Welcome to the Age of Fury: “This Simmering Anger of the Populace Is Going to Start Boiling Over”

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    This article was originally published by Chris Martenson at PeakProsperity.com

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    Are You Infuriated Yet?

    by Chris Martenson

    More and more, I’m encountering people who are simply infuriated with how our “leaders” are running (or to put it more accurately, ruining) things right now. And I share that fury.

    It’s perfectly normal human response to be infuriated when an outside agent hurts you, especially if the pain seems unnecessary, illogical or random.

    Imagine if your neighbor enjoyed setting off loud explosives at all hours of the day and night. Or if he had a habit of tailgating and brake-checking you every time he saw your car on the road. You’d been well within your rights to be infuriated.

    Or to use a much more common example from the real world : When your politicians repeatedly pass laws that hurt you in favor of large corporations — that, too, is infuriating. Especially if those actions run directly counter to their campaign promises.

    There’s a lot of be infuriated about in the world today, so go ahead and embrace your rage. By doing so, you’ll be in a better mindset to understand things like Brexit, Catalonia, and Trump, each of which is a reflection of the fury of your fellow citizens, who are finally waking up to the fact that they’ve been victims for too long.

    An easy prediction to make is that this simmering anger of the populace is going to start boiling over more violently in the coming years. Welcome to the Age of Fury.

    ‘Over The Top’ Dumb

    Do you ever get the sense that, as a society, we’re being dangerously reckless? Perhaps so dumb that we might not recover from the repercussions of our stupidity for many generations, if ever?

    There are economic and financial idiocies in motion that are, by themselves, unsolvable predicaments without a peaceful solution. But when combined with resource depletion and declining net energy, they’re positively intractable.

    Take for example the hundreds of trillions of dollars-worth of underfunded entitlement and pension promises. Those promises cannot be kept and they cannot be paid. Everybody with a basic comprehension of math can conclude as such.

    Yet we continue to operate as if the opposite were true. We comfort ourselves that, somehow, all the promised future payouts will be made in full — even though the funds are insolvent, their returns are much lower than the actuarial projections require, and payout demand mercilessly rises each year.

    Spoiler alert: This isn’t some future disaster lying in wait. It’s unfolding right now.

    Take these headlines spanning the past several years:

    When it comes to broken retirement promises, the future is now. It will be with us for a very long time.

    Why? Because the math simply doesn’t work. It’s broken, it’s been broken for a long time. You can’t put too little in the piggy bank at the start, then raid it over time, and still expect to have enough at the end.

    And yet we, as a society, have preferred to pretend as if that weren’t the case. Which, it turns out, was a terrible “strategy.”

    But if you think that’s bad, you’re going to positively hate this chart:

    S&P 500 chart

    The pension liabilities now blowing up are contained within the thin green smear in the middle of this chart. Think on the nation’s inability to handle that single crisis, and now reflect on how overwhelmed it’s going to be by the far larger predicaments that lie elsewhere on the chart.

    The Infuriating Plunder-fest That Is Health Care

    The Medicare liabilities (the orange and largest band on the above chart) are immense, and will only become more so as our largest demographic, the baby boomers, further ages. But they become especially infuriating when seen in the larger context of the racketeering that drives the health care system in the United States.

    Instead of doing anything constructive about the high number of IOUs building up within Medicare, Washington DC politicians are sidestepping the most obvious elements that contribute the most to the problem. Enormously wasteful, the “healthcare” system is entirely out of control and spiraling deeper into an abyss that threatens to literally destroy the most productive segment of the US social structure: the middle and upper middle classes.

    That should be a topic of serious discussion in the halls of power. But none is being had.

    Literally each day brings worse news on the skyrocketing costs of healthcare. But, as with most topics, the media mostly focuses on the symptoms (prices) rather than the causes of the issue.

    The real culprits here are the insurance cartel and a hospital system that has the most unfair, incomprehensible, and inhumane billing process ever devised. One easy to grasp feature of both the insurance companies and conspire to pay the executives far more than they actually deserve or are truly worth.

    Health care premiums for 2018 set to go up by as much as 50 percent

    Oct 5, 2017

    Several states have announced rates for health insurance premiums on the Obamacare exchanges for 2018. Topping the list is Georgia, with rates that are 57 percent higher than last year, while Florida said some premiums will be 45 percent higher.

    Among the reasons for these increases is the uncertainty about the future of the Affordable Care Act. President Donald Trump has vowed to repeal and replace the health care law, which was passed under his predecessor President Barack Obama.

