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Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Writer's Life 5/7 - Atlas

According to an article in today's NY Post, trash cans have been disappearing from Manhattan's Upper West Side. Authorities believe they are being stolen and sold as scrap. The receptacles cost $125 each, two bucks worth of scrap metal. It hardly seems worth it. As everyone knows, humans are frequently a bizarre lot.

I heard about this man through the Sean Hannity radio show. Here is a summary of an article from Dr. Josh Umbehr, founder of Wichita-based AtlasMD, advocates an insurance-free approach to medicine. Patients pay a monthly membership fee from $10 to $100 per month, and have access to doctors in person, by phone or through social media channels. Members don’t cough up co-pays and aren't charged extra for office visits. Medications typically cost “pennies on the pill." An X-ray might cost $20 to $40, including radiology reads, versus $100 or so at other clinics. Similar services might cost $500 to $1,000 at a hospital. Catastrophic illnesses are not covered. Umbehr believes they are what insurance should cover. It makes sense. Given that I have near zero confidence in politicians, I fully expect the Senate to make changes to the health care bill that will make it impossible to pass. And I doubt all but the most conservatives members of Congress would be willing to at least listen to Umbehr's ideas. Kudos, Doc.

Again the rain held off except for a few sprinkles. My thanks to the old-timer who bought a paperback thriller in Russian, and to the Grandma who has been stocking a home library with classics in the hope that her granddaughter will eventually read them. Today she purchased Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, Willa Cather's O Pioneers!, August Strindberg's Miss Julie, and Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams and The Psychopathology of Every Day Life. I chuckled when she pointed out that yesterday was Freud's birthday. Her grandson, about ten, was with her. He must have an interest in art. When his gram noted 50 Things to Draw: 50 Creative Projects to Unleash Your Drawing Skills by Ed Tadem and asked if he wanted it, he nodded shyly. It led me to bring out a beautiful hardcover sketch book, which she also took. I love this woman. Spasibo.
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