Greg Strong – July 22, 2013 at 02:44PM

“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

– Francis Bellamy (1855-1931)

I like that version, especially the last bit about liberty and justice for all.

But then again, I’m a Jesus Loving Socialist.

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Greg Strong – July 20, 2013 at 12:24PM

Sat down to take a break and put on CH22 (our local muni access) and caught Southside Johnny & The Jukes from our Beacon Rocks 100 concert in the park! That was an awesome show! See the nut-job dancing like a loon down front? I’m right behind him…

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Greg Strong – July 19, 2013 at 03:07PM

Here is why our health insurance costs so much. I’m a bit sickened by it. Friends will recall that I took my 14 yr old son to an emergency room in early June after a rough U15 travel soccer match. He complained of pain when breathing and we thought he might have cracked a rib, punctured a lung, etc. Who knew? So we go to the emergency room because it’s Sunday. And it turns out that its simply a bruise. After a visit from a Physicians Assistant (very nice), and a trip to radiology for the x-ray. All good. Paid our $75 copay and went home happy.

Today in the mail, an invoice for $320 arrives from the group that bills for the “Doctor”, and it shows that amount as a balance due. I go to my insurance carriers website, and look up the claim, and I find that it’s been paid. Guess what else I find?

A claim by Vassar Brothers Hospital for over $850.00! Also paid, thankfully.

But really? For what? The visit, all in, cost the insurance company over $1,000.

I just don’t get it. Total productive time (not waiting) was about 15 minutes. That’s an hourly equivalent of something close to $4,000 hour. I just threw up in my mouth.

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