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MAY 1, 2008


Medical Insurance Explained

    Q: What does HMO stand for?
    A: This is actually a variation of the phrase, "HEY MOE".  It's roots go back to a concept pioneered by Moe of the Three Stooges, who discovered that a patient could be made to forget the pain in his foot if he was poked hard enough in the eye.
    Q: I just joined an HMO. How difficult will it be to choose the doctor I want?
    A: Just slightly more difficult than choosing your parents. Your insurer will provide you with a book listing all the doctors in the plan. The doctors basically fall into two categories: those that are no longer receiving new patients, and those who will see you but are no longer participating in the plan. But don't worry, the remaining doctor who is still in the plan and accepting new patients has an office just a half-day's drive away and has a diploma from a third world country.
    Q: Do all diagnostic procedures require pre-certification?
    A: No. Only those you need.
    Q: Can I get coverage for my pre-existing conditions?
    A: Certainly, as long as they don't require any treatment.
    Q: What happens if I want to try alternative forms of medicine?
    A: You'll need to find alternative forms of payments.
    Q: My pharmacy plan only covers generic drugs, buy I need the name brand? I tried the generic medication, but it gave me a stomach ache. What should I do?
    A: Poke yourself in the eye.
    Q: What if I'm away from home and get sick?
    A: You really shouldn't do that.
    Q: I think I need to see a specialist, but my doctor insists he can handle my problem. Can a general practitioner really perform a heart transplant right in his/her office?
    A: Hard to say, but considering all you're risking is the $20 co-payment, there's no harm in giving it a shot.
    Q: Will health care be different in the next decade?
    A: No, but if you call right now, you might get an appointment by then.



Prepare squirrels as rabbits, cut into pieces, flour and fry brown in a little good drippings, and place in a stew pan. Add one quart boiling water, 1/2 lemon sliced very thin, a teaspoon of salt, a small glass of sherry and one minced onion fried brown in a tablespoon of butter. Cover all closely and stew for an hour. Make a delicate biscuit crust, cut in rounds and lay them on top of the squirrel. Let them boil, covered closely, for 15 minutes. Pile the squirrel in the center of a hot platter, arrange dumplings along it. Thicken the gravy with one tablespoon of flour, browned in one tablespoon of butter and pour gravy over meat.

From Gourmet Style Road Kill Cooking
by Jeff Eberbaugh


 What a difference a new congress made!
A little over one year ago:
Consumer confidence stood at a 2 1/2 year high;
Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon
The unemployment rate was 4.5%.
 Since voting in a Democratic Congress in 2006 we've seen:
Consumer confidence plummet;
The cost of regular gasoline soar to over $3 a gallon;
Unemployment is up to 5% (a 10% increase);
American households have seen $2.3 trillion in equity value evaporate (stock and mutual fund losses);
Americans have seen their home equity drop by $1.2 trillion dollars;
1% of American homes are in foreclosure.

America voted for change in 2006, and we got it!!!


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