Coyote – SOTW Metal http://sotwmetal.com/ Fri, 20 May 2022 16:35:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://sotwmetal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/sotw-150x150.png Coyote – SOTW Metal http://sotwmetal.com/ 32 32 Bear, coyote and cougar sightings reported in Leeds and Thousand Islands https://sotwmetal.com/bear-coyote-and-cougar-sightings-reported-in-leeds-and-thousand-islands/ Fri, 20 May 2022 16:35:33 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/bear-coyote-and-cougar-sightings-reported-in-leeds-and-thousand-islands/ Content of the article Residents of Leeds Township and the Thousand Islands (TLTI) are reporting sightings of bears and cougars in addition to coyotes that have plagued the area for several years now. Content of the article “Spring means animals are on the move,” the township said in a recent statement. “Residents report sightings of […]]]>

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Residents of Leeds Township and the Thousand Islands (TLTI) are reporting sightings of bears and cougars in addition to coyotes that have plagued the area for several years now.

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“Spring means animals are on the move,” the township said in a recent statement. “Residents report sightings of bears and cougars in the township. For emergency encounters with bears, coyotes or cougars, contact 911 immediately.

If you encounter one of these animals, try to stay calm. Do not try to approach them and do not try to feed them. A female with her young is particularly dangerous because she will do whatever she has to to protect them. Do not run away from animals or turn your back on them – these behaviors convince animals that you are prey. Instead, stand up straight and back up slowly if possible, allowing animals to escape from you. Don’t try to make eye contact with them. Do not show your teeth – this is a sign of aggression and can provoke an attack. In most cases, if you don’t threaten them or show interest in them, they will leave.

Specific behaviors also apply, depending on the animal. For bears, throwing objects or yelling and making noise are all good deterrents. If you are carrying food, drop it and back off. Only in the case of a mother with young should you consider playing dead. If you know bears are in your area, consider keeping bear spray on hand and using it as needed.

For any wild cats – bobcats, bobcats, or cougars – making yourself look bigger than you are often works. If the animal does not back away or begins to approach you, it may help to yell and throw things.

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As for the coyotes, keep your distance from them and they will most likely avoid you.

It is best to prevent your property from becoming attractive to these animals. Do not put fish, meat or dairy products in your composter. Thoroughly clean garbage cans with a strong-smelling cleaning agent like ammonia, and don’t throw away edible waste unless it’s picked up immediately. Keep pet food collected and inside the house and keep your pets indoors at night to protect them from attack. Spaying your dogs will help keep them from becoming attractive to coyotes (which will breed with domestic dogs). Use motion sensor lighting for yards and buildings.

If it becomes necessary, contact the municipality at 613-659-2415, toll free: 1-866-220-2327 or 1-855-961-7018 after hours, and inform them of the type of animal that you have seen/encountered and follow their instructions. Not all sightings require action, and knowing how to behave appropriately can help prevent property damage, injury, and even death.

“To report sightings in your area, please contact the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry,” the statement said. The ministry can be contacted at 1-877-847-7667.


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Coleman joins 2022-23 Coyote roster https://sotwmetal.com/coleman-joins-2022-23-coyote-roster/ Thu, 19 May 2022 20:19:10 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/coleman-joins-2022-23-coyote-roster/ History links South Dakota Men’s Basketball Head Coach Eric Peterson is pleased to announce the signing of Jeremiah Coleman to the 2022-23 squad. Coleman is a 6-0 point guard from Parker, Colorado, and will join the Coyotes after graduating from Colorado Prep this spring. “Jeremiah stands out for being athletic and explosive […]]]>

South Dakota Men’s Basketball Head Coach Eric Peterson is pleased to announce the signing of Jeremiah Coleman to the 2022-23 squad. Coleman is a 6-0 point guard from Parker, Colorado, and will join the Coyotes after graduating from Colorado Prep this spring.

“Jeremiah stands out for being athletic and explosive on the court,” Peterson said. “He’s a very capable scorer, but he also knows how to lead a team as a pass-first point guard. He’s a perfect fit and we’re delighted to have him join the Coyote family.”