    Insurers are raising premiums in the face of repeated threats from President Trump to stop funding so-called cost-sharing reductions, payments to insurers that cover out-of-pocket costs for some low-income consumers. Trump previously referred to these payments as “bailouts” for insurance companies and threatened to stop making the payments so as to “let Obamacare implode”. (Source)

    That’s the story the health insurers are going with: they have to raise rates because they’re uncertain whether they will get AS MUCH LOOT under the new rules being considered as they did under the utterly disastrous Obamacare provisions.

    How much loot are we talking about? Look at this chart of the stock price of United Healthcare (UNH) since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare):

    S&P 500 chart

    If this chart showing massive near-4x gains in just 5 years, coupled with your steep annual premium increases, doesn’t infuriate you, you are just not getting it.

    Even if your employer pays for your health care (somewhat obscuring the true impact of premium increases), the cost to you is fewer and lower pay increases, as well as steady yearly reductions in covered services along with higher co-pays and deductible amounts.

    Still not infuriated? Ok, maybe this will do the trick. Here how much executive compensation at the major insurers was last year:

    S&P 500 chart

    (Source)

    The average family health care insurance premium in 2016 was $18,764, meaning that Mark Bertolini from Aetna alone required 100% of the premiums from more than 2,200 families just to pay him in 2016. Of course, the “C-suite” of these health care insurers are loaded with other high-paid parasites who are just as busy gouging the young and old alike.

    This is a complete travesty and joke. Congress and the Senate, sitting on their deservedly low approval ratings, pretend they cannot do anything about it. Too complicated they say. Bullshit I say. Go after the obscene pay packages and profits of the insurance industry as a first matter of business. Then make it a crime for hospitals to bill people differently for the exact same services.

    That’s a no-brainer. Can you imagine if your mechanic had a secret pricing formula for every customer that was, literally, based on their maximum ability to pay? Nobody would stand for it, it’s disgusting that we tolerate this when it comes to something as vital and necessary as our health and even lives.

    Fury, not tolerance, is what’s needed now.

    Conclusion (to Part 1)

    The future has arrived. The pension losses are here and just getting started and the future will have a lot more of those sorts of broken promises.

    The health care insurance crisis has been with us for 20 years or so now and Obamacare just put some extra accelerant on that fire, which is now consuming middle class households by the tens of thousands.

    Both the pension and health care crises are infuriating and self-inflicted wounds. We could have avoided them by making wiser choices in the past. We didn’t. We could limit their damage by making better choices today. We almost assuredly won’t.

    Current conversations and proposals are thinly disguised sleight-of-hand movements whose purpose is to deflect attention from the thefts underway. Anybody who studies the system and its math comes to the same conclusion: the corporations have all the power and they are misusing it for private gain.

    Why there aren’t more politicians willing to call a spade a spade and actually protect their constituents is a real mystery. But the next wave of populist candidates certainly won’t be. People are sick and tired of being asked to give more and more while corporations and wealthy elites keep taking more and more.

    It’s simply infuriating.

    But that’s not the worst of it. The mistakes we are making right now in terms of energy policy and ecological destruction are far more dangerous to your personal health, liberty and future prospects than a simple market crash.

    In Part 2: It’s Time For Action, we uncover the hidden downside risks in today’s financial markets and explain how, as destructive as a coming market crash will be, the longer-term damage to society and risks to your well-being are rooted in the potential breakdown of the systems we depend on to live.

    As with pensions and health care, we are pursuing similar dangerously misguided policies in our farming & food systems, extraction of industrial resources, and ecological management — to name just a few.

    There’s an appropriate time for fury. And that time is now — provided we use the anger to spur us into constructive action. Get your fury on.

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      1. Zlatko

        It’s the Republicans who steal pensions every time. It’s the Republicans who destroyed your union. It’s the Republicans who are in the corporate pocket. It’s the Republicans who’ve been bought and paid for by the rich. That’s why they vote in the best interests of the wealthy and wealthy corporations, not your best interest.
        It’ stupid, ignorant, brainwashed, Stockholm syndrome suffering voters who keep voting for Republicans, and then can’t figure out why things don’t get better for average Americans. Duh.
        It doesn’t have to be this way, quit voting Republican. Geez.

        • Him

          NAFTA=Bill Clinton. Democrat. That’s what started the ball rolling. However, both parties destroyed American job opportunities. The AFL-CIO supports wide open borders. An unlimited supply of cheap labor. That is the last straw for the American blue collar worker. Remember the Democrats calling the Conservatives racist for wanting border control? The Establishment is Globalist. Anti-American. That includes Carter, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama.

