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  • WA DC The Elephant’s Graveyard

    Behind My Back | The Elephant’s Graveyard

    www.behindmyback.org/2016/08/12/5406

    The Elephant’s Graveyard THE REPUBLICANS ELEPHANT SYMBOL originated during the 1860 campaign I AM DISGUSTED WITH THE REPUBLICANS OLD GOP RIGGED ESTABLISHMENT’S ..

    The Elephant’s Graveyard

    The Elephant’s Graveyard

    THE REPUBLICANS  ELEPHANT SYMBOL originated during the 1860 campaign

    I AM DISGUSTED WITH THE REPUBLICANS OLD GOP RIGGED ESTABLISHMENT’S ELECTION PROCESS
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    I watched the 2016 Presidential primary election unfold, 17 candidates down to the election of Trump as the GOP Presidential candidate, on July 19, 2016, BY THE POPULIST VOTE….  IN SPITE OF THE GOP ESTABLISHMENT’S RIGGED ELECTION PROCESS

    AS A TRUMP SUPPORTER, I AM DISGUSTED,

    I asked Google a sarcastic question.

    WHERE DO OLD ELEPHANTS GO TO DIE?

    THE ELEPHANTS GRAVEYARD

    IT IS THOUGHT TO BE THE RETREAT OF OLD AND DYING ELEPHANTS, OLDER ELEPHANTS INSTINCTIVELY DIRECT THEMSELVES WHEN THEY REACH A CERTAIN AGESO THAT THEY DIE AWAY FROM THE HERD,

    NOT HINDERING THE PROGRESS OF THOSE THAT REMAIN “IN FRONT”.

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    I watched as promises were broken by the GOP Republican establishment POLITICIANS as they failed to endorse the elected people’s choice candidate. Including a friend that persisted with negative email comments.

    I sent him the above, and suggested that he go to the  Elephants Graveyard and stop hindering the progress of those that remain behind, with his negative email comments.

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    AND, I WATCHED  AND I LISTENED TO THE LATEST GOP ESTABLISHMENT’S FIFTY PROMINENT REPUBLICAN FOREIGN POLICY AND NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTS PUBLIC MEDIA OPPOSITION TO TRUMP…INCLUDING KASICH .

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH I HAVE POSTED THIS MESSAGE TO “ALL OF THOSE TRUMP NAY SAYERS” ON MY WEBSITE

    YOU HAVE  REACHED A CERTAIN AGE, PLEASE INSTINCTIVELY DIRECT YOURSELVES TO GO TO THE ELEPHANTS GRAVEYARD, DIE AWAY FROM THE GOP HERD AND STOP HINDERING THE PROGRESS OF THE GOP REPUBLICAN THAT REMAINS IN FRONT.(by populace vote)

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    Elephant Graveyard – Elephants Forever

    TRUMP SUPPORTERS HAVE “HAD IT”  WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT’S  DIE HARD GOP’S PUBLIC MEDIA FRENZY, SELF INFLICTED  SUICIDAL MISSION, TO THEMSELVES AS GOP POLITICIANS AND TO THE  LOSS OF THE  GOP REPUBLICAN PARTY IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

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    POLITICALLY CORRECT OR NOT

    WINNERS ARE NOT LOSERS

    PATTON SAID, LEAD ME, FOLLOW OR GET THE HELL OUT OF MY WAY!

    His vigor was always infectious, his wit barbed, his conversation a mixture of obscenity and good humor. He was at once stimulating and overbearing. George was a magnificent soldier.

    He was tough. War is tough. Leaders have to be tough.

    If you’re a leader, you don’t push wet spaghetti, you pull it.

    General George S. Patton – Speech to 3rd Army June 5, 1944

    www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1162650/posts

    Free Republic

    Jun 29, 2004 – After one of my lectures on the subject of General Patton, I spoke with a retired … An army without profanity couldn’t fight it’s way out of a piss-soaked paper bag. … She said that she had no use for it and that I could have it. ….. GMT-0700 (PDT) by JohnD9207 (Leadfollow…or get the HELL out of the way!).

