Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Obamacare

EDITOR:

Mr. Wasserman’s long letter supporting the virtues of Obamacare can be answered by a much shorter one.

I could go on with many horror stories like the report just released showing that men in Tennessee will face an average 290 percent increase in premiums and women 197 percent. There are many such stories out there but there is a much simpler way to show the warts on Obamacare.

If Obamacare is so good, why do Congress, Congressional aides and so many other privileged groups affiliated with the administration get exemptions from it? If it’s better than the alternative, why not exempt your enemies like the Tea Party from it?

Recently a Republican senator offered an amendment to make Obamacare exactly the same for them and their aides as it is for rank-and-file Americans — no extra subsidies, exactly the same. That almost caused a panic attack in the Senate. The opposition to being treated like average Americans was swift and loud.

Folks, these are the people that voted this law in. When the cook won’t eat his own food you need to run, not walk from that restaurant.

GEORGE ALGER
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  • Dee#1September 30, 2013 - 5:29 pm

    Way to go Mr. Alger.

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  • rodOctober 01, 2013 - 12:25 am

    Finally, the teaparties might get some traction on THAT issue! Glad they don't keep rolling over like bohner.

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  • Janet EOctober 01, 2013 - 1:16 am

    Thank you Mr. Alger, your short post speaks volumes.

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  • cookie65October 02, 2013 - 5:23 am

    ATLANTA — "In an ironic twist, Grady Memorial Hospital faces a $45 million funding loss directly related to a new health care law designed to benefit the hospital." http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/new-health-care-law-leaves-grady-45-million-short/nbCp8/

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  • EvelynOctober 02, 2013 - 6:58 am

    HSS Secretary Sebelius says the fact that servers are crashing proves how wildly successful Obamacare is. - HERE

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  • EvelynOctober 02, 2013 - 7:00 am

    "Six Million To Pay ObamaCare Penalty, 69% of The youth (18-29) Polled Were Unaware They Had To Get Insurance" - HERE

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  • cookie65October 02, 2013 - 7:39 am

    Evelyn, I saw another story where over 40% of those logging in didn't know it wasn't free. I find it amazing what a complicit media is capable of allowing people to believe. Just like the obama voters who believed they weren't going to have to pay their mortgage or put gas in their cars. Hope and change was the greatest etch-a-sketch scam ever perpetuated on the American people. Those who fell for it were allowed to draw their own conclusions on what it meant. Omission of facts is the same as lying.

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  • EvelynOctober 02, 2013 - 7:44 am

    Cookie: Lying -- either by omission or by commission -- is standard practice. Unfortunately. As for that FREE healthcare, "Obamacare Website Quietly Deletes Reference to 'Free Health Care'" - HERE

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  • EvelynOctober 02, 2013 - 8:10 am

    "First-day batting average for online Obamacare applications: .000" - HERE

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  • cookie65October 02, 2013 - 8:36 am

    .000 is the bench mark for the success of leftism throughout human history. The "omission" or re-writing of that history is the method used to continue selling it and enslaving the ignorant. “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” – Albert Einstein

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  • cookie65October 02, 2013 - 9:21 am

    obamatantrum should be a word in the dictionary. http://twitchy.com/2013/10/02/barry-cades-confirmed-park-service-says-obama-admin-ordered-closure-of-world-war-ii-memorial/

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  • cookie65October 02, 2013 - 9:24 am

    “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” — Barack Obama, October 30, 2008 “We are going to have to change our conversation; we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.” — Michelle Obama, May 14, 2008

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  • Paddy O'furnitureOctober 02, 2013 - 10:25 am

    As I said before, all the lefties that put Obomba in office will have to answer for it before long. At least James and the Groaner post their full names in their LTE's. All BHO bootlickers should have to. That way when the Day of Reckoning comes, they can't hide.

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  • Dink LaneOctober 02, 2013 - 11:54 am

    Why did the congressional workers get a waver? For the same reason that congress is still getting their paychecks in this shutdown-Power has it's privileges. Congressional (Cadillac) health care plans have gym memberships, special treatments. Who do you think paid for Joe Biden's facelift and hair plugs?....... and the 197% increase in premium? He would save money if he'd move to CA.... we have over 200 different plans, with premiums from $85 to $400 a month..... but then he lives in TN.... Where Rep. Marsha Blackburn says that her people don't want health care.... So that guy can just pay the $85 fine (instead of the increase) and have NO health care.

