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The Amazon Equation

Mainly because I can………

I have had an Amazon affiliate account for a dozen years.  When you are counted among the vast army of internet-will-be-bazillionaires who are affiliates it works about like this.  Somewhere on the blog there is a url that takes you to Amazon.  Inside that url is a secret code word that identifies me and sets me apart from the vast affiliate army.  When you buy that shower stall accessory with seven suction cups or some wasp spray or a box of organic dog biscuits,  I get a small percentage of the purchase kicked back to me.  It usually amounts to about twenty five cents or some such.  Even if you click the link with full intention of buying dog biscuits and get sidetracked and end up buying a long handled hoe to chop the head right off one of those buzztail snakes,   I still get my twenty five cents.  The cool part is Amazon does not add that twenty five cents to YOUR purchase. It comes out of Amazon’s booty stash.

For the first decade or thereabouts I couldn’t of bought anything off the dollar menu at McD’s with my annual Amazon earnings.  Then something got different and I can’t really put my finger right on it.  I started making a dollar or two — only thing I can figure is there are other gate guards sittin’ out in the pucker brush like me and Miss Kathy that have found out they can’t get all their goods at the Sak’n’Sav or the Dollar Store in El Pequeno, Texas that is an 80 mile round trip from your gate.   So over the days/months/years of sitting at that desolate gate out on the caliche flats where your best friend is an armadillo or a ground squirrel,  y’all have developed an internet mail order addiction and you like a good fix of that Amazon.  I know I do.

Well, last month — that would be December 2012– all of you Amazon addicts got together and clicked my Amazon affiliate buying link (that slick lookin’ banner at the top pf this page) and y’all bought a shit ton of Christmas goodies.  The bits and bytes whirled around the internet and somehow landed in an Amazon Distribution Center in Kansas or Kentucky and that gal pullin’ the order looked at that box of organic dog biscuits and hollered across the aisle “Hey Frannie!  Here’s another order for that pitiful sumbitch gate guard sittin’ down there in El Pequeno, Texas!”  The nickels turned into quarters turned into dollars and and for the first time EVER me and Miss K got an Amazon affiliate earnings check that covered the operating cost of this blog and the message forum.

 Thank you friends and neighbors.  It is truly appreciated.

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In amongst all the furor this past week over the assault weapons ban that matters not a whit to me since all my iron was lost in that tragic boating accident and I have since taken up bowling, Miss Kathy brought this to my attention:

Cause they don’t make a 46

The Affordable Care Act — “Obamacare” to its detractors — allows health insurers to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums starting next Jan. 1.For a 55-year-old smoker, the penalty could reach nearly $4,250 a year. A 60-year-old could wind up paying nearly $5,100 on top of premiums.

Insurers won’t be allowed to charge more under the overhaul for people who are overweight, or have a health condition like a bad back or a heart that skips beats — but they can charge more if a person smokes.

Here’s how the math would work:

Take a hypothetical 60-year-old smoker making $35,000 a year. Estimated premiums for coverage in the new private health insurance markets under Obama’s law would total $10,172. That person would be eligible for a tax credit that brings the cost down to $3,325.

But the smoking penalty could add $5,086 to the cost. And since federal tax credits can’t be used to offset the penalty, the smoker’s total cost for health insurance would be $8,411, or 24 percent of income. That’s considered unaffordable under the federal law. The numbers were estimated using the online Kaiser Health Reform Subsidy Calculator.

As most folks know, we are smokers and we make no apologies for that.  My eyes have been wide open each time I fired up a Marlboro Light or a Lark or a Salem and even though the outcome may be ridiculously predictable, it is what it is at this point. Don’t chide our irresponsibility or scold us for unhealthy action.

The part that bothers me, beyond the fact that Affordable Health Care Act looks decidedly unaffordable from where I am sittin’,  is the manner in which smokers are being almost criminalized.  You could be a fat bastard and the government is going to pick up a good part of your health insurance tab,  you could have wracked your liver all to hell and back by drinkin’ too much or you could have ruint your insides snortin’ that bathtub meth and the government is gonna give you a hand up healthwise. But if you smoke some cigarettes  looks like the biscuit wheels have fallen off the gravy train. So if me and Miss Kathy are Cigarette Criminals, who is gonna take care of Tuco the Dog when the fellas in the black uniforms come to put us in the FEMA Detention Camp for Cigarette Criminals south of Houston?

‘Bout the only thing I can figure is to keep me a bowling ball handy at all times.  When they pull up in that Black Suburban and pile out, I could sail it off the front porch out among ’em and maybe nail a couple before I run out of bowling balls.   They really ain’t leaving me or any of us a whole lotta options.  Just sayin’……….     Y’all think about it and have a good week!

