Waitin’ on Healthcare Dot Gov

Waitin' on Healthcare Dot GovThe Darrell Brothers are back. Following up on their irreverent single, Mountain Twerker, the boys have a new song to share, with a message that will resonate with a lot of their fans.

Healthcare Dot Gov tells of a good ol’ boy’s troubles logging on to the new Affordable Care Act web site. Performed as an old time mandolin/guitar duet with vocals, the guys say that this is a true life story.

“Daryl just got so tired of waiting on the website and having his applications being rejected that he wrote this true story song. A video is currently in production and will be released in the coming weeks!”

Here’s a little taste…

 

For radio programmers who are so inclined, Healthcare Dot Gov can be downloaded now at Airplay Direct.

The single can be purchased for download from iTunes and CD Baby.

Regarding the the video for Mountain Twerker, the Brothers tell us it has received over 400,000 views on YouTube. It appears that they struck a nerve. Check it out.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.

  • Kevin Landon

    Cute! And nice to see some topical humor injected into bluegrass.

    And, let’s just face it, despite the administrative hurtles, the ACA is a great thing for bluegrass musicians, allowing many of us access to affordable insurance after years (decades) of having to go without.

    • Kevin Landon

      …and to the person who disliked this comment, I’m sorry you don’t care for affordable health insurance – the kind that nearly every other industrialized nation provides for its citizens free of charge. The kind that allows artists, entrepreneurs, inventors, and other pioneers to pursue their dream without the burden of massive payments to profit-raking private insurers.

      How many stories have we read about bluegrass musicians being struck down with a catastrophic illness that they cannot afford to treat? I for one look forward to seeing less of these in the future thanks to the ACA.

      It’s not a red state/blue state or democrat/republican issue. It’s a human issue. Have some compassion. Of course the ACA ain’t perfect, but I for one am glad to have it.

  • Wayne Morrison

    Keeping the politics out of my reply, this is very well done and funny too!

    The only thing I will add from personal experience of working for the government is, the government is not capable of chewing gum and walking at the same time let alone running a complex program.

    But the song is not only funny but very well written and performed as well!

    • Kevin Landon

      Hell, yeah! More dead musicians, please!

  • william linkous

    I am water meter reader. Part of the reason I took the job was the benefits (insurance) . I love to play bluegrass also.. so if you are griping about being a musician with no insurance then you have your priorities mixed up.

    • Kevin Landon

      Good for you, William! Sounds like you got it figured out. Also sounds like you approach music more like a hobby: Pick a little on nights and weekends, maybe a few regional gigs, etc. That’s great, and your priorities sound well in order. The thing about priorities is, they are different for everyone, and you have no business telling me what mine should be.

      You see, I’m what’s known as a “professional” musician. This is what I do for a living. I participate in what we call “recording sessions.” These happen ’round the clock, day and night. I go on what we call “tours,” which take me away from home and around the world (yes, the world) for long periods of time. On the days when I am home, I spend hours doing what we call “practicing,” honing my playing, songwriting, and singing to a professional level.

      No full-time job would allow me the flexibility to do this while still paying me a yearly wage and giving me benefits. That’s fine, because music IS my full-time job, and I’m damn good at it. I’ve made a lot of sacrifices to be good at it. But should I have to sacrifice my health? Even though I live in the greatest country on earth, with a fantastic standard of medical care? Should I just die because I’ve committed myself to music?

      I actually make a decent living at playing music. But before the ACA, all I could afford was very high-deductable catastrophic insurance. Premiums were just too high. Now I can afford a reasonable comprehensive policy, as can thousands of other full-time musicians. It’s a good thing.

      So keep on enjoying your nice little hobby and your comfy benefits. While you do, I’ll be out on the road, writing songs, making records, and working my tail off to get better and better — with the added comfort of knowing I have affordable health insurance.

    • Ben Bateson

      So what you’re saying is that some who makes their living playing, recording, and/or teaching music is wasting their time and should get a “real” job?? Maybe you should think about what you say before you say it.

  • grasser

    For now. Just wait for this monstrosity to really get rolling. Oh, and BTW, my wife was just kicked off her insurance that she was happy with. But I guess it’s all right as long as YOU are happy, right?

    • Kevin Landon

      Sorry to hear about your inconvenience — that’s definitely an issue, and I know that some legislation is currently in progress to address that. The ACA is not perfect, but yes, it did make my life and millions of others better.