    TRUMP IS A WINNER THAT  WILL MAKE AMERICA SAFE AGAIN.

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    You know me…

    research, document, document, document… HISTORY is good.

    AN IMAGE OF AN ELEPHANT WAS FEATURED AS A REPUBLICAN SYMBOL IN AT LEAST ONE POLITICAL CARTOON AND A NEWSPAPER ILLUSTRATION DURING THE CIVIL WAR

    WHEN “SEEING THE ELEPHANT” WAS AN EXPRESSION USED BY SOLDIERS TO MEAN EXPERIENCING COMBAT.

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    Many VETERANS of George W. Bush’s administration, Fifty (50) GOP prominent Republican foreign policy and national security experts, oppose Donald Trump.

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    POLITICAL CARTOONS? MANY A REAL TRUTH IS SPOKEN IN JEST.

    Old silly me, I thought the republican symbol of the elephant was  created by the genius of the GOP.

    THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WAS FORMED IN 1854

    TWENTY YEARS LATER 1874  THE ELEPHANT WAS STILL A GOP POLITICAL CARTOON

    IN AN 1874 HARPER’S WEEKLY CARTOON. an elephant labeled “THE REPUBLICAN VOTE,” which was shown standing at the edge of a pit, Thomas Nast who’s considered the father of the modern political cartoon employed the elephant to represent Republicans in additional cartoons during the 1870s, and by 1880 other cartoonists were using the creature to symbolize the party. 

    An 1879 cartoon (pictured) showed a politician grabbing a donkey LABELED “DEMOCRATIC PARTY” by the tail to keep it from falling into a pit of “financial chaos.”

    And in fact THE UNCLE SAM AMERICAN’S KNOW, STARTED AS A POLITICAL CARTOON BY Thomas Nast

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    Jul 27, 2016 – The Republican Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties … Donald Trump became the Republican presidential nominee on July 19, 2016. … the GOP’s ELEPHANT SYMBOL originated during the 1860 campaign

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    Election 101:How did the Republican and Democratic parties get their …

    www.history.com/…/how-did-the-republican-and-democratic-parties-get-their-…

    History

    Jul 7, 2015 –   THE REPUBLICAN PARTY’S ELEPHANT and THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY’S DONKEY have been on the political scene since the 19th century. The origins of the DEMOCRATIC DONKEY can be traced to the 1828 presidential campaign of Andrew Jackson. DURING THAT RACE, OPPONENTS OF JACKSON CALLED HIM A JACKASS.

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    WHICH LED ME TO

    Of Donkeys and Elephants – Classroom Law Project

    WHAT ARE OUR AMERICAN KIDS BEING TAUGHT IN PUBLIC SCHOOL?

    THIS IS A MAJOR CONCERN TO ALL PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS.

    with a header SELECTING THE NEXT PRESIDENT?

    NOT ELECTING THE NEXT PRESIDENT

    Why Nast chose the donkey and the elephant is a pretty complicated story.

    Although Nast’s original interpretation used the donkey to stand in for a Democrat-leaning newspaper scaring away Republican voters,

    his cartoon showing a duplicitous donkey attacking a weak-minded elephant,

    became a handy symbol for other cartoonists wanting to represent Democrats attacking Republicans.

    Popular recognition of the image overrode the party’s own wishes

    Over time, Republicans came to view the elephant emblem as a sign of strength and intelligence, while their opponents portrayed it as a timid and clumsy behemoth. Democrats seized the “jackass” label, and transformed it into a clever and courageous donkey.

    AS IS STILL TRUE TODAY, IT’S ALL IN THE SPIN!

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    50 GOP national security experts oppose Trump – CNNPolitics.com

    www.cnn.com/…/republicannationalsecurity-letter-donald-trump-election-2016…

    CNN 3 days ago – 50 GOP national security experts oppose Donald Trump 02:40. … Washington (CNN)FIFTY PROMINENT REPUBLICAN FOREIGN POLICY AND NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTSMANY VETERANS OF GEORGE W. BUSH’S ADMINISTRATION have signed a letter denouncing Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy and …

    Elephant Graveyard – Elephants Forever

    www.elephantsforever.co.za/elephant-graveyard.html

    Elephant Graveyard. The existence of a mass graveyard to which elephants go to die remains a myth. IT IS THOUGHT TO BE THE RETREAT OF OLD AND DYING ELEPHANTS,SO THAT THEY DIE AWAY FROM THE HERD, NOT HINDERING THE PROGRESS OF THOSE THAT REMAIN BEHIND.

