Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dude! It’s Time For Leo Berman To Think About Retirement

Anderson Cooper from CNN did an interview today with Texas Birther Rep Leo Berman. And he went full birthtard.

Oh I’m so looking forward to the backlash from this! He just made a complete fool of himself (and Texas) on CNN, not that I think he cares, but I'm sure Orly is having a birther orgasm!

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Birferverse Is Buzzing With Sedition

Mario Apuzzo’s birther case was tossed by the SCOTUS, (no great surprise there) and the birther minions are massing. The fringe contingent over at the American Grand Jury are having shit fits.

Good old …Bob is over there stirring the crazy pot. He posts in part:

“I just received an email from Victoria Windsor. The Supreme Court has denied Apuzzo’s Writ for Certiorari — they gave NO explanation whatsoever.”

Well …Bob, most rational people don’t really need to have this explained.

“This tells me the Supreme Court is a now complicit in the cover-up of Obama’s eligibility. Right before Thanksgiving I received an email from a person who claimed to Clerk for Judge Thomas. I didn’t know the person so I was hoping it was a crank email. Turns out the person was telling the truth.
He said, “the Supreme Court would announce on Monday and give no explanation.” He further said, “most of the clerks at the Supreme Court were liberal and were laughing at Apuzzo and the Case.” You know that Apuzzo and Kerchner have spent in excess of a $million dollars on this case.”

It is true that fools and their money soon part. I can’t say that I’d blame the clerks for laughing at this. I’ve been laughing at birthers for the last 2 years.

“This tells you we have a VERY, VERY SICK Government. ALL 3 BRANCHES ARE COMPLICIT in the COVER-UP.”

Right! The whole world is in on this conspiracy.

“This is disgusting. Everyone, including most Congress Members and Supreme Court Justices know that Obama is dirty.”

Actually no, but they do know that birthers are crazy.

Oh, and the comments are getting good.

“ledbythnose says: November 29, 2010 at 11:21 am
Larry was right on the money the other day about this travesty. I hate to have to admit it Folks but the fix is in and there will be no investigation nor will there be any trial of this issue on a Federal level period. Bob and many others have worked tirelessly over the last 2+ years trying to bring this thing to a head and sadly to no avail. Soetoro will not be brought down by the eligibility issue period.We can now only hope that Mr.Issa will bring Impeachment charges against this Marxist Regime.It makes my blood boil that the American People can no longer depend on Government for Constitutional standing. If no charges are brought against Soetoro and his minions after January then I think we know what must happen at that point.The Second Amendment was designed by the Founders for exactly this situation and it will be up to EVERY American Citizen to use WHATEVER MEANS NECCESSARY to remove,arrest and prosecute these Traitors, and I mean right down to the local Civil level. Bottom line is be prepared for REVOLUTION! Long live the Republic and may we have the resolve to reclaim it for posterity sake so help us God!

Revolution, right. Will you have as many people as showed up at Mad Man Manning’s play trial?

"Larry says: November 29, 2010 at 11:22 am
WELL, NOW, SCOTUS has announced that our Nation in NOW a “Land OF NO LAWS!!”
IF they have Refused to accept the Articles of the Constitution, the have in ESSENCE declared the Constitution of the United States of America a NON-BINDING, NULLIFIED Document and have NULLIFIED ALL OF GOVERNMENT!! As of this MOMENT, We are WITHOUT LAW~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM!!!!"

Really? Well if I were you I wouldn’t attempt to break any of those laws you say we don’t have. You’d likely end up just like your buddy Fitzpatrick.

"SUSANM says: November 29, 2010 at 11:33 am
TIME TO RISE? you can’t even count on judges, when this all hits the fan, everyone of these jugdes who are giving OUR COUNTRY over to an illegal, its going to be JAIL TIME/LINE THEM ALL UP."

It’s certainly possible that people calling for armed rebellion could get some serious jail time!

The question is, which of these idiots will be first?

BTW… I expect Orly’s (next) SCOTUS slap down to come at any minute.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Who’s the Nasty? Birther Lawyers Square Off in Liberi v Taitz

Orly Taitz is nothing if not SERIOUSLY vindictive. Anyone that does not praise and kowtow to her majesty’s will is mercilessly slandered. She hurls accusations of being treasonous criminals, of corruption, of people lying about her and DARING to “Defame” the righteous, “Lady Liberty of American Patriots” herself. Which is of course how she intends to be remembered in the history books. (Good luck on that!)