      And yeah, it’s a drag to have to get new insurance for your wife. Fortunately she now should have (depending on your state governor) many more policy options at a much lower price.

      Thank you for accusing me of being a selfish jerk. I love bluegrass people.

      • Kevin Landon

        Actually, you’re starting to make a lot of sense. I’m going to cancel my policy so I can get sick and strap my family and friends with massive medical bills, just like Jimmy VanCleve, Phil Leadbetter, Ray Deaton, and so many others in this community.

        • grasser

          Well, you are doing a wonderful job of making yourself out to be a selfish jerk. You can get insurance now, great. But you can’t seriously say this Obamacare is going to be great while it is kicking millions of people off from the insurance they WANT.

          As Dr. Ben Carson said, the first way to get complete control is to control the peoples health. There is more to this than meets the eye.

          • Kevin Landon

            There is certainly a sacrifice with the affordable care act, and some people have lost their insurance because those policies do not meet the new higher standards. So you have some mild inconvenience…it stinks, but it is easily overcome. And by tolerating this slight inconvenience, millions of poor, self-employed, and people with existing conditions get affordable insurance. All you have to do is get another policy, which will likely be cheaper and more comprehensive than your old one. Consider it a small personal sacrifice for the good of the nation. Jesus said to help the poor…if nothing else, consider it an act of charity on behalf of your fellow man.

            And have you ever been out of the U.S.? I’ve toured extensively in Europe and Canada, where there is government run (FREE) healthcare in addition to private healthcare. I’ve collaborated with musicians and record labels from those places. And, believe me, the people there are NOT brainwashed zombies. Far from it.

  • rex hart

    Wow. Us weekend warriors have never heard about “tours” and “recording sessions” and “practicing” like you “professionals”. Thank you for enlightening us.

    Seriously, you make a good point, not sure why all the condescension.

    • grasser

      Because he’s a “professional.” And you ain’t. That culture is creeping into the business.

    • Kevin Landon

      Hey, Rex!

      Sorry about the condescension. I apologize. I found the comment by William so offensive and disparaging that I somewhat over-temepered my response. His blatant ignorance really got to me. I have to make myself available at all hours to succeed in my chosen profession…

      And grasser, I am a professional: polite, thorough, competent, and well-versed in my field. Ask anyone who has done a session with me, made an album, co-written a song, booked a tour, or traveled alongside me. Sorry I got my hackles up, but William’s attitude made a mockery of all I’ve worked so hard for.

  • Russ Jordan

    Kevin,
    Sounds like you have lots of great music business experience. I’m afraid I am not familiar with any of your work. Is there a band, studio, etc that you are associated with?

    • Kevin Landon

      Hey, Russ!

      I’ve definitely logged many a mile on the road, many an hour in the studio. But I’d prefer to refrain from self-promotion: This issue isn’t about me — it’s about all the entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, and sole proprietors who finally have access to affordable healthcare.

      • Kevin.

        This new law has removed the best option self-employed people ever had for health insurance (a very different thing than health care): the catastrophic coverage policy. These can no longer be sold.

        It appears that you – and the law’s drafters and supporters – confuse insurance with care, and the intentions of the law’s drafters with the incentives it creates.

        I suggest you…

        a) consider listening to critics rather than branding them as idiots and desirous of causing harm, and;

        b) save political debates for a forum intended to foster it.

        Most of your down votes probably come from people who resist being lectured to about their morality on a music site presenting something meant to be humorous.

        Perhaps I should add…

        c) insisting on having the last word does not always (ever?) bolster your case.

        • grasser

          Sorry John that I got into this but when it hits you personally and someone tells you “you will probably be better off with the new insurance” without KNOWING what kind of insurance I had in the first place, it just kind of gets my goat. I’ll try to refrain from here on out.

          Nice article!

        • Jon Weisberger

          I’m inclined to think that the “down votes” are more likely a reaction to Kevin’s disclaimer that “the issue isn’t about me” after a couple of posts that focused mostly on him and his status as a professional musician. When someone invites readers to “Ask anyone who has done [list of professional musical activities] with me,” and then declines to follow up when they want to actually do that, it typically don’t inspire much confidence in the accuracy of the self-representation or the sincerity of the demurral from “self-promotion.” Kevin speaks frequently from the authority of his professional musician status, and it’s natural for at least the occasional reader to wonder what it is.