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Pre-existing Conditions (ANOTHER FREE SONG!)

Prepare for a whole new dimension in Reefercake productions…presenting Mrs. Reefercake on the Drums!!

Pre-existing conditions

Last friday on the Majority Report, someone IM’d about Huntington’s disease…also said they liked my song “how’d you get that job?” but that is beside the point…They were worried about getting tested, because they could be nailed with a pre-existing condition.

I am obsessed with healthcare system, kind of how sammy is obsessed with social security. I googled around and found this. The situation is pretty fucked up – essentially you need to hide and lie and play games….

http://www.lkwdpl.org/hdsa/hdtest.htm
from this site…
“Are the test results confidential?

Test results should be kept confidential and should only be given to another person with your written permission. On an initial call to a testing center, you should ask how confidentiality is ensured.”

so go and get the test, but make sure the place is confidential and only get a claim in for your insurance, if your test comes up clean.

If you do test positive for the huntington’s disease gene, don’t submit the claim, and keep if confidential. Also keep in mind, that marijuana has been effective in treatment, so keep hope alive, there are treatments. Best wishes.

Meet the New Boss

Here is a fairly scathing review of Obama’s presidential performance that you should read, written by Dr. Drew Western, a professor of psychology who advised Democrats in the last election.  He definitely gives voice (and then some) to the sense of frustration felt by the progressive left over what has to be considered a year of wasted opportunity.  If I had to summarize Obama’s freshman year in office, it would be: “stabilize the stock market, and fuck the rest”.

Maybe all the recent healthcare drama is inducing amnesia, but I’m having a hard time identifying any significant policy changes from the Bush years.  There’s been no rebuke of the torture years, just a polite brushing under the rug.  There’s been no check on the titans of Wall Street (even the Brits instituted a 50% tax on bank bonus payments).  Anyone recall anything remotely close to that over here?  (This blog doesn’t count).  We’ve got escalation in Afghanistan, and even the Iraq troop drawdown is following the Bush timeline.  McClatchy has a truly infuriating story about the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) which was supposed to help people facing foreclosure stay in their homes, but instead is helping banks to fast-track the eviction process:

To date, more than 759,000 trial loan modifications have been started, but just 31,382 have been converted to permanent new loans. That’s averages out to 4 percent, far below the 75 percent conversion rate President Barack Obama has said he seeks.

In the fine print of the form homeowners fill out to apply for Obama’s program, which lowers monthly payments for three months while the lender decides whether to provide permanent relief, borrowers must waive important notification rights.

This clause allows banks to reject borrowers without any written notification and move straight to auctioning off their homes without any warning.

[…]

Flores bought her home in 2006 for $352,000. Records show that it has a current fair-market value of $99,000. The new owner bought it for $78,000 at an auction Flores didn’t even know about.

You can’t even blame Bush for this one.  Explain to me why it is better for a bank to sell a place to real estate vultures at below market value, rather than let the owner-occupant renegotiate (i.e. cramdown).  We really are on the road to neo-feudalism.  Peace be with you, fellow peasant!

UPDATE

While in no way, shape or form endorsing the thinly veiled racism… this is fun: