Thursday, June 28, 2012

SCOTUS 5-4: OBAMACARE

Today's 5-4 SCOTUS split decision brings to light the primary issue with the entirety surrounding healthcare reform. Political misperceptions, false claims made by those that oppose it, and unsubstantiated beliefs play an integral role in how you perceive what has been commonly dubbed Obamacare, but is also affectionately known as Romneycare. If you read research papers written on government programs what surfaces is that Americans in general are much more reactive than proactive. In 1999, 33% of Americans believed that Social Security would run out of money.  How many times did we hear that the program would go bankrupt? Ad infinitum! Your political persuasion helps in shaping and molding your perceptions of the world. That's one of the reasons the TSB household does not watch any talking heads from either party. Don't believe it? First we had the government 9/11 conspiracy theory that Bush had planned this event.  How many of you believed that Saddam Hussein had WMD's? Recently, the man with Cousin It on his head, Da Donald, ran his mouth off about the POTUS' birth certificate. Now does anyone believe that the POTUS is not an American? Wait, don't answer that, because TSB would have more respect for those readers that hate the man if you just admitted its a racial thing. We have become a shameful and disrespectful society, haven't we?

How objective can you be when you seek out opinions that substantiate your beliefs? It's human nature. Wonder why we have become a polarized society? Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and MSM, and that's not MusculoSkeletal Man that TSB is talking about. That acronym stands for Main Stream Media. 24 hour opinions. Whether it is the internet, television, or radio, 24 hours news has given those that sit behind the microphone the license to stretch the truth. As viewers, many of you don't appreciate journalism because you would rather be entertained. We have developed a tabloid mentality. Ever wonder why there is dilution?  Its easier to control you, when you drink their kool-aid, and you buy into it willfully. Don't believe it?  Recently, TSB was at a meeting with a surgeon in Boston, and this doc was railing about how Obamacare had affected his ability to earn a living. TSB almost felt like asking him if it wasn't Romney who helped legislate the current state of affairs in the Bay State? Since I was the host of this dinner, I deferred to being the gracious host. How do we know whether or not something is going to work, or not going to work, if we base our opinions on ideology? How manipulated were you by the cry of "Death Panels," or the absurdity of Senior Citizens crying out, "government stay away from my Medicare?" Duh? Isn't Medicare a government funded program? Have you ever attempted to formulate your own opinions based on facts, rather than conjecture? When Clinton attempted to address healthcare during his term, the public outcry was that you would not be able to see the doctor of your choice. Fortunately, it was myth rather than fact, but people like Rush Limbaugh railed about the plan. It must had been the Oxycodone that he was buying from Consuela his illegal immigrant housekeeper. Oh, but how insensitive of TSB, didn't he have back problems? Now there's a fusion case if ever one existed. Just give anyone a platform and they can manipulate your beliefs. Wasn't it Mama Grizzly who obfuscated the truth when she claimed that the current healthcare plan was downright evil resulting in death panels?  How irresponsible as she rides off into the sunset maximizing her profitability on your vulnerabilities.  Everyone has a right to their opinion, but no one has a right to make up the facts.

The bottom line: no one has a crystal ball. TSB doesn't know whether or not this plan is a panacea to the current state of affairs, but I'm willing to take the ride. It's not perfect, it needs tweaking and adjustments. If it works, great. If it doesn't, we'll adapt. Either way, something has to be done, regardless whether you agree with the decision or not.  The bottom line is that things have to change, and not just in healthcare, but in America. We were once a proud nation, today we are nothing more than a mere image of our former selves. Will this be the stimulus that is needed to bring back innovation in spine? If you believe Alex Lukianov, no.  But if you believe in the many hard working people that make up spine, TSB believes. We've gone from analog to digital. We place more value on social networking than we do on industry's that actually make products. We use to fight the war on poverty, today we attack the poor.  Insanity?  You can answer that question yourselves.  But you know what Joe Walsh says,

Turn on the tube watch until dawn, one hundred channels nothing is on
endless commercials, endless commercials, endless commercials,
the whole world's glued to cable TV, it looks so real on the big LCD
murder and violence are rated PG, too bad for the children they are what they see.


48 comments:

  1. US citizens would rather have affirmation than information.

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    1. haha, you were second.

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  3. Read the dissenting opinion. Whether you believe in the spirit of the law or not, a good question is raised regarding the constitutionality of the penalty assessed for not purchasing health insurance. John Roberts calls it a tax, but no where in the law does the penalty get called a tax. Assuming the reference in the dissent was well researched, this would be the first time in history that this change in language has been allowed. Thus, this is a prime example of legislating from the bench. The point: The law was poorly worded and Chief Justice Roberts let those that wrote it off the hook.