          • laura ann

            Congress sold out to both parties and lobby groups pushing globalist agenda. Sessions is now sold out to globalism. We boycott the polls (all levels of gov.) since Reagan. America is sliding into abyss as other former nations, see latest post at Organic Prepper. Get house in order and get crackin’ get needed supplies, pack several bug out bags per person, have a bug out location if able or team up with relatives or friends on land out from cities. No future in starting a family.

        • TheGuy

          1982 called, it wants its bullshit talking points back.

          Fucking what are you even shitting me here or what.

          THEY ALL are in it for the rich. Period. Full stop.

          We don’t have a society we have collective Darwinism. Guess who’s not the fittest? Hint: get a mirror.

        • who Knows Who Cares

          Maybe, but as long as ALL D’s are anti 2nd amendment, continue to push for more restrictive gun laws, that end up turning normal people into instant felons by some uppity 20 something cop with a new badge cause yours is bigger than his/hers I will ONLY vote “R”

          Change your idiotic Bloomberg syndrome and maybe I could take a look at a “D” in a different light.

          As long as I can still hold my Ruger and aim I want to have full “constitutional” right to carry it “anywhere, anytime” Just the way this half baked former Gov we had signed off on a bill to let “retired” LEO do here in VA on his way to the Senate, and almost into being VP.

        • durangokidd

          The best chance Americans have to reinvigorate the Republic and restore American Constitutional Rights as the basis for the Rule of Law in America once again;is to take control of the Republican Party through TEA Party activities at the grassroots level…. as I have mentioned here in the past, over and over and over again.

          If anyone doesn’t think that approach isn’t working they didn’t see TRUMP shatter 16 opponents in the Republican Primaries and then crush HRC in the General Election.

          If anyone doesn’t think this approach isn’t working today, they didn’t notice that Jeff Flake has announced his “retirement” from the US Senate today. Patriots are doing their part in Arizona. The rest of you need to get busy.

          United under Almighty God, with the US Constitution as our most powerful weapon, America is invincible. 🙂

        • cranerigger

          Zlatco, do you really believe Maxine Waters, Charlie Rangel, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, and the rest of the parade (D) of idiots were concerned with your pension? Look at the cities and states run by Democrats, most are bankrupt and all are dangerous. Please take a more in depth look at their motivations. POWER is their only God.

          • durangokidd

            Absolutely right!!! The LEFT has destroyed the wealth of the Middle and Working Classes in America; while imposing higher taxes in the States they control and spending those States into oblivion !!!

            The RIGHT wants to preserve your pensions, provide you with a minimum return, and make trillions using your money. 🙁

        • XSFGRG

          I suppose your tax, and spend Democrats, who started this huge number of unfunded social programs, are going to do a better job by unwinding the mess that they originated? People like you need to wake up, and realize that there’s no free lunch, and the DemocRATS are just a corrupt as the RePUKElicans.

        • Oren

          Change the word Republicans to Democrats and you’ll have it right.

        • johnoc

          If you think that would solve the problem you are not seeing the big picture.

        • The Deplorable Braveheart

          Zlatko, go away to huffpost.com. You’ll be much more at home there.

          • two2wisper

            ??? Good one !

        • TEST

          Truly hilarious, Zlat. Yeah, stealing pensions… like a family member of mine, a teacher who worked nine months a year as a regular elementary school teacher, then gets two weeks off at Christmas, massive numbers of sick days, PTO days, then retired at 57 making $7/month. Meanwhile, I will work until I am 70, I generally work from 8 AM to midnight, with a short lunch and a few hours at dinner (plus some ADHD breaks when I post here), then work weekends, and last year Christmas Day and New Years Day just to keep up. Then I pay property taxes through the nose, perhaps 20% of my take home pay, all to support the early, uber-luxe retirement of people like this.

          Truth is, it is people like YOU, and your Democrats, that steal from people through your draconian taxes.

          Oh yeah. How did your Democrats make out in Detroit under Kevin Orr? No Republican mayor there for the past half century,and I think they got something like 10 cents on the dollar for pentions. Once you leftists turn a state, or country, into a basket case, there IS no pension. But you leftists aren’t intelligent enough, it seems, to figure that basic fact out.

          Your post is truly insulting to anyone who has a shred of intellectual honesty.

        • Hardcase

          You sir, have a one track mind and cannot see the same picture of our Country as others do and you and people like you use violence to get what they want. You are the one who has been “brainwashed”.

