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  1. 5 points
    The hospital literally makes up costs that they then say they are charging, all so they can "cut their prices" for the insurance. When you have people who literally have to wear wristbands that say "do not call an ambulance if I have a seizure" you know how badly this country is fucked. And its annoying as hell, because somehow people blame us at the pharmacy. Your local pharmacy is not the one who sets the prices, its the insurance. I am right there with you being outraged by these prices. And by completely underhanded tactics. Here's you another example. Patient who needed an inhaler, was literally having trouble breathing right in front of me. The insurance would only cover it if it was a 30-day supply. This inhaler only came in 25 days supply, that's just how it comes. I called them on the phone to discuss the situation and try to get him something else. We wanted to swap him to a different one that does the same thing but is a 30 day supply. Not covered. Tried a different one. Not covered. At this point the pharmacist is as angry as I've ever seen him and asks what the hell they want us to do. Keep in mind each time this happened, we had hung up on them being assured it would go through if it was a 30 day supply, and then had to re-dial them after we had gotten the product out and then discovered its still not covered. They wanted us to special order yet another inhaler which is actually way more expensive BUT they have a better contract with its makers so they can cover it (that was our guess as that is the case a lot of times, they didn't exactly specify that). Since it was only made in three locations in the US, it would take at least three days to get here. Meanwhile the gentleman is still struggling to breathe. Pharmacist told them to go to hell and re-sent the claim through for the original one and manually changed the day supply on the inhaler to a 30 day one and then overrode the computer just so it would go through their systems. He got in a lot of trouble for it a couple weeks later, with a rep from the insurance company coming in to whine about it. Just another example of how fucked the insurance is in this country. OR Formulary lists. All insurance companies have a list of drugs they cover called their formulary. The insurance new year starts on July 1, so a lot of times come July 2, a lot of patients suddenly have drugs they have been getting regularly that are no longer covered. Does the insurance even bother to notify them? Of course not.
  2. 5 points
    There is no good advice in my opinion. Losing anything that meaningful is going to hurt no matter what. One thing I will say is you never regret the moments you spend with something you love. As much time as you can devote to her, do it, it will not be a regret. It may also help to be positively patient with yourself. Realize that it is going to suck and you are going to be hurt, and there is no time table for it. It will take as long as it takes for the grieving process, and there really is no arbitrary measurement for how long it takes to get over it. She truly will be in a better place. Whether that be heaven or not suffering, she will experience peace. She won't be in agony every day. I think we all have a point where suffering is no longer preferable even for those we love. The last thing is remember you were the center of her world. She loved you immensley and love will always stay with you. And do not second guess forgoing chemo. It is not a bad decision. She is going to need you and I have always found that we can learn lessons from death about a life well lived. She will pass with people around who lover and love in her heart. That is something to be revered.
  3. 5 points
    Lol. I have went to bat for you time and time again, asked people personally both in private and in threads not to be dicks to you. Said you were a good dude numerous times in the shout box that can be backed up by most regular members. You are such a pussy. Peace.
  4. 5 points
    All I've read about this is from people on both sides of the aisle virtue signaling on Quora. I find it remarkable that everyone on both sides (at least on Quora, I haven't kept up with it much in this thread) is absolutely convinced that they are 100% right and justified in their stance, and that both sides passionately play the role of victim. This is more like a soap opera than anything else. I have a hard time believing a woman would put herself on a platform like this with a false allegation but people on the left that I've read are so black and white about this issue. I still struggle to believe that people think calling those who disagree with them (or in this case say "innocent until proven guilty") bigots is productive at all. Edit: Like I said I don't pretend false accusations are common but I think this shit about women never lying about sexual assault is dumb. Statistically it's rare but when dealing with individual cases, to just throw our that possibility is absurd. I don't think we should inherently believe women but I also think sexual assault is serious enough to the point that these accusations should be heard and explored. I've seen people say there's no reason a woman would do that, that's idiotic. It's not a smart move but there are plenty of reasons. I suspect that Kavanaugh did it because he seems like a piece of shit and like I said I don't see this as a case where she'd put herself through this kind of shit storm for the sake of the Democratic party. I don't think there's very much evidence. If what I've read is true at all it's basically conservatives saying there's no evidence and thus the accusations can't be proven true, and liberals going with "gut instincts" (like in all honesty I am) in their "assessment" and saying he's a predator. Lmao, I saw some dude say his body language and facial expressions were what you'd expect of a sociopath, so clearly he did it. People like that are beyond idiotic and a prime example of the aforementioned virtue signaling I bitch about so frequently. I also think people are a lot more complex than specific moments in their life. This isn't me defending Kavanaugh, because I think I already said he seems like he's a piece of shit in real life, but more so that there's also an entire lifetime of experiences that form his identity. This is true of literally every human yet we live in a disgusting society where a metaphorical soundbyte of a person's life determines their character. If people judged me from how I was when I was abusing weed and psychotic as well (and they ACTUALLY knew who I was) they'd think I was a piece of shit yet everything else in my life reinforces I'm a morally ambiguous person that tends towards being decent. What really gets me is that I don't even think these people care. I don't think they care about Ford or Kavanaugh, or what this means for the country, I think they only see people they disagree with getting fired up and have to provide an equal and opposite force. I don't think people actually care about the MeToo movement which is unfortunate, I know some people who felt empowered by it to seek therapy to overcome that past. Seems more and more like people retweet and favorite and upvote stuff like that just so they come off as a good person on social media. It seems so fake to me. Rant over.
