not, Oda’s project has already sparked quite the reaction. Howard Kurtz called the game “sickening.” MRCtv listed out the many reasons the game was “disturbing.”
The National Review has sarcastically noted that the best part about the game is that it’s not just fun, but “educational”: “Between levels we get informative tidbits about how Obamacare lowers the deficit, and how most Republicans think the president is a Muslim. There are lessons to be learned from dying in the game, too, which happens if you don’t get health insurance, and after which you are told: ‘there’s no such thing as God.’”
We’re not giving you the evil video game’s website. You can look it up yourself on the web.

They want war? Let’s give them war!

Contact StarvingEyes Advergaming to protest their release of this evil video game. Here’s the advertising company’s contact info.:

  • Address: 27 Gracie Ct., Brooklyn, New York
  • E-mail: info@starvingeyes.com
  • Jason Oda’s e-mail: jason@starvingeyes.com
  • Jason Oda’s Facebook page: https://facebook.com/starvingeyes

Tell the clients of StarvingEyes Advergaming that you’ll boycott their products. Just click on the client’s name below. The big-name clients of StarvingEyes Advergaming who are listed on StarvingEyes’ website as of 9 am, west coast, September 7, 2011, include:

This is the E-mail I sent to UPS. Feel free to use!

I’m writing you to object to UPS’s advertising company, StarvingEyes Advergaming’s release of the new video game, “Tea Party Zombies Must Die,” which encourages players to mow down conservative commentators, political figures and Tea Partiers. You should know that I am boycotting UPS until StarvingEyes withdraws the video game.

update:

This afternoon, Fellowship of the Minds received an e-mail from Ranjitsinh Mahida, who claims he’s the Litigation & Intellectual Property Counsel for A+E Networks. The latter owns the History Channel.

Mr. Mahida expresses shock and disapproval about the “Tea Party Zombies Must Die” video game. He denies that History Channel is a client of StarvingEyes and says he’s contacted the advertising company to ask that “History Channel” be removed from StarvingEyes’ website as its client. Mr. Mahida requests that FOTM also remove History Channel from this post.

So I went on StarvingEyes’ website, at around 4:45 pm, west coast time, but History Channel is still listed as a client. So I politely wrote back to Mr. Mahida, informing him that as long as History Channel remains listed as a client on StarvingEyes’ website, History Channel will remain on this post.

About 1½ hours later, I looked at StarvingEyes’ website again. The entire vertical column of Clients — including History Channel — has vanished from the site. I have, therefore, deleted History Channel from this post.

I hope History Channel is taking Jason Oda and StarvingEyes to court with a humongous lawsuit up their wazoo.

All this happened only because so many FOTM readers contacted History Channel to express their outrage. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!

A big h/t to my best cyberbud and FOTM’s co-founder Steve.

~Eowyn

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Debbie Wasser, er Wazzer, er Idiot

Now this is funny. Little Deb in the Hot seat.
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In a heated exchanged, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz repeatedly ducked questions on “Fox and Friends” Tuesday about Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa’s call for workers to combat the tea party and “take these son-of-a-bitches out.”
Wasserman Schultz tried to turn the tables on Fox and called out their news coverage, while refusing to address Hoffa’s remarks at President Barack Obama’s Monday rally in Detroit where he called on workers to wage war on the tea party.
“Fox and Friends” host Gretchen Carlson repeatedly pressed Wasserman Schultz for a comment, with the DNC chair attempting to stay on message by stating only that “the American people want us to focus on working together” to create jobs.
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