make the military health plan more acceptable to the general public. She acknowledged that some of the fees, like the $10 a month proposed for older retirees in the Tricare for Life program, are not designed to cover any specific expense and would barely make a dent in the bottom line. “Having health care appear to be free is a bad signal,” she said.Not like those retirees have sacrificed for it or anything, right? Speaking of great free medical care, there's a tipoff going around the internet (I got it from Madtom at This Fucking War) that a Marine who served in Iraq and died from having his melanoma dismissed by a medical doctor as a harmless wart. I can't independently verify it, but apparently CBS evening news will be broadcasting about his death from Stage 4 melanoma today, Thursday, at 6:30 EDT. Also about the fact that in cases like that, the family has no recourse: can't sue the military after all.
I am continually amazed that people think free healthcare is the way to go, when I see how lousy it is for the military. For those of you not aware, the best doctors don't tend to take Tricare, because Tricare, the military medical insurance, only reimburses doctors for what they think the procedures are worth. Normally this isn't a problem for doctors, who just charge the patient the rest, but doctors are prohibited from doing that for military members. So they end up losing a lot of money, which means the top-of-the-line docs don't want to work on us for huge paycuts. We end up getting pretty incompetent doctors overall.
Also, in what I'm sure will be no surprise to anyone, it is crappy bureaucracy and fear of soldiers and marines with weapons that's behind our guys getting treated like shit at Oakland. Because really, if soldiers and marines had weapons, what they would most like to do with them is let loose on an airport terminal. Guns automatically mean danger, right? It must be a miracle that these dangerous people survived their own plane flight without shooting each other! I swear, f-ing civilians. Also, I'm greatly amused that it's communication problems with the Department of Homeland Security, given that the sole reason the DHS was created was to stop communication problems between government agencies.
Also, apparently Marine Gunnery Sgt. Benny Fontenot at the Haditha Dam is rocking the casbah when it comes to food. Anyone feel like checking this out for me? You can call it research, even! It's true, though, you always have your favorites . I remember one sergeant who had his chowhall do ethnic days, one day a month, it would be food from a different culture. Nobody knew what it would be, but it was always awesome. Of course, it's true that you can only really do that kind of thing at small places, but still.
Also, from Madtom, it's good to know the U.S. Airforce always keeps its eyes on the real enemies: the U.S. Army and Navy.
I'm way too pissed to write about how the Army is apparently telling the VA not to help soldiers with their paperwork at Fort Drum right now, so I'm going to post about that tomorrow, and instead, post some light stuff to help you (and I) get rid of rage.
Madtom, who rocks the casbah, posted this video:
It's good, but I still love the classics, because they prove what I've suspected for years: that the Brits are fucking insane .