End Note: Kingdom of Izzness by Dr. John from the Locked Down cd.  It’s an odd morning.

“We can’t find ourselves no matter what we do.”

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8 comments to The Amazon Equation

  • My Pa used to say, “Son, if ya dance you got to pay the fiddler.” Seems to me lots of folks coming to the dance but only a few are buying tickets. I think the Congress needs to put a few drops of oil on the scales they’re using to balance out the health care inequities.

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    • Andrew

      When you have all these people who aren’t even paying income taxes voting to raise taxes on the few who are still paying, the society unravels. You’ve got people riding in the wagon and you’ve got people pulling it. And as you get more people in the wagon the wagon moves slower because you don’t have enough people pulling it. And now you try to whip the people who are pulling it even harder by raising their taxes and now you incentivize them to jump in the wagon, too. And you reward the people who are riding in the wagon with more government subsidies and you punish the people who are pulling the wagon with taxes and pretty soon the wagon can’t move at all because everybody’s trying to ride in it. That’s about where we are so voting is almost a waste at this point. We need real change and it doesn’t seem like we are going to get it at the ballot box.

      from Peter Schiff

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  • Right now, in today’s weak dollars. I go to my Dr. Once every 3 months. The office visit costs me $75. My Dr. Writes out my prescriptions and I go home. I mail my written prescriptions to a pharmacy, they fill them and mail them back to me.
    Total costs $65.. So, my healthcare costs are very inexpensive. I pay CASH!
    Why should I be forced to pay $10000. Per year. So some greedy fat cats and welfare mommas can abuse me? I am NOT going to do it!

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  • Oh and by the way, the above mentioned “Tax Credit” example; the credit does not get refunded to you, the tax payer, it is refunded to your HealthCare Insurer.
    So unlike any other ‘tax credi’ you have received in the past. You won’t physically see a dime of this one!

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  • joel

    While the ACA is, overall, better than what we’ve had up until now, it is a far cry from what folks in all the other industrialized nations on the planet have. Of course, their per capita healthcare costs are also about half of ours.

    We’ll eventually get to single payer. It’s just gonna take a little while longer.

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  • Lynette Bailey

    On a lighter side and in reference to using a bowling ball for protection, my husband tells this story: Back in the day when he was a TX state trooper, his partner and he got a tip about a wanted felon being down at the local beer joint. They stopped in to “visit” with the young hero, who was playing pool. When he looked up and saw the uniformed officers, a chase around the pool table ensued. After a couple of rounds, hubby’s partner picked up a cue ball and hurled it at the felon. The ball hit the bad guy in the head and knocked him “smooth out”! Hubby says, “Lots of paperwork after that one!”

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  • Merlin

    Having lived and traveled in those “other industrialized nations,” I’m extraordinarily grateful for what we had before government got so invested in healthcare. I like seeing a specialist in short order (my Canadian friends wait months). I like having the best quality hospitals in the world (ever been in a hospital abroad???? Unless you’ve lived it, be careful what you wish for.
    Andy, Please try not to feel so abused by our government…it is an equal misery factor operation. We DON’T smoke, but made the mistake (in spite of years of healthy living) of developing an incurable, degenerative neuromuscular disease. Really stupid of me! So now, at 67, I am facing this future of incredibly high medical costs, combined with a need for outrageously expensive, and highly specialized, durable medical equipment which our government says Medicare won’t pay for…I.e. a $38,000 wheelchair. So last week, we bought one out of pocket, because in a year or two when it’s a necessity, we won’t be able to work to pay for it.
    We all pay (somehow) for our life choices, but our current administration is intent on making paupers of us all, no matter what our choices. I’m sorry all you have left is a 16 pounder, I’m feeling mighty fond of my Glock these days.

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  • LJ

    Well, Brohama care is directly tied to the Protologist because in the ‘end’ we the tax paying public, will get the reaming as usual. The ones that don’t pay taxes, keep expecting the free stuff that is available because of the folks that do work are held hostage by the notion of responsibility, i.e. I work because i dont expect free stuff to just happen on my doorstep, I want certain things, so I must work to obtain these ‘certain’ items, way of life, etc. while certain bonofied entitled ones, only bitch and moan that the WORKERS owe them a living, so get back to working, and giving the free stuff made available through the misguided nitwits in liberal wash.d.c. I wish that more health care was available to more folks, and should be, BUTT… screwing the working people of the USA, so the NON working folk can get off free, is a travesty

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