Thursday, October 15, 2009

Let them go out of business

The insurance lobby dislikes a "public option" for fear it would drive them out of business. Folks, we have a morally reprehensible health care system in this country: one in which middlemen profit hugely on the suffering and disease of others. Insurance companies are responsible to their shareholders, and they are in the business of making money - not delivering healthcare. Period.

I had a patient tell me today he spent $9000 on insurance premiums last year for his family. Without even using his insurance, he spent an additional $9000 out of pocket . This is because he has a high deductable policy so he can afford to have insurance. This is insane.

I say let them go out of business.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Daring to Cross the Great Ben White Divide

We relocated to the Ben White access road - on the South side - as of July, 2009. This was a bold move, no doubt. We did this because our lease was up, and our landlord on South Lamar proved to be an absolute nightmare (and still is some three months after leaving). We decided the price of being in a increasingly "hip" part of town simply wasn't worth it. Besides, 99% of our customers drove their cars to get to us anyway.

We never wanted to land in a commercial strip center. But after three years of dealing with one ridiculous situation after another on South Lamar, we were willing to explore the possibilities.

What we found is: a space that is significantly larger for less money; a totally likable landlord that treats us like human beings; a lease that is joyfully straightforward; and a management company that was willing to do all of the make ready to our space to our liking. The space is quieter, and we have a great view of the sky and the green edge of South Austin out our front windows. We have found beauty in the unlikeliest of places.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Grand Opening Party/AAOM Day October 24th

Join us Saturday, October 24th, 2009 as we celebrate Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day and the Grand Opening of our new location. We'll have an open house and be giving FREE treatments from 10am - 4pm. Party to follow with music by Conjunto Los Pinkys. More details to follow...