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  • EvelynOctober 02, 2013 - 12:00 pm

    Dink: Did Blackburn say her constituents don't want healthcare; or was it Obamacare.

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  • Dink LaneOctober 02, 2013 - 12:09 pm

    Blackburn said on Meet the Press that her constituents were telling her they didn't want anyone telling them they had to get Health Care. She compared it to some plan that was already in TN (I think it was like CHIP) and the people told her they didn't like that.

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  • EvelynOctober 02, 2013 - 12:14 pm

    Dink: Thanks. IMHO "not wanting health care" differs from not wanting to be forced to purchase health care insurance.

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  • EvelynOctober 02, 2013 - 12:16 pm

    i.e., if I say I WANT health care, I mean that I want to be able find and pay for the medical care I need. It does not mean that I want health care insurance.

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 12:33 pm

    Governor Perry claims Obamacare is a criminal act. He is considering sending the Texas Rangers to Washington to arrest the perp. Not.

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  • Dink LaneOctober 02, 2013 - 1:11 pm

    Evelyn: This reminds me of the car insurance fight. People kept saying they were going to need it -- Then something UNEXPECTED happened ....i.e. the failed brakes or a Toyota acceleration problem ...or.... in the case of health care the wolf-spider bite or cancer. Will those people who don't "want" to buy insurance have the money to pay the bill? ...... In CA hospitals cannot turn you away. If you can't pay -- because you didn't want to buy insurance -- why should the taxpayer have to pick up the bill?..... If people don't want to pay for health insurance they can simply pay the $85 and have nothing...... but according to officials CA has had more than 2 million hits in one day..... That sounds like their really is a market for "Open-Market" health insurance...

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 1:49 pm

    Only the very affluent can pay their doctor/hospital bills out of pocket. While a hospital might let you in the front door without insurance, then comes the bill, then the collection agency, then bankruptcy. Obamacare might be the answer, don't you think?

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  • EvelynOctober 02, 2013 - 1:55 pm

    Health insurance does NOT prevent bankruptcy. 80% of people going bankrupt due to healthcare costs had insurance. "'Why Are People with Health Insurance Going Bankrupt?" - HERE

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 2:15 pm

    Evelyn, I'm about to go out the door, so give us a quick Executive Summary of that site. Is it Obamacare lovers or those who dislike Obamacare? So, 80% are not, but 20% of bankruptcies are. And, the 80% --- I'm totally confused. So, if you have medical insurance you can still go through bankruptcy. I would guess you could if you have $1M in debts (cars, houses, big TVs) and have $127.58 in assets -- I'm just so confused.

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 2:18 pm

    Health insurance does not prevent bankruptcy? Well, wouldn't it depend on your health insurance. That guy in TN who payed $24 a month for health insurance doesn't seem to have much protection. $24 a month -- bandaids and aspirin with a $5,000 deductable. I think I'm getting less confused.

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 2:19 pm

    But, I'm out the door. Later.

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  • cookie65October 02, 2013 - 2:20 pm

    Evelyn, 0.6% of those who accessed the exchange site in Connecticut yesterday actually signed up. http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/10/02/less-1-visitors-connecticut-healthcare-exchange-signed-will-media-car#ixzz2ga6pMWHD

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  • EvelynOctober 02, 2013 - 2:24 pm

    James: Check out the 1:55 pm link I provided.

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  • cookie65October 02, 2013 - 2:26 pm

    Evelyn, as to your -health insurance doesn't prevent bankruptcy- I have been told repeatedly on this very site that the cost of medical care has nothing to do with what is wrong with healthcare in this country. My co-pays ran me well into the 5 figures. One months prescription of Xeloda was over $5,000.

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  • EvelynOctober 02, 2013 - 2:27 pm

    Cookie: Under the circumstances, 0.6% should be considered a smashing success *!!*

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  • EvelynOctober 02, 2013 - 2:30 pm

    Cookie: One problem with insurance companies is that they are middlemen needing to make a profit and have a history of randomly denying claims. Anyone who doesn't know this hasn't been paying attention.

