Thursday, November 06, 2008

Save Money Shopping!

My dad used to get red in the face when heard advertisers claiming you would save money by spending it at their place of business. You are, after all, spending money, so the saving part is, well, a con-job. Sorry ladies, you did not "save so much money shopping today", you spent it.

This kind of reasoning is currently on display in Newseek. Here, David Noonan (not Danny) draws conclusions from a recent medical study that shows that uninsured patients are more likely than insured patients to die in the hospital, especially from trauma.

Instead of even mentioning the obvious conclusion, that those who choose to go without insurance probably make other bad decisions (like driving drunk, snorting cocaine, or smoking), Mr. Noonan concludes that it is, in fact, a lack of insurance that kills people.

Later he opines that gravity kills people who jump from buildings, and that lack of sleep causes insomnia.

22 comments:

  1. The entire article is full of half-truths and conclusions that would be drawn by a child. This is where Americans get their health care news.

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  2. That's why I read People magazine.

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  3. That's why I read the National Enquirer.

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  4. We're the trailer trash alternative to MDOD.

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  5. How many times is one allowed to vote on your side poll?
    I feel mouse left click happy tonight.

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  6. Sometimes I can't decide if the MSM is stupid, purposely misleading (or both).

    Cause and effect baby. This is the point that always seems to confuse the global warming crowd.

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  7. Dev, I too enjoy People Magazine. Most folks have a gastro-colic reflex. I have a Peopo-colic reflex.

    I see the thing in my wife's magazine stack, and I gotta pick it up and head for the bathroom.

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  8. I can't look away, and I'm an actual subscriber. My children could be on fire and I'd be glued to an article about Angelina's twins.

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  9. Nothing to do with the topic, but here is a piece of news that should please all migraineurs:
    "We found that, overall, women who had a history of migraines had a 30 percent lower risk of breast cancer compared to women who did not have a history of such headaches," said Dr. Christopher Li of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, whose findings appear in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.

    I wonder if this therory applies to men also. :-)

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  10. Sigh.
    This is the Al-Gore-ification of science. I imagine the new arbitrators of science, the Motion Picture Academy, will bestow David Noonan with a gold statue. In his acceptance speech, Mr Noonan can blame George Bush for, well, everything to the applause of the Obots.

    Meanwhile, Blue Cross/Blue Shield is lining up for a government bailout because the revenue from their "Blue 24/7 Street Gang and Mexican Cartel" trauma coverage plan has a low number of lives covered and a high cost. They, and other health plans need the cash to fund their retreat at a 5 star Tahitian resort to discuss the plan and the negative impact of the policies of George Bush. Heck, they might even see a few banks and large insurance funds conferencing there.

    And then today ABC news ran a national report about the scientific poll that was taken to figure out what kind of dog Obama should get. Not the type Bush had, because it bites.

    The media obama-gasm continues, proving that if you are in the MSM you can have an erection lasting more than 4 hours. Scientific fact. So gimme my damn statue.

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  11. Amy65, dunno what that statistic means if anything. However, using Newsweek logic and inserting my own experiences, I would have to conclude that breasts and vaginas CAUSE headaches.

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  12. Dev

    Loved the comment about the kids on fire. LOL.

    85

    I have t-shirts to hand out to the global warming crowd when the cooling starts-- on the front it has F.A.G.--Followed Al Gore. On the back it says "Sorry about the carbon offsets and shit, and sorry about f**king up the economy with all the voodoo narcisistic 'my farts are causing global warming' shit" I know it's long and will barely fit on the shirt, but it needs to be said.

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  13. CAT: Yes, I knew my husband was the ONE when I put down my People mag when he walked in the door.

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  14. Does the doctor in the emergency department-the guy who actually treats the patient-actually know if the trauma patient does or does not have insurance when he treats them? I know that's the info taken up front when the patient first comes in to the emergency dept, but does the guy that actually gives the treatment know that status?

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  15. no, but we are rarely wrong when we guess.

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  16. in theory, us ER docs don't know who's got what when a squad rolls in, especially a trauma.

    when I fly with my local helicopter service as a doc, i don't check insurance before I transport...i just pick em up and go....whether there's insurance or not.

    the game isn't about taking care of people who've got insurance or taking care of people who don't...it's just about taking care of people

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  17. Instead of even mentioning the obvious conclusion, that those who choose to go without insurance probably make other bad decisions (like driving drunk, snorting cocaine, or smoking), Mr. Noonan concludes that it is, in fact, a lack of insurance that kills people.

    I concur. Coincidence is not causation.

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  18. So what if I smoke, but I have insurance? Do they negate each other?

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  19. have you read the comments section of this article?

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