No one is safe from her wrath. Judges, law enforcement, government officials, the media, journalists, or any other poor sod that has the balls to cross her or get in her way will be destroyed. And she will send that destruction around the world filing “official” complaints with every world organization she can find. Fuck with her buddy and you’re dog meat! The depth of her egomania is astounding, and is matched only buy her intense hatred of (of course, Obama) or anyone that dares to defy her.

The vitriol she spews towards Obama and every judge that has ruled against her, (which is every judge she’s ever been in front of) is just standard operating procedure for her, but lets look at just how nasty she can get on a personal level. Since Berg filled the first complaint in Liberi v Taitz, there have been (from what I can tell) at least 70 fillings following that complaint, maybe more.

On May 5th of 2009 Berg filed a complaint against Taitz (and company) for slandering his assistant Lisa Liberi. Taitz posted on her website that Lisa was a convicted criminal, felon, forger, thief, and listed a mile long “rap sheet”, as well as publishing all of her personal identifying information, including her social security number, mothers maiden name, address, phone number and anything else she could come up with. But she didn’t just publish these things on her blog; She named it, “Dossier #6” and then went on a spamming rampage sending that personal information around the world to thousands of people.

The shit is probably still floating around like some kind of vitriol fog in cyberspace somewhere! The problem is that Berg’s assistant Lisa Liberi claims she is not the same Lisa Liberi who Taitz is claiming is this horrible criminal. (Ooops!) But as usual, little things like actual facts are irrelevant to Taitz if they don’t follow “her” agenda. It’s much easier to fabricate, forge, spin, or just pull out of her ass whatever works best.

Berg’s complaint gives a pretty good outline of the events leading up to Taitz’s assault on Liberi, so lets have a look at how that all went down. It seems that Taitz first pissed off Berg and Liberi when she plagiarized their briefs in her first court case Keys v Bowen in November 08. Following that she began to badger Berg and Liberi for help with her court filings, and even wanted Berg to sponsor her in the US Supreme Court. But Berg refused because to sponsor someone you are required to have known them for a year. Berg had not known Taitz that long and refused to lie and say he had, and that pissed Taitz off.

Meanwhile… Taitz was having another war with her Webmaster Lisa Ostella. Taitz’s computer skills generally fall along the same lines as her legal skills, pretty poor. But not so poor that she didn’t understand what she was doing when she had Ostella add a tracking/hacking program to her blog (drorly.blogspot.com) that that collected data from anyone visiting and posting on her blog. This is probably how Taitz obtained all of Liberi’s personal information that she plastered all over the Internet.

Ultimately Taitz also had issues with her paypal account, but rather than admitting that she had screwed up, (something she is completely incapable of doing) she claimed her site had been hacked and accused Ostella of stealing her donations. She also accused Berg and Liberi of stealing from her too. She filed complaints against Ostella with the FBI, God and everyone else as usual. This pissed off Ostella, and rightfully so, so she pulled the plug on Taitz’s blog which of course pissed Taitz off even more.

Since Berg had refused to sponsor Taitz in her Quo Warranto with the Supreme Court, Taitz latched on to another birther lawyer John Hemenway. On April 12, 09 she sent the following email to Berg:

“From: Orly Taitz
Subject: Ceize and Desist, demand to file a joint FBI complaint
To: “Phil J Berg Esq
Date: Sunday, April 12, 2009, 10:01 AM
04.12.09. Mr. Phillip Berg, ”this is to inform you that a few days ago I have forwarded my quo warranto pleadings to Mr. John Hemenway, since he agreed to be my local co-counsel in Washington DC. This was a confidential communication and Mr. Hemenway stated, that mistakenly he has forwarded those pleadings to you. Shortly thereafter you have sent a press release, stating that you will be filing Quo Warranto action. This is a Ceize and Desist letter, demanding that you do not use my pleadings and confidential information in any way, shape or form, as you received those in error without my authorization. Additionally, I received information from a licensed Private investigator, with 20 years of experience with Scotland Yard and 12 years of experience in US, that your paralegal Lisa Liberi has an extensive criminal record, involving fraud, forgery of documents and identity theft. See attached file. I also received information that her husband, who is currently on parole, is an owner of 2 of accounts, accepting credit cards on your charitable foundation web site. As an officer of the court I am obligated to forward this information to the authorities: FBI, Attorney General of California and San Bernardino County Distict Attorney, since Lisa Liberi had a 8 year conviction in San Bernardino County, California. I believe that you, as an officer of the court, as well and a former Assitant Attorney General of Pennsylvania, should join me in issuing a joint complaint and demand for investigation from the above listed authorities.
Dr. Orly Taitz Esq”

So, she plagiarized Berg and Liberi’s work, then threatened Burg with a “Ceize and Desist” demanding he not use her stuff. (As if he would want to!) She also accused Ostella of hacking her paypal, but it was actually her that was hacking the computers of everyone that visited her site. (Notice her usual MO of accusing everyone else of the things she is doing?)

