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Roy Roscoe January 26, 2014 at 11:56 pm
Amy, One should feel sympathy for people who are crippled by feeling sorry for themselves and whoRead More waste their time thinking about how life isn't fair for them. It is sad to see people cripple themselves when they could soar if they just counted their blessings and remembered the ones who are worse off then they are. By truly feeling gratitude, they are much more motivated to use the talents and gifts their Creator gave them to better their circumstances for themselves and those around them.
David January 27, 2014 at 05:26 pm
As with all liberal arguments, Amy's white guilt link is full of assertions and no hard facts.Read More "I was hired for numerous jobs growing up that I have little confidence my Black friends would have gotten." The author has NO CLUE whether or not a black person would have gotten that job. He makes an assertion based on his own bias and calls it a fact. Just like Amy. The truth is that Progressive Liberals have to continually push some variant of 2 major themes: (1) You are a victim, someone else has it out for you/the deck is stacked against you and (2) Evil others have what is rightfully yours and it's not 'fair' that you don't have as much as they do. Both of these themes are required for someone to believe the drivel of Progressivism. The fallacy of 'White Guilt' is meant to indoctrinate us into believing that what we have gotten in life isn't ours because we worked hard and earned it, but because someone else created a system that gave it to us unfairly. This is the basis of Obama's famous, "You didn't build that." statement. Thus, we have no right to keep any of it and the government has the right to take as much as it sees fit to give to others. So they absolve loser liberals from responsibility for their own lives while trying to make successful conservatives be ashamed of their earned wealth. Once we accept the false premise of their argument, the snake oil sellers like Amy can foist all manner of ridiculous ideas on us. She is a Kool-aid drinker. Her FB page is a testament to pinheaded liberal ideology. She's not a credible person with whom we should bother debating. Let her live in her world of shame and imagined offenses. We simply expect her to walk her own talk and to give up all her wealth to the nearest black person she meets.
Donald Lee February 12, 2014 at 03:25 pm
Discussions require facts. Facts appear to be scarce.Read More http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/obamacare-enrollment-numbers-fact/2014/01/17/id/547757
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Smokin' Joe January 18, 2014 at 02:36 pm
Unfortunately Amy, I do care what happens, even to people who don't agree with me. Just because IRead More find you to be obnoxious and uninformed doesn't mean that I wish for bad things to come your way. I guess its part of that "civilization" bit that the left is always blathering about but never seem to live.
amy farland January 18, 2014 at 02:49 pm
Joe: please just take care of Joe. That's enough on your plate.
Roy Roscoe February 2, 2014 at 08:07 pm
Donald, Shat could be more clear about changing values than MN HF826. It couldn't be more blatantRead More and it's a total power grab by Dayton to make Minnesota Independent School Districts subservient to his whims.
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Donald Lee January 23, 2014 at 11:02 pm
It never stops. DC resident prosecuted for having empty shotgun shell:Read More http://www.bizpacreview.com/2014/01/23/gun-owners-beware-dc-man-faces-jail-for-having-empty-shotgun-shell-96062
Roy Roscoe January 23, 2014 at 11:42 pm
Unbelievable! I mean I believe it. I just never imagined something so ridiculous would have evolvedRead More in this country. Our grandparents wouldn't know this was the country they died in!
Donald Lee February 16, 2014 at 12:10 pm
Next time someone demands "more background checks", point out this article. They areRead More almost useless: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/13/despite-calls-for-more-gun-restrictions-current-ba
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Roy Roscoe January 15, 2014 at 10:23 pm
If it wasn't for Wall Street millions of Americans would not have easy access to liquidity or theRead More ability to share in ownership of beneficial companies. Still More would not have the jobs those businesses offer. What's your problem Amy? Do you want to flush the baby with the bath water?
