Category Archives: General Cynicism

Privatization…….. an invitation to corruption

Ro Khanna’s continuing fight against contractor rip-offs.

“When I talked to Representative Ro Khanna last week he sounded a bit groggy, coming off an all-night session in the House Armed Services Committee where he had put forward an amendment to fundamentally change how military procurement works. It came out of a two-year battle over TransDigm, a private equity–style supplier of spare parts for commercial and military”
— Read on prospect.org/article/ro-khannas-continuing-fight-against-defense-contractor-rip-offs

Privatization….Doesn’t Work Without Regulation

“Beginning in 1996, the military launched the largest-ever corporate takeover of U.S. federal housing, shifting ownership of more than 200,000 family housing units on bases to private real estate developers and property managers under 50-year contracts.”

It’s the Money Stupid

America has a money problem. In the U.S. everything (our legislators at every level, our educational system, our jails, our health care non-system, and the judiciary) is for sale. Thanks Supreme Court this is to a great extent your fault.

The Disease of denial

“For decades now, Republican politicians and their patrons in the fossil fuel industry have used thinktanks, front groups and public relations operatives to promote faulty science and perpetuate the myth that the climate crisis is a hoax. This campaign of climate deception, which is elegantly documented in books like Merchants of Doubt, has exacted a huge toll on the planet and its people – it has sabotaged domestic and international efforts to combat greenhouse gas pollution and exacerbated a crisis that is acidifying oceans, melting polar ice caps, supercharging storms and making the Earth less hospitable to human and animal life. We have a name for the purveyors of this deceitful campaign: we call them “climate deniers”.”

“Now, it appears, prominent Republican officials and their industry benefactors are using the same bankrupt strategy to sow doubt about the wildlife extinction crisis that threatens the continued existence of as many as one million species across the globe. The Republican elites are not just climate deniers – they are extinction deniers too.”

Medicynical note: Ultimately it’s all about short term monetary gain. Everything.

Deaths in U.S. Concentration Camps– it’s really happening.

No children had died in federal immigration custody for a decade—until the Trump administration.

Medicynical note: What else would you call them…….without using a euphemism?

Trump and Putin pledge to work together in the future

Co-conspirators have a laugh together. A real president would have publicly renounced the Russian attack on our elections and taken steps to prevent this from recurring.

Medicynical note: Trump of course has to tred carefully if he wants Putin’s future support and a hotel deal in Moscow. Business comes first with this president. National security and integrity are really not his primary concerns.

Great Moments in American Medicine: Snake Bite $142,000

Overcharging is the rule in the U.S.

The average list price for CroFab is $3,198 per vial, according to the health care information tech company Connecture. Manufacturing costs, product improvements and research all factor into the drug’s price, said Chris Sampson, spokesman for BTG. ”

“A Mexican version of snake antivenin can cost roughly $200. But it couldn’t be sold in the U.S. (More about that in a moment.)”

And

“In Oakley’s case, St. Vincent Evansville hospital charged $16,989.25 for each unit of CroFab, according to the facility’s bill. That’s more than five times higher than the average list price.”

“WellRithms analyzed Oakley’s bill from St. Vincent Evansville at Kaiser Health News’ request and found providers generally accept $16,159.70 for all four vials of the drug.”

Read the article for more.

Medicynical note: The U.S. overcharging for healthcare services seems to be more the rule rather than the exception, particularly for those in life threatening situations. If the patient is insured they will most often get a significant discount rate that cuts the bill dramatically. Ironically if a person has no insurance, hospitals and other providers bill the full amount…… to the most vulnerable patients