  5. 4 points
  6. 4 points
    I think another thing that hasn't been mentioned but should be a gimmie here for everyone is that this guy is looking at a lifetime appointment. He should be vetted with finest of toothed Combs. Isn't that commons sense. If it's not true what's to fear from an investigation?
  7. 4 points
    Sorry, busy weekend and I just got back, we won't be doing the draft today because I still need to get the team owners settled out. I'm planning on doing the draft Wednesday at 9, if that doesn't work for anyone let me know now because we're down to the wire for getting the draft done before Thursday. As of now, the participants will be as follows: Me Ace Phil MHG BC Than F4E Ngata ATL Vin Bjorn Seanbrock Basically, it's last year's participants with Sean instead of my brother, that way we're back to just members of the board and it's a 12 team league, which I think is the ideal size. Sean has joined so at this point I'm working on getting my brother's team removed and switching F4E to a different ESPN account EDIT: Okay, so we're down to the 12 teams listed above, just waiting for F4E's new email so I can get his team updated, still looking to set the draft Wednesday at 9 ET, sorry for any confusion and inconvenience today.
  8. 3 points
    After a few bumps in the road ( like having to perform the full board conversion from my phone).... We’re here! Everything is still a work in progress, so if you notice anything — no matter how big or small — say something so Vin / I can address it. One thing already on tap is a lighter skin for those of you who don’t dig the dark or default stuff. I have a 4 day weekend coming up here so that’ll hopefully be done by the end of next week! Anything else though, anything at all... let us know. See something, Say something!
  9. 3 points
    Agree with that entirely. I work in pharmacy atm and the drug prices are insane. And its honestly way worse than the average person knows. I can see the actual cost paid for the drug versus the price that is being charged to the consumer. For example, a certain diabetes medication called Enbrel, cost roughly $300. They charge $12,000 with no insurance, and even with insurance they still wanted over $5,000. If Trump can actually do something about the ridiculous prices, that is a serious win in my book.
  10. 3 points
    I don't think that's the heart of the issue. Considering the largest state in the country has less than a 2% difference between their population and electorate power. The bigger problem in my mind is that 48 of our states are "all or nothing". Theoretically, if Stevo and I are running for President -- Stevo can beat me in California 51 - 49 and he gets all 55 votes from California. Conversely, I could beat Stevo in Texas 50 - 50 (by a single vote) and take all 34 of their votes. EDIT: Nebraska and Maine. Each state gives 2 votes to the winner of the popular vote, than an extra vote for each winner of the individual congressional districts. Not saying we all should even do that. Could just lead to even more gerrymandering. Could make it a straight percentage though. If you win 55% of the vote, you get 55% of the electoral votes or some such system.
  11. 3 points
    I mean that's one take for sure, but the other take is that you prevent politicians from serving Regional interests of Big state's such as New York, California, Texas, and a few others. It was designed so that you could not win an election off of four states, or the most populous states in the future. Which I think is a good idea.
  12. 3 points
    That was in a game that matters. You'll find the Falcons specialize in games that don't.