Donald Lee February 10, 2014 at 04:22 pm
It's probably time to put out another update. This pointer to WaPo helps clarify what the WH isRead More talking about when it speaks of "enrollments". http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/11/11/who-counts-as-an-obamacare-enrollee-the-obama-administration-settles-on-a-definition/
Roy Roscoe February 10, 2014 at 06:08 pm
This administration is so "snakey"! Deceptive! Never trust a politician who promised moreRead More transparency if the promise was unsolicited is the lesson here. Could you imagine the chaos on Wall Street I'd SEC allowed the creative reporting that the regime takes for liberties? Company "A" "sales" included Inventory in shopping carts, commitments for orders, inquiries into specifications, what? Anything to paint a rosier picture. I swear Obama could steal your socks without taking your shoes off!
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Tank Murdoch January 16, 2014 at 09:23 pm
Beyond the problem that there is mercury in swirly compact florescent light bulbs they are made inRead More China. While the incandescent bulbs were made in the good old USA.
Joyce January 17, 2014 at 11:34 am
"Roy" wrote: 'Joyce is trying to argue that abortions for convenience do not exist.'Read More ------------ Bull, "Roy;" what I argued was that what you might consider an abortion of "convenience" the woman in question might consider a vital necessity. You simply do not know what is going on in that woman's life right now, you are not aware of all the exigencies, and so you have no right to judge her. ----------------
Joyce January 17, 2014 at 11:36 am
"Tank" wrote: 'Beyond the problem that there is mercury in swirly compact florescent lightRead More bulbs they are made in China. While the incandescent bulbs were made in the good old USA.' ------------- Aside from the fact that there are manufacturers of compact fluorescent bulbs here in the "good old USA," why can't American companies start manufacturing these bulbs? Seriously. Do we not have the technology?
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Jeff Schuette December 24, 2013 at 11:18 am
Thank Don for all your hard work! Merry Christmas.
Jim Flaherty December 24, 2013 at 12:35 pm
TO ALL MY DEMOCRAT FRIENDS: Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishesRead More for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2014, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, or sexual preference of the wisher. TO ALL MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in the year of our Lord Jesus Christ 2014.
Roy Roscoe December 25, 2013 at 06:43 am
Merry Christmas to all! The cheer those who observe bring to the world is something all may relishRead More indiscriminately! I pray someday Bethlehem will rest as peacefully, as the bright star shineth.
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Susan December 22, 2013 at 04:12 pm
Edith Murcer December 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm
Gone are fools such as Martin Bashir advocating defecating in Palin's mouth or Alec Baldwin throwingRead More around hateful gays slurs-Thank God!
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Smokin' Joe December 26, 2013 at 12:34 pm
If it wasn't such an embarassment to our country, and a source of uncertainty to our employers, itRead More might be more than just a bit amusing to see the administration repeatedly stab the insurance companies in the back. Like the voters, they thought they were getting a product that would be to their advantage, only to lose out to political expediancy and incompetence. I suspect that they will be made whole at our expense when the bills start to roll in. I wonder how Dayton will spin MNSure's lowest rates in the galaxy when everyone's premiums go up 20%.
Edith Murcer December 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm
Gov Dayton is drinking way too much lately . He can't get a full sentence out without belching.Read More His nose is so red and he talks with marbles in his mouth.
Joyce December 26, 2013 at 09:59 pm
David wrote: ' The guy you use to claim ObamaCare is a conservative idea just told you that you haveRead More been duped by leftist talking points and your response is that YOU know what he said 20 years ago better than HE does.' ----------- No, David, I don't "claim" that I know what he said 20 years ago, I posted a link to what he wrote 20 years ago; he is the one claiming he did not say what he manifestly said.
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Thomas Anderson December 18, 2013 at 10:28 pm
Yawn, shorter, broken record Donnie, Obama bad - Tea party good...
Smokin' Joe December 19, 2013 at 08:54 am
Thanks Donald, when the kids' kids want to know in 20 years how we ended up with a broken down,Read More third world health care system this can be part of my explanation.
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David December 18, 2013 at 02:25 pm
Donald, you can't seriously ask Kool-aid drinkers to actually look up facts themselves. C'mon!Read More They're faaaaaar too busy reading Mother Jones and watching MSNBC to be bothered with facts. Besides, your facts force them to confront the fallacy of their worldviews and THAT, my friend, is simply not acceptable.
