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(Slate)   Mother of distressed AOL baby has something to say to the CEO   ( divider line
    More: Cool, CEO, pre-eclampsia, federal benefits, premature birth  
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17063 clicks; posted to Main » on 09 Feb 2014 at 3:32 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-02-09 03:43:32 PM  
7 votes:
Distressed Babies is the name of my John Waite cover band........
2014-02-09 03:38:46 PM  
6 votes:

Huskadoodle: What's AOL

They make coasters, like a poor Pier 1 Import thing.
2014-02-09 03:37:21 PM  
4 votes:
What's AOL
2014-02-09 06:46:36 PM  
3 votes:
you people can keep your distressed babies.  mark my words, acid washed babies are going to be next year's big thing.
2014-02-09 04:16:48 PM  
3 votes:
Christ, what an A-OL.

/Surprised I'm the first.
//Unless I'm not.
2014-02-09 04:14:18 PM  
3 votes:
You people disgust me. AOL's coasters are not even slightly good. They have a hole right in the middle, the condensation leaks right through and then you get water marks.

/lousy coasters
//just sayin'
2014-02-09 03:45:45 PM  
3 votes:
Let's set aside the fact that Armstrong-who took home $12 million in pay in 2012-felt the need to announce a cut in employee benefits on the very day that he touted the best quarterly earnings in years.

How dare you peons not understand the pain of only bringing home $12 million for your family!  Why, if he hadn't cut all those benefits, he wouldn't be able to keep posting record profits for the company and then his family might suffer!  You goddamn well don't need those benefits as much as the company needs those profits so you should be ashamed of yourselves!  SHAME ON YOU!
2014-02-09 04:46:48 PM  
2 votes:

Mitch Taylor's Bro: gar1013: Mitch Taylor's Bro: gar1013: Mitch Taylor's Bro: gar1013: Fun fact: many companies actually pay the cost of your insurance claims out of their own pocket.

That insurance company you speak of? It processes claims but your employer may be the one footing the bill.

It's called self-insurance.

/the more you know
//works for a company that self insures

What's the benefit of doing that?

Cheaper for the company.

If you have enough capital, why pay to use the capital of the insurance company.

So that a couple of "distressed babies" don't put the hurt on your bottom line?


Walk through what happens in the other scenario: health insurance company pays out additional claims, they raise rates. Company portion of your health insurance either goes up, or they pass it along to the employees.

Exactly, then Armstrong says, "Hey, health care costs are going up, so we're cutting back." Employees grumble, maybe an article gets written about it in the business section if an editor actually goes through AOL's earnings report, but nothing of this scale get publicized.

Yup. Only issue here was that their PR or IR team didn't have a sniper with tranq darts on hand to take him out before he could finish his statement b
2014-02-09 04:28:05 PM  
2 votes:
When my second son was born he was premature and spent a bit over two weeks in the hospital, with an incubator, breathing support,feeding tube and all the rest. (Norfolk Sentara was awesome.) He's completely healthy today.

Because he was adopted, his bill was picked by Medi-cal. I have no idea what it cost since I never saw a bill for so much as a dime. I also didn't spend a single second fighting an insurance company about denying care.

Remember folks, government single payer health care is evil socialism. Don't let what happened to me and my son happen to the rest of the US.
2014-02-09 03:58:46 PM  
2 votes:
we were told at work that our health costs were going up, and coverage was going down (thanks obama care!) because my company is 95% women, and women go to the doctor too much. I work at a women's health facility. Kind of funny, isn't it?
2014-02-09 03:49:46 PM  
2 votes:
This just in: A lot of really wealthy people are sociopaths.
2014-02-09 03:41:15 PM  
2 votes:
Good job, mom. Your husband is getting fired tomorrow.
2014-02-10 12:25:34 PM  
1 vote:

ransack.: And the very wealthy doesn't even get to cling to the hope that someday our lotto numbers will come up and save us from our own little Hell.

So the very wealthy have no hope for a better life, and as a result are worse off than the rest of us?

What a tragic existence they must lead.

I just saw Lone Survivor over the weekend.  Had I known then what I know know, I would have sat through that movie thinking "Well, at least they're not rich."
2014-02-09 06:09:34 PM  
1 vote:

dababler: I feel sad that the current generation will never experience anything remotely as active as AOL's chat-rooms during it's heyday.  In retrospect it really was a unique and fascinating way of communicating.

That was then. This is now.
2014-02-09 05:49:54 PM  
1 vote:

Parthenogenetic: The Constitution does not grant anybody the right to a pension

So why is Mr. Armstrong insisting upon his?
2014-02-09 04:44:39 PM  
1 vote:

b3x: we were told at work that our health costs were going up, and coverage was going down (thanks obama care!) because my company is 95% women, and women go to the doctor too much. I work at a women's health facility. Kind of funny, isn't it?

It is kinda funny, especially because it's bullshiat.

In 2014, insurers will no longer be able to charge women higher premiums than they charge men
2014-02-09 04:32:32 PM  
1 vote:

drxym: If the cost of health is such a burden on companies as this stupid example illustrates, then I have to wonder why they're not lobbying HARD to introduce true universal health care, paid through income taxes.

Sure, that sounds like a great solution at first. But then you realize it's the first step on a slippery slope to CEOs making $12M a year  paying income taxes.
2014-02-09 04:27:22 PM  
1 vote:
August 2013: AOL CEO Tim Armstrong fires an employee live on a conference call.
January 2014: AOE CEO Tim Armstrong blames benefit cuts on two sick infants during a conference call.

Maybe this guy should rethink doing conference calls. Actually, no, maybe this guy needs to do  more conference calls.
2014-02-09 04:24:36 PM  
1 vote:
What a selfish koont. She makes an emotional argument and doesn't see the big picture. The community as a whole is more important than the individual, especially a defective one who would have been eliminated out of the gene pool without special care. Because of her, the AOL executives won't be able to buy bigger boats this summer.
2014-02-09 04:16:02 PM  
1 vote:

cman: How in the blue hell is AOL still making money?

I had no idea it was still a thing.

Now, the question of whether we should keep barely viable preemies such as this one alive...because we can...should be, I think, open to discussion. It's far too early to call this one a win as the kid in the photos might have moderate to severe deficits only time will reveal. Frankly, for every "normal" kid born this early, there's probably another five who die, and three who are disabled in one way or another.

I speak as a father whose second child died in a miscarriage caused at five months gestation from my wife's burst appendix. I'm sad we lost the kid, but glad I didn't have to make the call...even with Canada's "free" healthcare...when the odds of an outcome that doesn't involve pain, institutionalization and an early death are so high.

But as for the douchebag CEO:

You agreed to pay.
You set up the plan.
Actuaries did the math to make the plan, presumably, untaxing on your revenues. And now you're biatching because people who bought in have suffered a medical tragedy?

Shut your farking greedy cakehole and pay, you mendacious coont. Count yourself lucky you aren't skullfarked in an uprising of the 99%

I also hope you have a crippling stroke and die alone and in your own shiat, unable to dial 911, but I wouldn't want to seem vindictive or anything.
2014-02-09 03:45:51 PM  
1 vote:
I like her style.
2014-02-09 03:41:51 PM  
1 vote:
2014-02-09 03:07:53 PM  
1 vote:
How in the blue hell is AOL still making money?
2014-02-09 03:07:25 PM  
1 vote:
Remember when it was the gangsters that said "This is not personal, it is just business." BANG BANG

Meet the New Gangsters.
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