Here is one for all you out there who believe the GE “Healthymagination” hype being pushed at us via their copious TV ads as of late is a good thing…. If you are familiar with this web site, you will recall the posts detailing the GE/Liberal-Socialist Democrat unholy alliance they set up in order to push their socialized healthcare agenda on us.
As I was reading this story that describes the closing of the last incandescent light bulb factory in the USA, I was disheartened to learn that after this plant closes, the venerable ol’ light bulb will literally burn out, fading forever from the American landscape as we knew it. This timeless link to Thomas A. Edison will be nothing more than a fond, warmly lit memory, now thanks to the “Greenies” and their schemes. Because of their agenda, (getting the government to sign off on a ban incandescent bulbs by 2014) we as a society and a nation, are being forced to use the more “eco-friendly” methods of illuminating our life, such as using “Compact Fluorescent Lights” more commonly known as CFL’s. These bulbs are touted as typically using less electricity and subsequently, producing an equivalent of light output normally associated with a higher wattage incandescent bulb. It all sounds like a good deal all around right? We use less electricity, get more light, get more bang for our buck, and life is good, right? Right??……Or is it?
In order to understand my argument, you must first understand how fluorescent lights are made and work. The principal is pretty straight forward. You make a glass tube of some sort or shape, fill the tube with a gas that will produce a plasma when electrified, affix electrodes at each end, sealing the ends closed. Apply a DC current and voilà, a fluorescent light. Well,…. not so fast….. I left out one very important component; Mercury. A drop of mercury is added just before the tube is sealed, and its purpose is to enhance and facilitate a much more efficient flow of electrons/current through the gas-filled tube. As the first charge of current passes through the tube at the end of its production cycle, the drop of mercury vaporizes, filling the tube with mercury vapor. With all this being said, now that we are all on the same page now, here is the rub. I remember when these CFL first hit the markets. Everyone thought that they were kinda cool and would save us a ton of money and hey, life would be good. Well, shortly there after, the environmentalist groups all stood up and said that the wide spread use of these bulbs would result in mercury being dumped into the landfills and would end up leaching into the ground water. So the message here was, these bulbs are bad for the environment, don’t use them. So here we are now, more than a decade down the road, and now the “Greenies” are pushing these CFL so hard, it eventually and purposely, lead to the demise of the incandescent light bulb industry, to which GE is, or should I say “was”, a huge player, AND as it happens, the last remaining US manufacturer of these “antiquated” light bulbs. So evidently, GE saw no benefit what so ever in saving the industry, and felt no sense of obligation to its employees who occupy the hundreds of jobs that goes along in making these bulbs. Evidently GE has bought in completely, for reasons, known only to themselves (money), into the “Green” agenda, and apparently, not giving a hoot about its employees. Kinda brings a new meaning to their motto, “GE, We Bring Good Things To Life” doesn’t it? GE has without a doubt, failed to do the right thing again by America and develop a US manufacturing base for the CFL industry. Why would GE just throw in the towel and call it quits? Could it be that they too want China to have the monopoly on this niche of the lighting industry, or is this just part of the larger government scheme to empower China? Either or, I find it repugnant that GE or the Feds would turn their back on Americans, favoring a Communist nation over the hard working and at this point, needy, American Work Force. Granted, this “redistribution of wealth” to China was hatched, I believe during the Clinton era, but, for GE to let this happen to hundreds of their loyal, and I am sure, long time employees, especially in these tough economic times (recession) that we’re now in, is unconscionable and beyond the pale of decency AND patriotism. I’m sure money, and power, is at the root of all of this. God knows, they must do everything possible to protect and grow the “bottom line’. Just look for yourself and see how many “bottom lines” GE has. My God, this company is a giant, and in times past when companies got this big, powerful and influential, they got busted up by the Feds. This company is so big, us consumers cannot even hurt it by not patronizing them because they have tentacles all throughout our lives. And unfortunately, we live in an age now where the government is not benevolent. It has moved squarely into the malevolent category because these huge behemoth companies pour so much money into Congress and where ever else they can, they have the power to not only sway the governments’ actions, but sway the publics’ perception and opinions as well, thus furthering their un-American, anti-republic agenda as the corrupt politicians take their money, and advise. And especially in this case, since GE owns such a large number of broadcasting companies, they can engage in all manner of media blitz’s, unchecked, and just bombard the viewers with propaganda that favors GE’s agenda and public persona.