Donald Lee December 18, 2013 at 05:58 pm
As usual, others tell a similar story, but do a better job. Check out this article from PeterRead More Nelson: http://www.americanexperiment.org/blog/201312/mnsure-board-should-not-exclude-health-plans-from-exchange-obama-administration-health-c
Smokin' Joe December 19, 2013 at 09:02 am
At some point we have to get past the point where conservatives point out where this isRead More fundamentally flawed and the left blindly defends this mess. Obama and his power base are not going to listen to us, and seem content to let our health insurance system sink into the mire. Whether you believe this to be accidental or planned, the fact is that millions of Americans are suffering from the disconnect between promises and results. It's time for those who voted for the main liar and those who funded his campaigns to call him to task. Maybe, he will listen to his base.
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Donald Lee December 13, 2013 at 03:50 pm
More interesting numbers:Read More http://healthpolicyandmarket.blogspot.com/2013/12/obamacare-week-10a-dearth-of-enrollment.html
Smokin' Joe December 15, 2013 at 06:33 am
It's always interesting to see how the "other side" portrays you. After getting past theRead More rah-rah, we're the underdog, motivational stuff, I have to wonder if they still actually believe that this is about getting people more affordable healthcare.
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Jim Flaherty December 14, 2013 at 10:31 am
Donald I will go through your bullet points one by one with a good explanation. • 30 millionRead More "uninsured" people will get "coverage". The 30 million people will now be on Medicaid and Insurance will be free to them and your Insurance Tax will need to go up just a little. Of course the 30 Million already qualify but just do not know it.---------------------- • You will be able to "keep your plan" and "keep your doctor" if you wish. (nothing will change) If you have enough money you can keep your plan as long as it covers everything the President claims you need. Donald you can personally have an abortion and your insurance will pay for it. Don’t you feel better now? And again you can keep your Doctor as long as your Doctor is in the plan you have. -------------------------- • Your insurance company will provide much better coverage. (everything will change) With your new plan you can go to the Doctor any time you want. There won’t be any lines and you will always be the first in. You will now be able to have your pre and post abortion counseling for free. It will be utopia. ------------------------------------------ • Your premiums will go down. Well your premiums would have gone down if you had been able to keep your present plan but you’re not able to because it does not cover everything the President thinks you need so your new plan may be a little more but then you get so much more now. Your yearly mammogram and pap will be free to you. When your 80 and need a heart transplant it will be free.----------------------------- • Your health care quality will improve. Your old policy was no good and did not supply what you needed. only what you wanted. But your new plan will cover everything you would ever need but not want.--------------------------------- • This will not increase the federal deficit "by one dime. This program will not increase the Federal Deficit by a dime it will increase the deficit by Trillions of dimes.
Donald Lee December 17, 2013 at 02:27 pm
Good article from the New York Times. 400,000 of those cancellations are hitting the professionalRead More class in NYC. Read here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/14/nyregion/with-affordable-care-act-canceled-policies-for-new-york-professionals.html
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Orono December 16, 2013 at 02:22 pm
Roy, how do you think Democrats can vote and vote often if they are held to only one vote?
Roy Roscoe December 16, 2013 at 06:10 pm
Orno, I'm pretty sure they will find away. Little Oaks- formerly known as Acorn- will teach themRead More various ways. They will get funding from Castros, Ortega, Soros and various sympathizers.
Minnesotanative December 26, 2013 at 05:34 pm
This photo looks suspicious. I think it was photo shopped.
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Donald Lee December 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm
A principled Democrat - Carl Levin. I salute him. Read his statement:Read More http://www.levin.senate.gov/newsroom/speeches/speech/senate-floor-statement-on-proposed-nuclear-option
Roy Roscoe December 11, 2013 at 10:33 pm
Judas Iscariat, Benedict Arnold, Harry Reid.
