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CT Scan of My Lungs – Defies All Logic!

 

To set this up, I’m a service connected disabled veteran, but since the VA Hospital botched up at couple of medical procedures for me in the late 70s, it has always been a priority to always have the best available insurance for my family, and not go to VA Hospital. In my working years before retirement, I always had good insurance. After I retired, Texas had a assigned risk pool, where individuals could pay twice the Small Business Group Rates, but it was still good insurance.

Then came Obamacare. The first year, I had to replace all of my doctors. because none accepted the best Obamacare offered. Last year the insurance was worst yet, and my family was cancelled mid year, not allowed to have insurance for the rest of year, despite three appeals. And then was fined $3000 from the IRS for not having insurance, which I wasn’t allowed to have.

So this year, I’ve had the worst insurance of my life, despite being the best offered on Obamacare. All year long its been a fight of having virtually every procedure and prescription denied. My out of pocket for insurance and premiums and co-pay/no-pay is almost $50,000 this year.

Six weeks ago my doctor ordered a CT Scan of my lungs. First it was rescheduled because the doctor didn’t submit the proper form. Then rescheduled because Insurance company was two weeks backlogged on approval. Then it was denied because I get non-smoker insurance rates (haven’t smoked in 30 years) and the CT was to see if I have lung cancer. We worked through that and I finally got approved. Then Tuesday was cancelled because the Imaging tech called in sick. So today, more than six weeks after the doctor order, I went to have the CT Scan.

Now here’s the part that defies all logic!

I go in, and at registering I’m told my co-pay is $300. I tell her that I met all of my deductible, and she says that she sees that, but my co-pay from the “negotiated rate” is still $300 for CT Scan and doctor reading. So I catch onto the key phrase of “negotiated rate”, and ask what that is. She answers $800 something for the CT Scan and $200 For doctor to read. So I ask how how much would I be paying if I self paid. She said $85 For CT Scan and $60 for the doctor to read. I thought I misheard her, and I asked “so if I go through insurance just my cost is $300, but if I pay cash its $145 total”? She answered “Yes”. So I had her take my insurance information out and I self paid.

This is how screwed up Obamacare has ruined Health Insurance. They spend so much time on hold verifying insurance and filling out so much paperwork and then waiting for payment; and it is heavily subsidizing those who don’t pay shit for insurance (and lets not forget abortions, birth control, child dentistry, drug rehab…. that I’m paying for) that most procedures are cheaper on self pay than your deductible with using your health insurance.

Start asking questions on how much self pay is compared to Insurance Co Pay and you might save a Hell of a lot of money. Share this with your family and friends.

Facebook Deletes Maniacal Ravings of Dave Schultz Page

The Maniacal Ravings of Dave Schultz page on Facebook had been active for eight years, and recently increased its followers to over 8,000. However, Saturday the Facebook Gestapo took it down as being Pro Trump, Pro Life, Pro America, Pro Christian, Pro Capitalism, and Pro Republic appears to violate the Community Standards Agenda of the Anti Trump, Anti Capitalism, Anti American, Anti White Hetero Sexual Male Gestapo deciding what people should be viewing.

Shop Work – Second Week of November 2018

This week, in no particular order, the following was done.

My 81 Imperial Custom was gone through and anything needing attention was given attention, and listed for sale CHEAP!

Click Here for details.

Three solid days were spent with a guy coming two days a week to help sorting out the nightmare electrical system in my 67 Marlin. It had been butchered over the years and virtually nothing worked. The car is almost ready for a drive, then it will be torn down and restored. I want everything working first.

The rear window from Pro Glass has arrived, and will hopefully be in the Thug next week.

On the Screamin Woody, new Lexan arrive and I’ll start on that soon. The Fuel Pump is at Fuelab getting freshened up. I’ll put the fuel system on the car when I receive it back.