Coleman made an impact early in his high school career starting for Chaparral High School in his second season. He took on the responsibility of commanding the lineup of a team ranked in the top 10 of Class 5A. Coleman was second on the team with 10.7 points per game and led the team in assists per game (2.5) and steals per game (1.8). His team reached the Elite 8 that season, and Coleman is the only player in his school’s history to make the first team in all conferences as a sophomore. After his second season, Coleman continued to play for Colorado Prep under former San Antonio Spurs great James Silas in the Grind Session league. The Grind Session league has produced over 1,400 Division I scholarships and 700 professional basketball players, including such notables as Jamal Murray, LaMelo Ball and Jalen Green.

Coleman is the son of Sunny and Zsanae Coleman. He plans to study media and journalism in South Dakota.


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JOSHUA TREE RESIDENTS REPORT MORE AGGRESSIVE COYOTE BEHAVIOR https://sotwmetal.com/joshua-tree-residents-report-more-aggressive-coyote-behavior/ Wed, 18 May 2022 15:45:45 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/joshua-tree-residents-report-more-aggressive-coyote-behavior/ Spring weather can bring increased wildlife activity, especially coyotes. A Joshua Tree woman says her past interactions with coyotes in her neighborhood caused her to change her ways. MAUREEN MORRIS: (Dogs barking) – Come in, quick…” ROBERT HAYDON: Maureen Morris is 75 and lives with her two dogs in the upper Friendly Hills of Joshua […]]]>

Spring weather can bring increased wildlife activity, especially coyotes. A Joshua Tree woman says her past interactions with coyotes in her neighborhood caused her to change her ways.

MAUREEN MORRIS:

(Dogs barking) – Come in, quick…”

ROBERT HAYDON:

Maureen Morris is 75 and lives with her two dogs in the upper Friendly Hills of Joshua Tree. His house is adjacent to an open desert with lavas that extend to the hills bordering the national park. So she’s used to seeing all kinds of wildlife over the 21 years she’s lived here. Whenever she saw coyotes on her walks, a clap of the hand or a shout was usually enough to get them moving.

But the last few times she encountered coyotes on her nighttime walks, they seemed less frightened of her and didn’t disperse as easily. She walks a regular route on the dirt roads that surround her property near Onaga and Vista – and a group of three coyotes approached Ms Morris – with one continuing to walk despite her deterrents improved.

MAUREEN MORRIS:

“When I saw them…I got a really loud whistle (and) went the siren. He kept moving forward (even though) I waved and shouted.

ROBERT: But it didn’t work, and this coyote ended up following her at a distance she estimates to be as close as 50 feet.

MAUREEN MORRIS:

“Only one was advancing and I had to turn around because I was still facing them. I had to turn around to go up the hill to QUICKLY get home. And those two dogs just as you walked in were hysterical”

ROBERT HAYDON:

Although Maureen’s two dogs are both smaller, she says she’s aware they can attract coyotes, so they’re always on a leash or in a stroller (although) it’s never been a problem in recent years. Although spring is a more active season for wildlife, coyotes tend to hunt more in the morning and evening; this is the first time she has ever approached or followed her.

Ms Morris contacted Fish and Wildlife and reported the increased activity, who said they would send a Park Ranger to investigate the area. Meanwhile, these latest encounters with neighborhood coyotes have changed her walking habits for the first time since moving here.

VO MAUREEN MORRIS:

“I’m not one to be afraid. I’m careful, I’m aware. You know, you live in the desert. After these three episodes – I’m terrified actually – because I don’t know what to do.

Link: California Department of Fish & Wildlife – Help keep coyotes out of your neighborhood

Link: Z107.7FM – Coyotes are more active in the spring, how to avoid interactions


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Expect coyote sightings during the height of calving season https://sotwmetal.com/expect-coyote-sightings-during-the-height-of-calving-season/ Wed, 18 May 2022 14:18:00 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/expect-coyote-sightings-during-the-height-of-calving-season/ RALEIGH – Coyotes are common throughout North Carolina, even in cities and suburbs, but often go unnoticed because they are very good at avoiding people. However, NC Wildlife Resources Commission biologists say coyote sightings increase in the spring, so it’s imperative to know what attracts them and what to do if you see one. Coyotes […]]]>

RALEIGH – Coyotes are common throughout North Carolina, even in cities and suburbs, but often go unnoticed because they are very good at avoiding people. However, NC Wildlife Resources Commission biologists say coyote sightings increase in the spring, so it’s imperative to know what attracts them and what to do if you see one.

