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WMUR Obsesses About ‘Fred Fuller’ BUT Refuses To Mention Anything About ‘Anthem’ Health Insurance Woes.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Anthem blackmailing media
>>Jan. 5, 2014.
>> I report Anthem to Attorney General
>>Jan. 4, 2014.
>> Anthem lies about payment
>>Jan. 3, 2014.
>> Finally enrolled — Dec. 27, 2013.
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WMUR proves yet again that they have NO shame or scruples.

As they do each winter they pick an oil company and obsesses about them ad infinitum.
Yes, I fully appreciate that that that is a worthy cause and that IF I was not getting oil
delivered, I too would be beside myself.

My issue is that as many folks as affected by Fred Fuller are probably also IMPACTED by Anthem’s inability
to enroll applicants who think they finally got health insurance in N.H. via healthcare.gov.

But multiple stories per day on Fred Fuller,
NOTHING about Anthem or healtcare!

Why? Anthem has a HUGE Ad. budget.

Simple as that.

IF Fred Fuller spent millions advertising on WMUR
they would conveniently forget to mention Fred Fuller.

Just one of the many Fred Fuller stories by WMUR.

Just one of the many Fred Fuller stories by WMUR.

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P.S., I wonder if Alton Central School (ACS) oil deliveries from
Fred Fuller are copacetic?

If NOT that would be rather funny, in light of this.
Maybe the teachers and kids can have another
few days off because of lack of heat.
I would LIKE that. I like having the kids at home!

Thanks To N.H. Insurance Department I FINALLY Get An Anthem Membership Number. Amazing!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> I report Anthem to Attorney General
>>Jan. 4, 2014.
>> Anthem lies about payment
>>Jan. 3, 2014.
>> Finally enrolled — Dec. 27, 2013.

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Click to ENLARGE.

Click to ENLARGE.


As you know I was NOT going to take Anthem’s rejection of me lying down.

On Friday, after I made my 2nd payment, I contacted as many people as I could think of and filed two formal complaints.

One of the folks I contacted, right off the bat, was the N.H. Insurance Department — Consumer Complaints. I left a message on Friday.

This morning, around 11:15, a lovely lady called ‘Lisa’ called. She assured me that I was NOT alone. She took all my information and said that she will see if she can get any ‘joy’ from her Anthem contact. She told me to be patient. She told me I was not alone. She understood. She was very sympathetic.

She called me back within 20 minutes!

Her opening words were:
“You are the LUCKY ONE!”

She had my Anthem Membership Number!

She told me how lucky we had been to get it. She told me that she had not been able to get numbers for other people.

The number she gave me WORKS.

I was able to create an Anthem online account with that number …

I also managed to get the screenshot shown above. That shows the same number, or at least the ‘numeric’ part of it, without the 3 leading letters I was also given.

There is a PRINT temporary ID card link BUT it is temporarily disabled!

But, I am so relieved. So happy. I now have coverage. This number is good. I can use it if I were to have the heart attack I am expecting anytime now — especially with all the stress I have undergone trying to get this damn insurance.



I called Anthem again on Saturday. On hold for 96 minutes!

Got a lovely lady named ‘Diana’. She was so, so helpful.

Unlike the Indian idiot I had the misfortune of getting on Friday, she found my records! She said that I was covered THOUGH they hadn’t processed my payments. Even said that they would either return one of the payments or use it as the premium for February.

When she fully appreciated my distress she put me on hold and went and saw a manager. His name is: Robert Murr… II. He works for Wellpoint and is a Member Services manager.

He too has been outstanding. He sent me a letter saying I am covered. He has sent me 4 e-mails. I am impressed.



I also got a call from Carol Shea-Porter’s Office. I had contacted them on Friday.

The gentleman that called me, very, very nice, told me that they had sent my information to their Anthem contact on Saturday.

I also got voice-mail from Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s office. They had also looked into it.

