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RiverKing's most recent comments:
- On 28 Mar 2012
Can I get doctor to tell me in advance what a visit will cost?,
A friend who is uninsured had the same question. He went to get an overall check up from a dermatologist and the doc he saw told him he had a mole that should be removed. Cost: at least $250.
He decided to get a second opinion. The second one didn't think it looked that worrisome, measured and photographed it, told him to check the size in a few months and see if it grew. This was a few years ago. My friend still has the mole.
This friend has a regular meetup to educate people who are uninsured about taking care of their health, and how to minimize costs to the docs. (He takes superb care of his health.)
- On 15 Mar 2012
Bring back the 40-hour work week,
Recently I person at a conference I was attended began chatting to me. She had severe shiny gray circles under her eyes, a sure sign of adrenal collapse. We talked about careers; she was a middle school teacher. I asked her how she liked it. She said she loved it, but that she'd had a big health crisis recently. (Gosh, really?) When I asked what had happened, she said she had been working really, really hard-- though she loved her job, it was very stressful. I don't know if she is someone who has Asperger's (and therefore might not mind the long hours so much), but even so, it's not that they're any less immune to health crises caused by overwork. The woman seemed uncertain as to whether she'd be able to fully regain her health.
Health crises also push up the cost of health insurance, in addition to destroying the quality of life for everyone involved. I live in an area where high tech is strong, and perusing the job offerings, "passionate" is a buzzword you see every single day of the week. I sent this article to everyone I know in the industry, and am considering sending it to the recruiters and job posters as well.
- On 10 Nov 2011
Move your money,
Today Patrick posted this story about how moves are affecting the big banks:http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/11/big-banks-plead-with-customers-not-to-move-their-money.html?source=patrick.net
And it had this comment from an attorney:
I’m an attorney representing homeowners against the foreclosure of their homes. When the banks begin laying off their employees, I would love to begin speaking with any of these people individually to discuss viability in bringing claims against their former employers under Section 922 of the Dodd-Frank Act for any acts of corruption which these former employees may have specific knowledge. These types of claims can be submitted anonymously if the party is represented by an attorney. The claimant will share in a substantial percentage of any penalties assessed by the Securities and Exchange Commission against the financial institution. It is time to hold this sector of business responsible for their misdeeds. I’m happy to see people beginning to take ownership of their country’s destiny rather than leaving decisions to be made largely for the benefit of those who are buying off the politicians in this country.
All I can say is, hurray!