Day of Rage. That's what popped up on the kitchen table of my brain today for no particular reason. I remember hearing something about it on the news years ago and thinking I was gonna have to look into it. The term just sounded so cool. Day of Rage. If I remembered correctly it had something to do with Palestinians being a little sick of the uninvited guests who showed up after Hitler tried to kill them all. Sure enough, I looked it up today:
The mainstream Palestinian movement Fatah and Islamic groups had called for a ''day of rage'' today to mark the start of the first Palestinian uprising, which began in 1987 and ended after the 1993 Oslo peace accord.
I'm jealous. I want a Day of Rage. Mine wouldn't have anything to do with Middle Eastern politics though. I think my Day of Rage would be declared against health insurance companies. Me and any of you that want to join me could get us some of those cool Yasser Arafat head scarves and some slingshots, and we'd ride up to insurance company headquarters and let the stones fly, breaking many windows.
Then Aetna would come at us with a tank, and start firing rubber bullets. But we'd be like, "Fuck you Aetna. There's no reason for you to require a Prior Auth for Imitrex and then cover Maxalt unless you're getting some sort of payola from Merck! Eat a rock bastards!"
And they would indeed eat rocks. Many rocks. And not just Aetna.
After our Day of Rage the corporate media would have to pay attention to us, at least for a little bit, if for no other reason than because Aetna would have to explain to their shareholders why they spent money on tank deployment. We could use the opportunity to explain that $31.18 a week to make sure every old codger in this country gets the medical care they need is a bargain, and that bargain's got nothing to do with the private sector.
I didn't make that number up. $31.18 a week is what I chip into Medicare. And that covers 43,000,000 of this country's oldest and sickest citizens. If you're not a pharmacist, you're probably chipping in far less. Go look. And while you're at it compare what you're paying Medicare to how much you're paying Aetna or one of their ilk to pretend to cover your healthy ass.
After we had a chance to make our case to the corporate media, Aetna and their ilk would be shamed out of business and Medicare would be expanded to cover the entire population, saving everyone money and boosting the quality of care. That's right bitch. I said saving money and improving the quality of care. Any of you right wing corpo-stooges want me to prove it you just drop me a line. I'll warn you though, you better ask politely. You come in my house with any of that Rush Limbaugh attitude and I will get out my fact claws and tear you to shreds.
Anyway, that's my day of rage. I might have to go down to the basement and see what else is there.