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  • cookie65October 02, 2013 - 2:48 pm

    Evelyn, I watched the link in its entirety, and both guests danced around the pink elephant in the room, which is the actual cost of medical care. In Canada, which they cited, the average cost of a non-complication childbirth is around $3,000, here at home it is 10-15 times that amount and even higher. Until something is done to combat and address the skyrocketing cost of medical care no system of payment will be sustainable.

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  • cookie65October 02, 2013 - 2:55 pm

    Evelyn, randomly denying claims belongs in the same category with denying based on pre-existing conditions. Who licenses and regulates the insurance business? Those who license and regulate the insurance industry is ultimately responsible for the actions those insurers get away with, are they not? The government has licensed insurers to reject people with pre-existing conditions and licensed them to drop, cancel or refuse to pay claims. There was a James Bond movie called "License To Kill".

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  • cookie65October 02, 2013 - 3:12 pm

    I still contend that pre-existing conditions was nothing short of a fat juicy worm saved to bait the hook with. It is something that could have been addressed and corrected at the state licensing level anytime they wanted to. Group plans, a huge part of UNION employment have no pre-existing restrictions. Curious, to say the least, don't you think?

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  • EvelynOctober 02, 2013 - 3:50 pm

    Cookie: Somewhere I have the hospital bill paid by my parents for my own "non-complication" birth. As I recall, the full amount was under $150 *!!*. Needless to say, that was pre-middlemen.

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  • cookie65October 02, 2013 - 3:54 pm

    What happens if this is true?.... Will Sheehan claims that when he tried to sign up for Obamacare and then register to opt out, he received an ominous warning. Sheehan’s full Facebook post reads; “I actually made it through this morning at 8:00 A.M. I have a preexisting condition (Type 1 Diabetes) and my income base was 45K-55K annually I chose tier 2 “Silver Plan” and my monthly premiums came out to $597.00 with $13,988 yearly deductible!!! There is NO POSSIBLE way that I can afford this so I “opt-out” and chose to continue along with no insurance. I received an email tonight at 5:00 P.M. informing me that my fine would be $4,037 and could be attached to my yearly income tax return. Then you make it to the “REPERCUSSIONS PORTION” for “non-payment” of yearly fine. First, your drivers license will be suspended until paid, and if you go 24 consecutive months with “Non-Payment” and you happen to be a home owner, you will have a federal tax lien placed on your home. You can agree to give your bank information so that they can easy “Automatically withdraw” your “penalties” weekly, bi-weekly or monthly! This by no means is “Free” or even “Affordable.”

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 4:02 pm

    Evelyn, ok, 80% of those going bankrupt have medical insurance, but they are so underinsured that they are liable for large amounts and therefore go bankrupt. I watched that site, but had to drop off because I couldn't take anymore. The personal bias overwhelms.

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  • cookie65October 02, 2013 - 4:05 pm

    Evelyn, your point is the real issue. The middleman, being the payer i.e. insurance provider, financial responsible party, has eliminated the relationship between the customer and the cost. Hence, the costs have reached beyond reasonable without the slightest objection from the customer. I attribute it to the principle of the government flooding a commodity with money, such as housing and education. When they have done so, the prices skyrocket. Well the government has flooded the healthcare industry with tons of easy money through the public sector benefits packages. A public sector employee, which there are millions, has virtually unlimited medical coverage at or near no cost to themselves. They spend endless medical dollars with complete abandonment on every hangnail, itch, and twitch and the medical industry is more than happy to do the billing. And the benefits carry over into retirement.

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 4:06 pm

    Cookie, only .06 enrolled? First, it's only the second day. Secondly, the devil is in the details for each of the plans. First, you review the plans, and then you take the time to see what each plan provides. This takes longer than two days.

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 4:10 pm

    Cookie, gosh, if Mr. Sheenan had Medicare for All he wouldn't be in such a crack, would he? But, he doesn't, so he remains hostage to the health insurance companies.

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 4:13 pm

    Evelyn, my first daughter cost me $500. in 1960. Your $150. would probably be $375,000. in today's dollars.

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  • EvelynOctober 02, 2013 - 4:15 pm

    James: What were some of the inaccuracies you spotted?

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 4:16 pm

    Cookie, I wonder if a lot of people go to the doctor for a hangnail. In my case it's, "If I don't go to the doctor, I'll be dead in 15 minutes." Of course, men don't like to go to the doctor, so my personal experience may be flawed.

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 4:18 pm

    Evelyn, I stopped after the lady doctor, and just after the anti-Obamacare guy began. It only took a second.

