4-29-22 Nicole Sandler Show – Government Sanctioned Extortion and the Awesome Danica Roem

Download here or click below to play, (or watch the video at the bottom of the page!)   I took the day off yesterday, not to rest up or have fun, but to fight with my health insurance extortionists. For as long as I can remember, I've called our for-profit system of heath noncare "government-sanctioned extortion," because that's the best description of this predatory system. Yesterday, I found out that due to a few elements aligning in just the right way, I'm no longer eligible for the help from the pharmaceutical company that manufactures the more obscenely expensive prescription drug [...]

10-15-21 Nicole Sandler Show – It’s Open Enrollment Time Again with Wendell Potter

Download here or click below to play, (or watch the video at the bottom of the page!)   You knew it was coming if you ever watch television these days. Those insipid and excessive ads for Medicare Advantage Plans are blanketing the airwaves. Of course, I can't help but think that money would be better spent in delivering healthcare to people in need than on nonstop, often misleading advertising. In 16 days, on Nov. 1, open enrollment begins again for the exchanges in the ACA or Obamacare. What's off the table now is Medicare for All, though Bernie Sanders and [...]

12-3-20 Nicole Sandler Show – Thursdays with Howie Klein

Download here or click below to play     Forty-eight days until inauguration day, which means 48 days till we're rid of Trump. Sort of. Unfortunately, things won't suddenly get better on Jan 20. We're living in perilous times. Trump seems bound and determined to torch the place on his way out the door, and Biden seems to be drinking from the same well as Obama did, thinking that the Republicans who've vilified Democrats mercilessly for the past four years (and more), are all of a sudden going to work with us. It's Thursday, so Howie Klein joins in. Check [...]

1-24-20 Nicole Sandler Show – Progressive Primary Challengers

Just click to play: or download here I was planning on covering the impeachment trial today, as I've been doing since it began. Instead, my health insurance company made me sick. Physically and emotionally sick. After spending most of the day calling various doctors and offices at the insurance company, I again found myself in healthcare hell... aka America. To make a long story short, it was a day of anger and tears and then it was after 1pm with my show starting at 3. I knew there was no way I'd get my shit together and be able to [...]

Health Care in the US – Government Sanctioned Extortion

  I've been calling the for-profit health insurance industry "government sanctioned extortion" for a few years now.  It wasn't until I read Time magazine's cover story this week, "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Us" that I realized that the whole medical industrial complex is complicit in the crime!  And some of the worst offenders are the so-called "non-profit" hospitals that are raking in billions of dollars in profits and their obscenely paid executives. In the article, we learn about the "chargemaster" or the master pricelist from which each hospital compiles the exorbitant bills. No hospital’s chargemaster prices are [...]

Dog Days

Listen to this episode: {play}http://traffic.libsyn.com/radioornot/20120705_Nicole_Sandler_Show.mp3 {/play} Podcast: Play in new window It's those unbearably hot August days that are usually referred to as the "Dog Days" of summer.  But thanks to the incessant heat enveloping the nation right now, I'll extend the canine comparison. The pooch pictured at the pool above is my dear Pooh-Bear, who's having some health issues. It's a good thing I have health insurance for her.  Seriously. Yes, even the cost of veterinary care has skyrocketed in recent years, so much so that I've been dreading these days when, as my dogs age, I know they'll need more and more medical [...]

Just Another Day in America

I have to spend most of the day on the phone fighting with health insurance companies. I started today's show explaining what that's all about... I spoke with emptywheel's Marcy Wheeler about Occupy Wall Street, the latest bullshit thwarted "terror plot" and our experience in Washington DC at Rep. Dave Camp's office... Crooks and Liars' founder, and one of the three members behind the Blue America PAC, John Amato joined me to talk about the C&L Occu-Pie pizza deliveries to 25 occupations around the country and lots more. And I played Ted Rall's speech calling for a revolution Thursday night [...]

For Profit Health Insurance is Government Sanctioned Extortion

I've said it many times before, and repeated that assertion on my show this morning. I got a bill in the mail yesterday from a collection agency.  Not from the imaging clinic where I had a thyroid ultrasound done in May, but from a collection agency. Honestly, when I got the bill for $504.60, I couldn't imagine what it was for. It certainly couldn't be for  that simple ultrasound that took all of 10 minutes with a lab technician who was able to show me on the machine that my thyroid had completely atrophied. But when I went online to [...]

Tuesday Talking Healthcare!

I spent the morning following the tweets from protesters in DC who tried to place the extortionists masquerading as health insurers under citizens arrest, and an hour this afternoon (that I'll never get back) watching two clowns each trying to get something out of the other on Faux News.  I only hope that Eric Massa's VA healthcare has good mental health coverage, because he's having a massive meltdown. But the show started with a conversation with Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty law Center about their new report "Rage on the Right," issued last week, that that details an explosion [...]

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