Today is the first installmnet of Bitch Slap of the Week. As the name suggests, this is a designation given to the person, group, or entity that basically knocked humanity back down a notch during the week. These bitch slap recipients need some hard, stinging truth that will hopefully make them realize their misdeeds to the majority. Probably not, but you can’t blame us for trying.
This week is a tie between Humana and Iran. One is an internal threat and one is an external threat. Let’s start with Iran.
Bitch Slapping that Nuclear Facility Right Out of Iran’s Hand
Alright, already UN. This week news broke that Iran had a nuclear facility that had remained a secret up until now. But they’re just doing peaceful nuclear power building, right? The evidence of this nuclear facility suggests otherwise.
Iran is blatantly defying the UN and lying about their operations to inspectors. They need to be made an example of and fast. If the UN keeps allowing countries to break the rules then the rules don’t really apply, even those pertaining to uranium enrichment in a country that already begrudes the UN’s involvement in their country’s affairs.
Nuclear proliferation is a serious concern in this world, a concern the UN is supposed to be easing. But the recent actions of both North Korea and Iran serve as an example of the UN’s unraveling influenece. This is the time the UN needs to take back control and make some tough decisions.
Iran needs to listen up: the rest of us don’t think your secret nuclear facility is cool at all and we want some answers. Once we have those answers Iran can then expect serious reprecussions for trying to screw the rest of us over. Kind of how they screwed over their own citizens with a fradulent election.
Adding to the urgency is the fact that Iran is now testing short range missiles along with medium range missiles that have the ability to hit Europe and American military bases in the Middle East.
UPDDATE: The Associated Press just reported Iran has responded to concerns over their secret nuclear facility. Iran states that the nuclear facility was built to protect their nuclear production and avoid disrupting activities in case of an attack. However, as pointed out in the link above the size of that nuclear facility would not support production of nuclear power for the country.
What’s more is it is located right next to a military base – again they say to protect their nuclear program. Um, yeah it makes sense that if you were creating a nuclear weapon you’d want to have it near an operable of the Iranian Revolutionary guard and you’d want to protect it if you’re attacked because that would be some powerful retaliation.
Of course, at this point everything is hypothetical until the UN inspectors get in their to do their thing, which Iran says it will work to do “soon”.
Humana’s Medicare Misinformation Scare
When some people shouted “Get the government out of my Medicare!” at town hall meetings about health care reform in August I thought it was a joke. Then I was sad, sad that someone could be that misinformed about their Medicare that they didn’t understand it was government program and always has been.
But it’s now been made clear some of those to blame for spreading misinformation among Medicare recipients are the health insurers that provide Medicare plans.
News broke less than a week ago that Humana had blasted an email campaign to all the senior citizens that have plans with them. The email was centered around the health care reform debate and suggesting to seniors that the health care reform proposals being debated could very well lead to a loss in Medicare services and benefits.
I’m glad to hear that the Department of Health and Human Services as well as Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are already on Humana’s ass and making an example of them. We have got to put an end to big businesses taking advantage of the general public, especially our seniors. The CMS already halted Humana email campaign and also sent a warning to other Medicare providers.
The Humana email included the following:
Members just like you want to know what these reforms might mean for their Medicare health plan and how they can get involved to help protect Medicare Advantage. We are working diligently to ensure that our nation’s leaders understand how proposed reforms might affect you.
Congress is considering significant cuts to Medicare Advantage now, and your Members of Congress will want to know why this program is valuable to you because these cuts could mean higher costs and benefit reductions to many on Medicare Advantage.
We’ve made it easy for you to have your voice heard. Just call (877) 698-9228 (toll-free) or visit http://www.humanapartners.com for additional infonnation about this issue and how you can offer helpful input to your elected officials.
Leading health reform proposals being considered in Washington, D.C., this summer include billions in Medicare Advantage funding cuts, as well as spending reductions to original Medicare and Medicaid. While these programs need to be made more efficient, if the proposed funding cut levels become law, millions of seniors and disabled individuals could lose many of the important benefits and services that make Medicare Advantage health plans so valuable.
Amazing! Somehow Humana must have created a time travel machine to go forward in time and find out what will be in the final health care reform bill and have somehow discovered a reduction in Medicare and Medicade services that isn’t in the bills currently being debated.
Legislators must slip that in when everyone else isn’t looking. If you’d like to read the entire Humana email here you go.