Coyotes prefer to raise their young in secluded areas, but keeping a litter of well-fed, healthy pups means searching for food at all hours and covering a large territory. Coyotes roam a wide area in search of food, sometimes traversing neighborhoods and densely populated areas in search of an easy meal. Coyotes primarily eat rabbits, small rodents, insects, fruit, and dead animals, but will also eat outdoor pet food and food scraps left near homes. Small pets, such as cats and small-breed dogs, should always be closely supervised when outdoors, as they can easily be mistaken for a coyote’s natural prey.

A dog-proof fence, which is at least 6 feet high and prevents digging under it, is the only guarantee of a coyote-free zone, but there are other ways to keep coyotes from hanging around. .

“Try to remove any food sources that might attract coyotes and find ways to actively make the area uncomfortable for them, said Falyn Owens, extension biologist for the Wildlife Commission.

Owens offers these tips for deterring coyotes:

Feed pets indoors and keep food waste in secure containers. If you feed pets outdoors, set specific feeding times and then remove dishes and spilled food.

Keep fruit and birdseed off the ground. They can attract coyotes and their rodent prey.

Keep cats and small dogs on a leash or in a harness when outdoors.

Haze coyotes away from homes and businesses. Examples include waving arms and shouting loudly until a coyote leaves, spraying them with a garden hose, or throwing small rocks in their direction.

Pup season brings an added factor to interacting with coyotes.

“Coyotes generally avoid confrontations with people, but they are diligent parents. A coyote that has young pups nearby is more likely to hold on than run away. If you’re going through a brushy or wooded area and you notice a coyote watching or following you from a distance, there might be a den nearby,” Owens said. “Leave calmly and let others know to avoid the area if you are near a public footpath. Coyotes will leave once their young are old enough to survive outside the den.

Coyotes rarely attack people, but sometimes take an interest in our pets. Keep cats indoors, and if you’re walking a small dog and notice a coyote watching or following you, pick up the dog and mist the coyote until it leaves. Teaching a coyote to have a healthy fear of people is a great way to discourage unwanted behavior and promote coexistence.

If you have questions about interactions with coyotes, visit www.ncwildlife.org/coyote or contact the NC Wildlife Helpline, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 866-318-2401 or email email to HWI@ncwildlife.org.


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Hannah Sjerven becomes first former Coyote to get WNBA playing time – Mitchell Republic https://sotwmetal.com/hannah-sjerven-becomes-first-former-coyote-to-get-wnba-playing-time-mitchell-republic/ Tue, 17 May 2022 21:36:00 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/hannah-sjerven-becomes-first-former-coyote-to-get-wnba-playing-time-mitchell-republic/ MINNEAPOLIS — University of South Dakota alum Hannah Sjerven signed a tough contract with the Minnesota Lynx on Friday, becoming the first former Coyote to earn playing time in the WNBA regular season. A hardship exception is granted as a temporary place on the roster granted by the league when a player is absent due […]]]>

MINNEAPOLIS — University of South Dakota alum Hannah Sjerven signed a tough contract with the Minnesota Lynx on Friday, becoming the first former Coyote to earn playing time in the WNBA regular season.

A hardship exception is granted as a temporary place on the roster granted by the league when a player is absent due to injury, illness or other conditions.

Drafted 28th overall by Minnesota in April, Sjerven, 23, appeared in both preseason games where she had 12 points, 10 rebounds and an assist. Sjerven appeared in Saturday’s game against the Chicago Sky, playing four minutes against the defending WNBA champions. The Lynx are on the road this week for games in Los Angeles (Tuesday), Las Vegas (Thursday) and Dallas (Saturday).

The Rogers, Minnesota native made history when she arrived on Saturday by becoming the first Coyote to play in a WNBA game. She is the fourth in 30 years from the Summit League to play in the WNBA. The previous three women – EC Hill of northern Illinois, Marlous Nieuwveen of Valparaiso, Zane Teilane of western Illinois – were members of the Mid-Continent Conference, as the league was once known.

Sjerven was a three-time Summit League Defensive Player of the Year, a three-time Summit League First Team, a four-time Summit All-Tournament Team, and a finalist for Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year. 2021. South Dakota’s all-time blocks leader, Sjerven also finished his Coyote career in the top 10 in the USD for points, rebounds and steals.

