Open Thread | INSULIN4ALL

Just a notice for those who read the blog:
Ametia and SG2 have decided that they need a break from posting here at the blog. So, I have decided to try and see how I could do it by myself. I’m going to see how it goes over the next month. I won’t be writing daily posts. I will try and post Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with maybe a weekend post for Saturday/Sunday. I hope that you all have patience with me as I see how this works out.


I have written before about the issue with insulin in this country. I think it’s a scam and a collusion between the companies that make it to gauge those that need it.
This has turned into a medical crisis, and there are those promoting INSULIN4ALL, which is exactly how it sounds: insulin should be affordable for those who need it TO LIVE.
One of my favorite medical bloggers went to a conference in Minnesota about this issue:

This is outrageous.😠😠😠
People using GoFundMe in order to LIVE😠😠

Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) Tweeted:
The sixth most expensive liquid in the world?
Insulin in the US.

Think on that. Something needed for people to LIVE is the 6th most expensive liquid in the world. This makes no sense!

This is very real. One of the first articles that I read, talked about a young man who wound up DYING , Because after he turned 26, he couldn’t afford the insulin, and tried to ration it.😠😠
This young lady’s fears are REAL 😠😠 😠

Reading the replies to this tweet just bothered me. I don’t really care if they are bots, because I know that the sentiment is very real. Those saying that she should just get a good enough job with benefits to pay for the insulin. That’s a very classist statement. What happens to the blue collar diabetic without a degree and a good job with benefits – they should just die because they can’t afford the insulin?
Absolutely not. There is no reason why insulin should be this expensive. Especially since people NEED IT TO LIVE.

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48 Responses to Open Thread | INSULIN4ALL

  1. rikyrah says:

    This thread never fails to crack me up, even two years later. I love this Twitter thread 😂😂😂

  2. rikyrah says:

    So much truth here. This is a good post. Cold eyed objectives for 2020:

    The Goal Is To Hold the Line
    by Adam L Silverman
    At 9:18 pm on August 27, 2019

    There’s been a lot of sturm and drang in the comments recently, not just today, about all is lost, there’s no way out, we’re doomed. This has often been married to doom and gloom about the primary, the differences between the candidates, and whether idealism, incrementalism, or pragmatism is the way to win the 2020 election. How about we all just step back, take a deep breath, and focus on the actual fight that is the 2020 campaign. That fight has five components:

    1. Winning the presidential election
    2. Keeping the majority in the House
    3. Winning back the majority in the Senate
    4. Holding the governors’ mansions and state legislatures currently in Democratic hands
    5. Flipping as many governors’ mansions and state legislatures as possible

    The fourth and fifth components are important to set the conditions for a more representative redistricting after the 2020 census. The first three are important for other reasons. Maintaining the Democratic majority in the House is a necessary, but not sufficient requirement to return the US back to a solid political and economic footing. Retaking both the presidency and the Senate are both necessary and sufficient requirements to actually being able to do so. If the Democrats retake the presidency, but don’t retake the Senate, the next president will be a lame duck before her or his hand ever comes off the bible at the inauguration. No one they nominate, for political or judicial or diplomatic appointments, will ever get a vote. Nor will any legislation that passes a Democratic majority House, other than, perhaps, continuing resolutions to keep the government running at a previous year’s top line budget number. Right now the only way to reverse the damage that has been done, and to ensure that we get good policy on the climate and the environment, on immigration, on healthcare, on the economy including trade, and on criminal justice is to not just be able to pass laws through both chambers of Congress, but to have a Democratic president to sign that legislation and her or his political appointees in place to administer the executive branch agencies and fill judicial vacancies.


    The simple reality we face as Americans is that nothing positive, not a single damn thing, is possible on healthcare, immigration, the climate, the environment, the economy, foreign policy, defense policy, criminal justice, and/or trade policy if the President is reelected and if the Senate remains in Republican hands. The real issue right now isn’t whether VP Biden’s healthcare plan is too incremental or whether Senator Sanders is too idealistic and therefore unrealistic and improbable. And that either of them have the ability to deactivate Democratic voters because they’re not having their ideological pleasure centers tickled. At the Federal level, the real issue is electing a Democrat president with a Democratic majority Senate and maintaining the Democratic House. That’s it.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Hmmph…why am I not surprised…

    Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have discussed replacing Pence on 2020 ticket: Axios reporter

    Nikki Haley raised eyebrows by denying rumors that she was angling to replace Vice President Mike Pence as Donald Trump’s running mate in 2020, and now there’s some new reporting on what’s behind that chatter.

    The former United Nations ambassador and South Carolina governor tweeted out a denial of “false rumors” — which hadn’t seemed to have spread beyond the White House — that she wanted to join Trump on the ticket.