    An elephants’ graveyard is a place where, according to legend, OLDER ELEPHANTS INSTINCTIVELY DIRECT THEMSELVES WHEN THEY REACH A CERTAIN AGE. THEY THEN DIE THERE ALONE, FAR FROM THE GROUP.

    AWAY FROM THE HERD, NOT HINDERING THE PROGRESS OF THOSE THAT REMAIN BEHIND.

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    Is  Google answer, a coincidence of political symbolic importance, a myth  a legend or an oxymoron? All of the above?

    Whatever  Elephant Graveyard – Elephants Forever is, for the purpose of this comment, I’m going with a type of  analogy, A simile – A comparison between two things that are not alike and replaces the word with another word AND uses the word “like” or “as.”

    LIKE AN ELEPHANT,  AS AN REPUBLICAN

    AS A REPUBLICAN, LIKE AN ELEPHANT

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    Hmmm…. perhaps I should add?

    Metaphor, figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.

    And,  mixed metaphor,a combination of two or more incompatible metaphors, which produces a ridiculous effect

    With documented  facts about the Republican (GOP) thrown in

    What ever this comment is….

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     AUG 27, 2017  The bottom line is STILL ….

    A MESSAGE  TO “ALL GOP TRUMP NAY SAYERS”

    YOU HAVE  REACHED A CERTAIN AGE, PLEASE INSTINCTIVELY DIRECT YOURSELVES TO GO TO THE ELEPHANTS GRAVEYARD, DIE AWAY FROM THE GOP HERD AND STOP HINDERING THE PROGRESS OF THOSE REPUBLICANS THAT REMAIN IN FRONT. (by populace vote)


  • Democrats Didn’t Due Diligence on Obamacare

    Mar 9, 2010 DUE DILIGENCE is an investigation or audit of a potential investment to confirm all facts, such as reviewing all financial records, plus anything else deemed material.

    IN THIS CASE  “DUE DILIGENCE” REFERS TO WHAT THE 100% OF ELECTED DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS SHOULD HAVE DONE BEFORE THEY ALL VOTED ON OBAMACARE.

    Pelosi: “We Have to Pass the Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It”

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hV-05TLiiLU

    Mar 9, 2010 – Uploaded by PoliJAM

    Pelosi: “We Have to Pass the Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It” … Nancy Pelosi said there was so …

    MARCH 23, 2010 INSTEAD OF DOING WHAT A REASONABLE PERSON WOULD DO… THE 100% OF THE ELECTED DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS VOTED AND PASSED OBAMACARE, THE UN-AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.

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    NOV 10, 2014 WAS PROFESSOR JONATHAN GRUBER TALKING ABOUT THE STUPID 100% OF VOTERS IN CONGRESS?

    ObamaCare architect: ‘Stupidity’ of voters helped bill pass | TheHill

    thehill.com/policy/…/223578-obamacare-architect-lack-of-transparency-helped-law-p…

    NOV 10, 2014 – An architect of the federal healthcare law said last year that a “lack of transparency” and the “stupidity of the American voter” helped Congress approve ObamaCare. In a clip unearthed Sunday, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Jonathan Gruber appears on a panel and …

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    ON MARCH 23, 2010 THE DEMOCRAT’S  OBAMACARE WAS 100% UN-AFFORDABLE. period

    I did my  DUE DILIGENCE ON OBAMACARE: AND I VOTED FOR TRUMP

    JULY 7, 2017  IS IT JUST ANOTHER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION STUPID MESS FOR TRUMP TO CLEAN UP?

    OR NOT? WHY NOT JUST LET IT CRASH AND BURN AS OBAMA’S NAMESAKE LEGACY?

