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$150,000 for a double knee replacement

My wife recently had bilateral knee surgery. The total bill to the insurance company from hospitals, therapists and doctors was $150,000. $120,000 of that was the hospital. Other than two extra days (for a total of four) in the hospital, it was routine.

$30,000 per day.

The main problem with health care in this country isn't medical insurance, it is hospitals and doctors.
Posted by lumberjack_jeff | Fri Apr 29, 2016, 12:02 PM (20 replies)

TYT: Worst lines from the MSNBC town hall

What a trainwreck.
Posted by lumberjack_jeff | Tue Apr 26, 2016, 09:54 AM (4 replies)

Let's ask the Sanders question of DU in a more general way.

Should PACS be allowed to, not simply promote issues, but fundraise for campaigns? Is it not the definition of money-laundering that, for instance, Ted Cruz super pac "Keep the Promise" raises millions from select high-dollar donors and use that money to shake down small donations from individual donors to finance his official campaign?

So when Ted goes to the home of a prominent fundraiser such as Bob Murray of Murray energy, should the resulting donations (the per-plate price of the dinner is twice what is allowed to the official campaign) to Cruz's super PAC be diverted into fundraising for the Cruz campaign? Does this not violate the spirit of the cap on individual donations?

This is essentially the question Sanders is asking.

I think the answer to this question should be no, but I've noticed that the definition of "progressive" has become fairly malleable of late.
Posted by lumberjack_jeff | Mon Apr 18, 2016, 06:17 PM (0 replies)

Why do Clinton supporters think that the gender card is a winning one?

This morning the team has decided that instead of confronting the conflicts of interest that the protestors were illustrating with dollar bills, they are gonna run with the default setting in their playbook; Misogyny! Sexists! BernieBros!

Clinging to this playbook is especially odd, (and no doubt frustrating to team Clinton) since Sanders supporters are at least as, and perhaps even more likely to be women.

To the hammer, all problems look like nails, I guess.

In addition to the stretching and logical contortions; "Last week someone called congresspeople 'corporate whores' and now today they're tossing money... how can I fit these into my narrative?"

It's not even a very good way to distract the public from the fact that she still hasn't released her transcripts.

This isn't a strategy for getting your candidate elected, it's an excuse for why she lost.
Posted by lumberjack_jeff | Mon Apr 18, 2016, 09:24 AM (15 replies)

Media disinfo alert

Note that the Pope says "He knew I was leaving at the time, and he had the courtesy to greet me"

US media, after initially reporting the correct quote, now says;

"This morning when I left, Sen. Sanders was there," the Associated Press reported the pope said. "He knew I was leaving at that time and I had the kindness to greet him and his wife."

Think you're not being fucked with? Are you happy to be fed bullshit? The answer to that question is determinative of which candidate you support.
Posted by lumberjack_jeff | Sat Apr 16, 2016, 08:00 PM (7 replies)

Notice how none of the Republican candidates are taking the "release your transcripts" bait?

You'd think that if they consider Hillary the more intimidating general election opponent, they'd be doing all they can to force her hand during the primary so they can face the comparative lightweight Sanders.

The facts are all out there;
1) Hillary refuses to release the content of her promises to Wall Street, because disclosure would lose votes.
2) If she were to release transcripts, we'd have to take them at face value - they can't be independently corroborated - she could give us "transcripts" that make her look good, unless...
3) The Republicans definitely know what she promised, have them on tape and are going to produce them as ads in October.

If we nominate Clinton, we're going to get our asses handed to us. It will be disastrous for both the country and the Democratic brand.
Posted by lumberjack_jeff | Sat Apr 16, 2016, 10:34 AM (15 replies)
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