This “investigator” from Scotland Yard, Neil Sankey (also named in Berg’s complaint) is Taitz’s primary investigator. Just as a side note, here’s what the Guardian  said about him in a birther article from Nov. 09:

“Sankey says his fascination began with the realisation "that this man wasn't what he said he was. He wasn't an ordinary Democrat — he was far more extreme than that." So about a year ago he began reading blogs and websites that claimed to expose Obama's foreign roots, his spurious Hawaiian birth certificate and the $2m White House cover-up that has prevented the public finding out about the plot.”

So, Sherlock here gets his information from birther blogs, right! (What a wanker!)

Now the question is where did Sankey get all this “dirt” on Liberi? Here we back up a bit to answer that. Linda Belcher, (aka Linda Starr, and also named in Berg’s complaint) was moderator for Berg’s website and quite a nasty piece of work herself. Berg started having problems with Belcher, and they apparently parted ways on unfriendly terms. On March 6th 09 Belcher posted her last post on Berg’s website:

"Re: Weekly Discussion Topics 03/01/09 - 03/07/09
by Linda Starr on Today, 06:23
I am done with all the lies, false accusations, trashing and vicious crap that has been done to me since January by certain people around here. They tell me my services are no longer needed and I am not welcome here. I spent all these months doing nothing but working my butt off for Phil and this cause and I'm out. No expalanations except for more lies told about me...and Phil won't even talk to me after over a 10 year friendship!! How's that one? Lisa wants the trolls to take over and everyone knows Phil jumps to her tune, or so she tells it."

Then suddenly 10 days later, good ole Sherlock Sankey fires off this email to Taitz and cc’d Ostella (at that time Taitz and Ostella hadn’t parted company yet):

From: nsankey@thesankeyfirm.com
To: lisaostella@hotmail.com; dr_taitz@yahoo.com
Subject: FW: >>>>>>>>>>Urgent IMPORTANT INFO SAME SUBJECT<<<< documents. Liberi appeared in San Bernardino County, Rancho Cucamonga, Superior Court, on March 21, 2008. She was sentenced to a state prison term of 8 years, imposed but stayed, and placed on supervised probation for 3 years as part of a plea agreement. Liberi was sentenced on ten felony counts ranging from Grand Theft, Forgery, and Filing False Documents. From 2000 to 2004, Liberi engaged in a complex fraud involving falsification of police reports, manipulation of credit bureau reports, loan fraud, and counterfeiting of court documents resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses to banks and credit unions. In 2002, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department personnel arrested > Liberi on theft by false pretense charges. In July 2004, Investigators from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit arrested Liberi at the Ontario International Airport for additional felony charges while she was out on bail. She has an extensive criminal record going back to the 90’s.”

Hum… Could Belcher be where he got that information? (Hell hath no fury, as they say!)

Belcher was the one that first brought up the subject of Obama’s citizenship to Berg back in the spring of 08, and started him on his road to the Birtherverse. She also was the one that convinced Berg to hire her friend of 20 years Geoff Staples as his Webmaster. Berg ended up firing Staples the following December for putting unauthorized charges on his credit card, and as it turned out, Belcher soon followed being cut loose by Berg in March.

Berg’s primary complaint against Taitz accuses her of the illegal disclosure of Liberi’s personal identifying information, including her social security number. And yes, she did that. She posted and re-posted that information over and over.

And yes, that’s illegal:

California Civil Code §1798.85 which states in pertinent part: “(a) Except as provided in this section, a person or entity may not do any of the following: (1) Publicly post or publicly display in any manner an individual’s social security number. "Publicly post" or "publicly display" means to intentionally communicate or otherwise make available to the general public.”

Berg also accused her of Defamation, Slander, Libel, Invasion of privacy, and Harassment.