As I mentioned in my earlier post, GE is joined at the hip with the corrupt Feds, trying to push the health care agenda, pushing the notion that digitizing/computerize all your health records will “help” you get better health care in the coming bright, new future of the American health care industry, now that we have all been saved by the Socialist Dems imposition of “ObamaCare”, right? Well, I don’t see it that way. As far as the “Healthymagination” campaign is concerned, it is nothing more than a money making scheme for GE. GE will make an unbelievable amount of money because the Feds are modeling the new healthcare computer system after the GE “Healthymagination” system GE already has in place for its employees. How convenient!! How do you feel about unknown types of people’s or entities in the form of various government or commercial enterprises having access to all your medical data at the touch of a button without your permission or knowledge? This will never happen you say? Bet me! You will not only have no knowledge of any of this happening because of the back door approvals having been made authorizing the access, you will then be denied a service of some type or be discriminated against in some way, simply because of your medical background and/or history. And believe me when I say, you will not benefit from this. The government or some corporation will, not you. GE stands to make a ton of money from this.
So, to sum up, the demise of this little innocuous little light bulb plant really is a big deal. GE, China, and the Socialist/Liberal/Marxists benefit while some 200 or more Americans are out of a job, AND an indispensable tool, the incandescent light bulb, is gone, most likely forever……….It is such a crying shame and a sad state of affairs we find ourselves in………But hey!! We have “Healthymagination” and “ObamaCare”. All is well with the world….right??
I include here, the text of the letter U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the national association of health insurers. In it there is a direct threat from her to the insurers stating, and I paraphrase, that if the insurance companies tell the truth as to the fact that the premiums are increasing due to the government, they well be punished by being excluded from participating in 2014 Health Insurance Exchanges. Wow!! Read it for yourself… We have a member of the Presidents Cabinet threatening a private corporation/s if they tell the truth. Kathleen Sebelius needs to be brought up before Congress after the November elections to explain her conduct. This must happen!!
Ms. Karen Ignagni
President and Chief Executive Officer
America’s Health Insurance Plans
601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
South Building, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20004
Dear Ms. Ignagni:
It has come to my attention that several health insurer carriers are sending letters to their enrollees falsely blaming premium increases for 2011 on the patient protections in the Affordable Care Act. I urge you to inform your members that there will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases.
The Affordable Care Act includes a number of provisions to provide Americans with access to health coverage that will be there when they need it. These provisions were fully supported by AHIP and its member companies. Many of the legislation’s key protections take effect for plan or policy years beginning on or after September 23, 2010. All plans must comply with provisions such as no lifetime limits, no rescissions except in cases of fraud or intentional misrepresentation of material fact, and coverage of most adult children up to age 26. New plans must comply with additional provisions, such as coverage of preventive services with no cost sharing, access to OB / GYNs without referrals, restrictions on annual limits on coverage, a prohibition on pre-existing condition exclusions of children (which applies to all group health plans), access to out-of-network emergency room services, and a strengthened appeals process. And health plans that cover early retirees could qualify for reinsurance to sustain that coverage for businesses, workers, and retirees alike.
According to our analysis and those of some industry and academic experts, any potential premium impact from the new consumer protections and increased quality provisions under the Affordable Care Act will be minimal. We estimate that that the effect will be no more than one to two percent. This is consistent with estimates from the Urban Institute (1 to 2 percent) and Mercer consultants (2.3 percent) as well as some insurers’ estimates. Pennsylvania’s Highmark, for example, estimates the effect of the legislation on premiums from 1.14 to 2 percent. Moreover, the trends in health costs, independent of the legislation, have slowed. Employers’ premiums for family coverage increased by only 3 percent in 2010 – a significant drop from previous years.
Any premium increases will be moderated by out-of-pocket savings resulting from the law. These savings include a reduction in the “hidden tax” on insured Americans that subsidizes care for the uninsured. By making sure insurance covers people who are most at risk, there will be less uncompensated care, and, as a result, the amount of cost shifting to those who have coverage today will be reduced by up to $1 billion in 2013. By making sure that high-risk individuals have insurance and emphasizing health care that prevents illnesses from becoming serious, long-term health problems, the law will also reduce the cost of avoidable hospitalizations. Prioritizing prevention without cost sharing could also result in significant savings: from lowering people’s out-of-pocket spending to lowering costs due to conditions like obesity, and to increasing worker productivity – today, increased sickness and lack of coverage security reduce economic output by $260 billion per year.
Given the importance of the new protections and the facts about their impact on costs, I ask for your help in stopping misinformation and scare tactics about the Affordable Care Act. Moreover, I want AHIP’s members to be put on notice: the Administration, in partnership with states, will not tolerate unjustified rate hikes in the name of consumer protections.
Already, my Department has provided 46 states with resources to strengthen the review and transparency of proposed premiums. Later this fall, we will issue a regulation that will require state or federal review of all potentially unreasonable rate increases filed by health insurers, with the justification for increases posted publicly for consumers and employers. We will also keep track of insurers with a record of unjustified rate increases: those plans may be excluded from health insurance Exchanges in 2014. Simply stated, we will not stand idly by as insurers blame their premium hikes and increased profits on the requirement that they provide consumers with basic protections.
Americans want affordable and reliable health insurance, and it is our job to make it happen. We worked hard to change the system to help consumers. It is my hope we can work together to stop misinformation and misleading marketing from the start.