A SWING AND A MISS FOR NY YANKEES ANNOUNCER JOHN STERLING

A SWING AND A MISS FOR NY YANKEES ANNOUNCER JOHN STERLING

Legendary NY Yankees announcer John Sterling is known for the nicknames he gives players after they hit homeruns. “BERN BABY BERN!” he’d yell after a Bernie Williams blast. “IT’S AN ABOMB….FROM AROD!” after Alex Rodriguez left the yard.

In fact, one of the most fun aspects of the Yankees acquiring a new high profile hitter is guessing what John Sterling’s homerun call will be for that player.

Speculation about this has even taken up significant space in newspaper columns and eaten up time on local television and radio.

So, naturally, when the Yankees acquired 2017 NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton, everybody was eagerly anticipating Sterling’s call for him.

Stanton gave us the answer early, homering in his very first at bat as a Yankee. Stanton did not disappoint at all in his debut, adding a second homerun to his stat line later in the game.

Sterling on the other hand? He disappointed greatly.

“Giancarlo, non si puo stoparlo!”

In Italian, that means, Giancarlo, you cannot be stopped.

That is fine, but the call is a dud.

Some have suggested this is because Stanton is not Italian. Na, who cares about that? If the phrase works, it works, no matter what the player’s ethnicity is.

The reason the call fails, is because it is not a commonly used phrase and does not roll off the tongue.

Sterling says he will not change it and that is his prerogative.

And as long as the Yankees are winning and Stanton is playing well, I do not think anybody — including Stanton himself — will care.

But it is disappointing that Sterling swung so hard and missed so badly on this one.

Oh well, there’s always next time.

PROTECTING PATIENTS FROM MASSIVE OUT OF NETWORK COSTS IS A GOOD IDEA BUT NJ MUST AMEND ITS CURRENT BILL WHICH INTENDS TO DO THAT

PROTECTING PATIENTS FROM MASSIVE OUT OF NETWORK COSTS IS A GOOD IDEA BUT NJ MUST AMEND ITS CURRENT BILL WHICH INTENDS TO DO THAT

There is an important vote on the horizon in the New Jersey state Senate that should be of interest to everybody nationwide, because it could potentially serve as a model for other states.

S-485 is a bill intended to grapple with the exceedingly high costs of out of network care for patients. The bill is a good idea and well-intentioned, which is why so many physicians support the transparency and disclosure requirements included in it.

However, before it passes, there are issues that need to be resolved in order to avoid some potentially egregious issues.

For starters, the dispute resolution mechanism in the bill is badly skewed in favor of insurers. It allows them to skimp on payment to doctors, but does nothing to guarantee the savings get passed on to patients.

Numerous insurers have spent millions on lobbying and advertising rather than on patient care and there is no mechanism in this bill to keep this from continuing to happen.

Hospital and physician costs have risen at a marginal rate of less than 2% while insurance premiums have continued to go up at record rates. This indicates an increase in administrative costs and lucrative salaries at insurance companies rather than an honest accounting and best-practices attempt to properly serve patients.

Simply put, while the bill should pass in some form because it is necessary to protect patients from exorbitant out of pocket costs, the way it is curretly constructed does not accomplish that.

Fixes need to be made.

What kind of fixes? Here are some potential ideas:

-Ensure arbitrators use market based charged data when issuing decisions. The unilateral use of health insurance payer payment methodology in arbitration would allow health insurance carriers to revert to deceptive business practices which were outlawed in New Jersey years ago.

-Get rid of the parts of the bill that permit federally-regulated plans to “opt in” to state arbitration.

– Make the process of granting waivers for patient cost sharing far easer, since it would allow physicians to help their indigent patients get care.

-Get rid of punitive measures for struggling to properly adhere to difficult payment plans. These plans should be easy to understand and easy to comply with.

As a doctor myself, I want what is best for patients and patient care.

I understand insurance companies need to make a profit, but patients are getting crushed with out of network costs and this bill needs to be put in place to stop that from happening.

This current bill is flawed, but worth fixing.

I have great faith in the men and women of New Jersey state government to realize the shortcomings of the bill and make the appropriate changes for the good of the hard working men and women of the garden state.

I have no doubt that in the end, they will do the right thing and put the needs of patients first.

IS YOUR VENDETTA AGAINST THE PRESIDENT REALLY WORTH CRUSHING THE LITTLE GUY?

IS YOUR VENDETTA AGAINST THE PRESIDENT REALLY WORTH CRUSHING THE LITTLE GUY?

I keep hearing liberals are champions of the “little guy.” But this uproar over Trump Hotel in Washington, DC has honestly got me wondering if that is nothing more than a marketing ruse.

Boycotts have been called for and some even want to shut the hotel down simply because it has the Trump name attached.

Of course, this would not really hurt Donald Trump. The man is a billionaire and one hotel going out of business would not do much to negatively impact the president’s bottom line.

But it sure would financially cripple the hundreds of employees who make their living and pay their bills working at the hotel.

I hear complaints about conflict of interest, and while I understand the concern, again, look at what that hotel really means to the presidents bottom line. It is a blip on the radar.

And take a look at what a room costs at that hotel as opposed to others in similar areas of DC. For that amount of money, do you really think anybody is buying influence? Lobbyists toss around millions daily, but a few hundred bucks for a hotel room is going o get the job done?

I don’ think so.

I personally think the president should just sell the hotel altogether so there is not even an appearance of impropriety.

But to think it makes any difference in terms of favors or how policy is set is just ridiculous.

As I said, in terms of buying favors, worry about the big money from K Street, not some small potatoes mini-bar charges in a hotel room.

But beyond that, if you actually do care about the “little guy,” then stop trying to hurt him by attempting to get this hotel shutdown just because you do not like the president.

These are real people with real lives, real families, and real bills.

Your vendetta should not extend to them.

So, if you really care about the average person, stop wasting your time on trivial nonsense like hotels, and focus on policies you think will help improve their lives.

It’s what you say you stand for.

So stop hiding behind a bunch of angry anti-Trump bluster and propose real solutions that do not involve stripping working and middle class people of their jobs at a hotel just because you despise seeing the owner’s name on the building.