From CNN this past June: Anatomy of a 97,000% Drug Price Hike: One family’s fight to save their son If you can get past the breathless CNN house style, it’s a pretty reasonable take on this BS. My favorite bit: “This was a particularly egregious situation where they raised prices extraordinarily, but then they sought … More ICYMI: Drug companies being gross
IT’S THESE MIDDLE-AGED EMPLOYED CAR OWNING TAX-PAYING RENTERS/HOUSEOWNERS THESE DAYS I despise gas station tv. It’s not just the intrusion on a bullshit quiet moment of my day (I do not have many epiphanies while pumping gas, but hey, we’ll never know NOW, will we), and it’s not just the pretense that it’s keeping me … More BREAKING: Millennials slowly getting older right on schedule
From Love That Max: The moment one cerebral palsy doctor will never forget I recognize that botox and phenol injections aren’t for every kid or adult with CP. But they are helping E for the time being, and it’s wonderful to see him move his legs more easily.
Usually I dig these tunnels during a scrap of downtime, because as fellow anxiety suffers know, there’s no better use of downtime than worrying about stuff you can’t change. This tunnel system is winding and interconnected without resolution, and once you enter it is almost impossible to find your way out again. A CURRENT SHORTLIST … More The Rabbit Warren of Anxiety
I get irrationally proud of myself when I accomplish a small task, say, like ferrying cash to the bank and depositing it successfully. Like, in the movie of life, I am not Uncle Billy. I brought money to the bank. It’ll be withdrawn almost immediately to pay for tree treatments* but, still. The money. Is … More Small Successes for This Week
Since the beginning of this year, I’ve had the opportunity to see town hall meetings. Most of are about the current healthcare debate. Some start out as on a different topic, like vet benefits, and veer inevitably into healthcare. Some are broadcast or reported online, with video or audio. Clips of others appear on the … More Open Letter to Congress about AHCA/BCRA, healthcare in the U.S., and just what in the hell are you doing there, anyway?
Here’s your must-read for today: an open letter to Congressional Republicans regarding their haste to repeal Obamacare and replace it with nothing. The letter is written by Lynne M. Thomas (who you may know as one of the publishers/editors of Uncanny Magazine, or as a special collections librarian, or as a podcaster, or as all three … More Healthcare and Open Letters
After spending most of the day listening to MPR coverage of the Comey testimony, and watching Twitter explode about the UK elections, I watched Senator Claire McCaskill get frustrated about healthcare: “Will there be a hearing on the health care proposal?” Senator @clairecmc asked today in the Finance Cmte. You should watch: #Trumpcare pic.twitter.com/rmKB0rGnTM — … More Storify Stuff
BOTOX FOR BABIES It’s really fun to call your insurance for preauth and explain why your kid is getting botox. You would think people wouldn’t make jokes, but they do! Ha ha! Baby leg wrinkles, am I right? Oh, fine, I guess it’s covered. Jeez, why would you want to get that for a kid … More The Kid’s EEG Results, Latest
CHILD HEALTH STUFF This week we have a barrage of appointments for E. We’ll be spending the bulk of tomorrow getting his first botox injections, and later in the week we’ll do his 24-48 hour-long EEG. In happier news, E. took his first self-motivated steps in his gait trainer! I was not home, of course, but … More Spring Break without the WOO