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Monday, December 03, 2007

Wonder Why Your Health Insurance Is So Costly?

Do-gooders. With mush for brains:

One mandate alone won't do
Roanoke Times editorial

If Virginia can require the HPV vaccine, the state can require insurance companies to pay for it. The Virginia General Assembly and Gov. Tim Kaine this year decided it was imperative for the state to mandate that adolescent girls be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.

Sixth-grade girls must get the $390 three-shot human papillomavirus vaccine, just as students are required to get measles vaccinations and DTP shots, although Virginia parents may opt out the program without giving a reason.

Last week, the state Special Advisory Commission on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits voted against requiring insurance companies to cover the vaccine.

Mandating an expensive vaccine approved by the FDA only a little more than a year ago is OK, but mandating that insurance companies provide coverage for it is not? (
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If I were one of the boys at the Roanoke Times, I'd be attacking the state mandate first. As everyone knows (well, gynecologists have known all along; it's us normal folk who have learned in recent months), vulvar cancers brought about by HPV are so rare as to make the study thereof extremely difficult (read up on it here, go to section entitled EPIDEMIOLOGY). Key word being rare.

Despite that, the commonwealth of Virginia is now demanding that little girls obtain an HPV vaccine, which can be extremely expensive (for either parents, taxpayers, or insurance companies), and comes with a good bit of risk of its own to a child's health (see "Judicial Watch Uncovers Three Deaths Relating To HPV Vaccine"), making the cure perhaps as deadly as the disease.

But to my point: Health insurance companies will be more than willing to cover HPV vaccines if the state mandates it (the need for it notwithstanding). Their bean counters will put pencil to paper and figure out what your increased monthly premium will be. It's that simple. And it works that way. Always. They ain't Goodwill.

So:

1) The Times demands that the government require insurance companies to pay for this vaccine.

2) The government so mandates.

3) The insurance companies comply.

4) Already costly health insurance premiums climb.

5) The Times bitches about the high cost of health care coverage.

As I've said before, this is the "Lexus-in-every-garage" mentality when it comes to health care. If the cure exists, by God the insurance companies are going to cover it. Thus our monthly insurance premiums are becoming more expensive than ... that Ford Focus in the garage.

I'm not all that bright, but I have to believe there's something else for us to do.

Djibouti. Isn't That a Foot Fungus?

Next time you hear some Democrat saying the Iraq War is draining our military of its ability to fight the war in Afghanistan you might ask how it is that we still have enough resources remaining to stage troops in some place called Djibouti.

Djibouti?
Gates Visits US Troops in Djibouti
By Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press


Camp Lemonier, Djibouti -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates, on his first visit to U.S. troops in the Horn of Africa, is looking to use the military's work here with humanitarian and development efforts as a model for other countries.

Gates arrived in this tiny port nation early Monday and went into meetings with national leaders and military commanders. (link)
"The military's work here with humanitarian and development efforts." We once used the Peace Corps for such concerns. Now the whole troop shortage issue becomes crystal clear.

I'll Bet She Did

Remember Hillary telling us years after it allegedly occurred that she once tried - unsuccessfully - to enlist in the Marine Corps? I think everyone got a big chuckle out of that one.

Well, out rolls another one:

Clinton's Hostage Role
By Geoff Earle and Ginger Adams Otis, The New York Sun

December 3, 2007 -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton volunteered to personally negotiate with the crackpot who took over one of her New Hampshire campaign offices, she revealed yesterday. Clinton offered to speak directly to suspect Leeland Eisenberg, 46, in the hours he was holed up with hostages he took at her Rochester headquarters on Friday, she said. (link)
Hillary, hostage negotiator. Hillary, badass Marine. Hillary, leader of the free world.

To laugh. To cry.

Do They Even Have A Clue?

The planet is in dire straits. Immediate action is called for. Otherwise we all die. So let's send 10,000 officials to the resort isle of Bali, with its luxury hotels, championship golf courses, spas, pools, and four-star restaurants for two weeks. To save us.

Somehow, I'm less than convinced:

Climate Talks Take on Added Urgency After Report
By Peter Gelling and Andrew C. Revkin, The New York Times


Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec. 2 — Thousands of government officials, industry lobbyists, environmental campaigners and observers are arriving on the Indonesian island of Bali for two weeks of talks starting Monday that are aimed at breathing new life into the troubled 15-year-old global climate treaty.

A heightened sense of urgency surrounds the meeting in light of a report issued last month by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which detailed the potentially devastating effects of global warming in the panel’s strongest language yet. (link)


"Heck yeah, I'm here on the island of Bali at taxpayer expense for two weeks because of my heightened sense of urgency. Could you pass the vichyssoise?"

"How 'bout you?"

"Heck, yeah. Global warming is threatening the Earth's climate and destroying our natural resources. What time's the pig roast? If it's after 3, I have a problem. I have an appointment with the masseuse."

"Good thing we've got this heightened sense of urgency. Otherwise we'd never be able to solve the world's problems in just two weeks."

Uh Oh. This Isn't Good.

I thought the trailer that appeared on TV for the new movie, "Beowolf," looked to be really cool. It may be that the trailer is more so than the movier itself. Alas.

From Gay Patriot:

I found myself bored and found it hard to keep myself from groaning. Early in the movie, the Danish warriors chant, “Hrothgar, Hrothgar” as if they’re cheering on a friend trying to win a drinking contest in a sports bar rather than hailing a King who has led their people to many victories.

I could go on an on (and on and on) ...
It should be mentioned that Gay Patriot is a big fan of the book*, and therefore is reluctant to accept the cinematic license. But boring? Ugh.

* Odd. I think it was required reading back in high school but I can't remember it at all.

It Ain't Your Grandad's Democratic Party

You probably need to read the whole article to fully grasp what this is all about:
So, the Democratic Party — the party of the working class — is broadcasting tonight’s debate from an elitist network run by billionaire Mark Cuban that requires expensive equipment and high monthly charges to access.
Yet another example that it is now the party of the elitist rich. FDR is rolling over in his grave.

Socialists On The Run

First, Chavez.

Next, Clinton.

World, Better.

Surprise. Surprise.

Why is this (nearly) always the last chapter in these stories?
Firehouse incident with noose was a hoax
Firefighter admits placing rope, note
By Justin Fenton, Baltimore Sun reporter


A firefighter who reported finding a knotted rope and a threatening note with a drawing of a noose in an East Baltimore station house last month had placed the items there himself, city officials said yesterday.

The man was suspended last week for performance-related issues and will likely face additional punishment, fire officials said. Sterling Clifford, a spokesman for the Police Department and for Mayor Sheila Dixon, said the man admitted to the hoax and will not face criminal charges.

The rope incident sparked outrage two weeks ago and prompted a federal investigation into ... (link)
I'm ... shocked.

Newt Declares Sky Blue

Newt slams Clinton as 'fundamentally dishonest'...