    Axios reporter Jonathan Swan told MSNBC’s “First Look” that the president’s daughter and son-in-law had discussed the possibility of replacing Pence with Haley, who instead has signed on as a “special guest” at a Trump-Pence fundraising retreat in the fall.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Outrage mounts over Harvard student turned back at airport
    Caitlin Dickson
    Reporter,Yahoo News•
    August 28, 2019

    The story of an incoming Harvard freshman who was denied entry into the United States after his laptop and cellphone were searched at the airport last week has immigration and free speech advocates sounding the alarm over the Trump administration’s increasingly restrictive immigration policies and how they are enforced.

    According to the Harvard Crimson, which first reported the story on Tuesday, Ismail Ajjawi, a 17-year-old Palestinian resident of Lebanon on his way to Harvard to begin classes as a freshman, had his student visa canceled and was returned to Lebanon several hours after arriving at Boston’s Logan International Airport last Friday — according to the student, after border agents searched his cellphone and investigated his social media contacts.

    The incident demonstrates “an astounding disregard for the principle of free speech,” according to Summer Lopez of PEN, an advocacy group for authors.

    Ajjawi told the Crimson in a written statement that he and other international students were questioned by immigration officials upon arrival in Boston, but that one officer continued to press him on his religious practices after the rest of the students were allowed to leave the airport. According to the Crimson, Ajjawi says the same officer asked him to unlock his cellphone and laptop and, about five hours later, returned with questions about the social media activity of his friends.

    “She said that she found people posting political points of view that oppose the U.S. on my friend[s] list,” Ajjawi wrote to the Crimson. Ajjawi told the student paper that he assured the officer that his friends’ posts did not reflect his views, writing “I have no single post on my timeline discussing politics.”

    But Ajjawi never made it out of the airport. Spokespeople for Harvard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed that he was, in fact, denied entry to the U.S. (Ajjawi could not be reached for comment.) Critics of the Trump administration’s immigration policies say that Ajjawi’s account, if accurate, offers new evidence of the threat to civil liberties of the increasingly common practice of searching travelers’ electronic devices and using social media to vet visa applicants.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Personal: Powerful Biden Healthcare Ad Stakes Out Fierce, Moral Defense of Obamacare, Robs Single-Payer Diehards of High Horse
    By Spandan Chakrabarti

    It has to be said.

    There have been two groups of people interested in doing away with the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s crowning domestic policy achievement that protects the health care of 100 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, massively expands public responsibility in health care through subsidies and the greatest expansion of the public health care safety net (aka Medicaid) since the inception of Medicare, and insures – even through Republican attacks and obstructionism – over 20 million Americans who lacked coverage prior.

    The first group is obvious: the Republican party and its president, Donald Trump, has been trying to dismantle it from day one. They have been so against it that they have argued both that Obamacare is unconstitutional because it had an individual mandate, and also that Obamacare is unconstitutional because it no longer had an enforceable mandate. Then came 2018, and 40 Republican members of the House lost their jobs for opposing Obamacare.

    The second group that opposes the Affordable Care Act is much closer to home: Leftist ideologues who argue that Obamacare perpetuates a health care system for profit and that the entire system should be wholesale dismantled in favor of a single-payer system that gets less popular the more details people learn about it. Bernie Sanders has been such a plan’s top cheerleader since his 2016 campaign, and he remains its chief spokesperson. Some other candidates who had originally signed onto Sanders’s plan, though, have since backed off and created plans with much more gradual, less disruptive approaches.

    The Bernie Left matches the Trump Right in terms of political tactics of bullying, vilifying, and plain calling one a bad person if one dares disagree with them. Bernie makes the argument himself all the time that those in favor of strengthening Obamacare are either naive pawns for health insurance companies and big pharma, or worse, in the pockets of the industry themselves. Never mind that their own single-payer plan will perpetuate a private health care delivery system – including private pharmaceutical companies and private doctors, hospitals, and clinics – if you are not on the Bernie train to single-payer pipedreamland, you are a corporatist!

    For all of their substantive weaknesses and political infeasibility, though, the crusaders of single-payer have been pretty effective at painting Democrats who don’t support them as evil incarnates who just don’t care about people with health care needs and worse, handmaidens of the “murder by spreadsheets” industry. Thus far, the arguments against government-payer-now have been cerebral, practical, and to a good extent, defensive.