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    JULY 17, 2017 HOW’S OBAMACARE WORKING OUT FOR WORKING AMERICAN CITIZENS?

    Average Individual Health Insurance Premiums Increased 99% Since …

    news.ehealthinsurance.com/…/average-individual-health-insurance-premiums-increase…

    JAN 23, 2017 – Open enrollment for 2017 health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) began on November 1, … Prior to 2014, eHealth published an annual Cost and Benefits report, which tracked cost and …

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    HOW ARE THE OBAMACARE DEDUCTIBLES WORKING OUT FOR AMERICA’S WORKING FAMILIES?

    Nov 14, 2015“Our DEDUCTIBLE is so high, we practically pay for all of our medical … Her family of four pays premiums of $1,200 a month for coverage with an … like generic drugs or visits to a primary care doctor, before patients …

    Oct 10, 2016, Before Trump was elected, he said “HEALTH CARE IS GOING UP BY NUMBERS THAT ARE ASTRONOMICAL — 68%, 59%, 71%,”

    THAT “IT’S FAR TOO EXPENSIVE” AND THAT “NOT ONLY ARE YOUR RATES GOING UP BY NUMBERS THAT NOBODY’S EVER BELIEVED,

    BUT YOUR DEDUCTIBLES ARE GOING UP,

    SO THAT UNLESS YOU GET HIT BY A TRUCK, YOU’RE NEVER GOING TO BE ABLE TO USE IT.”

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    TRUTH IS: IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS, ACCORDING TO NPR HEALTH POLICY CORRESPONDENT ALISON KODJAK, “THE AVERAGE COST OF HEALTH CARE TO FAMILIES (PAYING DEDUCTIBLES)  BEFORE THEIR INSURANCE KICKS IN HAS RISEN 67%.”

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    I did my  DUE DILIGENCE ON OBAMACARE: AND I VOTED FOR TRUMP

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    JULY 17, 2017 HOW’S OBAMACARE WORKING OUT FOR AMERICAN SENIOR CITIZENS?

    Average? Retired  single  75 year old lady living on a lower income Social Security check

    HOT DAMN, I GOT A 3% SOCIAL SECURITY COST OF LIVING INCREASE

    Medicare costs $107.00 @month, Prescription Drug Plan$72.70 @month.

    Indeed,  I must pay an additional $220.75. AARP supplemental insurance for 100% full coverage, through United Healthcare (no deductible)

    TOTAL PAID OUT FOR MEDICAL INSURANCE $400.45 @MONTH

    Of course the  $200.75 is optional, my choice….  I pay so I won’t lose my house, my IRA and stock, Just in case, I fall and break my hip, spend a week in the hospital and spend another month in a care facility.

     And, I live through  it. 

    Oops,  I decided not to pay it, I am bankrupt,  I’ve lost my IRA, my stock and my house.

    Now, I am  homeless,  retired,  single, broken old lady on a lower income Social Security check.

    Best case scenario, I continue to pay the $200.75, my family inherits my IRA, my stock and my house.

    Worst case scenario I decided not to pay the $200.75, my family has to take care of a bankrupt, homeless broken old lady, and they inherit zip, zero, Nada, nothing.

    I did my  DUE DILIGENCE the care a reasonable person should take before entering into an agreement or a financial transaction with another party.

    As a reasonable old lady, I shall continue to  pay the $200.75@ month  to AARP for my United Healthcare and not become a burden to my family.

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    The bottom line…

    JULY 7, 2017  IS OBAMACARE JUST ANOTHER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION STUPID MESS FOR TRUMP TO CLEAN UP?

    OR NOT?

    WHY NOT JUST LET IT CRASH AND BURN AS OBAMA’S NAMESAKE LEGACY?


  • Confront? Question? Demand?

    Confront? Question? Demand?

    Why do  I  personally bother to attend and speak out at  Rep. Derek Kilmer’s Town Hall Meetings?

    Someone’s  GOT TO DO IT … speak  out publicly, in front of the local news media on THE FEDERAL UNMENTIONABLES.

    Someone’s  got to  confronted him with the evidence, ask the hard questions, compel him to face or consider something and  demand answers.