        • 101st

          Wonder who’s setting the table to steal Illinois pensions? Wonder who paid no taxes on $$$ sitting in a freezer in the Caribbean? Wonder who paid no taxes yet was in charge of treasury? Wonder who supports the 47% no tax paying freeshitarmy of government leeches? Who’s in charge of the top 10 most financially unstable cities in Merica? How did Obummer raise over $12M for DNC from Wall Street? Who stole the pensions of Unionized Detroit Firemen? How did Al Gore go to Washington with a net worth of $2M and now estimated at $190M? Do the world a favor and add sucking on closest Chevy V8 tailpipe to your “GET DONE TODAY” list immediately.

        • Dan

          No it is stupid Dumbocrat union leaders that promised union workers with so much. It is not the republicans… union pensions are managed by the unions. If they go insolvent they are taken over by the government and cuts have to be made.

        • polaris

          Yes! The rino’s are a disgrace but the leftists, which includes most Democrats, has poisoned everything good about America even to the point of producing avowed communists from West Point.This truth is obvious to a majority of America…and thankfully that’s why Hillie isn’t president!

        • Agent 86

          I suppose the Demoncraps would do a better job. 20 Trillion debt under Obozo.

        • POA

          Don’t be stuck on the two opposing party charade. You have NO right to the wealth of any other person or entity regardless of their account balances.

          No one has the right to your wealth or the fruits of your labor either. Understand and embrace liberty and the responsibility that goes with it.

        • Mike

          Not so. Don’t forget that Billy Jeff Clinton revoked the Glass Stiegel Act, and the Dodd-Frank, which allows banks to legally steal depositors’ money, was written by two Democrats and signed into law by Obozo.

        • Jibbs

          Zlatko, I’m guessing by the rant you are on, that you are a leftist. Both parties have ripped us off, but the democrats want full control of you on the plantation.
          A complete purge is what is needed from the top down, but until all Americans stop fighting each other and take control, it’s all down the sewer.
          You might want to visit a few democrat controlled city’s and rethink what you said. As for me, I left that cesspool of Chicago and Illinois seven year’s ago and never looked back.

      2. Kay123

        The TEAMSTERS should collect the stolen pension money the “MAFIA”
        stole to build the first Casinos on the LasVegas “Strip”.
        Plus… they should get 70 billion +
        Intrest on the several millions they stole in 1950’s.

        Those supposedly here to protect us…..have a new agenda. Now, it is
        to destroy us.
        We can blame the Prince of Distruction, that communist organizer, that
        Anti-American mooslime, anti-capitalist, that anti-gun loving traitor, who
        tried to crash our economy, run up our debt so high….that every man, woman,
        and child will forever be a slave to the government. (NWO)

        Yes, Obuttho’ gave us health care designed to drive every one of us into poverty.
        He emptied our jails and released dangerous criminals on society, with his pardons.

        Gave billions of dollars…..gave WMD’s……gave “top secret military info” and
        a host of other crimes…….to our ENEMIES!

        And not even a hand slap! TREASON……that is undeniable TREASON!!!!

        • Genius

          The teamsters pension is a joke and a fraud. It is modeled after social security. If you die before you retire you get 10K they keep the rest. If you die while retired your spouse gets like a year of 80% they keep the rest. You cannot cash it out, you cannot borrow against it, it is not your money. In the 2008 crash it lost around 50% of value. The mafia don Hoffa stole 500 million dollars from it and gave it to Obama. No other union does this shit, the electrical workers, concrete workers, etc. can cash out the entire thing after all it IS their money. Teamsters retirement is the worst I have ever seen.

      3. Anticommie

        “Don’t Make Me Angry…You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry.”

        • Genius

          “Get off my lawn!”

      4. viper in Montana

        it’s better than the alternative…..the lying total POS liberals.

      5. grandee

        Some of you may remember a previous post I made on a health care story: about my sister and a colonoscopy.

        She had said colonoscopy, and for those who prayed for her, thank you. She is clear of any cancer 🙂 and the small infection that caused the rectal bleeding has healed on it’s own.

        The final cost of the colonoscopy (w/o insurance) that included Facility, anesthesiologist, doctor who preformed the colonoscopy and the over the Walmart over-the-counter clean out meds came to the resonable price of $1100.00

        For those of you w/o any insurance, all we did was shop around.
        Just like for a house mortgage or a car. Took time and phone calls and net searches. But it all came together for a reasonable price, I thought.

        • durangokidd

          Bottles of 100% vitamins and minerals (equate) are about $12.00. Same for a very large bottle of Vitamin C (1000 mg capsules).If you are over 50 take an amino acid supplement too.