  13. 2 points
    Alright, we have come to the halfway point in the 2018 NFL season, (already?), and the elites are beginning to separate themselves from the pack. I think we have a clear top echelon of teams, and some of the early season surprises are fading back into their usual selves. We have a juicy matchup between #1 and #2 this week (spoiler alert), so lets get right down to it. Largest Risers: PIT Steelers (+11), HOU Texans (+9), LA Chargers (+8), NE Patriots (+8) Largest Fallers: JAX Jaguars (-16), TEN Titans (-16), CHI Bears (-8), DEN Broncos (-8) Top Ten Matchups: #1 LA Rams @ #2 NO Saints, #10 GB Packers @ #3 NE Patriots 1. (8-0) (-): LA pulled one out they probably deserved to at least sweat on a bit more. Aaron Rodgers getting the ball with 2 minutes and a timeout only needing a FG is not a situation any defense wants to be in. The Rams are built from top to bottom for success and they are rolling. A huge, potential homefield deciding matchup is up next versus the only other team in football riding a six game winning streak. 2. (6-1) (+7): Nawlins defense has vastly improved since the first few weeks of the season and Drew Brees is not even having to strain himself sometimes to win games. They got a bit lucky last week versus Baltimore, but even so the worst case there is they go to OT. Soundly defeating Minny on their own turf after narrowly taking one also on the road versus Baltimore is a pair of games the Saints really love to come out 2-0 from, especially with a showdown versus the Rams up next. 3. (6-2) (+8): Tom Brady continues to defy Father Time, and yet another year is upon us where the Patriots will cruise to an AFC East title and a likely first round bye. It's easy to be ho-hum about what NE has done, but its honestly incredibly impressive in a league built for parity. 4. (7-1) (-2): The Chiefs Patrick Mahomes is doing incredible things in what is basically his rookie season as a starter, but KC's defense is what brings them down a notch. Versus the Patriots, Mahomes and co. put up 40 points... and still lost. It's hard to win in January with that kind of defense. They looked a lot better versus Cincy last Sunday night, and then held off Denver today. 5. (5-2) (+1): Carolina's dominating win versus Baltimore was simply a great four quarters of football after two straight weeks failing miserably in the first couple of quarters and then trying to mount a comeback, once successfully, and once failing in the opponent's redzone. If Cam plays like he did versus the Ravens formerly #2 overall passing defense, Carolina can beat anyone in the league. But he has to play that well consistently. Christian McCaffrey is a huge weapon in all phases of the game, and it's good to see DJ Moore finally getting some touches in the wake of the Torrey Smith injury. 6. (5-2) (+7): Washington is a very quiet 5-2, with a 1.5 game lead on the Eagles in the NFC East. Alex Smith has been effective, but its Adrian Peterson who is the surprise, looking like a much younger version of himself. He is at least top-5 in rushing yards in the NFL, and looks rejuvenated in Washington. 7. (4-3-1) (+7): The Vikes just got beat by the Saints, but overall in their last four games they have gone 3-1. The NFC North is absolutely up for grabs and I think this is the best team in it. Props to Adam Thielen, who is the first WR in NFL history to start a season with 8 straight 100 yard receiving games. 8. (5-2) (+8): The Chargers are certainly large risers since the quarter point, riding a 4 game winning streak. Rivers has been quietly having a fantastic year and LAC looks poised to make a run in the AFC. They have lost only to the Rams and the Chiefs, but they have also beaten mainly bad teams, with their best win probably being the W versus the Titans. 9. (4-2-1) (+11): Pittsburgh has re-taken their spot as perennial AFC North contenders, winning three straight since the quarter mark to put themselves in first place in the division. LeVeon Bell still hasn't played a snap and James Connor has made that not matter one bit. 10. (3-3-1) (-): Green Bay is at .500 after seven games, and right in the thick of things in the AFC North, only a half-game out of the lead. As they unquestionably have the best QB in the division, everything is right in front of them. They need to put that huge mistake by Ty Montgomery that likely cost them the game versus LAR behind them, and focus on the Patriots. 11. (4-3) (-8): Chicago looked good versus the Jets with a 24-10 victory to get back on track. This team had lost two in a row, including one to Brock Osweiler and the Dolphins, (what). Mack has been a godsend on defense, but even without him versus NYJ, the Bears still pulled out the W. 12. (5-3) (-5): Cincy's defense got absolutely roasted by the Chiefs on Sunday Night football, and then they nearly let Fitzmagic steal a win versus the Bucs. I get that they're 5-3, but this just feels like deja vu all over again. Cincy is going to sneak into the postseason in all likelihood, merely to end up as fodder for the big dogs once again. 