    As our elected rep. in WA DC Rep. Derek Kilmer is responsible to us.

    WHAT WILL  KILMER  DO IN RESPONSE TO

    THE FEDERAL UNMENTIONABLES?

    1. The ISIS terrorist attacks, 62% of Americans are VERY CONCERNED?

    2.  How Is he going to VOTE to prevent the Olympic Peninsula Electronic WAR GAMES. from destroying our entire coastline of public land? And, the entire coastline from Alaska to Mexico?

    3.   How Is he going to VOTE on the FINANCIAL immigration  Crisis? Dec 3, 2014 – Seventeen states filed a joint lawsuit in federal court Wednesday to try blocking President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration.

    4.  How is he going to VOTE to reform the Obamacare debacle?

    5. Is he going to address the economic crisis created by SUE AND SETTLE?  (ESA)  taking of public and private land, in violation of the Administrate Procedure Act

    6. Is he going to demand JUSTICE from the JUSTICE DEPARTMENT?

    7.  Is he going to support the return of individual states Sovereignty, to the States, of the United States of America? So we can “MIND OUR OWN BUSINESS”

    8. Rep Kilmer put it in writing,  I’ll continue my fight during this Congress to put our government back in the hands of “We the People.”

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     OK, REP. KILMER, THIS IS WHAT WE THE PEOPLE WANT?

    WHAT REPRESENTATIVE FEEDBACK ARE WE GOING TO GET FROM YOU?

    We the People of the United States, in Order to RE-FORM a more perfect Union,

    MUST RE- ESTABLISH The  Constitution of  the United States of America.

    MUST RE-ESTABLISH JUSTICE,

    MUST INSURE DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY

    MUST PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE

    MUST PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE

    MUST RE-SECURE the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,

    We do ordain and MUST INSIST ON  the RE-ESTABLISHMENT of the Constitution for the United States of America.

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    Rep. Kilmer Newsletter, below,  states,  I’ll be holding six town hall meetings so I can hear directly from you elected Rep. Kilmer will be holding six town hall meetings so I can hear directly from you. I want to stress these town halls are open to the public, and I encourage everyone to attend.

    It’s time to bring sanity back?

    Despite the overall dysfunction?

    I’ll continue my fight during this Congress to put our government back in the hands of “We the People.”

    Make the government more transparent and responsive?

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    I, personally, SHALL continue my fight to put our federal, state and local governments  accountable and back in the hands of “We the People.”

    Even if I have to go it alone, with my boots on the ground and making public comments  at public forums.

    And, on my website behindmyback.org  in cyberspace

     


  • The Observation of Despicable Obamacare

    The Observation of Despicable Obamacare

    UNDISCLOSED, Appalling, dreadful, contemptible, shameful, disgraceful, loathsome

    Or to put it another way,the Despicable Obamacare “Under Observation Rule”

    UNDISCLOSED, Appalling, dreadful, contemptible, shameful, disgraceful, loathsome

    WHEN IT COMES TO MEDICARE claims, it’s all about the fine print on your hospital chart. Find out how being “UNDER OBSERVATION” can cost you.

    The Two Words That Cost Medicare Patients Thousands

    HOSPITAL PATIENT’S OBSERVATION? AND OR TREATMENT?

    Under OBSERVATION, technically made her an out-patient and that means that MEDICARE WON’T PAY for her rehab in a nursing facility which costs $28,000.

    reporter: WE WANTED TO TALK TO MEDICARE , BUT THEY DENIED OUR REQUEST ON THIS, CITING LITIGATION ON THIS VERY ISSUE.

     THE HOSPITAL that treated m.j. wouldn’t discuss it with us, but said it is part of the rules when defining care.

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    GOOD REMEDY FROM a senior gentleman in Mesa, Arizona:

    November is coming folks, we can have an impact on this debacle by letting everyone in Congress know that their responsibility is to the constituents, not the president and not the lobbyists. We need to let them ALL know that they are in office to serve and to look after the BEST INTERESTS of “we the people”, their employers, and not to become self-serving bureaucrats who serve only out of greed. And if they don’t seem to understand this simple logic, we’ll fire them.