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  • cookie65October 02, 2013 - 4:21 pm

    James, how much more vile and contemptible does the left plan on becoming over their precious ever expanding government intrusion into every last American's life? So far they have used terms to describe those who defend freedom as terrorists, jihadists, suicide bombers, teabaggers, and a number of other colorful grownup descriptions.

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 4:23 pm

    Evelyn, but I did learn from the overweight guy that Obamacare not needed because the State Insurance Departments were going to goad insurance companies into doing the right thing. That's when I dropped off.

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 4:24 pm

    My BS detector was going off so loud that it was hurting my ears.

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 4:26 pm

    Cookie, I guess the left will have to go as far as needs be to combat the Tea Party patriots. Politics is never pretty.

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  • EvelynOctober 02, 2013 - 4:27 pm

    James: So what you're saying is that you quit within the first minute. Anyway ....... did you know that "The average cost for health insurance for a family is $15,745 per year vs. a median income of $50,502, or about half post-tax take-home pay." (as per Kaiser Family Foundation). THINK about the implications.

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 4:31 pm

    And, my $500. would probably be a million today. Way too much for a birth (but, worth it for my daughter).

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  • EvelynOctober 02, 2013 - 4:34 pm

    James: Your 4:23 pm has me lost. Are we talking about the same thing? There is no "overweight guy" or "State Insurance Dept". Maybe I'm crazy, but I think you watched something else. Really.

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 4:35 pm

    Evelyn, as I recall the entire video was just over 7 minutes (I could be wrong), and I stopped at around half way. I do think about the individual/family high cost implications, and that's why I say throw out the health insurance companies and implement Medicare for all. President Bush addressed employees being put out of work -- back to community college to get a new skill. Good for the goose, good for the gander.

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  • EvelynOctober 02, 2013 - 4:39 pm

    James: The video is 12 min., but it's not the length that's in dispute.

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 4:39 pm

    Evelyn, did the guy have a beard? And, he did say that some State Insurance Departments were going to deal with insurance companies so why Obamacare. And, the State Insurance Departments have done such a good job of far??

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 4:41 pm

    Pushing the insurance companies to a higher level of coverage and yes, he did have a beard and he is not 130 lbs.

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  • EvelynOctober 02, 2013 - 4:41 pm

    Yes to the beard. I give up.

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 4:42 pm

    Evelyn, yes, I give up too. So, in sum, 80% of people with health insurance go bankrupt too.

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 4:46 pm

    So, here's the deal with state Insurance Departments. Some are strict, more are lax when it comes to health insurance companies.

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 4:48 pm

    Evelyn, did that site give you any strange vibes? Somehow it was different, like a TV show from someone's basement. I don't know -- just different.

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 4:49 pm

    Not making fun, just different somehow?

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 02, 2013 - 4:59 pm

    James, you would have been better off had Fred eaten your $500.00. ~~~ LINK - Treasury reimburses dog owner whose pet ate $500

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 5:03 pm

    Evelyn, OK, don't I feel foolish. I went back and watched the entire thing. Both the lady doctor and the overweight guy with a beard were both arguing for Medicare for all. Bad, James, bad!

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 5:06 pm

    Phil, don't blame the dog. Appears he is blind in one eye and thought they were one dollar bills and not hundreds. And, the owner had to scoop the poop until he had enough proof.

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  • EvelynOctober 02, 2013 - 5:09 pm

    James: I think we're getting somewhere (exclamation mark). The bearded +130 lb guy mentioned State insurance regulators. At 3:41 in the video he says (my transcription): “The subsidy provided by Obamacare to people who can’t afford insurance will only cover 70/30 plans, so when you get a serious illness you’re paying 30% of the cost of that healthcare. Now what’s really bad about this is that prior to Obamacare some of the State insurance regulators were pushing insurance coverage to a higher level, where they provide more coverage, rather than less. Obamacare is now putting it that 60/40 is OK, and 70/30 is the government will pay for, and so the 80/20 and 90/10s become less common, so you see more and more people with underinsurance. You’re not going to see lack of insurance completely go away.”

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 5:13 pm

    Evelyn, if you have 60/40, is not 60% of your bill being paid better than no insurance at all where you are liable for 100% of the bill? If I'm the man in the street, I could come up with $4K, but $10K is impossible. But, without question, 60/40 insurance is horrible yet better than nothing.