As did my friend, N.H. State Representative Lisa DiMartino.

I am lucky that I had so many good people rally around to help me.

THANK YOU, All.

IF you are having trouble with Anthem … you need to start calling. That is my advice.


Anthem Computer System MORE Screwed Up Than Healthcare.gov, BUT Anthem Blackmailing Media NOT To Say Anything.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> I report Anthem to Attorney General
>>Jan. 4, 2014.
>> Anthem lies about payment
>>Jan. 3, 2014.
>> Finally enrolled — Dec. 27, 2013.

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The CLOUT of the Advertising Dollars.

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Anthem’s systems are so bogged down and malfunctioning that they are now trying to process
enrollments by HAND!

Heard it from the horse’s mouth itself yesterday.

Yes, I called again yesterday.
After a 97 minute hold I got through.

I still don’t have coverage
DESPITE now 2 confirmation e-mails!

They admit that they can’t cope
and that they have basically given up.

But, here is the doozie.

They are blackmailing all media outlets from reporting about it.

I have called up WMUR multiple times since Thursday to tell them that they need to cover this.

Notice they are covering the ‘Fred Fuller‘ non-story.

BUT not a peep about Anthem.

Anthem has GAGGED them.

But, Anthem & Wellpoint stock will soar.

Just one continuous chain of fraud, deception and duplicity.

wellpointstockshooting

 

Alton’s Funniest Videos (AIFV): Central School Superintendent William (Bill) Lander — “We Can’t Operate Meeting …”

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Subtitle Oct. 28 video —
>> Nov. 24, 2013.
>> Alton’s Funniest Videos —
>> Nov. 18, 2013.
>> Bullying post gets attention —
>> Nov. 18, 2013.

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Listen to this GEM of an interaction at the 1:00:27 mark. Turn your VOLUME as high as it will go.

Listen to this GEM of an interaction at the 1:00:27 mark. Turn your VOLUME as high as it will go.


This is where I raise a ‘Point Of Order‘ as to why WE, i.e., Joe Smuck the Public (some of us actual Tax Payers),
can’t see the document that is being discussed —
though it was PASSED, unanimously, at the August 8, 2013 Board ‘workshop’.
We have it on video.
That most documents will be made available to the Public.

Listen carefully, if YOU CAN, to what the Superintendent William (Bill) Lander has to say.

CLASSIC.

Jumping around!

Might actually not be a bad thing …

But, also LISTEN carefully. He says the document that I am inquiring about is in the handout.

IT WASN’T.

Now … we have this … which I already posted … as another Alton’s Funniest Video … Lander saying ‘He doesn’t know‘ what happened to the document.

Amazing.

It would actually be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

Alton Central School (ACS) Board IF They Are Serious About Public Transparency Should Have This Tape Subtitled.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Alton’s Funniest Videos —
>> Nov. 18, 2013.
>> Bullying post gets attention —
>> Nov. 18, 2013.

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E-mail exchange last week. Superintendent SAYS he will try to get this resolved. Click to ENLARGE.

E-mail exchange last week. Superintendent SAYS he will try to get this resolved. Click to ENLARGE.


Click to access the YouTube video.

Click to access the YouTube video.


This was a pivotal Alton Central School (ACS) Board Meeting when it comes to relationships with the PUBLIC.

This will, forever, be remembered by three (3) of us from the PUBLIC that were there [plus our two kids] as the GLASS BREAKING meeting.

This was the meeting where the Board is trying to further GAG the public during the two grudgingly permitted public input sessions. I for one am NOT going to attend anymore. IF public debate is NOT permitted I am not going to waste my time — and my time is valuable as my achievements in any given year publicly testify.

It is superbly ironic that this meeting where limits of interactive public discourse gets debated SUPPOSEDLY has a video with a bad audio track!

As a professional cynic I have my doubts. It really, really serves this Board ideally NOT to have the public hear all of what happened during this meeting.

