What would YOU do with $500,000?

That’s the pay cap for executives, as imposed by the White House pay czar, Kenneth Feinberg.

So, who do you think, are the exceptions to this rule?


33 responses to “What would YOU do with $500,000?

  1. What would I do with $500,000?

    First, I’d grab the check and run to the bank before anyone could change his or her mind!

  2. I’d pay off my house! and with the 420,000 left over, the kids could go to college and I’d set up my dream charity, which is paying first and last months rent for working poor families.

  3. I’d insure that my Mom could always live in the really neat assisted living home she’s in, then I’d pay off some student loans for my daughter-in-law and some debts for loved ones. Then I’d start a free medical clinic because it doesn’t look great for the public option!

  4. I’ve been playing on Huffington Post for the last half-hour or so — here are some very interesting stories:

    Harry Reid Slips Lifetime Limit into Senate Bill:

    “Senate Bill Provision Creates Private Industry Rationing:” Reform Advocate: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/11/senate-bill-provision-cre_n_389112.html

    Call for Cancer Foundation to Cut Ties with Joe Lieberman’s Wife:

    • You had to wait for this to get posted, didn’t you? Thanks for the links. Somewhere, something changed in WordPress where links are sometimes held pending approval by the Blog Mistress. Or something. Thankee.

  5. Okay — my recent attempt at posting “is awaiting moderation.” In response to Sherry’s “it doesn’t look great for the public option,” I’m linking to a few Huffington Post (and beyond) stories.

    Here’s #1:
    Harry Reid Slips Lifetime Limit into Senate Bill:

  6. Here’s #2:
    “Senate Bill Provision Creates Private Industry Rationing:” Reform Advocate:

  7. …and here’s #3:

    Call for Cancer Foundation to Cut Ties with Joe Lieberman’s Wife:

  8. I would probably just blow it! That’s why the best thing to do with a windfall like that is give it to those who need it.

  9. I would buy health insurance.

    The three ring circus in Washington is bent on complete privatization. The Medicare buy in is a lie. It’s not Medicare.
    It’s another Bait-and-Switch con game just like the public option….another lie.
    Like the cap being imposed on coverage. Another lie…not the cap… the lie occurred when Obama promised there would be no cap.
    It’s starting to look like Joe Wilson was right.
    They’ve even managed to piss off Jane Hamsher and the rest of the neoliberal advocates at FDL.(She’s even come up with her own litmus test for “true Progressives”….what a hypocrite…) Kind of like Steele pissing off Limbaugh. Neither really cares, but it makes for some good theater.
    And more lies.

    The whole process of this health insurance legislation has turned into one large con game. One lie after another, one con after another, all for the sake of securing profits for insurance companies. All the while turning their backs on the hundreds dying every day because of their desire to sustain the market-based, profit maximizing solutions keeping their pockets lined.
    Blood Money.

    “Hang on, fellow citizens. This healthcare mess is about to get messier and make you wonder if anyone told us the truth at all. Then we’ll have some serious tweaking of our own to do in 2010 and 2012. We will not forget this.”
    Donna Smith

    Single Payer News

    And from the Manufacture of Consent Dept., there’s Kip Sullivan’s excellent series
    Two-thirds of Americans Support Single Payer.

    • Well said, Leftover, well said indeed!

    • I know we’ve talked about this before, Leftover, but without health insurance, what do you do? Are you at all healthy?

      • I beg. Like today.
        Just like millions of others without insurance.
        Or I go without treatment.
        Just like millions of others without health insurance.
        “We endeavor to persevere.”

        I’m a little luckier than some in that treatment of the work related injury which has disabled me for the past two years revealed a host of other issues which the state and the private insurance company handling the states business, (don’t you love privatization?), are currently arguing over as to liability…if any. (They’re stalling, waiting to see what comes out of Washington…can you believe it?)
        And I’m lucky in that I know how the system works, I’m not easily intimidated, and I’m determined if I go down, I’m taking some of them with me…figuratively speaking of course.
        Healthcare Limbo is better than Healthcare Hell.

        But it’s not about me.
        It’s about us. And the children.
        I would sooner see current legislation die on the vine than come to any form of fruition. It’s regressive. It’s neoliberal….amoral.
        The crumbs smugly tossed by neoliberals and faux progressives are an insult, an obscenity, and should be tossed back in their faces.
        In the time I’ve been online, probably 20 people have died because of market-driven, profit maximizing healthcare and the political corruption it spawns.
        It can’t be just about me.

  10. Yesterday I got an infinitesimally small taste of what people who aren’t insured have to go through. And please do not assume I’m whining here – I’m simply describing.

    1. I received a “denied, please pay” bill from a lab for some tests ordered by my general practitioner, ordinary tests for cholesterol etc. I haven’t had these tests in a few years. Medicare’s claiming that the codes used are for tests that aren’t medically necessary.

    2. I received a copy of a form from Medicare to my cardiologist denying payment for a monitor that I had to wear for a month – Medicare says the condition that was confirmed isn’t covered for this kind of test. Of course if the condition hadn’t been confirmed and medication hadn’t been prescribed, I would be a good candidate for a stroke. If the monitor won’t be covered, the doctor’s practice will have to pay for it because they didn’t have me sign an “I’ll assume any costs not covered” form.

    In both cases the people I spoke to in the doctors’ offices were amazingly warm, patient, calm, and helpful. Both are going to investigate further and hopefully, in both cases, the costs will be covered. Both alluded to having to deal with this kind of situation — shall we say — frequently.

    After I finished the calls, I sat back and thought about how lucky I am — I’ve had good coverage through my old employer for 30 years now. There are those who say that we have to take responsibility for our health and — y’know — not get sick, but I’ve racked up a lot of medical bills for several injury-related surgeries, a couple of emergency surgeries, and routine stuff. And I don’t smoke/drink/lie around all day/take intentionally-stupid chances.

    I realize that the small amount of anxiety that I felt when I received the statements is NOTHING compared to what far too many people deal with, through, most of the time, no fault of their own.

    • No, I know you’re not whining but isn’t it amazing when you have to actually stop and think about what your health care costs? I had dental issues this past year that weren’t covered. It wasn’t life-threatening — by a mile — but it was uncomfortable and it was something I need to have fixed quickly. And I paid for it and sat in my car after the nice dental assistant told me my bill thinking, “Damn….” And that was a teeny tiny emergency root canal, which isn’t a big deal when you consider the Big Stuff that families live through. I hope you’re all paid for, Cynical. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

      • Yeah, dental care is a biggie. I don’t understand why it’s not considered a health-care area — it affects our mouths and well beyond. The fellow from Remote Area Medical, in that interview, stressed that many of the people who come and sleep in their cars in order to be able to have access to the dentist-volunteers outnumber people with other medical needs.

        • Well, figure if you can’t chew (or sleep), everything else is affected. I never thought of that until my teeth started to fall out.

      • And thanks for the crossed fingers, the one bill I might have to pay isn’t HUGE, not this time, but it’s a good reminder.

  11. Trying to access our health care system is difficult, or expensive, to say the least. We all need better solutions then Congress is proposing. Passing costs along to hospital ER’s is part of the problem. (we’ve been on this topic before, haven’t we?)
    Although not an “entitlement,” health care should be made to be accessed more readily and affordable then it is today. That goes for dentists as well!

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