Friday, September 4, 2009

...the auto industry has not progressed beyond 1997 gas milage

"Consumers are demanding better fuel efficiency in their vehicles and less dependence on foreign oil. And we believe the investment community has identified our technology as being poised to meet this demand, especially as the automobile industry struggles to increase the value of their products."
Sal Scuderi

I'm in the market for a new car and what I have learned is that the auto industry has not progressed beyond 1997 gas milage. Are their engineers incompetent? I own a 1997 1/2 Nissan Altima. It gets twenty four miles per gallon city and thirty miles per gallon highway, at least that's what the window sticker said when I bought it, and I still have the sticker. Today twelve years later auto companies are touting cars that get thirty miles a gallon highway as a big deal, whoa incredible! Such bullshit from the auto companies is incredible and insulting to our intelligence. Twelve years later and their engineers can't do better than they did back in 1997 is amazing. Where did these automobile engineers get their degrees, Walmart? What am I missing here. Did we freeze our brains back in the 90's. There is a degree of dishonesty in the auto industry. It is time that the powers that be force the auto industry to be responsible to the American public. There is no reason that cars shouldn't get forty to fifty miles per gallon on the road. Oops, I forgot that the oil companies want the gas milage to be low. These scum bags are in bed together, that or the automobile companies hire incompetent engineers. It is time to stop believing their crap. Stop buying their low milage cars and they will get the message loud and clear.

What the Health Insurance company doesn't want you to know

"We Don’t Call It “Sick For Profit” For Nothing

The California Nurses Association has put together a fantastic report detailing the denial rates on claims by leading insurance companies.

Researchers from the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee analyzed data reported by the insurers to the California Department of Managed Care. From 2002 through June 30, 2009, the six insurers rejected 45.7 million claims — 22 percent of all claims.
For the first half of 2009, as the national debate over healthcare reform was escalating, the rejection rates are even more striking.

Claims denial rates by leading California insurers, first six months of 2009:
• PacifiCare — 39.6 percent
• Cigna — 32.7 percent
• HealthNet — 30 percent
• Kaiser Permanente — 28.3 percent
• Blue Cross — 27.9 percent
• Aetna — 6.4 percent

This has been the way that the 18 top insurers in America have received $16 billion dollars in profits last year. They deny care and make bank off it. As the Nurses report states, “If the private insurers are not paying for care, why do we have private insurers?”

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