13. (4-4) (-5): Back to back losses to the NFC South really hurts Baltimore. They never really had a shot versus Carolina mostly due to turnovers removing any shot at a comeback, but Tucker's first career missed XP was huge versus New Orleans. Baltimore needs to regroup with a rematch versus Pitt coming up, a game they absolutely must have. 14. (4-3) (+4): Only a close loss against the top team in football prevented the Hawks from winning 5 straight. They are looking good, though they are in a loaded NFC and will need to play like they have recently in order to make the postseason. Russell Wilson is playing some fantastic football, and David Moore has stepped up big time recently with four Tds in his last three games to give the Hawks offense some life. 15. (4-4) (-3): Philly needed that win in London to stop the bleeding after blowing a 17-0 lead to Carolina the previous week. The Eagles sit at .500 after 8 weeks, and that seems like a good place for them to be. They certainly look nothing like the defending champions, but only a game and a half back from the division leaders means they still have plenty of time to turn this around. Given the loaded NFC, I doubt a wildcard comes from the East, so a division title is likely necessary to make the postseason. 16. (5-3) (+9): Houston has made a large leap forward, winning four straight to advance to 5-3 which gives them a 1.5 game lead on the Titans in the AFC South, and Houston has looked like the best team in that division for the past few weeks. 17. (3-4) (+2): Dallas' defense is playing very well, one of the best in the NFC in terms of yards and points, but their offense is flat out stuck in neutral. I know a lot of the blame always falls on the QB, but Dak has no weapons to throw to outside of Cole Beasley and Elliot out of the backfield. The midseason trade to get Amari Cooper may have been a hefty price, but the Boys can absolutely compete in the East if they can just get some offense going. 18. (3-4): (+3): Atlanta is looking up at both Carolina and the Saints in the NFC South, three games back from the lead. They absolutely must take the next two matchups versus those division rivals to have any shot at climbing back into this one. 19. (3-4) (+5): Detroit has won 2 of their last three games, but losing to Seattle hurts. It was a game the Lions really needed to take, though with the NFC North all neck and neck, they are still in prime position to make a run. 20. (3-4) (-16): Tennessee had a great shot at taking a game from the Chargers in London, but couldn't quite seal the deal. The run-game has got to step up for the Titans to take some of the pressure off of Mariota's shoulders. 21. (3-5): (-16): There was a lot of talk about the Jags finishing what they missed out on last year. I think they forgot the NFL never gives you anything. Losers of four straight, Jacksonville is in full blown desperation mode, looking up at both the Titans and Texans in the AFC South. 22. (3-5) (+4): The AFC South comes in nearly all back to back, as the Colts find themselves right back in the thick of things at 3-5. Only two games behind Houston, the Colts could easily storm right back into the division race. 23. (3-5): (-8): Denver is likely out of things at the midway point, losers of three of their past four and simply too far back to catch Los Angeles and KC, especially with the latter having two wins in head to head matchups. 24. (4-4) (-7): Losers of 3 of their last four, the Fins do boast an OT win over the Bears. But this team has an easy schedule and will probably end up 8-8 or even 9-7 despite not being all that good. Some of the pieces are there for future seasons, but at least one of those pieces wants out in a bad way. 25. (3-4) (-3): Fitzmagic returned on Sunday versus the Bengals, but it wasn't quite enough to dig the Bucs out of the four-INT hole that Winston had put them in. It will be very very interesting to see if Tampa gives Winston a $20 million/year contract in the offseason, and I'm unsure how much less than that he would take. 26. (3-5) (+2): New York has played some really good games, (the absolute dismantling of Denver comes to mind), and some really bad ones. They're not going to be going to the postseason this year, but Sam Darnold gives them promise for the future. Get the man some weapons and let him see what he can do. 27. (2-5-1) (-4): Cleveland has at least been very entertaining this season, though Sunday's domination by Pittsburgh showed this team still has quite a ways to go to be competitive. Baker Mayfield is electric, the Browns might want to try to move Tyrod to get some compensation for him. Jacksonville might be interested. 28. (2-6) (+2): Buffalo's season is toast at the midway point, they need to just let Josh Allen let it rip for the rest of the season and see what they've got at this point. 