Taitz without question did of all of the above. She did publish personal information about Liberi; I saw it myself. Taitz also slandered, harassed and tormented the poor child half to death. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I believe this is the case that is going to bring this arrogant vindictive mega-bitch to her knees. She is not going to be able to bullshit her way out of this one, and even if Lisa Liberi was the same Liberi with the criminal history, Taitz STILL did it!

Taitz commented on Berg’s complaint in a rather long winded post on her website on May 8th:

“Check public records for yourselves, see that I am providing truthful information
Posted on May 5, 2009 29 Comments
I would like to respond in regards to some allegations that came forward recently.
As you can see in dossier #6 on this blog, I have received verified information from a licenced CA Private Investigator Mr. Neil Sankey (license 10905) , that Lisa Liberi, working as a paralegal for Phil Berg has a lengthy criminal record of grand theft and forgery (see dossier #6).

I have sent Mr. Berg this information, he never responded and never denied it. Due to the fact that Ms. Liberi has access to numerous documents and donations, I was obligated to provide this information to the public. Information that was provided, is public record and I urge everybody to call San Bernardino, CA criminal court system as well as NM probation officer (number in dossier) and verify that all the information is correct. I have urged Mr. Berg to disassociated himself and his practice and donation efforts from this person and hire a forensic accountant and forensic document examiner to review all documents and forensic records handled by her. Mr. Berg did not do so. From what I understand their website was under lockdown and Ms. Liberi went by name Agent88.

Paperwork filed yesterday was nothing but slander against me, a lot of sand in the eyes, but if you read carefully, the only thing they are trying to do, is further hide Liberi’s identity, saying that there is an undisclosed address and asking for a new social security number. They do not and cannot deny following important points:

1. Lisa Liberi, working for Philip Berg, resides in New Mexico, previously resided in CA and has a lengthy record of grand theft and forgery of documents.

2. Phil Berg was warned by me and a volunteer, that her continuing association with the Obama litigation undermines everybody’s work and everybody’s effords, as it puts into question integrity of fundraising of donations and veracity of any and all documents handled by her.

3. Regardless of what might be financial and other arrangements of Mr. Berg with Ms. Liberi, as an officer of the court, he had a duty to disassociate his fundraising efforts and legal research from her. I believe he owes this to all the patriots involved in this effort, particularly people like me working 24/7. He has an obligation to hire a forensic accountant and forensic document examiner and check all the records. Imagine, if any of Obama eligibility cases go to trial, Berg and any and all attorneys will be impeached and reasonable doubt will be in the minds of the jurors, if they know that the documents presented, were gathered by a person with the record of forged documents, that the supervising attorney knew about it and made no effort to disasiociate himself and verify the records by the licensed professional. Rest assured, that if I could obtain this information about Ms. Liberi, so could Obama’s attorneys, with millions of dollars available to them. I am wondering if Ms. Liberi’s association with Mr. Berg was mastermind by somebody, as she had a conviction in March of last year, was supposed to serve 8 years in San Bernardino CA, but the sentence was reduced to probation and restitution to victims.

4. On the contrary, as the first donors reported to me problems with pay-pal, I have reported this to the police and FBI immediately. The reports were posted on the blog. When web master Lisa Ostella has stated that she wants me to take back my complaint, I switched to a different web master and made sure that with the current web master my e-mail address is listed on the registration of the domain, in order not to have the same problem. Ms. Ostella’s actions as a web master in locking me out of my web site, allowing several days of defamatory statements and later defrauding the donors and my foundation, by sending e-mails and claiming to represent foundation and soliciting donations for the foundation are inexcusable and will have to be prosecuted in due time.

5. I did not intent to prosecute this matter at this time, as I felt that Obama eligibility prosecution and research is more important for the country at large, however I will respond as required to the filing by Mr. Berg.

6. I wonder in regards to timing of this complaint, as I am making progress in a number of states and with a number of plaintiffs. If Mr. Berg is really concerned about this country and it’s future, he should dismiss this outrageous and frivolous complaint immediately, disassociate himself from both Ms Ostella and Ms. Liberi and not waste my time, that is needed to organize more citizen grand juries, more meetings with attorney generals of the states, local FBI offices, US attorneys, grown numbers in resistance movement and turn this country around. All of the stonewalling that we have observed, indicates that the problem is much bigger, then birth certificate. I am the only attorney, who has the courage to bring to the forefront all of the evidence of forgery,perjury, multiple social security numbers, unreported job positions. Judges are hesitant to decide based on birth certificate only. it is extremely important to push for criminal investigation of all the issues. This frivolous law suit simply wastes my time and resources.