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 5:15 pm

    Medicare is 80/20. Few old people reject it because they have to pay 20% - yes, most get supplemental insurance to cover the 20%. Medicare for ALL!

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 5:20 pm

    At one level Obamacare is 70/30 with having to pay 30% of the bill -- again, better than paying 100% of the bill. And some State Insurance Department are pushing for 80/20. Some, how many? And, how many insurance companies have increased to 80/20 with same premiums? Not holding my breath.

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  • EvelynOctober 02, 2013 - 5:23 pm

    James: Bear in mind the annual premium of $15,745 vs. a median income of $50,502, or about half post-tax take-home pay. Something is SERIOUSLY OUT OF WHACK. The insured party is not getting off with just 40% of the bill. And the insurance companies continue to exercise extraordinary discretion over what claims get paid. For many families, George Bush's "putting food on the family" comes into play. We should not have to be making such choices. Our economy has been hijacked.

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  • James E.October 02, 2013 - 5:26 pm

    Evelyn, I agree with you $100%.

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  • cookie65October 02, 2013 - 8:20 pm

    I saw a cartoon with this script and had to share it...... Over five thousand years ago Moses said to the children of Israel, “Pick up your shovels, mount your camels and asses and I will lead you to the Promised Land.” Nearly 75 years ago (when welfare was introduced) Roosevelt said, “Lay down your shovels, sit on your asses and light up a camel, this is the Promised Land.” Today congress has stolen your shovel, taxed your asses, raised the price of camels and mortgaged the promise land! I was so depressed last night thinking about healthcare plans, the economy, the wars, lost jobs, savings, social security, retirement funds etc… I called a suicide hotline. I had to press 1 for English. I was connected to a call center in Pakistan. I told them I was suicidal. They got excited and asked if I could drive a truck. Folks were screwed!

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  • cookie65October 03, 2013 - 5:49 am

    How is it that people who aren't capable of acquiring an I.D. are going to find their way thru 60 pages of obamacare questions? http://waysandmeans.house.gov/uploadedfiles/pdf_cms_1_031313.pdf

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  • cookie65October 03, 2013 - 5:52 am

    Even our own local News10 is stuck reporting the truth about obozocare. Although they offer endless spin and make lots of excuses, they still manage to state the fact that for many obozocare is anything but affordable. http://www.news10.net/news/article/259247/2/Affordable-Care-Act-not-so-affordable-for-some

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  • cookie65October 03, 2013 - 6:23 am

    Turns out the party of tolerance and diversity is more like the party of namecalling and bully tactics. I guess their "big tent" is more like a pup tent. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/2/doves-and-peaceniks-no-more-these-democrats-relish/

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  • cookie65October 03, 2013 - 6:31 am

    The headlines today are hysterical. obozocare is a bigger disaster than even I knew it would be. The lesson that needs to be learned is the people who forced this nuclear waste on the America citizens against their will are the best and the brightest the left has to offer. If it weren't for the room temperature IQ voters these clowns would be waxing the lanes at their local bowling alley.

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  • cookie65October 03, 2013 - 6:34 am

    California overstated its health exchange traffic by nearly 10-fold. If it wasn't the heavy traffic that caused the sites to crash, what was it? http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-california-health-exchange-glitches-20131001,0,7108713.story

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  • cookie65October 03, 2013 - 6:47 am

    obama's IRSS targeted Dr. Ben Carson after he embarrassed The One at the national prayer breakfast. Justice for ME and NONE for thee. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/3/irs-targeted-dr-ben-carson-after-prayer-breakfast-/

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  • cookie65October 03, 2013 - 6:52 am

    “It’s day two of health care reform, and we have yet to have someone successfully register on the marketplace,” said Matt Hadzick, manager of a Highmark retail insurance store in Allentown, Pa., where people could go to register for the online insurance marketplace. “The registration process is very slow, and at one point it just shuts down.”-- http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/10/03/insurance-manager-we-have-yet-to-have-someone-successfully-register-on-the-marketplace/

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  • cookie65October 03, 2013 - 8:48 am

    Google search the 800 number to obamacare as MD won't allow the spelling to be posted. It is quite fitting.

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  • Fran DuchampOctober 03, 2013 - 8:56 am

    Cookie the link to the cave...thank you for sharing--photos are just beautiful.

