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The Fickle Finger of Pharmacy

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It’s not often that I feel passionate enough about a business so much that I will specify one to avoid.  But I can no longer keep quiet about this one.  People need to be forewarned.

The award this year’s Fickle Finger of Pharmacy goes to Express Scripts for generally bad service, poor delivery and  communications with physicians offices.  The who point of course is to eliminate getting the prescription to the patient. This also goes for Cura Scripts which was purchased by Express Scripts. I can’t tell you how many times my doctor has rolled his eyes about these people.

Today’s excuse for not delivering my prescription, “your doctor sent the prescription, and but not the strength, so we faxed them, faxed them and faxed them with no response.” Truth is, they don’t and won’t use a telephone. Why?  Because they don’t have to hire people to answer them. It sure would be nice if they had let me know here was a problem!

Last month the excuse was, “we need to reverify your insurance” which hasn’t changed in years. My last delivery was at least 4 weeks late, with the wrong quantities.

Its not that they don’t only NOT deliver on time, but they put up so many road blocks, (gee willickers…and the online forms you have to fill out?)  Now, its not only that skimmed (sent) me a lesser quantity serveral times than what the order required. But they actually asked I go to a local Rite Aid pharmacist to verify the quantities were wrong.

Used and favored heavily by Insurance companies, the theory is they save the customer money by providing a 90 day supply for the price of a copay.  The problem is they don’t deliver. Motive? Well, let me ask you this:  If a insurance adjuster where the one to actually repair your car collision, would it ever get done?

Document, document document with these people! Keep dates and times. Businesses like these won’t be around very long. Why? Two words.

Attorney General.  And don’t think for a second they haven’t been in trouble before!

Related: Safer Health Care


Why Drop a Bomb when you can TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN?

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aig New revelations show that it wasn’t 165, or 170 million dollars in bonuses given to AIG executives. But 218 MILLION taxpayer dollars. Being madder than a hornet isn’t enough. This is criminal behavior on the part of Corporations. We must remember: These companies have absolutely no allegiance to the United States. AIG serves only itself and other countries. No need to drop a bomb when you can take the money and run.
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Related:  Rush Limbaugh defends the AIG Bonuses.

AIG spends 165M in bonuses.

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Political denials! Bailout blindness!’s mattress time! There really is no excuse.  Banks are less trustworthy than ever. Banks are unscrupulous users of the system Personal vault and safes are being sold at an all time high: Banks are not to be trusted. It is unlikely that many will not return th e money.

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March 16, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Cellphone carriers are like Banks: Too Big.

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I stopped into three major cellphone carriers today to evaluate their prices. Prices continue to be  higher, even in this economy. Not only that, but now that we have lost television bandwidth  to them via the FCC, so  they stand to even make more money with added features.

Having to few of cellphone carriers nationwide is like not having enough Big Banks to support our economy….we don’t have enough cellphone competition in the market place. I believe they are engaged in price fixing.

An entry level cellphone costs around 59.95 per month. But that doesn’t include all the “garbage” fees like activation, FCC, 911, access. taxes, and charger. Chances are now matter how  you look at it, you’ll pay  about $70.00 per month, about $840 per year, assuming you have no text message packages, or internet bandwidth. That’s alot of money for anybody who only works 20 days a month.

Our family, has decided to invest in pre-paid phones. No overcharges, access fees, contracts, or sales commission to pay. Best yet, the companies can’t extort money for not fulfilling annual contracts.  (I had to threaten a major carrier about billing us such a fee, even thought we fulfilled a contract several years ago. Apparently the words, “Attorney General” were sufficient to get a refund and an apology from them. They apparently were in enough bad trouble to motivate changed their name to change for several years in order to loose that reputation. Ironically, now they, are back, of course, and lost their name as Cingular.)

Get a pre-paid phone.  It will save you a wad of money sufficient to send you to the movies twice a month, and then some. My wife worked it out for herself. She says it will cost her about $8.00 a month. That’s less than the garbage and extortion fees along the contracted phones put you on!

I have a feeling as more people are won over to pre-pay phone time, the contracts will dissappear.

Obama is right to take on the very rich |

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“Wall Street [is] kicking sand in the face of the American taxpayer.”

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My comment: Finally some great reporting serving Middle Class Americans.

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February 24, 2009 at 3:01 am

Chrysler asks govt for $5 billion more in loans – Yahoo! News

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February 17, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Feeding Bankers? Start building your Chicken Coop.

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Feeding Bankers? Better build your chicken coop now.

Feeding Bankers? Better build your chicken coop now.

When I was a kid…I got one of those magic 8 balls that would tell your fortune,  with water and a cube in it. I have a feeling, if one was to shake and ask about the economy it would show, “Outlook not good.”

Corporations have outsourced manufacturing to China, services to India, and food to foreign countries.  With impending draught,  middle class  Americans who can grow their own food by square foot gardening or trade for be able will survive.

The economy is in the dump because of lack of manufacturing, services and car sales. The bailout will not generate that.  Banks are no longer trustworthy. Insurance companies are worse.  Pharmaceutical companies  have such a huge lobby they are immune even to the nation’s largest lobby groups, the AARP and the American Medical Association.

Sure we benefit from rebuilding bridges and roads. But how is that going to put create a product that people will buy, and we can export? My personal feeling is no amount of money will save the economy.  Money is not the reason there is a lack of jobs.  Outsourcing is. We now lack original products and services that make us globally competitive, and domestically secure.

So, how many cups of soup can a trillion dollars buy over 10 years? There may come a time when we need to feed to poor, and not rich bankers.

Oranges are imported from Brazil.
Cars imported from Japan.
Services from India.

And now Oregon, the World wide provider of hazlenuts is importing them from Chile.

When will it stop? Maybe. But for now, hotels are empty, travel is down, and airlines are hurting more than ever. I say save bailout for the people.  We will need it sooner than you think.  Ask California state employees that are being furloughed this week.  We’re seeing the tip of the iceberg.

Oh yeah. Another thing. My great grandmother survived the depression because she had chickens. If we keep on feeding bankers with bailout money, we might as well start building chicken coops.