Dr. Orly Taitz Esq.”

Right, she had a “duty” to do it and Berg’s lawsuit is a frivolous waste of time. I think this is when Taitz actually realized that she had screwed up big time, which is probably why it took her 3 days to reply. She must have spent those three days spinning like a washing machine with a lopsided load trying to find a way to justify her attack. The problem is that she cannot legally justify what she did. In her 
“Motion for Dismissal of TRO”  she’s still spinning and basically attempting to flip the whole thing into lies by Berg and Liberi (Now there’s a real surprise.) And all the fillings that follow pretty much follow the same pattern. Taitz consistently makes the entire issue about something other than the fact that she IS guilty of doing exactly as the original complaint charged.

As time passes, Taitz can’t let this one case stop her crusade against everyone else so along the way she continues her quest to trash Obama and have him removed as POTUS, as well as proving herself to be the slanderous vindictive bitch that she is. She knowingly associated “herself” with true convicted criminals, felons, forgers and thieves, (again, something she accuses everyone else of doing) all of who ultimately turned on her. Including the one she was doing the wild thing on her dental chairs with while her unsuspecting husband thought she was just working late. (Sucker!)

She has publicly slandered every judge she’s ever seen, and accused them of conspiracy, treason, corruption, aiding and abetting and more. She has also slandered every public official, journalist, media outlet, and pretty much everyone that has crossed her path. She even submitted a pitifully forged Kenyan birth certificate as actual “evidence” to the court. A document she obtained from a convicted forger with full knowledge of his criminal history at the time. I mean really, how fucking stupid can you be?

(OMG that was funny as shit when she submitted that Kenyan BC to Judge Land. I near pissed myself laughing when I read the transcript.  For a perfect example of Taitz’s legal prowess you have to read it. The birth certificate bit starts on page 27, line 20.)

It’s no wonder she was slapped with a $20,000 fine. She is utterly the most incompetent lawyer that ever was. Yet, she STILL claims, (in her own words) that the fine was “Judicial extortion to keep me and all of you as silent slaves about illegitimacy of the Kenyan usurper,” as she was begging for donations from her flying monkeys to cover the fine.

Among other things she has also openly called for the overthrow of the US Government, and for armed sedition. There just seems to be no limits to what she will do or say to attract attention and support. Orly Taitz is a Jew, and even had the balls to try and rally support at a White Supremacist rally! WTF! She has also not had any problem demonstrating her bigotry and extreme hatred of Muslims, calling the NY Mosque a “spit in the face” and calling for her supporters to protest with dogs and (believe it or not) pet pigs on a leash to intimidate Muslims.

From the very beginning Taitz has demonstrated there is no limit to how nasty or vindictive she can be. Nor does there appear to be any limit to what she will do, or how low she’s willing to go to destroy anyone that gets in her way. And what is in her way right now is the very real probability that Liberi v Taitz is going to be her undoing. One would think, given the fact that she knows full well that she is guilty as charged in that case, that she would at least make an attempt not to do anything to make things worse for herself than they already are. But we are talking about Orly here.

Three days after Berg filled his brief on 11/7/10 outlining all of her lies, forgeries and manipulations, Liberi received an email from someone called “convictedfelon” stating “Love your new website”. It seems that “someone” set up a bogus website in the name of “Lisa Liberi”, posting the same supposed “mug-shot” of Liberi that Taitz had sent to the far ends of cyberspace and back, along with the same nasty stuff Taitz has been saying about Liberi all along.

Funny but, Taitz would normally be all over something like that like stink on shit, plastering links to it to infinity while basking in the glory of Liberi’s misery. But there was only silence. Not a word, not even cricket chirps. (Imagine that!)

And low and behold it didn’t take long, but whom do you suppose the site was traced back to? It was none other than Webmaster Geoff Staples, Linda Belcher’s life long friend, both of them having been involved with Taitz’s acquisition of the so-called “evidence” against Liberi. And both of them fired by Philip Berg. Well, Well, what a coincidence!

I swear these people are as dumb as a box of rocks!

There was recently a comparison made between Orly Taitz and Alvin Greene of South Carolina. (Y’all remember Howling Alvin, right?) Well, none of his wailing will be able to come close to what Orly is likely to do when the judicial hammer comes down on her for this one. Her own “MSNBC Meltdown” will probably pale in comparison! She’ll probably create some sort of vortex right on the spot, spinning her lopsided load like an out of control Tasmanian devil. (OMG I hope someone gets it on video!)

Now I’m not a gambling kind of person, but I have been known to bet a beer from time to time. And this time I’d be willing to bet a case of Red Stripe on who is going to win this birther pissing contest!

Keep ‘um cold, and the popcorn handy! This is going to be good!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What Is The Real Motive To Repeal Healthcare?

Why are the conservatives in this country so hell bent on repealing healthcare? One truth is that it’s all about money, but not in the way most people think. People believe, because they have been told that it’s too expensive and could bankrupt the country. They’ve been told about death panels, rationing of care and continued sky rocketing costs. They believe the big bad Government is going to take control of healthcare and over ride their trusted doctor’s good judgment.

How is it that they came to believe all of these things? Well they have proof. They have the testimonies from a multitude of different physicians. They reference the Federal coordinating counsel for effective research (FCCFER) that was included in the Stimulus Bill. They claim that the purpose of this counsel is to determine various treatment costs and they will then dictate to physicians what they can or cannot do based on treatment cost alone, with no regard to what is best for the patient.

Watch this video. It is the perfect example of how this has all been presented to the public.

Sounds convincing, right? Well, if that were truly the case I’d want it repealed too, but it’s not. One thing that many people do not understand is how the “medical system” we have in this country really works, and what is really going on that needs to be regulated. Hell, half the people in this country don’t even know how to read an EOB. The “Explanation Of Benefits” is a form sent to patients by the insurance companies and usually says, “This is not a bill”. Most people stop right there.

The current medical billing system is based primarily on two codes, the ICD9, or diagnosis code, and CPT or billing code. What determines those codes is absolutely mind-boggling, and it’s become a game that both providers and insurance companies have learned to play very well. Insurance companies will only pay if the diagnosis code justifies the billing code, or what is being billed for, so doctors have to be careful to code correctly or the insurance will not pay.

Lets look at one simple scenario just as an example of how complex this can get.

If you break your leg, there is no code specifically for just “Broken Leg”. But there are several pages full of codes for every possible combination of which bone it is, what type of fracture it is, and whether it was an open or closed fracture. (Try to multiply all of those same combinations by how many bones you could possibly break, and you can imagine how complex “coding” is, and this complexity covers every possible diagnosis, not just fractures.)

Now, before the insurance company will pay for you to have your leg x-rayed, the doctor has to make a diagnosis that justifies the need for that x-ray. The problem is he needs the x-ray to know which of the bazillion fracture codes to use. So he has to find another code to justify the need for that imaging study, otherwise the insurance company will deny the charge. A good one would be“729.5”, pain in limb, that works.

So you can see how providers would have to be very good at “creative coding” in order to justify whatever they order. Insurance companies know this and in more and more cases are requiring the provider to “pre-authorize” a test or study, especially if it’s an expensive one.

In the video it said that doctors, while still in the room would have to submit the codes to someone in Washington who will determine the standard treatment plan and then tell the doctor how to proceed. In reality standard treatment plans already exist, and you can be sure that the current “for profit only” insurance companies, (the ones currently looking at those codes and making the decisions on how the doctor will proceed), are only going to authorize the least they can get away with. They cannot have actual patient care cut too far into their profit margin. Patient treatment plans are already being pre-determined by profit driven companies. So who is it that is making the calls now on what your doctor can or cannot do?

Financial motivations enter the picture from every side. Today everything is about marketing, and medicine is no exception. Just turn on your TV, and you are slammed with ads from drug companies, (which by the way is not legal in many countries), imaging facilities, surgery centers, specialty clinics, and they are all in hot competition for your business. Doctors are not just doctors any longer they are also businessmen. Many are making bank on financial investments in these medical services and facilities, to which they constantly self refer.

It may not sound ethical, and it’s not but it is a fact that many doctors who have financial interest in medical testing facilities do use their “creative coding” to order more tests than doctors who do not financially benefit from that same testing. They are also nicely accommodated by hoards of patients who want everything possible done, regardless of cost or actual need because “That’s what they have insurance for”.