Orono December 12, 2013 at 01:37 pm
Thomas said: "Much the opposite Johnny, Obamacare FORCES the corporations to sell an honestRead More product with minimum standards, it also forces corporations to spend no more than 15% on corporate salaries wages and expenses. In short it reduces corporate overreach" I hate when ideological morons pretend to know what the hell they are talking about. An honest product? Clearly you don’t even know what the word honest means. I have offered my employees a very honest product for 15 years. It is a product so honest that the union reps demanded it. Low premiums/low deductibles. Now this honest product that supported a wife and mother through breast cancer, a 16 year old through a serious car accident, and even multiple employees through drug rehab has been deemed inferior. Now, instead of focusing on growing my business, I am forced to find something that me and my employees can afford. Sadly, it currently will be cheaper for me to pay the fine and throw everyone into your cesspool. In my last meeting with BXBS they informed me that their Obamacare pricing will likely go up next year to alleviate the lack of healthy participants into their risk calculations. Shockingly, the numbers that Obama promised them and the reality are completely different. If the numbers already don’t work for me and they will go up when I need to implement, it doesn’t look good for many. You see, ideological idiots like you are killing this country. You act all smug like you know whats going on when in fact you are totally clueless. Obamacare is a joke. It isn’t partisan comment. Instead of simply admitting it, you throw away any self-respect and dignity you have and choose to actually try to defend it.
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Donald Lee December 7, 2013 at 10:54 pm
The "liquidity" that the Fed is injecting has to go somewhere. It's not going intoRead More consumer inflation, at least according to the measured CPI, but it has to go somewhere. There are many smart people who believe that it is going into various assets - Securities, Farmland, houses again, and things like Gold. The Fed today has a policy that boils down to printing as much money as they can get away with, in hopes of making things better, and it's not working. It WILL rear up and bite us at some point, though. The dollar will suffer. The crash follows the bubble like night follows day. Government involvement will not help. All the "regulation" in the world will not stop it. The only thing that will happen if you give "regulators" more power is that they will aid and abet the bubble on the way up, and face big political pressure to bail out the losers on the way down. Neither is helpful.
Smokin' Joe December 8, 2013 at 04:07 pm
Considering that "our" regulators continue to do everything they can to protect theRead More wealthy, I'm not really sure why anyone on the left defends Obama and his minions, much less give them more power. You'd think that one of these days they'd get tired of saying "Thank you sir, may I have another?" with every new middle class killing program.
Orono December 12, 2013 at 12:56 pm
How is it Joyce still manages to inject her crap when everything she pretends to know has beenRead More proven WRONG? I, personally, would be way too embarrassed to continue to pretend to know anything about how this country works. Tell me again how great Obamacare will work and I will tell you the one about the unicorn kicking the Easter Bunny.
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Donald Lee November 27, 2013 at 07:31 pm
Mr Parks may notice from time to time that one thing the "welfare state" does is make hisRead More "lifestyle" illegal. Case in point - the PPACA. I also point to things like basement houses. It used to be that one way to get a home was to dig the basement, build the walls up to the main floor, and then move in. The part above the ground could be finished as the family had the money to do it. That has been illegal for years. You have to have a house up to (very expensive) code BEFORE "the community" will allow you to live in it. Being poor is effectively illegal, but since "government aid" is available, that is somehow OK.
Smokin' Joe November 28, 2013 at 07:55 am
Funny you mention basement houses Donald, they were fairly common in the rural areas around where IRead More grew up. Siding and windows were also left for when the money was there. As a kid I helped "re-wrap" several friend's houses in tar-paper after windstorms. Building on to the top of the basement was done by the homeowner, family, and friends, and could take years to finish. With the angst involved in the current debates about homelessness and the minimum wage what's been lost is the idea of living within one's means. It didn't used to be an option. The expectation of supporting a family of 4 and owning a house on a minimum wage job was unheard of. Families shared rooms, shared houses, and made do until times got better. When I see the properties today that fail Section 8 compliance inspections all I can do is shake my head and laugh, and charge more for the rehab. It's a wonderful world we live in.
