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The last of the Zoom meetings before the big February 29th 'Rally To Congress' was completed yesterday (02/08/2024)! It was an excellent meeting that got many of us fired up! Fired up for the DC Rally on February 29th starting at 10am - click on this link for details, includes: how to order a T-shirt, an 'Eventbrite Registration Link', and our 'Congressional "Dialysis" Call To Action'! We are ready to call out what has to be the worst abuse of monopoly power imaginable! (if you missed the red highlighted link above, here it is again) Want more of an intro to all this? This writer is thinking of you dear reader. Here is a 'Reading List' that includes everything from a one minute intro, a starting article, and 5 books - everything from kidney dialysis to the ill effects of monopoly power are covered. Kidney dialysis has to be an extreme example of what happens when 'choice' is taken out of the equation!
This is being headed up by people like Dr. Rhonda Hamilton of the Washington D.C. organization 'M.I.Mother's Keeper' and DC mayoral candidate, NYT's best-selling author Tom Mueller (recent book 'How to Make a Killing' is about dialysis'), and the huge labor union SEIU. Already this January 31st a Press Conference was held in DC at the capitol. Dr. Hamilton, people from SEIU, and author Tom Mueller were all there. Here is Tom Mueller's testimony.
We've already gotten the attention of many of our federal reps. It looks like people like @RepMaxineWaters, @RepKatiePorter, @RepAdamSchiff, and @RepZoeLofgren have already been laying into the big two for-profit dialysis companies (DaVita and Fresenius) at places like the January 31st Press Conference mentioned. Senators @ChuckGrassley, @SenatorRonWyden, @SenBlumenthal, @SenatorShaheen, @SenatorHassan and Representatives @RepDelBene, @RepLarryBucshon, and @RepChrisPappas have all shown an interest in this.
Add into the mix now Representative @JasonCrowCO. He is my Rep from Colorado. I was informed at the Zoom meeting he has been in contact with Dr. Rhonda Hamilton of M.I. Mother's Keeper. I look forward to meeting him when I'm in DC. Having been an Army Ranger, it looks like he has already been working on a good number one rule for warfare: 'DON'T KILL KIDS'. I just saw this post by him. Possibly this could also be a number one rule in healthcare - have I mentioned this?
A Reading List to get up to Speed
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 30, 2024 3PM (EST)
Dr. Rhonda Hamilton - (240) 274-9436,
Cynthia Robinson – (301) 768-2101
(WASHINGTON, DC) Healthy DC & Me Leadership Coalition grassroots are mobilizing 1,000 supporters and citizens of “Dialysis” to “Rally to Congress” to seek accountability from congressional legislators for “Big Dialysis” harmful industry practices that are negatively impacting American citizens’ physical and mental health daily. The Coalition will meet with U.S. Representative Maxine Waters’ office to discuss requested Dialysis industry healthcare reforms.
As SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West are traveling from California to Washington, D.C. along with Dialysis caregivers working at Fresenius, (the largest provider of dialysis services to the Federal government and since 2014, and has received more than $2 billion in revenue from contracts with the Veterans Administration (VA) for outpatient dialysis), to urge Congress and the Biden Administration to investigate Fresenius’ labor law violations and retaliatory practices.
Healthy DC Leadership officials are pleased to welcome to the Nation’s Capital, their ally in the fight to save lives of “Dialysis”, Investigative journalist Tom Mueller, author of the dialysis exposé How to Make a Killing: Blood, Death, and Dollars in American Medicine.
Mr. Mueller joins Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren and members of the California delegation at 2318 Rayburn House Office Building, on January 31, 2024 at 10:00AM. Mr. Mueller’s in-depth reporting and portrayal of the indignities suffered by patients of Dialysis, along with his support of the countless workers and advocates who continue to fight for industry reform, and the dissolution of “Big Dialysis” practices have contributed to the formation of Healthy DC & Me Leadership Coalition’s “Black History Month”, “Rally to Congress”!
Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 10:00AM on Capitol Hill, Union Square, Area 15,(bounded by Pennsylvania Avenue, NW; First Street, NW/SW; Maryland Avenue, SW; and Third Street, SW/NW), activist, advocates, care givers, professionals, individuals, families, citizens, and supporters of Dialysis will all convene on the “Hill” in a resounding display of cultural, citizenry, familial, constituency, humanitarian, and American spirit to call for reform in the Dialysis healthcare industry, the immediate removal of trauma imposed, and dangerous mental health exposures for all individuals and families, and most especially African Americans, who are disproportionately impacted with kidney failure, racial disparities, and discriminatory health outcomes.
U.S. dialysis care is dominated by Fresenius and DaVita, two multi-billion-dollar corporations. Since 2014, the VA has awarded DaVita contracts worth approximately $1.5 billion for outpatient dialysis services.
American citizens of Dialysis are dying! Under-served communities, heavily populated by African American citizens are under siege from the “Big Dialysis” practices of these two industry duopolies. DaVita & Fresenius have been repeatedly accused by prosecutors and whistleblowers of Medicare fraud, kickbacks, patient harm, death, bribery under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, & other wrongdoing.
Join the Healthy DC & Me Leadership Coalition in the fight to save lives of “Dialysis”! On February 29, 2024 at 10:00AM on Capitol Hill! The Time Has Come, “Big Dialysis” Must Be Undone!