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    REPORTED ON NBC NEWS NIGHTLY January 09, 2014

    The Two Words That Cost Medicare Patients Thousands

    When it comes to Medicare claims, it’s all about the fine print on your hospital chart. Find out how being “under observation” can cost you.

    This content comes from Closed Captioning that was broadcast along with this program.

    back as promised with this new warning for everyone on Medicare . specifically, it is about the words that appear on hospital forms and small differences in the fine print that could mean thousands of dollars in payments down the line. we get details on this story tonight from our national correspondent, Kate Snow .

    reporter: 79-year-old m.j. is doing physical therapy after a bad spill in September. she spent three days in the hospital getting the same care as an in-patient but was not classified as one. instead, her chart said she was only under observation.

    it was illogical, I had a broken leg, it didn’t make sense at all, what were they going to observe?

     reporter: and here is what she didn’t understand, that label, under observation, technically made her an out-patient and that means that Medicare won’t care for her rehab in a nursing facility which costs $28,000.

    the whole thing is outrageous and it is not right.

    it is a huge problem, there are almost 2 million people every year who are stuck in this observation status Alice in wonderland world.

    reporter: the number of patients in this status increased more than 6,000 since last year, and just this year, many more were like m.j.’s. patients in the hospital three days or more but not eligible for costly rehab coverage.

    to the patients, our viewers, frankly it seems the hospitals share at least part of the blame for this.

    sure, they’re in had the hospital , they will think all of this is a hospital decision. much of this is out of our hands.

    reporter: the representative for most of the hospitals in the country say they’re being squeezed by Medicare . in-patients cost more so Medicare aggressively audits the classifications given.

    they edit the fact sometimes in years later, they take the payment back, unfortunately, the patient gets in the middle of this.

     reporter: we wanted to talk to Medicare , but they denied our request on this, citing litigation on this very issue. the hospital that treated m.j. wouldn’t discuss it with us, but said it is part of the rules when defining care. she and her husband who has Parkinson’s just moved in with their son in Dallas to save money.

    I worked my whole life. and I‘m just appalled.

    reporter: now, any money they can save will go to her rehab. so far legislative proposals to fix this problem have gone nowhere. advocates say patients who end up in the hospital need to make sure they’re admitted as patients, not just in-patients.

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    ANOTHER COMMENT ON THE  DESPICABLE OBAMACARE  OBSERVATION RULE

    appalling, dreadful, contemptible, shameful, disgraceful, loathsome

    Letter from a senior gentleman in Mesa, Arizona:

     Dear Family, Friends, Neighbors and former Classmates, I just found myself in the middle of a medical situation that made it very clear that “the affordable care act” is neither affordable, nor do they care.

     I’ll go back about seven years ago to a fairly radical prostate surgery that I underwent. The Urologist (a personal friend) who performed the surgery was very concerned that it was cancer, though I wasn’t told this until the lab report revealed it was benign.

    Since that procedure, I have experienced numerous urinary tract infections, UTI’s. Since I had never had a “UTI” prior to the prostate surgery, I assume that it is one of the side effects from surgery, an assumption since confirmed by my Family Doctor.

     The weekend of March 8-9, I was experiencing all the symptoms of another bout of UTI. By Monday afternoon the infection had hit with full force. Knowing that all I needed was an antibiotic, I went to an Urgent Care Center in Mesa, AZ., to provide a specimen, a requirement for getting the prescription. After waiting 45 min. to see the Doctor, I started getting very nauseous and light headed.

    I went to the Receptionist to ask where the bathroom was as I felt that I was going to throw up. I was told that I would have to wait for the Doctor because I would need to leave a specimen and they didn’t want me in the bathroom without first seeing him.

    That was when the lights went out, my next awareness was that of finding myself on the floor (in the waiting room) having violent dry heaves, and very confused. At this point, I tried to stand up but couldn’t make it, and they made it very clear they weren’t going to let me get up until the ambulance got there. By the way, when you’re waiting to see the Doctor and you pass out, you get very prompt attention.