Donald Lee November 28, 2013 at 11:54 am
The fact is that these "tough times" are not really so tough. We live in a phenomenallyRead More wealthy, secure and peaceful society. We don't appreciate what we have, and whine and demand relief for things that I see as pretty normal - like basement houses. Hardship is part of life, not some terrible calamity that must be eliminated. Hardship is what happens when we attempt something worthwhile - which is generally hard. I compare "poor people" to those in the third world, and some on this forum find that offensive, but I could also compare with a GI coming home from Europe in 1946. A car was a luxury. Appliances, phones, garages, even owning a home, was unusual - something to be achieved, not an expectation that was somehow a right provided by others. They came home and saw opportunity,and met it with hustle. They did not come home and demand that government ix their problems. The attempt to eliminate hardship - including even hurt feelings (anti-bullying laws) is costing us our freedom now, and when that is gone, it will cost us our wealth too, because wealth is created by people who face hardship and prevail, not by whiners and victims, and those who put their faith in redistributing the wealth that already exists.
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Kevin Parks December 1, 2013 at 01:47 pm
LOL... Steal away!
Roy Roscoe December 1, 2013 at 04:30 pm
Guns are simply tools. The function of the tool that entitles people who have never done somethingRead More to jeopardize their right to own them and to carry them with the proper training and permits in defined places is the element of the protection they provide. It's simple. "Colt made men equal". There is nothing that can protect a person like a gun. The law can not, the police can not and unless your body guard sleeps with you they can not either. But, a gun and training with some practice can protect in a way nothing else can. The is why we can not allow the law to be changed to where weaker persons have no defense against the power of brute force by law scoffers. I don't know why that concept is so difficult for some to understand.
Roy Roscoe December 1, 2013 at 04:41 pm
Joyce, So far as the $20,000 price tag for deporting a detainee who is here illegally. Simply deductRead More it plus a 10% penalty from the foreign countries US aid package. That should not be an obstacle for a country such as ours with our grand intellectual capacity to think.
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Ken Coy November 1, 2013 at 02:52 pm
Yes, I have been seeing lots of Americans rushing to Red China for their lower costs and betterRead More outcomes. Thank goodness nobody from outside the US ever comes here for our lousy health care, we'd be in a real mess.
Donald Lee November 1, 2013 at 06:21 pm
I want to add that the problem of those in the individual market - millions of them - who areRead More getting cancellation notices because the PPACA has made their policies illegal may well be joined in short order by those who currently have "employer provided" coverage, as the costs of insurance get "shifted" from those on the exchanges to those in the group plans. The PPACA has transformed "insurance" into something else, that may not be economically sustainable. The full cost of the PPACA are just beginning to be felt. Those who pay no price for being wrong should never be put in charge of anything important, and politicians are artists at dodging consequences and blame. They almost never take the fall when they screw something up.
David November 2, 2013 at 04:37 pm
Thomas Anderson must not keep up with current news or he'd know that the socialized medicine modelRead More has been collapsing all over Europe starting as far back as 1996. "The NHS has been living well beyond its means for quite awhile. And now brutal government-enforced cost controls are exacting a heavy human toll. Thanks to Obamacare, America will soon face the same sort of reckoning." http://www.forbes.com/sites/sallypipes/2011/12/19/the-ugly-realities-of-socialized-medicine-are-not-going-away-3/ "Greece told to abandon gov't health care if it wants to survive" http://hotair.com/archives/2010/05/10/nyt-tells-greece-to-abandon-socialized-medicine/ "For many years advocates of government-run health care pointed to Europe as an ideal, noting that America was the “only industrialized country without a national health care system.” Now, however, the European welfare states are slashing benefits in the face of rising health care costs. A recent front-page story in the New York Times detailed the European cutbacks. According to the article, Britain, France and Germany are all being forced to limit access to care. Rationing, already extensive, is increasing." http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/hard-lesson-about-socialized-medicine "Across Europe, healthcare is barely managing to cover its costs..." http://www.janssen-emea.com/sites/default/files/The-Future-Of-Healthcare-In-Europe.pdf
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Smokin' Joe October 27, 2013 at 11:48 am
Every satisfied customer tells another, every dissatisfied customer tells ten. The power of theRead More consumer is their pocketbook. Don't like the way the big banks work? Use a credit union or private networks. BP's attempt to spin the harm to their stations as a local matter may have been partially true, but there's generally enough options that a business takes dangerous short cuts at their own risk. Get the information out there, which should be the duty of the press, and let the consumers reward or punish as they will. If only our government would recognize their duty to be "our" consumer for the services they acquire. If you've watched any of the health care hearings the last couple of days and all of the mutual finger pointing you've got to know that CGI and the other contractors are losing a fortune in future business. The regulators were in place and failed miserably. The lack of consequences to the regulators of that disaster is the most irritating aspect and does immeasurable damage to the case for more regulations.