29. (2-6) (+3): Arizona has won two games, but both of them were against the Niners, who are bringing up the rear in our midseason power rankings. Josh Rosen has been up and down as a rookie starter, but he essentially just has Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson as weapons on offense. 30. (1-6) (+1): Oakland fell to the Colts in a high scoring affair, another game where the Raiders could have used the services of Khalil Mack. However it is tough to imagine one DE being able to turn this team into a contender, so perhaps Gruden is right not to overpay for him when the Raiders need a rebuild before being a viable contender. Getting a first round pick for Amari Cooper honestly seems like a good trade to me, I don't think he was playing up to his first round status. 31. (1-7) (-5): The Giants played Carolina tough, but outside of that one offensive attack, their offense has been extremely stagnant save for OBJ making insane catches and Saquon Barkley trying his best to win his team the game single handed. Barkley has been amazing, but when your QB can't get anything going at all, it's hard for a RB to carry the team. This should probably be Eli's last year. 32. (1-7) (-3): San Fran's season went into the tank with Jimmy G's injury, and now you almost want to lose a lot of games to give him some more help next season. They played GB competitive on Monday Night, which was a surprise, but they simply dont have the talent to compete every week.
  14. 2 points
    Just in case the Governor down in Georgia knocking black voters off the roles in an election he himself is participating in as both candidate and chief election official (lol) wasn't enough to convince people that a non-minor part of the GOP is racist: And also yes, this is true: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/north-carolina-voter-id/
  15. 2 points
    Trump is talking about getting drug prices down... Idk if anything will materialize especially considering it is right around the corner from elections but he’s talking about the right things. At least in my mind
  16. 2 points
    Halloween. It was ass, like complete and total shot. No character development good 15 to 20 minute lapses of nothing going on. A garbage final act, it was just a shit movie. I am disappointed, fans of the original deserved better.
  17. 2 points
    I'm just gonna say it's irresponsible to throw around labels like that. People do it with Trump all the time, even professionals. The circumstances that lead to certain behaviors can stem from a lot of situations, and something like clinical narcissism is almost always a complex combination of genetics and attachment trauma. There's heightened narcissism all over the place but that's not what NPD (narcissistic personality disorder) is. I don't agree with blots' and his way of handling this situation, but I again think throwing around psychiatric labels in any situation outside of a professional diagnosing a client/patient under their care is irresponsible.
  18. 2 points
    This is fucking hilarious though:
  19. 2 points
    The idea of a religion in today's world where the focus of worship is based on a being or beings that will smite you for what ends up (sometimes) being something pretty arbitrary is so old-fashioned. Religions use punishments like going to hell to scare people to a leaders way of thinking. Confining people to imaginary boundaries by an invisible force and then denying those same people the right to question intentions is nothing more than fear-mongering and a power play where power doesn't really exist. I am not going to make this into a religious debate nor hash over my personal story which I have told a couple times here but... While I think organized religion is ridiculous, I do have a faith in something greater. Call it God or karma or magic feely whats-its, it doesn't matter. I've read most of the bible, I've gone through most of the Catholic sacraments, I've taught children the Bible... But if you want to sit here and tell me that the all powerful.. all knowing.. all gracious.. all forgiving.. and all benevolent God hates gay people... or anal sex (LULZ)... or literally any other dumb ass thing you can name from the Bible... I am gonna call you on some bull shit. That's just fear and a blatant misuse of faith / religion.
  20. 2 points
    Ron Rivera and Norc Turner owe their lives to Graham Gano. Man, idk if I've ever seen worse clock management and I went through the Reid era in Philly.
  21. 2 points
    Can I just say what a fabulous job the senate photographers are doing for this circus?
  22. 2 points
    They laughed at my quarterback. Called him Jared Goof. Who's laughing now
  23. 2 points
    William Hayes in Miami tore his ACL trying to avoid putting his body weight on Derek Carr during a sack. So...the rule is working, right?
  24. 2 points
    Absolutely he should. Everyone in Congress should honestly.
  25. 2 points
    Peterman is actually the greatest QB in NFL history. He just intentionally plays bad because thats what he's been told to do.