Saturday, June 24, 2017

RONNI --- FAIRNESS -- AGING HUMOR

RONNI

Surgery successfully completed for Ronni Bennett who I mentioned in previous post…..her recovery in progress ….. updates are being provided by her good friend, Autumn, at “Time Goes By”.


FAIRNESS

Health care in the U.S. continues to be in a state of flux which to my way of thinking is nothing short of being criminal.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if people could know they would have necessary health care in this wealthy nation of ours
 – that a doctor would see them other than just in the E.R.,
 – that they wouldn’t have to worry about possibly being bankrupted from a catastrophic illness?  

Why shouldn’t American citizens be entitled to health care at least as equivalent to that which we generously pay in our taxes to provide our Congressional Representatives and Senators?

The reality is that most of those we've elected could easily pay out-of-pocket for all their medical care with little or no detrimental effect on their financial situation – not so true for most ordinary people -- not true at all for others.

Here's what fact-checker Snopes says is the current status of health insurance coverage members of Congress will receive if the Affordable Care Act (ACA aka Obama Care) is repealed:  "...members of Congress have a fallback plan. They would be able to return to the FEHBP. Twenty million other Americans won’t."

We might want to ask .....

.....what are the Trump Senate health care plan bill's provisions for members of Congress coverage?  


Why aren’t all Americans regardless of political affiliation …..


….. up in arms demanding fair health insurance coverage?

…..outraged that a foreign nation has attempted to interfere in our elections – and is expected to continue doing so in the future?

…..demanding accountability from our President and his administrators demonstrating that there is no conflict of interest between their personal business interests and actions taken as our government agents?

…..requiring actions to benefit ordinary citizens be given precedence over give--aways to the wealthy?


AGING HUMOR

Decades ago, a few years after we moved to Southern California, the Los Angles NBC-TV affiliate added a couple of new young broadcasters to their on-air talent roster.   The two separately and occasionally in tandem demonstrate some comic talents they often incorporate into their portions of the news programs which they both continue to deliver. 

One is a sportscaster, the other, a weatherman – Fritz Coleman, who has been a stand-up comedian even longer.  Here’s a short, less than 5 minutes, excerpt of Fritz’s humorous comments at a 2014 Conference on Aging in Pasadena. 



Hope you have a few laughs releasing those healing endorphins.

20 comments:

  1. I'm guessing Ronni would say the video is filled with negative aging stereotypes. But I think all ages need to learn to laugh at themselves. We all take yourselves too seriously.

    What I am hearing from people who aren't concerned with what's going on with the Russians, with health care, with the president's constant stream of lying is that it's all "fake news." Anything they don't like or don't understand is fake in their minds so it's dismissed with no further debate.

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    1. For anyone who has experienced frequent UTIs which most older women I know personally have and saw in my work, and males with prostate issues, which again so many I know or encountered have, I think this particular humor is beyond being a stereotype. But I know what you're saying and am very familiar with her thinking. The aging language issues I believed, so was delighted to find RB over ten years ago. I've written about and supported concerns about language and aging stereotypes in comments on TGB in years past and here.

      Yes, I hear the same thing and note attitudes toward election interference and deliberately not considering the health care bill's actual facts -- they really accept whatever he says which is the result all the lying was cleverly orchestrated to achieve.

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  2. Way to much truth in that! Did enjoy the video though. :-)

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  3. Well, it is a surprise when you notice those changes, having believed they would never happen to you!

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    1. That's for sure! Just this past week another older woman -- still having to work at over 80 yrs -- complained to me about results of recurring bladder infection she was having and high cost of the antibiotic (one I hadn't previously heard of) she was prescribed. If Trump health care goes through, irony of ironies is that she may pay a lot more, but she is a Trump supporter that attributes any unfavorable Trump facts as "fake" news.

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  4. I think people just look out for themselves. And many of the conservatives I know seem to think only of the people they're sure are "gaming the system"--not working and living off welfare and getting free healthcare. Of course, we all know that isn't happening, but I've heard so many of them go straight to that argument when healthcare comes up.

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    1. Yes, I hear that focus, too. All it takes is for one newsworthy story of system exploitation and the whole program is condemned. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Sigh... You're voicing what so many of us are feeling. I love the video on aging. Too funny and too true.

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    1. News today with the Supreme Court actions does not serve to lessen some concerns I have. Glad you enjoyed the video and had some laughs.

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  6. I find I make jokes about growing older with my younger friends, but, truth be told, a lot of that is just a try at humor. There's little that's funny about old age ... but the alternative stinks so ........

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    1. For some maybe it's a matter laughing to keep from crying as the old saying goes.

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  7. love Fritz Coleman. And the current political mess is not good for my blood pressure.

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    1. Appreciate what you're saying.

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  8. I don't understand how a country that has no free universal healthcare system can possibly be described as an advanced country. But as you say, the elite can afford any medical care they need, so they don't give a toss about those who can't.

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    1. That's a good point, Nick -- there may be a bit of self-delusion among some of our population when it comes to what constitutes an advanced nation. The majority of our people think differently than how our leaders are increasingly behaving. Hopefully, the situation will be corrected before too much more damage is done to disparage our nation's values, to act counter to the best interests and wishes of most of our citizens, and to how our nation interacts with the rest of the world. The tragedy is the trust and opportunities that were placed in our current leader's hands and how he seems bent on violating much of what really matters to humankind.

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  9. It surely has been disgusting watching the circus in Congress as the so-called representatives of the people try to sabotage what weak first steps toward universal health care have been taken. It seems ludicrous that in an "advanced country" the wealthy can afford top-notch medical treatment and everyone else must settle for something less, or nothing at all.

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    1. "Let them eat cake" is what one ruler in another country said long ago.

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  10. I enjoyed the video. Humour helps aging.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the video. Humor definitely enriches life.

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