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  4. My crystal ball says one thing xspineless is falling apart! Dan THE BROWN NOSED MAN and James I am a big talker are not the people to run a subway franchise let alone a spine company. Rumor is sales are decreasing faster than the number of Obama supporters. Kissing buttocks will only get you so far in life! Dr K…evorkian
    You messed up……

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    1. Is that Plasticine Joe self-promoting his skills? Please come back Joe we miss all your crazy deals we can't live without you, just kidding.

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    2. He built good clean business! Just made bad decisions in pissants he hired. Lots of people can say they can grow business but he delivered!. He did it without POD influence! He is a good guy just like his associate from stromer southwest! He looks nothing like ronald mcdonald and was a vscular surgeon until his ulnar nerve was severed. He is a good father and his son will work wonders for Pinnacle Biologics with the help a gabriel.....

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    3. Say what you want about Joe in my opinion he looks like bruce genner. Is it posible that the same plastic surgeon did both of them??? People want to know

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  5. This is going to play right into Romneys hands - why else would Roberts support it? His whole campaign is based on fighting the care act. Fear must be maintained, and he will capitalize on it when he wins in November.

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    1. I like this theory. Agree that the election is now all about Obamacare. Romney will focus, Obama will distance. Hope that it comes true. God help us, it HAS to. NOMOBAMA

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    2. Hope is that the Romney slogan, LOL, Romney stands for everything that is wrong with America

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  6. question for you all...interviewing with "company G" they ask for my W2 and current paystub to put together an offer letter? Call me a old school, but is this normal?
    I told them what my expectations where and what biz I could bring over (but hell, nothing's forsure). Insight???

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  7. Legally no company has a right to ask for the 2. Don't make any promises that you can't keep all the slime balls want immediate business.

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  8. 4:01 thanks. Thats what I thought. Been selling spine a long time and NEVER have I been asked to prove what I am making so that they can put together an offer!

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  9. The boy who cried racist. Shame on you Spineblogger, you're better than that.

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  10. That's a perfectly legit request (unless you're in CA). New company wants to see what you have been earning before doling out a handsome guarantee (due to non-compete) that is on par with the negotiated compensation. In most states (other than California) non-competes are enforceable, so the guarantee is typically what you have been making plus a little bump for switching teams.

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  11. Switching teams thats funny

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  12. I like no pre existing conditions, no limits on coverage, medical device tax, coverage for kids until they are 26, more americans having coverage, Fox news making the wrong call this morning then reversing themselves, making Catholic institutions paying for birth control, get over it Republicans YOU LOST!!!!!!!!!!!!!HA,HA,HA

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  13. TSB claims not to listen to either party's talking heads, yet uses his own site to promote liberal propoganda and racial politics. I'm through with your blog your obviously a card carrying Democrat in disguise.

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    1. 8:39 First of all you don't know TSB's political persuasion. How shallow is your interpretation of this post? Did you process the point of the blog? Obviously not. You reacted, the same way people did when the SCOTUS decision came down. You don't have to like someone, you don't have to believe in their politics, even if you think you know what it is, but what you have to learn is to RESPECT people. The behavior of leadership on both sides is despicable. You my friend don't know me. I don't carry anyone's card. At this stage of my life I don't need affirmation. I don't drink anyone's kool-aid. Your beliefs define your perceptions. Our nation has become shameless, disrespectful, greedy and insensitive to the common man, and you my friend are no different than any of us. Just another cog in the wheel attempting to survive. Now go out and cover a case or do whatever it is that you do today and appreciate the act that you're not homeless, have freedom of speech, can cheat on your taxes, have a job, and have choices. Breathe, its good for you. Or, you can behave like Fat Bastard and El. Remember what Ricky Nelson once sang "it's all right now, I learned my lessons well, you see you can't please everyone, so gotta to please yourself." Peace.

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    2. with all due respect, your political persuasion is as obvious as it is inconsequential to my decision to follow your blog from time to time

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  14. 1st Amendment lists freedom of religion before freedom of speech. Forcing Catholics to pay for late-term abortions in Blowbamacare is horrific. Sad day for freedom & liberty...

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  15. So it's a tax unless Barack Hussein says it's not a tax. Huh?

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    1. The typical comment that shows how racists you people really are, now attempt to disprove it with your BS rationale

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  16. This is a start. When we start throwing the bribe givers and the bribe takers in jail we will then make real strides in cleaning up the American medical industry cesspool.