    Now, “the rest of the story”, and the reason for sending this to so many of you.  I was taken to the nearest hospital, to emergency. Once there, I was transported to an emergency examination room. Once I had removed my clothes and donned one of those lovely hospital gowns, I finally got to see a Doctor. I asked “what is going on” I’m just having a UTI, just get me the proper medication and let me go home. He told me that my symptoms presented the possibility of sepsis, a potentially deadly migration of toxins, and that they needed to run several tests to determine how far the infection had migrated.

    For the next 3 hours I was subjected to several tests, blood draws, EKG’s, and demands for specimens. At about 7:30 the nurse came back to my room to inform me that one of the tests takes 1- 2 days to complete, I asked if they (the results)could be emailed, at which point she informed me that I wouldn’t need them emailed because I wasn’t going anywhere. I started arguing with her but was told, “if you don’t start behaving, I’ll start taking your temperature rectally, at which point I became a perfect gentleman. I did tell her I wanted to see the doctor because I had no intention of staying overnight.

    Now, this is what I want each of you to understand, please read these next sentences carefully.

    The doctor finally came in to inform me that he was going to admit me. I said, “are you admitting me for treatment or for observation?” He told me that I would be admitted for observation. I said Doctor, correct me if I’m wrong, but if you admit me for observation my Medicare will not pay anything, this due to the affordable care act , he said that’s right, it won’t. I then grabbed for my bag of clothing and said, then I’m going home. He said you’re really too sick to be going home, but I understand your position, this health program is going to hit seniors especially hard.

    The doctor then left the room and I started getting dressed, I was just getting ready to put my shoes on when another doctor (the closer) came into the room, he saw me dressed and said, “where do you think you are going?” I simply said “I’m going home, to which he replied, quite vociferously, no you aren’t. I said, “Doc, you and I both know that under the “affordable care act” anyone on Medicare who is admitted to a hospital for observation will be responsible for the bill, Medicare won’t pay a cent”.  At which point he nodded in affirmation. I said, “You will either admit me for a specific treatment or you won’t admit me.” Realizing he wasn’t going to win this one, he said he would prepare my release papers.

    A few minutes later the discharge nurse came to my room to have me sign the necessary papers, relieving them from any responsibility. I told her I wasn’t trying to be obstinate, but I wasn’t going to be burdened with the full (financial) responsibility for my hospital stay.

    After making sure the door was closed, she said, “I don’t blame you at all, I would do the same thing.”  She went on to say, “You wouldn’t believe the people who elect to leave for the same reasons, people who are deathly sick, people who have to be wheeled out on a gurney.” She further said, “The ‘Affordable Care Act’ is going to be a disaster for seniors. Yet, if you are in this country illegally, and have no coverage, you will be covered in full.”

    This is not internet hype folks, this is real, I just experienced it personally.  Moving right along, this gets worse.

    Today I went to a (required) follow up appointment with my Arizona Family Practitioner. Since my white count was pretty high, the follow up was important. During the visit I shared the experience at emergency, and that I had refused to be admitted. His response was “I don’t blame you at all, I would have done the same thing”.  He went on to say that the colonoscopy and other procedures are probably going to be dropped from coverage for those over 70.

    I told him that I had heard that the affordable care act would no longer pay for cancer treatment for those 76 and older, is that true? His understanding is that it is true.

    The more I hear, and experience the Affordable Care Act, the more I’m beginning to see that we seniors are nothing more than an inconvenience, and the sooner they can get rid of us the better off they’ll be.

    GOOD REMEDY FROM  this  senior gentleman in Mesa, Arizona:

    November is coming folks, we can have an impact on this debacle by letting everyone in Congress know that their responsibility is to the constituents, not the president and not the lobbyists. We need to let them ALL know that they are in office to serve and to look after the BEST INTERESTS of “we the people”, their employers, and not to become self-serving bureaucrats who serve only out of greed. And if they don’t seem to understand this simple logic, we’ll fire them.

    On the mend,

    REMEMBER:  Demand your hospital admission is for TREATMENT and NOT for OBSERVATION