Sjerven shot 62.5 percent over three games in the NCAA Tournament, averaging 17.7 points and 6.3 rebounds while leading the USD to the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.


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A baby coyote who was mistaken for a pup is doing well at the wildlife center https://sotwmetal.com/a-baby-coyote-who-was-mistaken-for-a-pup-is-doing-well-at-the-wildlife-center/ Tue, 17 May 2022 00:09:11 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/a-baby-coyote-who-was-mistaken-for-a-pup-is-doing-well-at-the-wildlife-center/ Local “When it comes time for release, it’s essential that they have the skills they need to survive and have a healthy fear of humans.” The Cape Wildlife Center posted a “puppy date” on Facebook Monday to let people know how a coyote pup who was accidentally brought home by a family is doing. A […]]]>

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“When it comes time for release, it’s essential that they have the skills they need to survive and have a healthy fear of humans.”

The Cape Wildlife Center posted a “puppy date” on Facebook Monday to let people know how a coyote pup who was accidentally brought home by a family is doing.

A few weeks ago, a family in Massachusetts brought home what they thought was a lost puppy they had found on the side of the road, but it turned out to be a coyote pup separated from its mother.

When the family realized their mistake, they contacted the New England Wildlife Center, which took custody of the coyote and brought him to a wildlife center for treatment after he got rid of rabies.

On Monday, the Cape Wildlife Center announced that the coyote pup was introduced to his foster sister and they are getting along well.

The center wrote that the adoptive sister was transferred there by the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island. He said the little girl was about two weeks younger than the pup and a bit smaller, so they waited for her to catch up to officially introduce the two.

“It was a little slow at first, but once they felt they quickly started to bond,” the center wrote. “A short time they were wrestling and playing with each other, which is crucial for their normal development.”

Due to the size difference, the center said, the puppies are not yet kept together full-time. They just play a few hours a day together to keep bonding.

Once the little girl grows up, the two pups will be kept together in a larger enclosure where the center will provide natural climbing items, enrichment activities and regular health checks.

“Our main goal is to raise the pair as naturally as possible. When it comes time for release, it’s essential that they have the skills they need to survive and have a healthy fear of humans, wrote the center.

“Having a sibling to model the behavior goes a long way in maintaining their wild instincts and we’re so grateful these two bonded so quickly.”

Yet, it takes a lot of resources to raise puppies well. Each of the puppies will require hundreds of hours of care and cleaning, or around 300 pounds. specialized food, regular veterinary check-ups and preventive drugs and vaccines, the center said.

Anyone interested in donating to the center can do so at this link.


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A man and a small dog in Mira Mesa are afraid of coyotes near their home https://sotwmetal.com/a-man-and-a-small-dog-in-mira-mesa-are-afraid-of-coyotes-near-their-home/ Sat, 14 May 2022 13:36:00 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/a-man-and-a-small-dog-in-mira-mesa-are-afraid-of-coyotes-near-their-home/ MIRA MESA, Calif. (KGTV) — The owner of a small dog in Mira Mesa thinks a situation Sunday night could have been much worse. A neighbor of Bryan Kramer’s home surveillance cameras captured the moments that more than surprised the man and his best friend. “I took her out for a nightcap, you know, between […]]]>

MIRA MESA, Calif. (KGTV) — The owner of a small dog in Mira Mesa thinks a situation Sunday night could have been much worse.

A neighbor of Bryan Kramer’s home surveillance cameras captured the moments that more than surprised the man and his best friend.

“I took her out for a nightcap, you know, between 10 and 11 p.m. for about a good year, and I never worried about a thing,” said Kramer, whose dog narrowly avoided a coyote attack. . “I brought her in and let her into the yard here. We had just started walking in this direction. And then the coyote apparently snuck across the street here and took her. almost had for lunch or dinner, I should say.”

It was a brief but frightening moment for Kramer and his two-year-old dog Delilah that could have been much worse.

“The coyote missed its target, or maybe I surprised it at the last minute. I’m not sure what happened,” Kramer said. “It all happened like before I even realized it more or less. It was really very lucky because she could have been hurt.”

Seeing a coyote is not an uncommon sight.