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  17. Wow, 7:31 hates Catholics. He's so cool... Wonder if he hates on Muslim terrorists as much. Sad.

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    1. A rational person respects religious beliefs but is at the very least cynical about any organized religion, be it Catholics, Mormons, Muslims, Jews, Protestants, Rastafarians, southern baptists, seventh day adventists, Jehovah witnesses or whatever other name they go by. As soon as these groups get together they claim to have a better truth and insight than any other group. That's how throughout history intolerance and wars have started. Live your life according to your personal rules, let me live mine according to mine, and let's agree not to infringe on each others personal freedom.

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  18. AnonymousJune 28, 2012 9:37 PM said

    1st Amendment lists freedom of religion before freedom of speech. Forcing Catholics to pay for late-term abortions in Blowbamacare is horrific. Sad day for freedom & liberty...
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    You are a liar and a traitor or you are stupid but my guess is that you are all three with a large dose of racist thrown in. Add it all together and you get a RethugliCON.

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  19. EI, check your Constitution, please stop fouling a serious blog with your stench.

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  20. I'm tossing my Republican registration and Tea Partying after this OUTRAGE! Bring it on in November, I'm done with being DISCRIMINATED AGAINST because I help surgeons save lives. DON'T TREAD ON ME!!!!!!

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    1. You're a white man, you work in one of the best industry's in the world, and let's get one thing clear even if you go to work in your scrubs, YOU'RE NOT SAVING LIVES. You work in the spine industry, you don't deal with trauma patients, i.e. MVA's that have life threatening injuries, and you are not God. Was it the hit of acid you did that's causing these problems

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    2. Actually, I'm a Black Man (not African-American), a veteran, work in scrubs, and cherish freedom, not Communist 5-year central plans. This will fail just like it has everywhere else. I prefer Fedex over the disastrous USPS, so get ready, the healthcare industry is going postal!

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    3. yeah sure you're a black man who cherishes freedom. give us a break, you are not saving lives working as a sales rep or an o.r. tech. If you are so anti government what plan do you or your buddy Mitt Romney you actually relate to that guy, get serious have to offer as an alternative plan? so far .......nothing, NOTHING You spew venom, and manipulate the public with your non-sense. Yes sir, you exhibit your cruelty. If we can help people with pre-existing conditions, people who lose their jobs, young people that fall through the safety net of their parents plan what's your problem? maybe you really believe that the american dream is attainable. saving lives, you are pretty funny. by the way you notice who is leading the charge in helping put out the fires in Colorado, the big bad state and federal government. BOOOOOOOOOOO its the boogeyman

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    4. This is the problem with spine reps. Most of you are over paid delivery boys and catering stewards. You do not save lives. Your products may help fix some patients, but you really don't do shit.

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  21. EI, are you a Muslim Terrorist? You look/blog like one. Alla Akhbar!

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    1. Racist scumbags like you are the real terrorists. Aren't you late for your tea-party circle jerk?

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    2. Im not a racist bc Muslims are actually caucasians you dumbass. I just disagree with the pussies flying airplanes into our buildings, or are you good with aiplanes flying into our buildings? Don't tread on Me!

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    3. You are right, you are not a racist, you are confused, we get it, don't tread on me lmao. do you ride your mule into town or canoe to the local store

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    4. Who's the bigot now 1:15? You have more animus towards your Southern Cracker neighbors than Muslim hijackers. So progressive of you. Don't Tread On Me!

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  22. In your face, all you wankers who predicted it would get shot down!

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  23. For all you Catholics on this blog, google "horus" and see how 3000bc the same bullshit story of: virgin birth, miracles, died for three days - then floated into the clouds, ect ect ect... Is all bullshit. The first cup of kool-aid MSM might say.

    The bigger the lie, the more people will believe it.

    Obama is really no better or worse than any of the other scumbag politicians in recent history (except dickhead bushy baby). He gets more then his fair share because he is not one of the "good ole boys"

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    1. Man I'm glad I'm not you

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  24. Wow, 5:34 is so cool, he hates Catholics. Those crazy bastards, with their peace and love, turning the other cheek, forgiving their enemies, cherishing life (although he's probably a good argument for abortion).

    Obama sure put those Catholics in their place huh? Classic! Can you give me some even better hate on the Baptists? You're awesome.

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    1. Do I have to point out the irony of the words "catholic" and "cheek turning" in the same post? Vatican is spending over a billion a year in court. Forgiving enemies? How about 800k dead in Iraq?

      All religion is bad. First form of control.

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  25. If you don't like Obama, you're a racist. Brilliant TSB.

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  26. You white boys are quite sensitive, maybe its because you're becoming a minority

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