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d2d: music bliss, work angst

iTunes finally has a copy of Trisha Yearwood's new song, Georgia Rain. It isn't bad, but it's kind of blah, especially when compared to I Would've Loved You Anyway, and Real Live Woman, the first singles off her last two albums. It's going to be a big hit with those that love her, but I don't see it getting her new fans, which she appears to need. Maybe it will grow on me, and others as well.

Work is giving me health insurance, effective next month, but they are also cutting my pay. The big fuck you is that they want to cut my payrate greater than the cost of my benefits, and I'm not having it. I'm a full time employee, carrying a full case load. I realize they gave me a pretty phenomenal starting rate, especially since I don't have my Master's yet, but with my CAC-I I can easily maintain a full load. In fact, with a counseling master's (my degree), I can't do much more than what I do now. I think I can see one more insurance provider, and I can see FIA clients. Both of these areas are a virtually insignificant portion of our incoming clients. They want to unify my payrate, too, which will be nice, at least. I currently have two different payrates, depending on what I'm doing. The payrate I countered with, three dollars less an hour than my clinical rate, actually works out to only be $1.50 less an hour than my actual average payrate, calculated on the figures of my last paycheck. Benefits work out to be $3.14/hour, so I'd be paying half my insurance, which is more than anyone else in the agency. I see this as fair and equitable. It isn't right that they try to screw me because they spent $4000 more last month than they took in. I'm done being cranky about this. Hopefully, they'll take my counter offer and it will just be done. We'll see.


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May. 11th, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC)
Good luck with your negotiations.
May. 12th, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
Health Care crisis
The health care system in this country sucks. I have talked to my congressman about it. Some specific points.

-it is too expensive, and the money isn't going to doctors or hospitals, the money is going to insurance and drug company shareholders
-people in the US have more disease than any other country; our free-market, supposedly best in the world health care system is only good at solving crisis problems, not keeping people healthy
-good nutrition is not cheap, the government is subsiding corporate agriculture; this system is not only bad for the economy, but cheap corn/soy and its byproducts (oil, corn syrup, and animal feed) are making us fat; they should make it cheaper to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, not processed food.
-socialized medicine is a good thing; countries with it our healthier than us

that felt good, icould talk about this topic all day
May. 12th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Health Care crisis
Darren, where'd you go? I can't see you due to the height of your soapbox! Not that I don't completely agree with you; I just wanted to pull your leg.

I don't understand why this country is so afraid of socialized healthcare. Stupid big business.
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