Although I prefer their old ethnic sound, I must say their version of Spoliarium is the most powerful female remake in the album. Now imagine how this one would sound with their old ethnic arrangements. Spoken Jazz. Badass arrangement. Lourd De Veyra. Need I say more? But that was its strength. This has the distinction of having the slickest production in the album. Many hate her version, but I love it.
Not really amazing, but not bad. A great Slow Jazz experiment reduced to a piano ballad. In fact, I hated their last few releases. You know, when I read your prospectus, one of the goals that's in that document is to expose how the current system harms Americans by overcharging them.
And I think one of the insurance industry fallacies that has caused a lot of this harm is the notion of consumer choice. That we don't want to disturb the freedom of Americans to choose their own insurance plan or their doctors.
That's exactly right. In fact, I wrote an op-ed for The New York Times earlier this year on that very thing, about how the insurance industry and its allies have used that word "choice" to bamboozle the public into thinking that what we value most is having a choice of health insurer. It's bamboozling the public in many different ways. One, most of us, if you think about this, certainly those of us who get coverage through the workplace, we don't have a choice of health insurance company.
That choice is made by our employer. Even if you get coverage through the Obamacare exchanges, in many cases there's a very limited choice depending on where you live. So we don't have as much choice as they would like you to think we have. But the choice that really matters most to Americans is not choice of health insurance companies. It is choice of healthcare providers, doctors, and hospitals, and other providers.
And increasingly, insurance companies have been taking those choices away from us through their limited networks. And those networks are getting skinnier and skinnier every year. And also insurance companies in the middle of a year, a policy year for someone, can and often will remove doctors and hospitals from their provider networks.
So we don't have the choice that they would like us to believe. And they're trying to obscure the choice that matters most to us, which is a choice of healthcare providers. And by the way, the Medicare program doesn't have these limited networks. If you are enrolled in Medicare, you have unlimited choice of providers who participate in the Medicare program. And that is the vast majority of all doctors and hospitals in this country. What further has the COVID pandemic shown you about the state of healthcare and health insurance in the country?
The COVID pandemic has really laid bare so many of the problems that we have in this country when it comes to our healthcare system. It also has shown just how greedy the insurance industry is and how it's able to profiteer. Over the first six months of this year, the six largest, for-profit health insurance companies, and they are Anthem, Aetna, Cigna, Centene, United Healthcare, and Humana, have reported profits that exceeded Wall Street's expectations. United, for example, reported second quarter earnings that were the most they've ever made over three months in their history.
We've also seen laid bare the absurdity of our employer-based healthcare system. A lot of the candidates during the primary talked a great deal about how much Americans valued the employer-based healthcare system. And how many times did we hear that or million Americans get their coverage through their workplace? Well, what we've seen made abundantly clear in the pandemic is that Americans have been losing their jobs by the millions, more than 40 million people have applied for unemployment compensation.
And a lot of those people who've lost their jobs, millions have also lost their health insurance. So we've lost ground, a great deal of ground that we gained when the Affordable Care Act was passed. So why should we continue on with a healthcare system in which our healthcare access is tied to having a job and an employer that offers benefits? And increasingly over the years, employers have been throwing in the towel. They can't continue to offer benefits.
So that's one thing. We're seeing some of the other problems caused by the insurance industry in particular. They also are able to make money through very aggressive prior authorization requirements, which make it necessary for doctors to ask for permission or approval before they can proceed with a treatment or prescribe certain medication.
So increasingly, Americans are not getting the care that they need because someone in the insurance company is saying no. Even if it's a covered benefit, it's their legal right to say, "We're not going to cover that" for whatever reason.
You may recall that during the debate on what became the Affordable Care Act, Sarah Palin and some others said that we should worry because the government would be setting up "death panels.
But that obscured something else that I talked about then, but it's also becomes very apparent, insurance companies operate death panels, and they do this in one way through these prior authorization requirements.
In many cases, people are not getting the care that could save their lives. And that's just because the insurance industry says no to a doctor who, in many cases, is pleading for approval for coverage, for something the patient urgently needs. So you're saying that despite the enormity of this current crisis, and despite the press releases that have gone out from the insurers about how beneficial they're being and how much they're trying to help people, that there's still a lot of predatory behavior taking place?
Oh, there's enormous predatory behavior. And it's interesting, if you look at the press releases that these companies have put out for their quarterly earnings this year, they always spend paragraph after paragraph, bullet point after bullet point at the top of their press releases, talking about how good they are, how they are spending money or accelerating payments to doctors and hospitals. It's just, again, an effort to hide their embarrassment of riches, or at least bury it under many paragraphs of patting themselves on the back.
And when you really look at what they're doing, the money that they presumably are spending or contributing to nonprofit organizations throughout the country is minuscule, when you look at it as a percentage of the profits they're making, and certainly as a percentage of the revenues they're hauling in.
So you caused a little bit of a stir on Twitter earlier when you said that Canada's response has been better than ours because of the differences in our healthcare systems. Are people dying unnecessarily? People are dying unnecessarily in this country. In Canada, for example, you don't have to worry at all about the cost of the test or treatment. There are no out of pocket requirements for the care that you need in Canada.
One deterrent in this country is the fact that people know that they're going to be on the hook for sometimes thousands of dollars if they get the care that they need. So we've done such a poor job, not only compared to Canada, but to every other developed country in the world when it comes to being ready to handle this pandemic. And our numbers continue to be worse than any other country in the world. Other countries have seen a flattening and actually a decline in the number of cases and deaths, when we're seeing an acceleration of it, certainly in a few states in this country.
So are you eagerly awaiting Donald Trump's healthcare plan at the end of the month? Oh, I just can't believe that we haven't seen it yet.
Seventeen songs personalized by a varied group of Filipino artists, worth it? Acceptable, but nothing too spectacular. Imago does give justice to Spoliarium, accentuating the haunting sound of the original to a higher level. Surely, they have made the song their own, in a good way. Fourth on the list is Barbie Almalbis singing Overdrive, a passable rendition that definitely sounds like something from the former HYP singer. Sana di nlang nila iniba ung tono but at least maganda rin nman ang kanilang cooperation i just want to say na ely!!
Tsaka, who the effing hell is Isha???????!!!!! Talagang di yun matanggal-tanggal sa utak ko!!!!! Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Search for:. About Hello. September 3, 65 Photos. November 27, 10 Photos.Ultraelectromagneticjam!: The Music of the Eraserheads is the first tribute album for the popular Filipino alternative band The Eraserheads. It was named after the band's first studio album UltraElectroMagneticPop!. The album was released under Musiko Records & Sony BMG Music Philippines, Inc. (now known as Sony Music Philippines & BMG Rights Management) on November 29, and consists of 17 Eraserheads songs .