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WOW WALGREENS OFFERING FREE HEALTHCARE!!!

Posted by thejamkingshow on March 31, 2009

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This is excellent news. Impressive.
I will gladly give them my business

NEW YORK — Drugstore operator Walgreen will offer free clinic visits to the unemployed and uninsured for the rest of the year, providing tests and routine treatment for minor ailments through its walk-in clinics _ though patients will still pay for precriptions.

Walgreen said patients who lose their job and health insurance after March 31 will be able to get free treatment at its in-store Take Care clinics for respiratory problems, allergies, infections and skin conditions, among other ailments. Typically those treatments cost $59 or more for patients with no insurance.

Hal Rosenbluth, chairman of the Take Care Health Systems division, described the plan as something close to an experiment: He said Walgreen isn’t sure of patient demand or how much providing the services might cost the company.

It’s likely to generate more attention for the clinics, however. Rosenbluth said a typical Take Care patient tells eight other people about his or her experience. So far, about 30 percent of Take Care patients were new customers to Walgreen.

The program is expected to last through the end of 2009. Walgreen runs 341 Take Care clinics in 35 markets around the country, including Chicago, Atlanta, Miami and Cleveland.

Free services will be offered only from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Walgreen said it will not offer free checkups, vaccinations or other injections because it is focusing on providing services patients might otherwise get at an urgent-care center or even an emergency room.

Patients must present proof they are unemployed, including a federal or state unemployment determination letter and an unemployment check stub. They will have to sign a form at the clinic saying they have lost their jobs and health benefits. If they find a new job or get new health insurance, they will no longer be eligible for free care.

Spouses and children are also eligible for free services if they don’t have insurance of their own.

Medical lab operator Quest Diagnostics is participating in the program by offering free tests for step throat and urinary tract infections.

Walgreen bought the Take Care clinics in May 2007. Take Care says it has seen about 1.2 million patients since its launch in November 2005 and estimates that up to 30 percent of them were uninsured.

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Beat Down From Laid-Off Car Dealership Employee

Posted by thejamkingshow on March 31, 2009

In boom times a car dealership scuffle would be mere tawdry spectacle. But with the auto industry playing a starring role in an epic recession, the video of an employee fracas at a dealership in Wayland, Mich. acquires some poignancy.

Employees at the Wayland Chevrolet dealership fought last Friday after learning in the morning that the dealership would be closing. They had drinks at lunch, according to local police, and then “one thing led to another.” One man may be charged with disorderly conduct, according to the Grand Rapids News.

A local TV station caught the fight on camera. The news team was at the dealership to do a story on the dealership’s closing, which will cost the local economy 30 jobs.

The reporter followed up with one of the men involved in the fight:

“Does it really matter how hard that you work because there’s always somebody a little above you that has the right to control every decision, every ounce of energy that you put forth?” the man said. “Don’t you have the right to be a little bit mad when somebody says, ‘Hey, we’re all done’?”

That’s why they are killing us. Some people haven’t bought an American car in 20 years. They had no reason to buy an American car. people are tired of bailouts and excuses. Time to let them go. It’s not the job of the government to save companies. Never has been. Detroit needs to start building better and cheaper cars. That’s the only way they will survive.

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