          To prevent all disease, take large doses of Vitamin C, and some Ginger, Turmeric, and Garlic every day. Onions too. Some cancers are triggered by a vitamin deficiency. Educate yourself.

          An oz of prevention is worth a pound of cure. 🙂

          • JayJay

            Add vitamin A to that list. Our diets don’t supply it.

            Senior ladies??? Black cohosh. Every day..I take one mng., one night, and never have acid reflux, night muscle spasms, and no hot flashes.

          • laura ann

            DK: I believe in vit C get all our min/vit from Vita Cost online all natural, not petro chem. based. Too much vit. C means spending lots of time in the b’room. We eat citrus every day (lemons in tea or water, kiwi, oranges, etc.) ginger used in cooking, sage, etc. Olive leaf extract capsules, fish oil, etc. Braggs raw vinegar one-two T in water w/meal, kills viruses in digestive tract/digestive aid.

        • JAS

          And if she had insurance they would have charged $11000.00. That is one of the biggest problems with the system. Providers and insurance companies agree on pricing and then the patient eats the high premiums and deductables.

          • Plan twice, prep once

            The hospitals in America run a tax fraud through their billing systems.

            It works like this, two people, one with insurance and one without go in for a procedure like an emergency appendicitis. They bill both for $30,000.

            The insurance company negotiates the bill for the insured, down to $9,000, the patient pays a $750.00 annual deductible and insurance pays the rest.

            The uninsured signed off that they would pay the bill. The hospital and doctors bill him for $30,000.00. The patient empties his bank account and pays the hospital all he can. He still owes the Hospital $28,000. They turn the bill over to a collection agency that negotiates to take a hundred a month from the guy for life. The hundred a month doesn’t even pay the interest on the bill. The bank declares the loss on their taxes of $28,000. The hospital made $2,000 in profit on the insured patient. This means the declared loss off sets the profits declared to the IRS on a total of 14 emergency appendectomies covered by insurance. Result they pay no tax for the year.

            It’s a freaking perfectly legal money laundering scheme! Big Hospital I business wins again and you get to pay the taxes that the multi billion dollar hospital just avoided.

            By the way a few months ago I did get a double hernia fixed by robotic surgery. What they did was a total success and what they did isn’t available in any nation that has free government healthcare. People in Europe fly to the US to get what I got, and they pay cash.

            You-all scared the crap out of me with the warnings about opioids, so the prescription for Oxy sat there unused and was finally flushed down the toilet. I only took extra strength Tylenol and if I layed perfectly still on my back without moving I could sleep, a pox be upon those who made me laugh in those days, you know who you are…. You rat ba$tards. The only bad side effect was a seroma that formed, but that went away on its own. To those who suggested I sit out the coming zombie apocalypse, I thank you. It never happened. Date setters always look silly.

            I tried to get the Dr. to upgrade me to a Kevlar mesh for the hernia repair, so I’d be bullet proof, but all he gave me was a T-shirt that said “Don’t mesh with me, hernia repair by Dr Snipandsew”.

            Amazing surgery, you can see DIY videos on YouTube. Three very tiny sexy half inch cuts, two for robot arms and one for the camera. Yeah, after the surgery you look like someone shot you with a freaking bump stock. Then the rat ba$tards skins you alive on the inside, separating the abdominal wall from from the abdominal muscles from your naval to your nuts. To separate the parts, and allow the camera to see they pump in CO2 that freaking hurts, but your body can absorb and remove, inflating your abdomen to a size that will impress all, and yes that hurts too, but not as much as this run on sentence hurts my eghth grade English teacher, you b|t€h. Then through the little tiny hole he drags in a doormat size piece of mesh, ok not that big, but it felt like it, and stitches it into place. Knit one pearl two…. It takes the next 8 weeks to heal enough that you can resume life, the first week hurts the most, but I finally realized all I had to do was cry like a little girl…. and it still hurt like a mother f¥€ker. My advice, take the Tylenol plus prunes. Don’t ask, you’ll know it when you get there. And did I say I was at a teaching hospital? There were like a dozen beautiful young women doctors who did God knows what to me once I was under……. Hey I can dream can’t I.

            Well, it’s all fixed and I’m back to curling coeds at the beach for exercise…… If you want to see my new abs just google “curling naked nubiles”. The results may not be workplace friendly.

