Archive for October, 2013

You Won’t Keep Your Doc

Posted in Politics, Society on October 30th, 2013

Obama The Liar-in-ChiefRemember back when Obama said that, if you like your doctor, you’ll be able to keep your doctor after ObamaCare became the law? Well, a big, total and utter lack of surprise – the boy lied just as he’s lied about everything.

If you’re of the millions who have been or will be forced onto the ObamaCare exchanges, you’ll more than likely not be able to keep your doctor. This is simply because the majority of doctors don’t seem to want anything to do with ObamaCare, or so a poll conducted by the New York State Medical Society indicates.

It appears that just approximately 94% of the doctors do not desire to be included in Obama’s signature and singular “achievement.”

  • 44% of doctors said they won’t participate in ObamaCare
  • 33% of doctors said they don’t know if they’ll participate
  • 23% of doctors said they’ll take patients from the exchanges1

1 – 75% of those participating doctors said they were forced to do so because of existing contractual obligations with an insurer or medical provider.

This lack of adoption of ObamaCare by the medical community has its roots in simple, pragmatic economics.  Only 23% of the doctors polled had been given a fee schedule to show much they’ll get paid if they sign up. This, of course, makes perfect sense.

Funny coincidence that. The matching numbers between those who’ve agreed to ObamaCare and those who’ve seen the fee schedule. Do you have to join in it to see what’s in it? 😉

Nor are the problem of a shortage of doctors or ObamaCare’s exacerbation of that problem a surprise; both solid, professional analysts and Liberal pundits have reported upon America’s current shortage of physicians and how, for a variety of systemic reasons, ObamaCare will make this worse – far, far, far worse.

ObamaCare Doctor Shortage - Voodoo Healthcare
Voodoo Healthcare – The Result Of ObamaCare

Approximately 40% of the doctors in America are reported to be suffering burn-out already, in no small part due to the fact that it is currently estimated by the Association of American Medical Colleges that America needed nationwide 13,700 more doctors of all types were needed than were available in 2010 and, with ObamaCare, this gap is expended to widen into a gaping chasm of a shortfall of 130,600 physicians by 2025.

Current practices are driven by the tyranny of the urgent. Doctors are on hamster wheels, giving patients 15 minutes

— Assistannt Director Asaf Bitton
Brigham and Women’s Advanced Primary Care Associates

So you’ll have health insurance; you’ll have to do so or face: fines, levies, wage garnishments, confiscation of personal property, and incarceration. After a great deal of searching and waiting you’ll even manage to get a few minutes with the gatekeeper of you healthcare, your primary care physician. The prognosis of the overall quality of that care, however, is not overly favorable nor is the expectations of how that will affect your health, wellness, and life expectancy.

But, of course, you’ll have technically exactly what Obama and the Liberals promised you – health insurance. The fact that you stand a good chance of suffering from sub-standard and/or limited medical care is largely irrelevant to those that foisted this ill-thought, chimeric abomination onto the backs of the American people.

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Blacks Only, Crackers!

Posted in Music, Society on October 29th, 2013

The Northampton, MA based band Shokazoba has been playing Afrobeat – a blend of Jazz and Funk with a West African undertone – music for the last seven years. They’ve won the Valley Advocate’s award for Best World Music in 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012, their Best Funk award in 2008, and Best Jazz in the My411 Source poll in 2009. They’ve even were recognized as “Artists of the Year” for the Big Bands category by the African Jazz review in 2011. In other words, they’re a very competent set of musicians who’ve earned the accolades within their genre of music.

It’s no real surprise that that Amherst, MA’s Hampshire College hired them to perform during the college’s Hampshire Halloween event on Friday, October 25, 2013. The surprise came later…

Shokazoba – Too White To Play Afrobeat

Apparently Shokazoba is just too White to be allowed to play Afrobeat music at Hampshire College. The college’s HYPE Committee, responsible for coordinating these school events, cancelled Shokazoba’s performance because nominally White musicians playing “Black Music” offended some members of the student body of the elite, liberal arts college.

Due to concerned students voicing their opinions about the band Shokazoba, we held community dialogue to hear what individuals had to say. As a result of the dialogue, and discomfort expressed by members of the community in person as well as by email, Facebook, and other means, we have removed Shokazoba from the lineup for Hampshire Halloween.

HYPE Committee, October 24, 2013

One can blame Hampshire College’s HYPE Committee only for cowardice in caving into the small-mindedness, racism, and oikophobia of the young Liberals and Progressives who so vociferously vented their outrage at a White band playing music that they think should be totally reserved for Blacks. In within that limitation one to consider whether or not the battle should be waged, given that it could easy, and probably would, corrupt and suborn the whole intent of the festival, which was to have fun.

One should also keep in mind that, while Shokazoba was forbidden from performing, they were paid in full. They had, ironically as it turned out, a performance contract with the Hype Committee that stated it would not discriminate on the basis of: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, physical ability, or sexual orientation.

The racists within Hampshire College’s student body, on the other hand can be blamed for their pro-segregation ideology and, at a bare minimum, should be castigated and pilloried for it since they effectively violated the civil rights of the band members of Shokazoba. And let’s remember that these ethno-guiltism-ridden, oikophobic bigots are, for the most part, White, and have less business appropriating Black racial angst than any White does playing “Black Music.”

I bet this piece from 1976 would cause their heads to explodes:

Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music

No matter how these Leftist neo-hippies couch their opinions in politically correct rhetoric and hand-wringing “worry” about the fears and feelings of “marginalized peoples,” what they’re yelling loud and clear is, “Blacks Only, Crackers!”

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Terminating Sebelius

Posted in Politics on October 29th, 2013

In the wake of the abject failure of Obama’s signature and singular “achievement,” ObamaCare there have been many calls for the termination of the person most responsible for this abomination, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. After all, she was the one that was given authority over- and responsibility for the roll-out of ObamaCare’s insurance exchange web application’s deployment and it was on her watch that it utterly failed, leaving American legally bound to purchase health insurance but unable to do so through the federally mandated mechanism that was put in place to allow for that.

Sebelius’ response to these calls for her termination are, in concept, just what any American would expect from a key member of the Obama Regime. They are, however, far more arrogant and honest than is the rule for those people.

The majority of people calling for me to resign I would say are people who I don’t work for and who do not want this program to work in the first place.

— HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius

That’s right! According to Sebelius she doesn’t work for the American people if they’re Republicans and, despite the plethora of anecdotal evidence to the contrary, it’s mostly, if not solely, the Republicans who are calling for her removal.

To all you various Liberals who’ve called for the removal of Sebelius over her failure to manage the implementation of Obama’s signature piece of legislation – welcome to the GOP! 😆

Of course this is coming from the worthless, irresponsible, arrogant, and autocratic bitch that told Congress that she’d testify before them about her failure only when and if she could fit them into her schedule, so allowances have to be apparently be made for her attitude and behavior.

Personally, I think that creatures like Sebelius are beyond salvaging and can’t learn proper behavior. You just can’t convince them that being a public servant means serving we, the People. Hence, her termination is the only proper course of action. In the case of Sebelius, however, it may become right and necessary to terminate her with extreme prejudice.

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