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This writer re-gifted himself an old toy he made new for the holiday season - an old X (formerly twitter) account and now renamed @BreakUpDaVita! There was hesitation at first to dive in after hearing about X's Wild West reputation - but then it was remembered this writer loves that sort of thing! (who have I been kidding) Slow inroads have been made with a few followers and I've met a lot of friendly people - especially young ladies who want to be my friend! (darn animal magnetism gets this old grandpa in trouble every time) Sorry ladies, I'm spoken for so I had to block you! (and a lot of that behavior wasn't very ladylike)
However there was one follower who was quite interesting @elonmusk_1fan. After dealing with the "friendly" ladies and years of following the antics of people like former CEO of DaVita Kent Thiry, I went into "safety first" mode! I decided to block and ask questions later, even though the person behind the account started to Direct Message me. Odds are it is a scam or a put-on, but long shots do come in now and then don't they? So I went back to the @elonmusk_1fan to take another look - I'm now blocked (tit for tat, I admire that) However I got to thinking about what I would say if it really was @elonmusk. So let me go into dream mode here, I'll take my meds when I'm done:
"Mr. Musk, I first want to apologize for blocking you. After years of being a kidney dialysis advocate and seeing things like this, I hope you understand how I might be a little jumpy. But assuming it was you and not a scammer I thought about what I would say. Actually I'm thinking about what Mr. Rogers would say. I've been thinking about him a lot lately and using the thought of him to calm my mind before I post on X and hoping he can help me calm the X waters there.
First he would invite you to the neighborhood and congratulate you for fixing up jalopies and making them nice and shiny and new - and less smelly (sure, we knew you could). Then he would inform you that there is a used car dealer in the neighborhood by the name of Warren Buffett. He has been selling some reputable merchandise, but along with that are some lemons (cigar butts as Charlie Munger would call them). Probably the biggest cigar butt would have to be a junker called DaVita. There are rumors (that I started) that Mr. Buffett has been paid visits from his former partner - the chains rattling are keeping him awake at night! Add to that the visions of hell he has been getting lately. He is realizing he is going to be run out of town permanently here soon and is starting to get a little edgy and would love to unload that junker - maybe selling it to somebody who sees a 'Road to Redemption' going this way. I'm sure he would love to sell it to somebody who can say "product quality" - he sure couldn't."
Blog #18 A Christmas Carol, starring Warren Buffett with Charlie Munger in the Role of a modern Jacob Marley
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!!!P.S. The following History and recent Children's stats linked to, need to be emphasized!!! Update: And it gets worse: KIDS!!!!
The ghost of Jacob Marley to Scrooge: "In life, my spirit never rose beyond the limits of our money-changing holes! Now I am doomed to wander without rest or peace, incessant torture and remorse!"
A more modern continuation of the above might be the ghost of Charlie Munger whispering to Warren Buffett: "Break up the huge kidney dialysis company DaVita for starters!" "Our refrain of **PROPER HEALTHCARE, who needs PROPER HEALTHCARE - just figure out how to charge out the wazoo!!** , hasn't played well in the hereafter!"
At first blush, we might want might want to believe it was just an oversight that caused Munger and Buffett to miss all the God-awful stats and stories about kidney dialysis. They just missed seeing the horrific history and current news about even KIDS!!! They have been busy gathering up the love and adoration of their Berkshire Hathaway shareholders! Much too busy to find out and admit whether or not what they have invested in, is sending people to an early grave - petty boring details! Much more fun to plan and attend their annual wing-dings in Omaha, the "Woodstock of Capitalism" (more like the "Woodstock of Monopoly Capitalism"). I attended last May's party and it was like a Roman festival celebrating the Great Green God money! I still have to wonder how they got those RVs into the Colosseum (er, the CHI Health Center). Don't get me wrong, nothing wrong with making a little money but there are still some us who think it should be made fair and square without running over the "customers". One of those people might be NYT's best-selling author Tom Mueller with his new book: 'How to Make a Killing: Blood, Death, and Dollars in American Medicine'. More people might be found at M.I. Mother's Keeper in Washington D.C.. And let's not forget what the people in this Reading List have to say.
Sure, Buffett and Munger just missed the above stats and stories. Like they missed a problem with another one of their investments, Clayton Homes.
"In minority communities across the American South where Clayton has established dominance, the company seizes homes and land and resells them in a churn that strips individuals of their assets and communities from holding and building wealth."
And then there is their investment in Teva Pharmaceuticals, possibly they hadn't been informed about the opioid crisis?
Charlie Munger may have had a soft spot for his own child Teddy who died of leukemia, but he really seemed to have a blind spot for other people's kids. Whether it was intentional or not, possibly only he knows. But this writer has to ask how he could have NOT known.
Warren Buffett has been good at playing the role of the magnanimous, benevolent billionaire - trying to buy his way into heaven? Can he be as good at admitting and rectifying his mistakes? At 93 he might not have much more time. He might be hearing the Jacob Marley lament:
"It is required of every man that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellow men! If it goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death! It is doomed to wander through the world! Oh, woe is me! And witness what it cannot share but MIGHT HAVE SHARED on Earth and turned to happiness!"
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