            My advise to preppers, don’t put off any elective or semi elective surgeries that may not be available during a SHTF event, especially if you currently have insurance. Obamacare is collapsing, and only God knows when Congress will do anything constructive. I suspect they want a catastrophe they think they can get credit for, by rescuing the Ametican people without Trump getting the credit. They are looking to 2020. Ahhhhhhhhh!

            • Genius

              PTPO, just an FYI for ya…. The hernia mesh thing is currently in a class action lawsuit so good you didn’t do it. Another fact: Tylenol is THE #1 CAUSE OF LIVER FAILURE! More than all other causes COMBINED! See you back in the hospital soon?

              • Plan twice, prep once

                The mesh they use today is not the stuff involved in the current lawsuits.

                Normally I avoid Tylenol, yes I know it’s hard on the liver, but ibuprofen, aspirin, and Aleeve all can make you bleed, which is a real no, no after surgery. I could stand the pain, but I also needed my digestive tract to work and severe pain affects it. If your digestive tract freaks out, you get constipated, which after abdominal surgury will be incredibly painful and could tear the surgery apart if you have to push too hard.

                Two doses a day for three days is all I took. It’s the only Tylenol I’ve taken in years. If anyone needs to take Tylenol, never drink alcohol, the two together is murder on your liver. Never ever take Tylenol for a hangover. If you are getting a scheduled surgery drink no alcohol a week before and after.

      6. Kay123

        Oh yes, and let’s not forget that good o’, Lyndon B. Johnson stole the people’s
        money deposited in Social Security.

        Few people know that, now because, that will never be taught in todays history class.

        LBJ theiving democrap…..killed 500,000 of our men in Vietnam…..and for WHAT?
        He must have been culling the herd because there was no valid
        reason to be there.

        Soldiers coming home were told not to wear uniforms because people
        here would spit on them. They took the blame for an incompetent gov.

        • John

          I believe you meant ~57,000 killed in Viet Nam, right?

        • durangokidd

          Uuuuh 58K + 🙁

        • Plan twice, prep once

          The culling in Vietnam,
          They had the college deferment that let anyone who could get into a liberal arts college avoid the draft. Meanwhile LBJ emptied the slums sending fresh units to nam that were 90% black to die.

          It was a racist fact.

          • Old Guy

            Perhaps that was part of LBJ’s War on Poverty? Maby Trump Will draft from the slums and send them to korea? sounds good to me. Especially if they draft the females also.

      7. Anonymous

        Pillars of society. Sooo respectable.

      8. Old Guy

        if its the government parasites who lose their pensions in Ok with that. They had a do nothing non producing job sucking off the government tit. Fuck em let them starve. They should have worked a job where their employer needed to derive a profit from what they did.

        • confederate

          @old guy; the govt workers did derive a profit. . .your tax dollars.

      9. Kay123

        Grandee,
        You were lucky. I went to Mayo Clinic in 1996 had the same thing.
        (Had a physical check also.)
        Mine cost $7200. No bleeding, nothing unusual.

        Woman doctor comes in to do cervical exam….(now get this)..
        Dressed in a sharkskin two piece skirt and jacket, gold & pearl
        earrings, necklace, broach, diamond rings, spike heels and no
        lab coat!
        She looked like she was going to a wedding….meanwhile…
        I was spead out on table… Under Dressed and Over Exposed! ?

        That is probably why my exam cost more? Do ya think?
        That and the fact it was paid for by employer insurance.

        • grandee

          actually, no luck was involved.

          we took time to look for the best offer.

          the blue book of healthcare gave us options from $1400 to $6000

          we investigated the lowest and took advantage of that.

          shop around folks. it worked for us.

      10. Bebop72

        It’s xactly the same in Europe.

      11. J

        Quit talking about repubs vs dems. Don’t you all know its a one party system. Like the same coin that presents two sides. Heads/tails, up/down, right/left, red/blue. Both parties have destroyed this country. They are corrupt and self-fulfilling, answering only to the big corporations that provide the campaign contributions to re-election them. The entire system is rigged and corrupted. Michael Savage calls them the Republicrats or Demicans. I call them the elected bloods & crypts. There is only (1) course of action left. A second American revolution of 1776…..except this time it’s not independence from King George & England. It is independence from Wash DC. And this revolution cannot be obtained via the ballot box. It will need to be a bloody revolt of Nationalist Patriots that overthrow this evil govt, hang the traitors, and start anew; reinstating the Constitution and bill of rights, and reducing govt to a small fraction of its current size….run by patriots and Constitutionalists.
        Otherwise, this country is finished. Pack your bags and move to Equador, if even possible.!!!!

        • Gen. Patton

          A Convention of the States that delivers Congressional term limits imo is our only hope outside of watering the tree of liberty at this point

          • POA

            The only way the globalists can institute their NWO is to destroy our Constitution. Bear in mind that Article V allows for two different methods of ratification AND, with the experience of 1787 as our guide, the convention can also change the rules for ratification. Bloodshed, however horrible, is actually preferable to a convention for I can guarantee that once convened, liberty will be hanging from an overpass with a noose around her neck.

      12. Jtx

        Ive encountered much more apathy than fury from the average american

      13. TEST

        This post will, sadly, go unheeded. Your price for healthcare gone up 50%? 35%? Gee… my wife’s and mine dropped from $1,000/month to $300 month, for IDENTICAL coverage.

        How, you ask? Simple Health sharing plans. There’s a number, we use Liberty HealthShare, out of Ohio, and they are GREAT. In fact, I had a horrible bicycle accident the first week with them, and ZERO problems. Plus,you call and you get real, life, helpful people first time. There are others out there – Medishare, Christian HealthSharer, Smaritans, etc., so due your own due diligence, but I can tell you this: I slept thru jr. high math class, but even ****I**** can tell the difference between paying $1k/month and $300/month for an IDENTICAL product.

        • rellik

          Test,
          That is curious. I checked into to Medishare and it was more than double what we pay for my wife’s medical with Kaiser for identical coverage.

      14. rellik

        Democrat governments made deals with Democrat unions. Now the Democrat retirees are suffering. Boo Hoo. Democrats have interfered with the Health system and have virtually destroyed it with Obama care, over regulation, and lack of Tort reforms.
        The GOPe is screwing the working people of this country.
        Yes, I’m Mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.
        I’m preparing for the worst.

      15. Liberty556

        CEO’s across the board are to blame for the huge decline in the middle class. NOT just insurance company CEO’s! When your typical CEO’s salary is so far out of line with other employees in the company the company can no longer pay decent wage increases. Seriously, getting a dime or quarter raise if your lucky is getting a little ridiculous. And they wonder why people have checked out of their jobs……

      16. P-51 Mustang

        The problem with America is everyone is taking out their frustrations of being elitist slaves on each other.
        All the hate needs to be directed towards the elite and the U.S. government who have been working in collusion with the elite.
        The fact that the Federal Reserve is a banking cartel for the elite is very obvious, yet the American people are unwilling to do anything about this major problem.
        Americans still vote as if it will change anything the elite have setup.
        Most Americans are ignorant to the fact that the Affordable Care Act was about imposing a new tax on Americans.The elite know most Americans are broke and can’t afford health coverage.Obama fooled many people by pretending to be the African American “messiah” who would bring about change.
        What America received from Obama in office was 8 years of Marxist ideology. I still can’t believe people were actually crying because Hillary lost the election.
        Wow! Talk about brainwashed.
        The Democrat vs Republican hate in America is hilarious because both parties are one in the same. The elite party.
        That’s how the politicians fooled Americans and were able to pass the Federal Reserve Act in 1913. The Republicans spoke out against the Act and the American people thought this was a great deal.
        To make things worse the American people are falling for the psychological operations being waged upon them.
        The BLM ,NAACP, LGBTQ, and women’s liberation movement were designed to destroy society.
        Everyone is familiar with the NFL kneeling charade which is yet another PSYOP.
        Ethic, religious, social status, and equality wars.
        Americans greatest enemy right now is themselves.
        Look at the many instances of road rage in America which shows a clear disregard for human life.
        Americans have no care for each other with the “every man for himself” mentality.
        Most of the U.S. websites feature hateful sarcastic snarky comments in the comments sections.
        Unless the American people put aside their differences and take their country back it will be destroyed just as the elite have planned.
        Many laugh about the NWO but it’s very real.

        • Genius

          “Unless the American people put aside their differences and take their country back it will be destroyed just as the elite have planned.”

          Looks like were doomed 🙁

      17. JAS

        And if she had insurance they would have charged $11000.00. That is one of the biggest problems with the system. Providers and insurance companies agree on pricing and then the patient eats the high premiums and deductables.

      18. aljamo

        Yet the people will vote again in the next election as if it matters while the agenda never changes.

        • laura ann

          aljamo: After reading Rutherford Inst. John Whitehead’s books: Battlefield America, A gov. of wolves, proves this country is w/o hope. Tea Party’s and patriot activities over decades produced nil. Dem/Rep. are sold out to globalist agendas, Sessions sold out, congress has been bought/bribed by corp. lobbying.

