Matthew Holt

Swine flu, uninsurance and not-so fondly remembering the teenage years

We get sent lots of rants to our tips line, most of which we ignore in an amused jaundiced way. But this one I found very amusing. I’m not sure it’s 100% accurate, but it is very funny and essentially details something that we know happens every day. So to have some fun with how to buy individual insurance in California, head over to this post on a blog usually concerned with selling you credit cards.

By the way, a close colleague of mine trying to buy a short-term stop-gap policy while her husband changed jobs got a very similar “we’re not selling you insurance and we’re not telling you why” just last week.

Don’t forget that virtually any form of the bills in Congress outlaws these shenanigans.

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  1. Unfortunately, health care is a business that profits big greedy companies and therefore cannot be trusted. These companies are not concerned with the well being of the general populace. There is however, a safe preventative that is 100% effective for preventing colds and flus. I don’t EVER get vaccines and I don’t EVER get colds or flus! Why risk your health by putting your life in the hands of greedy insurance/drug companies and hospitals?
    Prevention is the best cure, but the preventative should be safe and effective, and not something pushed by greedy executives who will jeopardize your health and do anything, including deceit and manipulation to line their pockets. There is a remedy for influenza that the medical industry doesn’t want you to know about. It is effective on preventing all flus, including H1N1, swine flu, avian flu, Asian flu, as well as the common cold.
    Find out more about this incredible 100% safe and effective cure for colds and flus at and

  2. I agree with other bloggers, Swine flu is very important to know about especially in the college atmosphere. So this blog is for informational and great to read and get informed about.

  3. Read the link! It is great (although unfortunate).
    Yeah for healthcare reform!
    More stories like this need to be publicized to highlight those who try and are still denied coverage.

  4. The health care problem in this country has been created and is controlled by the insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry and their well-paid lobbyists. They have bought Congress. They own and pay our legislators through their campaign contributions. They write the laws enacted by Congress. They have launched all out attacks to thwart any attempt to stop them from losing that control by funding ads full of outright lies, scary but nonetheless meaningless buzzwords, and misleading demagoguery.
    But this is OUR Congress. Congress is not employed by the special interests. They are paid by us, the taxpayers, the ones they deny the same access to medical care that we provide for them with our tax dollars.
    Why do we let them get away with it? It’s time we flood the legislators, both Democrats and Republican, with the one thing we have more powerful than special interests—our vote. Let’s tell them that we will vote out of office any member of Congress who takes money from the insurance industry or the pharmaceutical companies. It’s time to take back OUR government

  5. Here is some interesting data suggesting that keeping your vitamin D level optimal will prevent colds, flu and in particular H1N1 (swine Flu).
    Here are links to two interesting articles:
    August 2009-Vitamin D3 deficiency and its role in influenza
    Sept 2009-More on Vitamin D3 and influenza
    If these links don’t work go to and click on ‘In the news” to find these updates.
    This site also offers a free newsletter and has recently launched a new micro pill formulation of vitamin D.