Also related to the wagon, the machinist called and said that my 9 month wait is over. I was having a sleeve hammered in and the block machined – except for decking – which will occur after rotating is ready. I took the Callies Crank to him. It’s gonna need to be turned down for stock Chevy rods, if it passes being Magnafluxed. I’ll have to wait on the crank before ordering rods, pistons and bearings. If I have to buy a new crank  then I’ll go a different way. Also, its been so long that I don’t remember if the crank came out of the 540 or 580ci. They’ll have to measure for that too. I inventoried the other parts for the motor, and I have a set of 572 heads with new valves and springs; rockers with only 7 passes (before the Indy built motor with cheap ass rod bolts blew); Jessel belt Drive and Bullet Cam; Milodon Oil Pump and Aerospace Vacuum pump; Valley pan and the Indy bathtub Intake which is about to go to Florida for modifications. Damon should be getting to work assembling it as soon as I know what to order for pistons, rods and bearings; and receive. Outside chance car might make it to Bradenton in March – but I still have a lot of work and I’m only working in the shop three days a week because of a franchise I’m in the process of buying is taking a couple days a week of my time getting it set up.

I taught my Shop Rat how to use the polisher with “Fine Cut” polish and then cleaner wax to brighten up the paint on my 79 Magnum GT. Its another of my 30+ cars that I’m making ready to sell. Went through the car last month and fixed anything that wasn’t working right. Just need to detail the interior, photo and list for sale.

On my 78 Magnum XE, I’m replacing the Dakota Digital gauges I installed 18 years ago with custom white gauges in a modified stock panel. The above photos show it mocked up in the modified dash panel, and the dash wet sanded and painted. I’m letting the paint dry for a couple of days because of three coats (the last very wet) of black hammer toned, before putting gauges back in.  CLICK HERE for the details.

Also in shop news:

  • Picked up the coach after two weeks in the shop for oil leaking through lug nuts on both steering and one tag axle wheels.
  • Mowed five acres
  • Replaced one of the six 8′ florescent shop lights with LED, to see if I like it. I do and ordered five more.
  • Did a little more cleaning, organizing and photoing parts I no longer need for sale . CLICK HERE to see what I have for sale (or need to buy/trade for) on my For sale site.
  • Photo’d, listed and sod some more furniture.

 

Ginger’s New Dash Panel

Ginger is the name of my favorite Magnum. Twenty years ago I had two beautiful black Magnums, Ginger and Maryann. I gave Maryann to my now 31-year-old son for his 15th birthday. Sadly for ten plus years, it has sat disassembled, waiting for my son to restore. But back to my story, I recently have been freshening up Ginger. I replaced the original leather seats with more comfortable modern leather seats.

Click Here for more information on the car’s freshening up.

Now I’m replacing the digital dash I put in the car about 17 years ago with some nice white faced custom gauges.

This is the current dash with 17 Year Old Dakota Dash gauges. It is for sale if you’re interested.

So I bought an empty gauge panel on eBay, and ordered about $1000 worth of custom gauges close to the size of the holes. I bought a large Speedometer (with Tach) that works off GPS; and a large gauge that has Volts, Oil Pressure, Coolant Temp and Fuel Level to fill the two big holes. To fill the two smaller holes I bought an Oil Temp gauge and a clock.

The two big gauge holes with the sleeves in them were too small by about  1/16″, so I had to cut the welds attaching the sleeves to the panel and pop them out. Once out, the holes were now 1/8″ too big. On the small gauge holes, I had to cut the inset hoods off as the gauges were too shallow for the screw on collars that attach the gauges to the panel to screw on the back of them.

To make the big gauges fit, I made some spacers from 4″ schedule 80 PVC sleeves, by hand sawing about 3/8″ off the end and wet sanding until they were smooth and the same size.

I mocked the gauges up to make sure they fit prior to doing any sanding and painting on the gauge panel. They did, so I glued the spacers onto the panel.

I wet sanded the panel and masked off the idiot lights.

After painting gloss black, it looked too gloss and cheesy. Some of the glue around the rings (that I swore I’d sanded all of the way off) was also showing.

So I decided to leave the coves glossy black, but have the flat portion in a hammer tone black – to tone down the gloss and hide imperfections. So I taped off the coves, sanded some more on the glue around the rings, and wet sanded the areas to get the hammer tone paint.

I hit it with two light coats with an hour between, and then a very wet coat after another hour.

This is where I’m at right now. I’m out of town until Tuesday, which is  little more than 48 hours to cure. I’ll pull the tape off Tuesday, mount the gauges –  and I’ll post some photos of the finished product.