Dr. Alexander Heeren of the California Department of Fish & Wildlife said that at this time of year, southern California coyotes are likely to have their young. Residents may see more coyotes as the young pups grow and begin to venture out of their dens.

“People tend to be more outdoors as well,” Heeren said. “They tend to go out for fun, maybe hiking, biking, walking their dog, and because people are more active, they may encounter coyotes as well.”

Herran said wildlife sightings are increasing every year.

One thing that contributes to this are things like camera footage like this.

“With new technologies, whether it’s social media, doorbell cameras and other types of technology, they see wildlife and can report those sightings in ways that they haven’t been able to by the past,” Heeren said.

After this coyote scare nearly turns into a coyote attack, Kramer is on high alert as he walks his precious Delilah around.

“We’ll try to change his schedule a bit to accommodate that. I also take a stick with me if it’s late and dark. And I stay away from that sucker .”

Heeren said that while their department sees an increase in wildlife or coyote sightings, it’s difficult to analyze. He told ABC 10News that it’s unclear if this has contributed to a growing coyote population or if people have a better knowledge of writing sighting reports.


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The Reed City Coyote golfer is looking forward to the rest of the season https://sotwmetal.com/the-reed-city-coyote-golfer-is-looking-forward-to-the-rest-of-the-season/ Sat, 14 May 2022 00:57:47 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/the-reed-city-coyote-golfer-is-looking-forward-to-the-rest-of-the-season/ REED CITY — Fischer Morrison’s high school golf career at Reed City is in its final weeks and the Coyote golfer is excited about his potential. He was the best player on a Reed City team that was a solid second to Big Rapids in the Central State Activities Gold Division jamborees all season. One […]]]>

REED CITY — Fischer Morrison’s high school golf career at Reed City is in its final weeks and the Coyote golfer is excited about his potential.

He was the best player on a Reed City team that was a solid second to Big Rapids in the Central State Activities Gold Division jamborees all season.

One of his best moments was taking first place at the Lake City Invitational with a round under 70.

“A few weeks ago I won at Brookside with a round of 77,” Morrison said. “St. Ives, I won in match play.

The strength of his golf this year “has been my irons,” he said. “My irons and my putting have been really good. Tee shots, I’m working on it.


Regionals are coming soon to Division 3 and Morrison is hoping to qualify for the state meet and finish in the top 20. Competition for the CSAA title is Tuesday at Cedar Chase Golf Course.

The bad weather in April obviously had an impact on the season.

But it was a solid career for Morrison who focused his athletic career on golf. He is not done with the sport.


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Musician Dave Bruzza to perform at Coyote Crossing | News https://sotwmetal.com/musician-dave-bruzza-to-perform-at-coyote-crossing-news/ Fri, 13 May 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/musician-dave-bruzza-to-perform-at-coyote-crossing-news/ CADILLAC — The smells, the sights and, most importantly, the sounds of summer have arrived. Ahead of their summer concert series, Coyote Crossing Resort welcomes musician Dave Bruzza: Unsafe At Any Speed ​​to the stage on Friday, May 13. Bruzza is known to be one of the founding members of the bluegrass jam band, Greensky […]]]>

CADILLAC — The smells, the sights and, most importantly, the sounds of summer have arrived. Ahead of their summer concert series, Coyote Crossing Resort welcomes musician Dave Bruzza: Unsafe At Any Speed ​​to the stage on Friday, May 13.

Bruzza is known to be one of the founding members of the bluegrass jam band, Greensky Bluegrass. On Friday, he will perform with fellow musicians Jimmy Matt, Michael Shimmin, Justin Mazer and Jeremy Darrow, who have accompanied a tour of the Midwest titled “Unsafe At Any Speed.”

The band’s performance at Coyote Crossing is their second leg of the tour. When they reached out to Coyote Crossing co-owner Julie Finch to perform on their stage, known as Coyote Corral, she said they couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

“We’re just excited,” Finch said. “We heard Dave play alone and with Greensky Bluegrass and just wanted to accept their request to play here.”

Maryland-based singer-songwriter Jordan Tice will join the ensemble as opener for the entire tour. Finch said he would start the show at 8 p.m. with the Unsafe At Any Speed ​​gang at 9 p.m.

Tickets are available for $20 if purchased in advance or $25 at the door. Participants can take advantage of food and drinks to be purchased on site.