Donald Lee October 27, 2013 at 10:37 pm
Unfortunately for the taxpayers, it appears that CGI is one of those companies that isRead More "cozy" with the governments of Canada and the US, and gets large contracts, despite repeated failures. It is possible that politics is playing a role in the contract awards.
Roy Roscoe October 30, 2013 at 02:37 am
Sadly, when regulators go too far people as innocent as Susan or any of us can go to jail. Read theRead More case of Henson Mcnabb Vs the US. The Lacey law is a law that says a minor infraction, misdemeanor in another country when pertaining to certain things becomes a felony in the US. Mcnabb came to the US willingly, on his own to face charges because the crime he committed in his country was a misdemeanor. I think 7 years later he got to go home. It was a horrible miscarriage of justice!
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amy farland October 21, 2013 at 01:54 pm
So telling lies about (presumably) the "insolvency" of the Social Security Trust Fund, onRead More behalf of elite interests and against the interests of the general population, is speaking truth to power????? Don, you have to be kidding.
Donald Lee October 22, 2013 at 04:20 pm
No, I'm not kidding. He is speaking the truth, and is opposed by many on the left who believe thatRead More the problem can be solved by getting "someone else" to pay. Amy Farland would do well to read the article and consider what he says. I'm betting she is on the younger side, and is one of the ones who are getting a raw deal.
Jim Flaherty October 25, 2013 at 05:02 pm
Any said, Young people are broke not because of social security being paid to the elderly butRead More because of unconscionable student loan costs. Amy should school be free now? That would sure push a lot of liberals educators into low wages. Amy if you are unwilling to take out school loans, don’t, get a job instead.
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Donald Lee January 8, 2014 at 10:31 pm
I don't deny that it's a little odd, even a little suspicious, but I find it chilling that forRead More political purposes, the federal government would use its regulatory power to suppress charity.
Joyce January 9, 2014 at 11:35 am
Smokin' Joe asked: 'Why would a hospital care who pays the bills? Obviously there's money to be madeRead More for somebody here. Since the poor are already using a third-party payor in the form of the federal government aren't they being just a bit hypocritical?' --------- The hospital cares because of people who cannot pay their bills who also do not qualify for MA; hospitals are very quick to send those bills to collection agencies and, in the meantime, the rest of us pay the bills in the form of more expensive treatments and higher insurance premiums. Even so, uncompensated care costs hospitals a lot, so increasing the number of people who have insurance, either through expanding Medicaid or increases access to private insurance, helps the bottom line for the hospital.
Smokin' Joe January 9, 2014 at 09:37 pm
Joyce, they appear to be discussing whether a hospital or provider can pay the insurance premiumsRead More for an uninsured patient, thus being able to collect on what may have been an uncollectable patient and preventing a write-off. The stated goal of this program as it was sold to the public was to provide health insurance to those who don't have health insurance. Sebellius says that they're not happy with the idea of third party payors. The hospital goes from not being paid to paying the subsidized insurance so they should be happy. The patient goes from owing a jillion dollars to only owing the deductable and co-pay, so they should be happy. The government gets a previously uninsured person insured, so they should be happy, yet Sebellious says they're not. I haven't dug into this part of the mess very deeply but it sure seems like everybody wins except for whoever is subsidizing the insurance plan, and they're getting screwed either way.
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Susan October 16, 2013 at 02:49 pm
"And, I think you mean Rhodes Scholar..." Haha, yep...I keep saying that I must stopRead More commenting on my phone. It corrects me all the time but doesn't correct the things it should. ---- I get the feeling that you've only seen clips of Matthews and Maddows, not their entire shows, but it really doesn't matter. Yes, I know Fox ratings are crazy high...I don't really care.
