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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EndFluenzaCaitlin MarieClaireLinda Ann Prasiltoby lee Recent comment authors
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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… Read more »

Caitlin Marie
Caitlin Marie

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.


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.

Linda Ann Prasil
Linda Ann Prasil

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… Read more »

toby lee
toby lee

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.