A "non-profit" sock-puppet of the private health insurance industry.
You may have seen these advertisements if, for instance, you have eyes and are have looked up outside. They are everywhere on billboards all around the city. According to the fine print (about 12 point on the full-page ad in the Brighton-Pittsford Post), they are "Sponsored by the Monroe County Medical Society, Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield" and then in even finer print (about 6 point), "A nonprofit independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association."
The Monroe County Medical Society is some kind of physician organization in the area. Their vague mission is to "unite to consider and act on matters affecting the practice of medicine, to extend medical knowledge and enlighten the public in the best interests of the health of the people of the county of Monroe." Likewise, The Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency "is an independent local organization working to improve health care in Rochester and the Finger Lakes region. We analyze the needs of the community, bring together organizations to solve health problems, and measure the results." And then there's Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, a corporation that sells health insurance and is the "nonprofit independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association." The BlueCross BlueShield Association is the nebulous parent organization whose function I don't understand as it relates to Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.
Anyway, all these shell games and misdirection align to provide what seems to be a concrete and simple statement: leave the emergency room for emergency services and see a physician at jeir office for non-emergency care.
But why would someone visit the E.R. if they could see a doctor? I know I wouldn't. However, I also know the secret answer: I only have a doctor because I became his patient while I had health insurance. If I did not have health insurance, I would have been refused. What I've found is that doctors generally do not accept patients who pay cash.
So I did a little bit of research on the glorious Internet. My question: do people in England head to the emergency room when they have a cold? After digging around a bit, I didn't find an answer either way. My supposition is, why would they? The E.R. is an unpleasant place, and if they could equally well go to a much more pleasant general practitioner's office, then I can only imagine they would. At least I would.
Thus, this "ER Crowding" problem is yet another cost of the profit-driven private health insurance industry in the United States. I find it appalling that funds that could have gone to serve nationalized health care were instead wasted on a huge advertising campaign.
The people want nationalized health care. The physicians want nationalized health care. The only ones who don't are the corporations of the health insurance industry and they own Congress.
The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing We Can't Go Home Again starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 5 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, "'Directed' by Nicholas Ray, this largely improvised, highly experimental film was actually produced over the course of several years by some 45 students at SUNY Binghamton's Harpur College, where Ray taught film in the early '70s. Screened as a work-in-progress to a baffled Cannes audience in 1973, the film remained unfinished until Ray's widow, Susan Ray, reconstructed the film in time for inclusion at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. Today this daring formal experiment stands as both a fascinating failure and an invaluable document of its time, and remains essential viewing for anyone remotely interested in Ray or the possibilities of filmmaking."
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Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10 p.m. is the annual Valentine's Day Massacre show featuring awesome, tight, complex rock and roll from The VEiNS, good punk-rock from The Emersons, Philo Beddoe, The Grinders, good, amiable hard rock from The Clockmen, Yogi Lewis and The News, and Tim Avery.
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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Somewhere in Time starting at 8 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, "after he finds her portrait hanging in the Grand Hotel, Richard Collier (Christopher Reeve) becomes obsessed with early 20th-century actress Elise McKenna (Jane Seymour). Smitten, Collier attempts to conquer time from his room, determined to will himself back to 1912 and the woman he loves. Ignored upon release, Somewhere in Time steadily and justifiably became a cult film, even inspiring an annual convention."
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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The King of Marvin Gardens starting at 8 p.m. in which Jack Nicholson "plays a Philadelphia-based radio host called to Atlantic City by his shady brother (Bruce Dern) to help develop a deluxe Hawaiian resort. These icy and listless dreams are matched by cinematographer Laszlo Kovac's expert lensing of a wintry and desolate boardwalk empire."
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This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including nearby towns Irondequoit, Webster, Penfield, Pittsford, Victor, Henrietta, Gates, Chili, Greece, and Charlotte, and occasionally other places in Monroe County and the Western New York region.) It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, lectures, discussions, debates, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do.
Music events are usually original bands with occasional cover bands and DJ's with musical styles including punk, emo, ska, swing, rock, rock-and-roll, alternative, metal, jazz, blues, noise band, experimental music, folk, acoustic, and "world-beat."
Events listed take place during the day, in the evenings, or as part of the city's nightlife as listed.
Although I'm reluctant to admit it, it is a Rochester blog and I'm essentially blogging about Rochester events.
I also tend to express opinions, review past events, make reviews, speak of philosophy or of a philosophical nature, discuss humanity and creativity.
Oh, and it's spelled JayceLand with no space and a capital L, not Jayce Land, Jaycee Land, Jace Land, Jase Land, Joyce Land, Jayce World, Jayceeland, Jaceland, Jaseland, Joyceland, Jayceworld, Jayceeworld, Jaceworld, Jaseworld, nor Joyceworld. (Now if you misspell it in some search engine, you at least get a shot at finding it.)
It's also not to be confused with
Jake's World or JakesWorld which is a site of a Rochester animator.
While I'm on the topic of keywords for search engines, this update includes information for Thursday, February 9, 2012 (Thu, Feb 9, 2012, 2/9/2012, or 2/9/12) Friday, February 10, 2012 (Fri, Feb 10, 2012, 2/10/2012, or 2/10/12) Saturday, February 11, 2012 (Sat, Feb 11, 2012, 2/11/2012, or 2/11/12) Sunday, February 12, 2012 (Sun, Feb 12, 2012, 2/12/2012, or 2/12/12) Monday, February 13, 2012 (Mon, Feb 13, 2012, 2/13/2012, or 2/13/12) Tuesday, February 14, 2012 (Tue, Feb 14, 2012, 2/14/2012, or 2/14/12) and Wednesday, February 15, 2012 (Wed, Feb 15, 2012, 2/15/2012, or 2/15/12).
indicates an event that's a preferred pick of the day ... probably something worth checking out.
indicates a "guaranteed" best bet for the particular genre of the indicated event.
links to a band's page on GarageBand.com which offers reviews and information about bands.
links to a band's page on MySpace.com which is a friend-networking site that is popular with bands.