Welp, so much for bowling tonight. I guess I'm gonna go back to the ER again and try to find out what's up with these chest pains getting worse and so much more frequent.
I love how the VA is now required by law (see below) to refer me to an outside, local, provider for any wait longer than 30 days for an appointment. Hell, I'm also eligible because I have to travel more than 40 miles, as well. Yet my original appointment was June 26th, and it's only getting worse, and even when I called and tried to get the VA Choice program people to hook me up, they couldn't because 'I wasn't on the list'.
This is pissing me the fuck off. What the fuck happens to my son if I up and die? It's not like I have any backup here.
It appears that the VA Healthcare system and Choice program is bound up by pointless procedure to be able to do anything in my cardiac situation of their creation. Talked to 4 agencies today who all said "Thanks for your service, but there isn't jack shit we can do to help you get in to your cardiology appointment tomorrow, nor to resolve this situation in any way."So yeah, time to go to the local walk-in clinic, and see if they can get me a quicker referral to a cardiologist. Of course, this will rack up more bills that I have no hope of repaying any time soon. Two verified EKG abnormalities, and at least one heart condition going on, and this is the best they can do. My new cardiology appointment through the VA isn’t scheduled until Oct. 20th of this year. Give me a break.
Pro-bono lawyer time. At the very least I've got a physical and mental suffering case going on here, not to mention the simple fact of the VA Choice laws being blatantly disregarded here.
By the way, people, I want to make a point here that I hope might bring some understanding about government healthcare. While the VA Healthcare System has some very significant issues, these problems are due to chronic and severe underfunding by congress, not due to government healthcare being a bad thing in general. How is any organization (private or government) supposed to function at this level of inadequate funding? It effects everything from the caliber of professionals that they can hire, to simple understaffing, to outdated technology, to continuing education and current applicable procedures and research for their professionals. Do not take this as a rebuke of government funded medicine, which I still fully support. What I don't support is the greedy, lobbyist-catering dipshits in congress (not to mention the president sitting on important VA Healthcare legislation while he golfs).
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What if we regarded code not as a high-stakes, sexy affair, but the equivalent of skilled work at a Chrysler plant?
Indeed, I've been wondering about this subject for years, telling people that programmers will be the working class of the 21st century. That will mean the party of good and above-average well-paid jobs will be over for many of us. Until a decade or two ago, a programmer was some kind of artisan – crafting unique solutions with their individual programming style, albeit sometimes rather clunky and improvised ones, often to bridge gaps between larger systems of different vendors deployed in companies and organizations.
Then however, agile methodologies (like Kanban, invented by Toyota after all) became more and more popular, and not everyone was aware what that means. Your unique programming "style" will have to come to an end. The programmer has to be made replaceable, become a factory worker, for the "greater good" of better friction-less processes within and between organizations.
So, does society still need universal basic income? Doe we really have a problem with automation and technological unemployment? In theory, not so much really, if everyone can become a coder, in the view of governments and corporations at least. They may regard even bad coders, who contribute next to nothing in production, but have some knowledge about the systems and processes running, as better human resources than basic income recipients who are essentially unaccountable.
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