Finch, along with her husband and co-owner Pete, had the Coyote Crossing Outdoor Venue built in 2019. Since its construction, the resort has hosted dozens of shows from many musical genres.

The stage’s availability has helped the station overcome the difficulty of COVID-related closures and turned them into a year-round business.

“When we built a venue in 2019, we had no idea the pandemic would end up being upon us in 2020, but it created such an incredible outdoor use of our space,” Finch said. “We’ve been very well received, and it’s helped our business become a year-round gathering place and helped our source of income.”

Coyote Crossing’s live music events quickly spread by word of mouth, Finch said, and community response has been overwhelmingly positive. This has also led to the opportunity to host open mic nights every Thursday, which also gives the community a chance to share their own talents.

Providing a venue for larger-scale musicians like Bruzza and local Cadillac musicians has been “comforting” for the Finchs.“It could be high school students, or we even had young people. I think we had 10-year-olds on stage during open mic night to build their confidence that they can sing, or play guitar, or play keyboard, or whatever kind of talent they share. , Finch mentioned. “But it’s really heartwarming to be able to help musicians of all ages and to be able to share their talent.”

Those interested in securing a ticket for Dave Bruzza’s performance can do so on the Coyote Crossing Resort Facebook page. VIP deck tables can be purchased and reserved in advance by calling (231) 862-3212, Ext. 1.


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Reviews | It’s time to replace deadly ‘Wile E. Coyote Healthcare’ with life-saving Medicare for All https://sotwmetal.com/reviews-its-time-to-replace-deadly-wile-e-coyote-healthcare-with-life-saving-medicare-for-all/ Thu, 12 May 2022 17:00:04 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/reviews-its-time-to-replace-deadly-wile-e-coyote-healthcare-with-life-saving-medicare-for-all/ Medicare for All legislation is introduced Thursday by Bernie Sanders in the Senate and Pramila Jayapal in the House of Representatives. This life-affirming legislation, not because it assures a “domestic supply of infants” (to use a newly coined expression), but because it guarantees that every infant, as well as every child, adult and elderly person, […]]]>

Medicare for All legislation is introduced Thursday by Bernie Sanders in the Senate and Pramila Jayapal in the House of Representatives. This life-affirming legislation, not because it assures a “domestic supply of infants” (to use a newly coined expression), but because it guarantees that every infant, as well as every child, adult and elderly person, will receive the medical care they need when they need it.

Instead of sacrificing lives to a god of free market insurance, this legislation is saving lives while retraining people from my old industry for the vital jobs of the future.

Life is complicated, but the case for Medicare For All is simple: it will save lives and money while increasing productivity, human emotional fulfillment, and physical well-being. It will make a popular and successful program accessible to everyone, while making it even better by providing vision and dental care coverage and eliminating co-payments and deductibles. Medicare For All is backed by more than two-thirds of voters and 22 studies have found it would save money.

A study published in the medical journal The Lancet estimates that “ensuring access to health care for all Americans would save more than 68,000 lives and 1.73 million life years each year compared to the status quo” . (Emphasis mine.) Amid so many deaths — from Covid-19, drug addiction, alcoholism, and suicide — passage of Medicare For All legislation would be life-affirming.

Wile E. Coyote Healthcare

I’ve worked in the for-profit health insurance industry for many years, so I know something else: its value proposition is as simple as Medicare For All. Mutuals make money by refusing care. It’s so simple. It’s their open secret. Premiums are set based on expected costs. If they provide less care at lower cost than expected, they win. Most often, this also means you lose.

This is the part they don’t tell you. This is the part that Medicare For All cuts out.

Here’s something else they don’t tell you. As Wall Street investors increasingly buy into the healthcare delivery chain, along with its financial institutions, the more our so-called “healthcare system” looks like a Road Runner cartoon. For-profit providers attempt to maximize their profits by increasing the unit costs and volume of services provided. Like Road Runner, they roam the medical landscape, racking up charges as fast as they can. Health insurance companies come up with increasingly complicated rules and contraptions to catch these Road Runners, no matter how much necessary medical care is denied in the process.