If a patient has knee pain, the first thing they want is an MRI. If a doctor owns an MRI scanner, he is more likely to eagerly oblige and find a way to code it so it will be covered, rather than to follow the standard of care guidelines which calls for more simple starting steps in an attempt to resolve the issue. They are all going for the gusto, but many of those simple knee pains could have been resolved with a cheap anti-inflammatory and rest, and without the need for an expensive MRI. But hay, patients want it, and the docs make money off it, it’s a win, win!

The question is, is it really necessary? In far too many cases the answer is no, it’s not necessary, but it is profitable. This profitability has led to an abundance of expensive un-necessary testing in just about every scope of medicine and in a large part is directly responsible for a huge increase in the cost of medicine.

This is the kind of thing the FCCFER is researching. They are not going to dictate what the doctor can or cannot do, but rather examine the efficiency and effectiveness of current behaviors in treatments. This research has the potential to put the kybosh on many providers who are currently making big bucks by ordering so many un-necessary expensive tests. That’s going to get the ones that have financial interests in these testing facilities right in the pocketbook, and they don’t like that.

Take a look at the doctor in the video. Dr David Janda is an Orthopedic Surgeon, anyone want to bet that he has a big financial interest in imaging equipment? You can see why some providers are so passionate about opposing healthcare reform. It’s not because they are concerned for how it will affect the patient, their primary concern is how it affects their bank accounts.

Then you have all the “for profit only” insurance companies who spend billions on lobbying against reform, rounding up people like Dr Janda. They put out a very convincing message attempting to frighten the public into thinking that “reform” is truly going to hurt them by “rationing care”, and that is simply not true. The bottom line is that many of these “businessmen/doctors” make lots more money without regulation, and that is their driving force in opposing regulation.

The entire medical system in this country is bass akwards. If providers were financially rewarded for keeping people healthy, instead of being able to reap outrageous profits ordering tons of un-necessary and ineffective treatments and tests, the cost of medicine would not be nearly skyrocketing at the rate it’s presently going. As well as leaving testing facilities more available for those that really need access to them and their services.

Do we need this system to be reformed? Hell yes we do, and in my opinion the first two things that should be changed is that physicians should be prohibited from having financial interests in facilities to which they “self refer”. And the other is to prohibit pharmaceutical companies from directly marketing to the public.

Drug companies spend billions encouraging the public to “Just call your doctor today” and tell them you want this latest greatest 10 times more expensive drug that doesn’t really work any better than the generic alternatives. Then they just add the cost of all that marketing to the price of the drug. Hay, it’s just another of those win wins!

That's an outrage! There is only one way that healthcare can be successfully reformed and that is to create a public, not for profit alternative to bring this collective of profiteers under control.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Well The Mid Terms Are Over, Orly Lost (Imagine That)

Republicans have taken the house, but Dems retain control of the Senate. All I can say is thank Gawd that this country was not dumb enough to elect the likes of Angle or O’Donnell. But it’s still neck and neck with Bennett and Buck in Colorado with Bennett leading by only .5% of the vote.

And Kudos to California, it’s looking just about as Blue as it can get! (Poor Orly… sniff sniff) I nearly shot coffee out my nose this morning when I read that Democrat Jenny Oropeza won re-election to the Senate 58% to 36% over Republican John Stammreich to spite the fact that she died last month.

I imagine that Orly’s home state electing a deceased democrat to the Senate, but not electing her as a live write-in for SOS is a bit of a blow to her ego. Though her ego is about as big as all outdoors so I’m sure it won’t hamper her in the least.

She did however get herself inducted into the “Scary OC Hall of Fame”

“The Weekly elects one person so frightening, so vile, so perverse that they deserve immortalizing in our shrine commemorating OC's all-time worst. Sometimes, it's for singular accomplishments, but the award usually goes to someone who has proven themselves over years of scary.”

“Next to WorldNetDaily, Taitz is perhaps the person most responsible for spreading the lunatic lie that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States and therefore ineligible to serve as our nation's leader. This article sums up nicely the scary that is Taitz, but she has also proven herself even more fringe in 2010, fringe enough to make David Icke seem absolutely sane. She tried to run for the Republican nomination to become Secretary of State in California, going so far to claim that opponent Damon Dunn was ineligible to run--not because he's a Kenyan (he's not), but due to some of the fine-line finagling Taitz and her legions are notorious for around the Internet.”

I guess it’s still a bit early, but I’m sure Tin-Foil-Taitz will be up and at’um before long with her usual “Corruption! Voter Fraud! Obot Thugs!" … yada yada yada.

She might even start calling for armed sedition again!