    Joe Biden just upended that dynamic.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Peak caucasity:

    A Second-By-Second Recap of That Bizarre, Ridiculous and Utterly Perfect KOCO-TV ‘Gorilla’ Apology Video

    Damon Young
    Yesterday 4:00PM

    0:08: The first shot you see is one of KOCO-TV morning anchors Alex Housden and Jason Hackett seated next to each other, with approximately six inches of space separating them. Housden looks frantic and harried like she just completed a seance for a whiteness Voltron that hasn’t yet arrived. Hackett looks like he’s waiting for some bullshit.

    0:12: The waterfalls start to almost fall as Housden begins her apology to both Hackett and their “entire community.” We’re left to wonder which community she’s referring to. Are Housden and Hackett neighbors? Roommates? Frequent attendees of Furries conventions? WHICH COMMUNITY IS THAT WHICH YOU SPEAK OF, ALEX?

    Also, Hackett now looks like the bullshit he was waiting for has finally arrived, but it’s not quite the bullshit he ordered. Like he asked for the bullshit medium-well, but they gave it to him well done. He’s not mad or anything about it, but he’s still trying to decide whether to send it back.

    0:32: Housden digs deeper into her sad white woman war chest, and inches closer to him while touching his arm, peering directly into his eyes and telling him she loves him—a tactic known in the industry as “The Triple Play.” The only thing missing is Housden sharing a story about “Jamal,” her “beautiful and brilliant” study partner from the first semester of her junior year—a tactic known in the industry as “The Lena Dunham.”…

    more at the link.

  7. rikyrah says:

    It was a muthaphuckin’ PRIVATE EVENT, Hayes.But, I guess you couldn’t be bothered to find that out before you caped for the White Nationalist site 😠😠😠

  8. rikyrah says:

    𝕊𝕔𝕙𝕣𝕠𝕕𝕚𝕟𝕘𝕖𝕣’𝕤 ℂ𝕒𝕥-𝕙𝕖𝕣𝕚𝕟𝕖 (@C_doc_911) Tweeted:
    For those who argued w/ me that Trump can’t touch SS/Medicare programs & I said he will: John Thune, 2nd ranking senate Republican, told The NY Times Trump would be “interested” in reforming SS/Medicare.

    If Trump wins 2020, he’ll wipe all but the 1% out.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Sana Saeed (@SanaSaeed) Tweeted:
    An incoming Harvard freshman, a 17 year old Palestinian boy, had his visa cancelled & was deported because US officials searched his phone/laptop & said his friends had social media posts that were critical of the US.


  10. rikyrah says:

    Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) Tweeted:
    The twenty-something personal trainer that Jerry Falwell Jr set up with a $2+ million land deal is a different young man than the twenty-something pool boy he lent $1.8 million to for a youth hostel project, if you’re keeping score.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) Tweeted:
    Peppered with complaints at a Minnesota event from farmers fed up with Trump’s trade war, Agriculture Sec’y Sonny Perdue made a joke.

    “What do you call two farmers in a basement?” Perdue asked. “A whine cellar.” Boos ricocheted around the room, NYT says.

  12. rikyrah says:

    We will see🤨🤨🤨

    Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) Tweeted:
    Farmers are getting angry with Trump for gaslighting them so shamelessly about the impact of his trade wars on them.

    Trump’s agriculture sec “joked” that farmers are “whining” about their travails. You’d think this would be a bigger story.

    New piece:

  13. rikyrah says:

    Well, tell us how you really feel 😂😂😂

  14. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😀😀😀

    • majiir says:

      Johnny Isakson had no business being elected in the first place. I didn’t vote for him or David Perdue because I already knew their main reason for running to be senators in the first place wasn’t to do anything that would help us, the citizens of GA. For them, it’s all about the prestige of being a U.S. Senator. I have a strong aversion to self-serving @ssholes being elected to any public position. Whenever either of them are in GA, they’re in meetings with Big Business. A town hall for citizens is never on their agendas, but they get paid with American citizens’ tax money every month. They never turn down their paychecks, even though they’re not earning them. I refuse to give thoughts and prayers for Isakson’s health, and I have my reasons for that. I’m saving thoughts and prayers for those who aren’t wealthy, selfish, lying, SOBs and really need them.

  15. rikyrah says:

    The look on Rachel’s face at the end😅😅😅

  16. rikyrah says:

    Get the ENTIRE Phuck Outta Here 😠, Little Susie😒😒

    • majiir says:

      She heard us telling her not to do it, but she went right ahead and cast that vote to put Kavanaugh on the Supreme Ct. She can GTFOH with her telling us now how ”sad” she that her vote to confirm him might cause her to lose her seat in the Senate. She doesn’t get to play it both ways: Pretending to be a Moderate Republican while voting in lockstep with the Extremist Republicans in the Senate. Whoever wins the Dem nomination in Maine can expect some donations from me.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😊😊😊

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