Orono October 17, 2013 at 01:27 am
I just sat through a presentation that showed Germany providing more care and better care at aRead More fraction of our cost. Why? They dont pay doctors a salary like they do in Canada and the UK and they dont allow the insurance companies to call the shots. Funny how neither the liberals or the republicans thought to regulate the insurance companies... Maybe if they stopped giving them money, they would actually stop letting insurance companies make the laws. And I am supposed to believe Obamacare is better?
Donald Lee October 17, 2013 at 01:54 am
Everyone has marketing spin for their own stuff. Don't take it to the bank. There are no magicRead More answers.
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Donald Lee October 9, 2013 at 10:57 am
I'm afraid that that's not the idea. The "occupy" crowd did not converge to clean up theRead More park or honor a public resource. It converged to protest what they see as unfairness in "the system". They also left a mess behind for government employees to clean up after them. That's not the kind of "engagement" that I am suggesting. The engagement I am suggesting is more akin to what happened in Joplin, Missouri: http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/05/28/missouri.tornado.charity/index.html
Joshua October 17, 2013 at 12:52 pm
I'm not sure if WIC was affectected in Minnesota by the shutdown, but in Kansas it was:Read More http://www.kansas.com/2013/10/17/3063452/kansas-begins-reissuing-wic-checks.html
Baxtron October 29, 2013 at 02:48 pm
Another desperate attempt to separate the people from their government. Bow down to the holy privateRead More enterprise gods. They are your masters.
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Kelly October 4, 2013 at 07:44 am
The PPACA will not save lives? Do you really believe there is no connection between healthRead More insurance, the provision of health care, and a person's health? What you "believe to be true" would be much more believable if you actually did some research.
Simon D October 4, 2013 at 05:01 pm
Amy and Kelly, you are wasting your time trying to talk sense to the author of this blog.
Donald Lee October 6, 2013 at 02:59 pm
The PPACA will "save lives" in much the same way that unionizing nurses might "saveRead More lives". Such unionization might save lives, but might lose others due to work rules and higher costs for nursing. "Saving lives" is not the point of the unionization. In the same way, the PPACA might "save lives", but that's not the central purpose of the law. The impact of the PPACA is massive, and there will be changes to medical care. Will some lives be saved? Sure. However, lives will undoubtedly be lost due to the law as well. For instance, if your position is that "having insurance" saves lives, then the PPACA might save some lives, but it is also clearly "costing lives" at all those places where large companies are dropping insurance coverage because the PPACA has made it too expensive to maintain. The point is that "saving lives" may be one if its many effects, but is not the central purpose, nor will there be no collateral damage. In the end, you want to balance the costs to the benefits. I believe that the PPACA, on balance, is very destructive. It will cost more lives than it saves. So, no, I don't think the PPACA will "save lives".
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Donald Lee October 1, 2013 at 09:18 pm
Simon D misunderstands. It is not my personal "bill" that concerns me. What concerns meRead More most is the "tragedy of the commons" that will occur in an entire industry, if the PPACA comes to full flower. Simon is exactly right about why costs are high, but we don't fix that by moving ever further from a connection between benefit and cost. Markets do work. In fact, they are inescapable. Remember also that markets work on BOTH sides of the ledger. If doctors are prevented from making an income commensurate with their investment and sacrifice, they won't do it. Same with investors, nurses, drug makers, etc. It is the pressure of competition, and consumers shopping that keeps prices down. Remove the cost from those who get the benefit, and watch prices explode. Contrast Lasik, plastic surgery and veternary madicine with insurance-dominated medicine. Read about canadians who go to the pet hospital to get a CAT scan because they can do it today at a reasonable price, rather than free 6 months from now. The Soviet Union, Cuba, and China learned through hard experience how powerful incentives are, and how destructive planned economies are. We do not need to re-learn it ourselves if we open our eyes. The PPACA is a utopian fantasy that is surprisingly destructive, but we are just now starting to see the destruction - 30 hour workweeks, expansion of federal power via the IRS, the probable end of private medicine, and I suspect the end of "health insurance". Yes, "we all pay" at the emergency room, but the PPACA does not fix that. All it does is raise the price of everything, and change which of us pays what parts of that raised bill. It's benefits are illusory, and far outweighed by the costs.
