Now, the disaster tsunami is engulfing Medicare-covered individuals as Obamacare’s latest scam—long concealed—begins to reveal itself as evidenced by a shocking announcement from health giant UnitedHealth Group. UnitedHealth, AARP’s pet private health insurance carrier, has been busy cutting thousands of doctors from certain of its networks according to a Wall Street Journal report published on November 15.
You know those "death panels"? Well, they were kind of not real. Then again they were kind of real.
Note that AARP was one of the charge-leading groups behind Obamacare's passage and Obama's election, playing the shopworn "scare the senior" card over and over again.
This means they should stand up and own the rat****ing that their membership is now taking as a direct and proximate consequence of their advocacy.
So Seniors..... how 'ya feeling about right now? And how's your stock of KY doing? You're gonna need a lot of it over the coming months and years now that you've been sold out by the very organization you fund and support.
Oh, if you didn't read my previous article about how all of this was not a mistake or oversight but rather an intentional act?
There are times that one asks how and why it is that the so-called "mainstream media" can fail to take an event that goes on for a long time and yet never ask what changed that might be the cause of that phenomena?
"The battle to protect people from diabetes and its disabling, life-threatening complications is being lost," the federation said in the sixth edition of its Diabetes Atlas, noting that deaths from the disease were now running at 5.1 million a year or one every six seconds.
People with diabetes have inadequate blood sugar control, which can lead to a range of dangerous complications, including damage to the eyes, kidneys and heart. If left untreated, it can result in premature death.
Let's talk basic biomechanics. You eat. When you eat foods that contain carbohydrates as they are digested they convert to glucose. Your pancreas secretes insulin to promote the conversion of glucose to glycogen, which is then stored, primarily in the liver. When this storage mechanism is full the energy is diverted to fat.
When you eat a food that contains carbohydrates that are absorbed slowly, that is, you eat things that have a low glycemic index, the response rate of insulin in the body is muted and rises slowly. When you eat something that contains carbohydrates that are absorbed rapidly, such as sugars, your pancreas is called upon to rapidly increase insulin levels so as to prevent the glucose level in your blood from rising to dangerous levels.
Type II diabetes is the condition where either (1) your pancreas fails to respond to high glucose levels adequately with a release of insulin or (2) your body fails to generate glycogen (and ultimately fat if intake continues) despite a relatively high level of insulin. This is generally known as "insulin resistance" or "metabolic syndrome" and is distinct from Type I diabetes where the islet cells in the pancreas are destroyed due to an auto-immune disorder (and thus can't produce insulin at all, or at least not in material amounts.)
So, let's see what we have here.
What if you were to eat a diet with no carbohydrate in it at all -- or, in the alternative, ate only very "slow" carbohydrates with very significant other nutrient value such as leafy green vegetables?
You'd expect that a person with compromised insulin response would find much better blood sugar control -- right?
So why is it that the American Diabetes Association recommends that about 1/4 of your food intake be "starchy foods" that are all moderate to high glycemic index carbohydrates?
You don't need carbohydrates, incidentally; they serve no essential purpose in nutrition. Your body is quite-capable of running on lipids -- that is, fats. You especially don't need them if they spike your blood glucose levels because you're insulin-response compromised!
But the better question is this: How did the compromise happen in the first place, and why does the prevalence continue to expand?
That's pretty easy to figure out -- these foods, by and large, did not exist a hundred or two hundred -- or a thousand years ago.
Oh sure, there were some exceptions -- but the prevalence of these foods is a modern thing.
And so is diabetes, by and large.
Now I'm sure a good part of this is just bad genetics -- that is, a bad draw from the deck. But how much of the rise in Type II diabetes is due to our shift from low-glycemic index carbs and fats as our primary energy sources to fast carbohydrates such as refined sugars and synthetic fats such as hydrogenated oils?
More to the point, why aren't we recommending that people strictly limit high-glycemic index carbohydrates?
You'd have to ask the folks involved that -- and in particular, you'd have to address the "part of your good breakfast" crowd that puts forward prescriptions for everyone from toddlers forward starting their day with a bowl-full of high-glycemic-index carbs.
I wonder if we were to get rid of the cereals and toast, replacing it with omelettes and bacon, if we might not have a lower incidence of Type II diabetes..... and if perhaps those currently suffering from it might not have better blood sugar control and less obesity at the same time.
But that would***** of the agribusiness and pill mill folks mightily, wouldn't it?
This morning we have another parade of Republicans on the TV claiming that they've been "fighting" to defund Obamacare and will introduce and pass a bill to let people keep their old health insurance.
The problem with the pontifications on both the left and right is that neither side will take on where the real problem resides: A system that has gone from a low single-digit percentage of the economy in terms of its impact to one that is now closing in on one dollar in five.
This has to be stopped and reversed, because it did not happen due to the free market and people's free choice. It occurred through acts of extortion, enabled and made legal through both the actions and inactions of government at both the federal and state levels.
Until this is recognized and stopped there will be no solution. All the political hand-waving is pointless and while great for the partisan crap that Washington has become famous for the snake continues to feast on the people, who thus far have refused to wake the **** up and start slashing at it until dead using all tools available to them.
A huge part of the problem is that any segment of the economy that manages to get to this sort of size becomes "self-protecting" in that politically it is recognized at a visceral level that cutting off the teat means detonation of GDP. We're talking about an instant 10% or better decline should corrective actions be taken, and it doesn't matter that this GDP loss would be relatively-quickly recovered into productive areas of the economy as reallocation took place. The fact of the matter is that the short-term pain and thus screaming makes a great political shield behind which the industry hides and consolidates its power.
