Medicare Fraud

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Pat Bagley)

In other news, over 2,000 military veterans are reportedly planning to join the pipeline protesters at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota.

Meanwhile, the number of people struggling to pay medical bills has plummeted according to the CDC. Just in time for Republicans to fuck everything up.

Finally, Texas has finalized rules requiring cremation or burial of fetal remains as a result of miscarriage or abortion. And that is a fucking insane sentence to type. The rules take effect December 19th.

Healthcare providers lobbied against the new rules but, you know, Republicans know what's best for doctors and patients, right?

  • To add…it is not uncommon for women to have a miscarriage very early and not know it. They often think it is just a very heavy period. Are the pro-lifers now going to be Period Police? I can see the scenario now….

    Woman: Hello officer, how can I help you?

    Period Police: Ma’am, we’ve been notified that you’re using Super Plus tampons when you regularly use Regular and Lite. You’re going to have to come with us to get a pregnancy test.

    Woman: Like hell I will!

    Period Police: Then I’m afraid we’re going to have to arrest you. Please turn around and put your hands behind your back.

    Woman: WTF!

    Husband: I’ll call the ACLU

    • ninjaf

      Here in NC, they just stand at the bathroom doors and check when they are making sure your genitals match your birth certificate.

  • Aynwrong

    People who have spent eight God damned years screaming about individual mandates crushing freedom just mandated that a fetus receive a funeral. What happens if the woman is too poor to afford a God damned funeral? Pay a fine? Prison sentence? Indentured servitude? BURNING AT THE STAKE?!?!?

    Party of Limited Government my skinny, Irish ass!

    • You can add my fat Irish ass to the invective

      • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

        And my medium-sized ass of indeterminate origin!

  • Username1016

    I move we mail the remains to Mike Pence. Sort of “Periods for Pence” on steroids.

  • I’m flabbergasted. Speaking as someone who has had a miscarriage, that’s insane.

    • Toolymegapoopoo

      I’m sorry you had to go through something like that. As a man I cannot even imagine what that experience must be like. The infuriating thing is that it was useless men like me who keep passing these laws telling women what they should and should not do with their own bodies and health.

      • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

        Don’t forget that we men are the victims of these policies as well.

        Sure, women bear the brunt of it, but we don’t get off so easy either.

        An abortion is a terrible experience and it’s more than just the physical aspect of it. You can see my story below, but we’ve had two. Neither by choice. But two none-the-less. As terrible and traumatic as they were, I can only imagine how much worse they could have been if the Red Shirts had their way.

        I imagine my wife and myself on our way into Planned Parenthood to have a non-viable fetus extracted. We, who were so excited about having our second child, and who were devastated by the news that it was lost. We knew it was irrational, but we still blamed ourselves – what could we have done differently? Did we take a medication we shouldn’t have? Eat something wrong? Did a busy lifestyle and corresponding lack of sleep have an impact? So, with out hearts already feeling responsible, I image walking past a line of protesters spitting with rage and calling us baby killers and waiving signs in our faces showing bloody aborted fetuses. I imagine getting into the clinic and being forced to listen to a prepared script full of medical lies. I imagine standing next to my wife while she receives a wholly unnecessary interior interior ultrasound. I imagine being forced to listen to its feeble, hopeless heartbeat. And then being told that we have to go home, think about it, and that we can come back in 48 hours if we still want the procedure.

        Jesus. There’s enough suffering in this scenario – why do they need to work so hard to make it worse?

        • ProudLiberalAlways

          I’m so sorry for you and your wife, no one should have to face what you have. Any of it!

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      @IrishGrrl:disqus, I am so sorry.

      My wife is currently recovering from an abortion due to an ectopic pregnancy on her ovary from last week. (for those who don’t know, there is no medical way for it to have resulted in a live birth and would almost certainly have killed her or, at the very least, would have resulted in the loss of an ovary).

      If these assholes had their way, she probably wouldn’t have even been able to remove it.

      And then, on top of the horrible experience, the pain, the self-blame, the loss, and the cost ($1,000+), these people want to make me act like that lentil-sized clump of cells was my child and make me go through a burial or cremation??? (and you can bet your ass they wouldn’t be willing to chip in to cover the cost of that burial / cremation either).

      What the everloving fuck is wrong with these people?

      • They don’t actually know anytime my about pregnancy, and are wedded to fairy tales that is easy for most women, and their own wives couldn’t or wouldn’t tell them otherwise.

      • I’m very sorry to hear that you and your wife have gone through such a difficult thing. Sadly it’s the perfect example of how these conservative ideologically based laws do not match up with the lived experience. The horrible truth is they don’t care if women die. They only care that their morality gets imposed on everyone else. That’s why I’m a liberal. Because people matter more than ideology. Again, I’m very sorry and I hope your wife is going to be okay.

        • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

          This was our second. The first time, it just wasn’t viable and self-aborted, but she was 5 months in and needed a D&X. That was pretty brutal. We were trying to have a second child and were so happy until.. well.. that’s life sometimes, I guess. She got pregnant again a few months later, but we spend the whole term terrified of a repeat. We couldn’t even accept in our minds that it was real until she was born because we couldn’t handle that loss again…

          This time, she was on the pill and it didn’t work. We didn’t even know she was pregnant until the pain and bleeding started. I had to basically bully her into going to the doctor – I’m glad I did. She lost a Fallopian tube, but everything else is intact and she’ll still be able to conceive (from the other side) if we decide we want a third. She was about ready to burst though – if she’d waited a few days longer, she’d have lost the ovary, the tube, and bled internally (with high chances of sterility or death). So I consider this outcome to be not-so-terrible in the scheme of things. She’s been in a lot of pain now. She can’t lift anything, and it’s very tough on our 1.5 y/o who has no understanding of why mommy won’t pick her up anymore. But she’s alive and will make a full recovery in another week or so, and that’s what really matters.

          Mercifully, we live in New York, but I can only imagine what it must be like for women to walk past protesters calling them baby-killers, or to have to listen to a fetal heart beat, or be subjected to a wanding. And then to have to bury the thing afterward… oy gevalt. My heart hurts for those women.

          I don’t know your story, but I hope you accept my sincerest sympathy for what you and your family have been through as well.

          Side note: they left the ovary in, but it’s not attached to a tube anymore. So… where does the egg go when it’s that ovary’s turn? Is it just releasing eggs into her abdomen?

          • I lost mine at only 7 weeks but we’d had an ultrasound. I can still see it in my minds eye perfectly. It was no more than a blob with a beating heart. It was spontaneous..meaning it was dying on it’s own, probably some genetic defect (I was older, 41 at the time). Having to sit there listening to it’s heartbeat gradually slowing was one of the saddest days of my life. I still cry when I think about it and that was almost 6 years ago. It’s completely fucking evil to make parents go through that. I was able to get pregnant a month or two later and I had a boy so it’s not all bad news.

            I’m awfully glad you insisted that she go to the Dr. Ectopic is rare but incredibly dangerous. In regards to your question about the eggs…I’ve always wondered that myself. If it is just being released, does that make the likelihood of ectopic pregnancy higher? What about tied tubes? Does the egg just sit inside the tube or is ecotopic more likely to happen as the result? Still even if it does, having an ovary and the hormones is very important to her ongoing mental and physical health. Bless you both.

          • ninjaf

            I believe the body’s immune system disposes of the eggs.

      • ninjaf

        I am very sorry for you and your wife. I hope that she is recovering well. Virtual hugs.