Donald Lee October 1, 2013 at 09:20 pm
To emphasize the point - if those providing cannot "profit" from providing, they won'tRead More provide. The wealth that the left is so happy to "spread around" will not exist. Markets work whether you agree or not - whether legal or not. They learned that in the Soviet Union, too. (The DEA has learned it, too.)
Joshua October 2, 2013 at 09:50 am
Simon D did not misunderstand, Donald's "rant" was misleading. So tell me, Donald. YouRead More are quite adept at complaining about Obamacare, but I have yet to see any constructive suggestions at what Congress should do as a workable solution to make it better. Voting it "out" is not an alternative. Congress voted for it. The Supreme Court ruled that it was Constitutional, and Obama was re-elected on that platform. It's the law now. What's YOUR solution to fix it, or are you just going to complain about it every day like the conservatives in Congress?
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Joyce October 26, 2013 at 10:45 am
David Hansen wrote: 'Fair enough Susan. Suffice to say I'm not for a "safety net" thatRead More provided enough security to induce people to take risks that they would not take if the net did not exist.' ---------- Translation: people should not get sick, injured or disabled or grow old.
Joyce October 26, 2013 at 10:46 am
Oh, and people should not be children, either; the main beneficiaries of our social safety net,Read More after all, are children, the disabled and the elderly.
Jim Flaherty October 27, 2013 at 07:45 am
Joyce said. My premiums decreased by $40/month, and I have no deductible.--------------------WellRead More it’s a good thing the nurses in the metro went on strike for better benefits last year. I’m sure the cost went up but your union stepped in to pass the cost to nonunion persons across the state.
Smokin' Joe September 27, 2013 at 03:34 pm
Just in time for non-traditional marriage to become the law of the land.
Simon D September 30, 2013 at 05:47 am
New programs are going to have some problems that need to be addressed. It'd be nice if ourRead More Congress could maybe address these things rather than the current mode of operation, which is more akin to holding your breath until you get what you want.
Donald Lee September 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm
When a law is rammed down the throat of the opposition, something called "goodwill" isRead More often lost. The PPACA suffers from this, as well as being fatally flawed because it is based on false premises.
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Simon D September 30, 2013 at 05:30 am
However, that education budget is a very small slice of the of the pie as far as the overall debtRead More goes. We could certainly invest in our children's education with modest increases and very minimally increase the debt. A modest 1% cut to our military budget or 5% cut to our Homeland Security budget would more than balance a 25% hike in Education. If this country is going to do serious reduction in deficit spending, how about cutting from programs that can amount to meaningful numbers rather than from the small programs that when added together, don't really amount to a fart in a tornado as far as our overall debt is concerned. Saving fractions of a percent in the overall budget by trimming tiny programs like Education and Welfare aren't going to make much of a difference. How about going after the real money hungry programs which could make a difference?
Donald Lee September 30, 2013 at 12:04 pm
It is not clear that Simon read my post. An education loan is taken out by a student, spent to getRead More an education, and owed by the student. A "national debt" loan is taken out by me, spent on government - whatever that is - and paid off by "the future taxpayer". Tweaking the federal budget may or may not be a good idea, but is beside the point.
Roy Roscoe December 4, 2013 at 08:58 am
Simon D, Education is certainly necessary for producing informed voters. It's also a hugeRead More competitive advantage in a shrinking globe. How much should be spent is unclear. At a point the cost benefit equilibrium can be exceeded. Nobody knows where that point is. More importantly, it is unclear where the money should come from. What is the best and cheapest delivery method for delivering education to students? Furthermore, what is the safest method to deliver pure unadulterated eduction without the impurities of indoctrination to political ideologies that could threaten the national security at a later date? Do powerful educator unions aligned with a federal department provide the best and safest delivery option or do numerous local venues? I think before the discussion of how much should be spent is answered the best and safest delivery system needs to be answered. As a nation should bureaucrats, who may or may not be experts decide what's best or should parents who most often are not experts in education but most often are in their own students be best? I don't know.