Over the past two weeks, the GOP-controlled US House of Representatives began hearings on the non-issue of the non-coverup regarding Benghazi. Additionally, we learned of the IRS targeting of tea Party groups seeking Tax-Exempt (TE) status, and witnessed the revelation that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) wiretapped phones of the Associated Press (AP) regarding a national security leak of secret information. Like the piranhas they are, the GOP smelled blood in the water.
Oh, and the stock market kept hitting new high points as if it was a nympho hooker in a a multiple orgasm contest (more on the stock market later).
The House of representatives also scheduled a vote to repeal Obamacare for the 37th time!!
Your American taxpayer tax dollars at work, courtesy of the “reduce spending” GOP.
But perhaps most significant for the future health and welfare of all Americans was Angelina Jolie‘s announcement yesterday that she had a double mastectomy in February as a preventative measure to reduce her extremely high risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer, which killed her own mother. Jolie made the decision to undergo the preventative procedure after undergoing a genetic test for a defective form of a pair of genes called BRCA 1 and BRCA 2. People with inherited defective BRCA 1 genes have an 87% risk of developing breast cancer, which is extremely high. By undergoing the double mastectomy, Jolie reduced her risk of contracting breast cancer to under 5%.
Jolie bravely decided to go public with this information in an Op-Ed in the New York Times the day before yesterday in an effort to save lives. It is a riveting narrative in her own words of what she went through and why. And she also reveals some extremely significant facts that make clear that all women are not equal under the present for-profit health insurance system in the USA. These facts also demonstrate how the monopolies run and nurtured by big corporations do not care who lives and who dies, as long as the profits keep rolling in. This is about as close to conservative ideology as one can get.
It turns out that the genetic test that Angelina Jolie submitted to is a blood test to determine whether or no one’s BRCA 1 and/or BRAC2 genes are normal or defective. The test is simple, but the cost is still $4000 per exam. The reason for the outrageous cost is that only one company has the patent to conduct the test on the BRCA 1 & 2 gene. That company is Myriad Genetics. The patent they hold has been legally challenged by, among others, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and is now in the US Supreme Court awaiting a decision.
What’s worse is that before Obamacare, many (if not most) health insurance companies would not cover the cost of this exam because it was considered “medically unnecessary” as most preventatives were. Obamacare has forced this companies to cover preventative services, much to the opposition of the republican party. After all, the GOP doesn’t believe that anyone unable to fork over $4000 to the monopolistic company which presently owns the test patent should be getting “free stuff”. They also believe that the free market should be allowed to operate without government regulation or interference of any kind. They see nothing wrong with Myriad Genetics patenting a blood test which probably costs perhaps $50 dollars to collect the blood sample and process the results, but charges $4000, for a profit of $3950 per test.
Poor people obviously cannot afford the test. But who wants poor people living next door, anyway? And besides, poor people don’t buy a lot of consumer products from rich people because the poor can’t afford that stuff. So who needs poor people anyway? They don’t even vote republican!
The truth is that republicans and their lunatic supporters are panicking over the prospect of Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016. Let’s face it: The continued witch-hunt over Benghazi is nothing more than an extremely thinly-veiled attempt to find something…ANYTHING…that they can use against her in 2016. Their only problem is timing. By 2016, this is going to be old news. Unless they can uncover premeditated criminal activity and/or gross negligence on Clinton’s part, it is going to play out like their prediction that the stock market would crash if Obama won a second term. And speaking of the stock market…
The GOP screamed repeatedly during the 2012 presidential election that big business and the economy would tank if Obama was re-elected. Couple that with the age-old advice about selling off your stocks in May. Now look at the stock market, which keeps banging out new high records day after day. Now ask the GOP to answer the following question: