Tuesday Open Thread

“Excuses change nothing, but make everyone feel better.”

–Mason Cooley

20 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnes says:

    Today is Hostess Cupcake Day 

  2. DavidThi808 says:

    My wife is trying to get signed up for medical insurance through the Colorado Obamacare Exchange. I just got the following from her:

    Do NOT try to get health insurance on the exchange. It’s useless! Not covered out of state, no way to tell if out of network is covered at all until you actually commit to a plan, and you can’t search by docs or hospitals – you have to go plan by plan. And there are 80 in Colorado. Shoot me.

    And this is a woman who was CEO of a software company, so very technically literate.

    After all these years you would think we would have a useable system for finding a plan on the exchange. Sad that the state is so fucking incompetent when it comes to software.

    • gertie97 says:

      Call your legislator.

    • MichaelBowman says:

      My son would echo your wife's comments, David. 

    • spaceman2021 says:

      you'd think a wealthy nation would have universal healthcare coverage, but here we are

      • DavidThi808 says:

        You'd think a wealthy state could implement a simple software program.

        You're right that we should have universal healthcare. But when all we have is Obamacare, you would think the states could do a good job creating the exchanges.

        • kwtree says:

          My experience with the exchange last year was not as bad, if not good. 
          Pre-Medicare eligibility and post job-attached insurance, I applied for individual coverage on the health exchange. It was pretty straightforward once I did it myself. Earlier, I had tried to work with one of their “assistants”, private contractors who are supposed to help people navigate the system.

          My “assistant” misinformed me abbout critical info, then “ghosted”- literally stopped communicating with me. Luckily, I was able to figure it out myself.


    • notaskinnycook says:

      David, my brother’s an insurance broker. Keeping up with all the plan changes keeps him busy. Let me know if you need a hand. I can get you in touch

    • Early Worm says:

      As someone with several years of experience with Connect for Health, let me add my two cents. The lack of out-of-state coverage, except for emergencies, is a real problem, especially if you have college-age children.

      In-network and out of network is a huge issue too. Even if you determine who is in-network (I confirmed with the doctor's office and the insurance ahead of time), the providers can and do drop an insurance company after the sign-up period. You can only sign up during a limited window, and you are stuck for a year. The providers can come and go as they choose. So if you pay extra for a plan that includes your doctor, you may still not get your doctor.

      The software is piss poor, but the bigger problem is structural. These issues could be fixed, but there is no will to do so.

    • Pseudonymous says:


      Put in your doctors, medications you take. Click on "View Plan" for a plan you like and "General Plan Details" at the bottom to see all about in- and out-of-network coverage. Compare plans, if you like.

  3. MichaelBowman says:

    Grab ’em in the formative years and you have a MAGA for life? This baby-faced MAGA fraudster claimed to have 15yrs legal experience. He will have 13 months to consider the error of his ways.

    Students for Trump founder John Lambert sentenced to 13 months for posing as a lawyer

    Lambert grabbed headlines during the 2016 presidential campaign for the group he founded with classmate Ryan Fournier at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., in 2015. Their Students for Trump group ran a Twitter account featuring photos of bikini-clad women and pics of themselves at political events.

    “We’ve been told that we’re more organized than the actual Trump campaign,” Lambert told The Chronicle of Higher Education before the election.

    And then…the money shot: 

    Lambert’s attorney, Gary Peters, said he was disappointed with the sentence. He added that Lambert no longer supported Trump.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Geez, so what's a little bit of fraud among Ttumpers and GOPers? . . .

      . . . Business as usual, that's all.

      (Besides, we ain't got enough prisons for all of 'em.)

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    Thoughts and prayers . . .

    NRA suffers a big defeat as judge denies bankruptcy claim


    . . . and Hell Ya! and bwahahahahaha!

    Poor Wayne, if only he’d filed for moral bankruptcy, instead . . .

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