You can’t hardly hear some of the people talking.

As the e-mail above shows the Superintendent CLAIMED that they are going to resolve this.

Maybe the sound has improved a TAD. But, you still can’t follow much of what transpired at this meeting — even at full-volume on my Bose speakers attached to my Desktop. Forget hearing it on a laptop.

I request that the Board have this video subtitled SO all can follow what happened. 

Letter In Laconia ‘Sun’ Re. ‘Lack Of Respect’ At Alton (N.H.) Selectmen Meetings. Please Come To The School Board Meetings!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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This appeared in the Wednesday, November 13, 2013 edition of
The Laconia Daily Sun‘.

Click to visit Website. Then find Nov. 13, 2013 issue ... I can't link to current issue, only past issues.

Click to visit Website. Then find Nov. 13, 2013 issue … I can’t link to current issue, only past issues.



I haven’t attended a selectmen’s meeting in a long time, so I am not in a position to comment.

But to see callousness and cussedness finessed you should attend the Alton Central School Board meeting — even when there is no breaking glass!

In terms of sheer entertainment value it was better than going to the circus and much cheaper. That is why we used to go, but not anymore. They succeeded in basically gagging the public. That is another story for another day, closer to the next Board meeting.

I am, however, confused by the statement about recording the meetings! Aren’t they already video taped! Not sure if Mr. Whittmann is talking about LIVE audio streaming maybe on FM. If he is talking about live streaming over the Internet that should already be possible. The School Board even talked about that. 

Google Doodles For April Fool’s Day: Can You Spot The ‘Valid’ Doodle?

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Anura Guruge


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>> All Of Google’s Doodles & Games … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Link To Google’s ‘Zamboni’ Game … — Jan. 16, 2013.

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Google is noted for its brilliant April Fool’s Day pranks.

Last year they announced the extremely funny 8-bit Google Maps. Just Google for all their other pranks. Wikipedia even has an entry titled: “List of Google’s hoaxes and easter eggs” .

But google has been quite circumspect when it comes to Google Doodles for April 1, i.e., April Fool’s Day. Here are three from 2009, 2010 and 2012. There wasn’t one for 2011.

Are they all pranks?

No. Only one is a bona fide joke. Can you tell which one that is?

One relies on some poetic license. Can you spot that one.

The other is truly legit, though it is very clever.

Никола́й Васи́льевич Го́голь with his trademark nose. But, he wasn’t born on April 1. Neither did he die on April 1. He was a ‘March’ man: was born and died in March.

Yes, the 2010, ‘Topeka‘ renaming was a ‘joke‘, though rather tame and obvious. Topeka, Kansas, more of less forced Google’s hand by making an official announcement, covered by the media, on March 1, 2010, that they were renaming Topeka, Kansas, ‘Google’, Kansas for a month. So, Google retaliates, so to speak. But it was very obvious.

Nikolai Gogol is real! Honest. He was Russian and only those that truly have an appreciation of world literature would have heard of him. That Google found him was so cute. Bravo. But, they did take some poetic license, which to me, spoilt it. Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (Никола́й Васи́льевич Го́голь) WAS NOT born on April 1, 1809! He was born March 31, 1809. And Google can’t claim that it was April 1 in the U.S. At best it would have been March 30 in the U.S. So that was cheating.

The ‘VLT‘, standing for ‘Very Large Telescope‘ is very real and it did indeed go public on April 1, 1999. And the names are correct too. So that one is legit, though I have issues with the graphic. The laser shown shooting out of the 4 telescopes is not a common occurrence. Yes, they do shoot a laser to determine atmospheric distortion so that computer software processing the captured images can compensate for it. This is called ‘Adaptive Optics’. Yes, it looks cool, but as an astronomy buff I worry that it creates the wrong impression and that kids, especially, might form this notion of telescopes that shoot lasers into the sky on a routine basis.

The VLT at sunset.