I know. I used to design some of these contraptions. They weren’t just unnecessarily complex. They were weapons too, catching innocent bystanders between the Road Runner and his opponent’s rocket or a giant flying boxing glove or whatever the courier brought from the Acme company. The encroachment of for-profit insurance on Medicare, including Medicare Advantage and the “ACO Reach” program, is another attack on our health and safety by Acme-like for-profit programs and contraptions.

Medicare For All puts an end to that. By eliminating private health insurers from the process, it also eliminates all the complicated processes they insist on, such as usage review, pre-authorization, lists of approved and disapproved providers, retroactive charges and denials. unexpected complaints. It also means that patients will no longer have to spend countless hours dealing with insurance company bureaucrats.

A Copernican turn

At the hospital level, the new legislation replaces this caricatural system by what are called “global budgets”. This too is basically simple. Instead of using elaborate systems to track diagnoses, treatments and supplies – a system that is routinely manipulated by all concerned to the detriment of patient health – each hospital will negotiate a budget that will cover all of its projected costs for the year to come. (Hence “global”, meaning it covers everything.) If costs suddenly change, due to a pandemic, natural disaster or other unforeseen events, the budget can be adjusted accordingly .

It is not just a change in administrative processes. It’s a philosophical shift in how health care is funded. Instead of using “incentives” to manipulate behavior, an institution receives the funds it needs to continue providing services for the next year. It is a Copernican shift away from the false free market ideology of the current system, towards a much simpler approach: giving the hospital the resources it needs to provide care.

A just transition—that doesn’t kill anyone

Legislation introduced provides for a smooth transition from current insurance to the new Medicare For All system. It also provides for a just transition for workers who would be displaced by the elimination of our current labour-intensive system.

Opponents of Medicare For All often argue that it should be opposed because it would kill health insurance jobs. This is something the new legislation addresses with recycling and outplacement. In any case, this argument has always been more bizarre than it seems, because it trades the lives of some for the livelihoods of others.

Here’s the math: An industry tracker reports that the health and medical insurance field employs about 600,000 people. Other estimates range up to a million jobs or more. But this system kills people. If we take a high estimate – say, 1.2 million people employed in health insurance – and divide it by the number of unnecessary deaths this system causes to each other, we are sacrificing one human life per year to 17 or 18 jobs. It’s a scenario more appropriate for Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery than for a modern health care system.

Instead of sacrificing lives to a god of free market insurance, this legislation is saving lives while retraining people from my old industry for the vital jobs of the future.

Equity for all

The new law also establishes an Office of Health Equity to ensure health care is equally available to all population groups, including groups that have disproportionately borne the burden of illness and disease. dead. These categories include, but are not limited to, race, ethnicity, tribal affiliation, national origin, primary language, immigration status, age, disability, incarceration, homelessness and socio-economic status.

The Office will also be responsible for examining barriers to access to health care, including income, education, housing, food insecurity (including availability, access, use and stability), employment status, working conditions and conditions related to the physical environment (including pollutants and population density); as well as lack of trust and awareness, transportation, geography and other factors.

The importance of this cannot be overstated. In a nation that is supposed to be founded on the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, lack of equity in health deprives everyone of these fundamental rights.

life over death

Our people are tired. We have seen so much death and suffering. Covid-19 alone has killed a million people in this country. For perspective, it killed “almost as many Americans as each American war between 1775 and 1991 — nearly 1.2 million people — according to Department of Veterans Affairs data.” More than 150,000 people have already died of it in 2022.

And this is not the only suffering we have experienced. American life expectancy was already falling before the pandemic hit. So-called “deaths of despair” from suicide, alcoholism and drug overdoses were already rising, and overdose deaths continued to break all records in 2021.

People are looking for something positive in their life. In the 2020 Democratic primaries, polls showed more than two-thirds of voters (69%) supported providing Medicare to every American. Among Democratic voters, whose enthusiasm will determine the Party’s prospects in November, that figure is 88%. Medicare for All could electrify this race. Instead, it is about ending the Public Health Emergency (PHE) provisions that have been enacted to deal with the pandemic. The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that more than 15 million enrollees, nearly half of whom were children, have been added to government health programs since the program began. The Democratic Party should expand health care, not let it collapse on millions of vulnerable people.

Medicare For All is a call to reason. It is a call to morality. Above all, it is a call to reaffirm life in the midst of loss and grief. In difficult times, it calls us to give the best of ourselves.


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