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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Drug Stores forced to become a Drug Police

It has been a Busy Day. Having to deal with Truck Payments, Power Bill payments, Gas prices here going up 20 cents overnight, I was not in a good mood when it became time to refill my Medications.

I called my locally owned Pharmacy, whose name I will hold. I spoke with one of his techs and explained I had two new scripts on file that needed to be filled. The medications these are refilling were last filled Jan 28. There are 31 days in Jan, therefore, being today is Feb 24, This was the 27th day, today. Feb 28th is on Sunday, which this local owned store is closed. I was trying to get the meds filled tommorrow, simple as that.

I am going to ride to nashville to the VA Hospital with a friend Friday. Saturday I have a gentleman coming to do some repairs on the house the landlord wants done and Sat afternoon, I am going to a Tea Party, Candidate Debate. As you see, I am disabled but I still have a life, Thursday was the natural day to get the meds filled, I am still the CUSTOMER.

Anyway, The Tech said I couldn't get the new scripts filled until Sat 2/27 or Mon 3/1. 3/1 ? That 32 days I told her. I told her I would get back with her,(Before I blew a gasket).

I stewed over this, trying to figure out what could be causing this problem. Is my hair too long, do I not dress formally enough ( This is Signal Mountain after all), what could it be. Then I called My Medicare Part D Provider, Humana.

I spoke with a delightful young lady named Kim and explained my problem. She gladly pulled up my record and said Thursday would be just fine, they have no problem with that. I asked her if it could be a State of Tennessee Problem. She went away for a couple of minutes and came back, stating the State of Tennessee stated you could get the Meds 7 days early, Uh-Huh..

Now, I called my Doctor's Office, Maybe they have "blackballed" me or something. I spoke with my Doctor's Nurse, a Great young lady named Angie, She said they had not restricted my purchases in anyway. I asked her what now, She went away and came back, saying Dr. A. had said for them to refill the meds tommorrow and if they have a problem, let them call. HUBBA

I am going to the Pharmacy in the morning, with my notes and see what happens. There is only one more answer I can possibly see might be involved, The State Of Tennessee.
A couple of years ago, The STATE established a "Clearing House" for script records, especially for controlled substances, to "Help" Doctors and Pharmacies maintain their records. Yeah Right.

I went to the Board website that controls the Pharmacy and Doctors. Every Script they write is entered into a database. Every Script, any script, can trigger an Audit, where a Pharmacist's life will be turned up side down. They are expected to enforce the laws of the state, always being fearful of their own licenses being pulled.

Life is becoming more and more complicated every day, especially for people like myself on Social Security and Medicare. Prices are going up, scripts are forcing me into the donut hole, which will force me to go to the med companies with my hat in my hand looking for help.

Why can't one simple thing as getting a perscription filled be simplified without Big Brother looking over my shoulder and the shoulders of my Doctor and Pharmacist.
Once you get involved with the Govt, i.e. Medicare, you become a servant to the govt.


Mitchell Thurmer
Signal Mountain

Monday, February 22, 2010

Common Sense, Support Tommy Crangle For Congress

On this day, Feb. 22, 2010, which used to be celebrated as President George Washington's Birthday, Common Sense in Washington must Prevail.

I have been quiet the last few weeks observing the day to day rapidly changing Political Landscape, It is a full-time job. President Obama's Magic Wand has not changed anything, just because he says it did. Democrat Politicians are resigning at an unpresidented rate ( to borrow one of the President's favorite words).
Democrat resignations are a symptom of Politicans who at least can see their future carrer has been plundered by Obama. True Progressive Democrat Congressman will gladly fall on their sword for Obama. They are so enamored with him, there is no cost they will not pay. The State controlled Media reporting is full of the Obama KoolAid, never reporting a "Bad" angle. A perfect example is the continuing denial of the largest hoax in history regarding Global Warming. The UN head of the Climate Change Dept. resigned, I would too ! Can anyone age 40 or over have ever imagined a time when you not could believe your President or your Media in the United States ?

The Conservative Tsunami is gaining strength and can be seen on the horizon.
The American People are awaking from their slumber. The movement to rebuild the Conservative Agenda is building steam quicker than a Three Mile Island Reactor on Steroids. Powerful forces as a movement sweep everything clean in their path, therefore the Tsunami analogy. Washinton DC must be swept, just as you sweep a dirty kitchen floor.

After much consideration, I am putting my full support behind Tommy Crangle to serve as the next Congressman from the State of Tennessee Third Dsitrict in the United States House of Representatives. Tommy is not a career Politican, he is one of us. He knows how to run a business, set deadlines, and meet them. We met and talked at length a couple of months ago. I posed questions straight out and to the point, the answers were the same. Tommy recognizes from the start, he will be a Representative of the People, Not a Politican who will move his agenda to suit a few.

Being Elected to any Public Service position from the bottom to the top, even the Oval Office, is always a Servant to the People. Washington has forgotten this one principal. A loud and clear reminder is on they way. When the Incumbents are removed they MUST NOT be allowed to be placed in other position in the Govt, period. If Obama or any other of his "staff" move these losers into his admninistration, they should be exposed and discraced for continuing this practice. When your'e done, you are DONE.

Next Saturday, Feb. 27 at 2PM - 5 PM, the Republican Candidates for the Third District Seat are debating at Woddland Park Baptist Church. I strongly recommend attending this very important meeting. After the debate, all Candidates will meet with the attendees and answer question and quite simply, let us see the people they are.

Mitchell E. Thurmer
Signal Mountain