Obamacare is simply the evolution of that power. The **** you dead industry and screw you blind professionals (otherwise known as the "health care industry" and "your doctor and/or hospital") ran out of the ability to extract more money from you and continue its "growth." The reason is relatively simple -- at some point you will, if able, refuse -- after all, food is pretty far up on your personal hierarchy of needs! When anyone start impacting upon that area of existence the exponential growth curve runs into a wall.
So what did the industry do? It "persuaded" Congress to let it write yet more laws to force more extraction from you.
And rather than reacting to this violence done to you in the form and fashion that was deserved a huge part of the population allowed itself to be conned and went along with it.
Well, at least initially, because you were all sold the "big lie" that you wouldn't be the one who would pay for it.
But now there's a problem because unlike the earlier cons where you could shift off the costs to faceless things like "the budget deficit" this one comes out of your ass and as I explained in 2009 and 2010 it was inevitable that you'd get reamed by it. It's simply a matter of arithmetic.
I explained this, in point of fact, to the Libertarian party, both here in the state and to its national Presidential Candidate, Gary Johnson, in the context of the 2012 elections. Both blew me off and in fact to this very day all I hear is crickets in regard to their claims at the time that this wouldn't blow up in the face of the American public and the economy in general. An opportunity to capitalize on this and actually make a difference by laying forth the facts and figures and hammering them home in the political context was squandered and that party, along with every one of its apologists, deserves to burn in Hell forever for doing so as they had both motive and opportunity and sold you, the people, out to the medical industry just as did the Republicans and Democrats including the so-called "Tea Party".
May the so-called "saviors" who refused to act face judgement and their just punishment.
And now, unfortunately, the reaming that was evident to anyone who bothered with a bit of dispassionate analysis is here in the present tense.
The remaining question -- the only remaining question -- is whether you're going to insist that the entire edifice of monopoly protections and extortionate scams in the medical system as a whole are destroyed here and now or whether you will be destroyed instead.
Here it is folks:
This strategy leaves you exposed if you have a sudden catastrophic event that you have no time to think about or negotiate over (e.g. a heart attack or stroke.) In that situation about the only fallback you have is to attempt to claim that the services were a contract of adhesion and thus voidable. Therefore it's on you to not have one of those sudden events. Lose the weight, go low-carb (see my other articles on this), stop smoking, get off the damn drugs and stop being stupid. You have time to change the range of potential outcomes in this regard; you should have started a good long time ago but there is no time better than today if you haven't up until this point.
I know people will send me more hate mail and post more crap on this thread, but look folks -- this appears to be the only logical path for 90% of Americans who either lose their employer coverage (which, by next year, is likely to be something approaching half of all working Americans in the middle class and below) or those who are in the individual market now and are getting screwed by the millions.
If you take this path and so do millions of others it might even save the American health system by forcing market pricing. But even if it doesn't it's the only reasonable shot you have to save yourself.
See, if you don't have the deductible and your ailment, whatever it may be, doesn't qualify under EMTALA (that is, it's not an "immediate" and "urgent" need without which you will imminently die) you are likely to be turned away before getting care under Obamacare's "new medical order", and such a refusal is now and will continue to be legal.
This happens today to people with so-called "insurance" and it will get a lot worse when the deductibles are 10x as high!
No, folks, it's not just the $500/month.
It's also having $10 large in cash that you can access right now if you get seriously ill.
Ain't got it? (Most people don't.)
Then you're better off not paying the $500 a month and stashing it so you have a shot at paying cash to have whatever breaks fixed in the cash market, whether you have that done here in America or abroad. That's $6 large a year -- in a couple of years it will actually cover most things in other parts of the world including the transportation provided you're well enough to get there and it will also cover virtually everything on the Surgery Center of Oklahoma's price list.
That's the analysis folks and it requires nothing more complicated than examing the math.
No folks, this isn't "advice" -- it's analysis. If you think I'm wrong, before blasting away go talk to those who you deem qualified. Incidentally I fully expect that I'll be one of the people getting a cancellation notice for my insurance, although it hasn't happened yet.
Only 106,185 people have "enrolled" all-system wide.
Among the federal market? Just 26,794. Note that nobody has actually paid a premium yet either. That comes next.
The reality? This number sucks irrespective of so-called "technological" problems. The system needs 100 times that number to be "stable."
It won't be.
If they manage to get ten times this number in the next six weeks (the cut-off), which is looking to be a fantasy-land impossibility, the entire system will detonate within the first year and provided they force it to "survive" premiums will see huge increases, likely double or more, a year from now.
Let me remind everyone that nobody in the lower and middle class has the money to pay not only for the so-called "insurance" under these plans which are running roughly twice what everyone is spending now but in addition if you use the so-called "insurance" the deductibles are frequently double to ten times what you had before.
There's no fix for this folks.
The stock market is ignoring a passed law that will cause these impacts starting January 1st and it's utterly amusing to watch the S&P up 10 and the Naz skyrocketing today (not to mention the retailers) when you look at what this is going to do to people's budgets coming into the new year with the holidays coming up.
The numbers are even worse than I had expected they might be.... especially on the federal exchange side.
Go ahead folks, bid it up into the end of the year because I have to chase this because everyone else has been doing so well.
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