          • Genius

            You forgot blackmailed…

      19. Old Guy

        Those who promised the pensions knew all along that when it came time to pay out they would be long gone. They knew all along the promise was a lie and would be broken. The great numbers of baby boomers that are now retiring is bringing everything to a head. Ill and calif are in a race to the bottom. They cannot tax themselves into fiscal balance.

        • Genius

          That doesn’t stop them from trying!

      20. P-51 Mustang

        Genius

        Sadly, I too believe America is doomed.
        The apathy of the American people will destroy them.

        aljamo

        True.
        I don’t think it’s any coincidence electronic voting is used now. The elite control everything from the top.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzBI33kOiKc

        Old Guy

        Great points.

      21. Anti ~ NWO

        My husband had a small cyst removed under his eye. Of course he was referred to a surgeon. Cost for a 20 minute procedure over $5,000. His out of pocket cost $1,300.
        I told him I would remove it but he didn’t trust me LOLOL Maybe if he knew what it was going to cost him he would have chanced it. It is all a scam, make us useless eaters pay pay pay.

      22. Cal

        “… it’s disgusting that we tolerate this when it comes to something as vital and necessary as our health and even lives…”

        That is the truth of your article.

        So now reread it. When did those obscene pay happen? When those who serve within our government got involved. So how can more government interference “fix? the problem? It cannot.

        Hamilton, Federalist 33: “But it will not follow from this doctrine that laws passed by Congress are the Supreme law of the land] that acts of the large society which are NOT PURSUANT to its constitutional powers, but which are invasions of the residuary authorities of the smaller societies, will become the supreme law of the land. These will be merely acts of usurpation, and will deserve to be treated as such.”

        Want to fix things, REMOVE the unlawful (in our nation) government regulation. How much of the money does those who serve within the legislative branch send to foreign nations that we cannot afford? You know, foreign aid, foreign military aid, foreign aid for the arts, foreign etc, foreign etc, foreign etc, ETC.

        So, now that you went back and read the US Constitution, how many of those things funded, and others, were mentiond in writing within the US Constitution as something that those who SERVE WITHIN our government are ALLOWED to put our money? Almost NONE. Here is what they are delegated the authority to fund, within and without of our nation.

        Publius Huldah: What would our Country’s financial condition be if WE THE PEOPLE had enforced the enumerated (listed – in writing) powers on Congress? It is the enumerated powers which list the objects on which Congress may appropriate funds:
        — immigration office (Art. I, §8, cl.4)
        — mint (Art. I, §8, cl. 5)
        — Attorney General (Art. I, §8, cl. 6)
        — post offices & post roads (Art. I, §8, cl. 7)
        — patent & copyright office (Art. I, §8, cl. 8)
        — federal courts (Art. I, §8, cl. 9)
        — military (Art. I, §8, cls. 11-16)
        — the civil list (Art. I, §6, cl.1)

        [and other objects listed in various other articles, sections, &clauses]

        Do you get the idea? The Constitution itemizes what Congress is permitted to spend money on. See also the two geographical areas over which Congress was delegated “general legislative powers”: Art. I, §8, next to last clause, & Art. IV, §3, cl. 2. (end quote)

        Thomas Jefferson: “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.”

        Now look for what they are allowed to regulate. Go on, read it.

        Find anything yet beyond that list above?

        Thomas Jefferson to Lord North 1775: “That this privilege of giving or of withholding our monies, is an important barrier against the undue exertion of prerogative, which if left altogether without control, may be exercised to our great oppression; and all history shews how efficacious is its intercession from redress of grievances, and re-establishment of rights, and how improvident it would be to part with so powerful a mediator.”

        It is our own ignorance of that very short document that created/es the federal government and names its every power in writing. Yet you want to keep on giving them powers they cannot LAWFULLY hold and use. How about instead we start holding those that serve within our government to the contract that they are under?

      23. Old Guy

        Cal your assessment is Ok. However just how do you propose that we achieve the starting of holding those that serve to the contract? We cant withhold out tax money. not having the money don’t stop them. They create fiscal debt out of thin air. Trump must spend as much in 4 years as Obummer did in 8 just to keep the ball rolling. If we cut foreign aid those who are enabled by it will fail. and their failure will collapse the petro dollar. What we have is the runaway spending fueling the world economy. The tail has been wagging the dog. and the tail keeps getting bigger & stronger and the dog smaller and weaker. My opinion we cant fix what we have . The republic is finished. A bust up of the nation is the eventuall result.

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