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  • EvelynOctober 03, 2013 - 9:19 am

    Cookie: You forced me to look it up - HERE

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  • Fran DuchampOctober 03, 2013 - 9:28 am

    Cookie-Evelyn...lolololol. I hope everyone views that...no matter what you believe...it is too funny.

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  • cookie65October 03, 2013 - 9:58 am

    Evelyn, there is a word for such irony, I am racking my brain trying to remember what it is. It is somewhere between protectionism and serendipity. It is driving me nuts trying to figure it out. It will probably come to me in my sleep. I have a friend who is in a class by themselves in Koine Greek, I need to call them and ask.

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  • cookie65October 03, 2013 - 9:59 am

    My bad, NOT *protectionism but *projectionism.

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  • cookie65October 03, 2013 - 10:19 am

    Fran, you are welcome, those caves are incredible.

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  • James E.October 03, 2013 - 10:24 am

    Well, here it is, the third day of Obamacare sign ups. Everything proceeding nicely. Hmmm, cannot understand why there were attacks beginning on October 1, 2013? The very first day when citizens are trying to evaluate the various plans. A little confusion -- seems normal to me. What don't we wait for a year to see where we are on Obamacare. Oh, cannot wait, has to be now. Of course, but it doesn't matter. Until we get a Tea/Republican House, Senate, and White House it will just keep rolling along.

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  • cookie65October 03, 2013 - 10:43 am

    henry waxman D-Cali, was asked if the had read the 10,535 pages of obozocare regulations and refused to answer by calling it a propaganda question. That is what I call earning his taxpayer confiscated salary. http://cnsnews.com/news/article/penny-starr/waxman-10535-pages-obamacare-regs-it-important-i-read-it

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  • cookie65October 03, 2013 - 10:47 am

    James, 5 years into obama we are still wondering when the recovery is going to start. The military has a term that best describes obozocare, I know you are very familiar with it.... FUBAR

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  • James E.October 03, 2013 - 10:49 am

    Cookie, Waxman probably got to page 128 and had to stop because he was completely confused. Why was the statement made that we have to pass it before we can understand it? Wasn't Congress the authors? Well, no it was written by health insurance lobbyists getting cover from Senator Baucas. The authors understood it and understood that it is a big give away to the health insurance companies. Such is the way laws are written today.

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  • James E.October 03, 2013 - 10:52 am

    Cookie, hard to recover when one has a ball and chain (Tea/Republican House) attached (which was decided by the Tea/Republicans on the very first day of Obama's presidency). You know, the Party of NO. Keep economy bad, blame it on the president. And too bad about the unemployed (they're just lazy).

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  • cookie65October 03, 2013 - 10:56 am

    James, I understand that certain times require us to be insulated from what is really going on, but your 10:24 comment lacks even the slightest effort at intellectual honesty. It won't get easier to face what a disaster the leftist have created with their arrogance and narcissism. It will only get more difficult. Kinda like those who swallowed the global warming fraud. They are so invested in it at this point no amount of evidence to the contrary effects them. They have sealed themselves off from learning.

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  • James E.October 03, 2013 - 11:00 am

    Cookie, I have reviewed my 10:24 and find it on target. Such wise counsel to the thread, and at no cost to the readers.

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  • James E.October 03, 2013 - 11:47 am

    Breaking news: Shots fired at the Capitol in Washington (as opposed to Sacramento). Capitol is on lockdown. No further details at this time.

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  • James E.October 03, 2013 - 11:58 am

    Someone tried to crash the White House Gate/Barricade. Chase ensued, gunshots and crash at the Capitol.

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  • James E.October 03, 2013 - 12:01 pm

    Police claim the car was driven by Boehner, with Cantor in the passenger seat and Senator Cruz in the back seat. OK, this part is a joke, but the rest is what's being reported on the news. It will be interesting to find out who and why.

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  • James E.October 03, 2013 - 12:05 pm

    Lockdown lifted on Capitol Hill.

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  • James E.October 03, 2013 - 12:20 pm

    Now reported it was a woman driving the car.

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  • cookie65October 03, 2013 - 12:59 pm

    James, notice how the politicians protect themselves with every imaginable measure and sparing no expense while the kids are trapped in gun-free zones. I guess their claim that it is all about the children is empty rhetoric.

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  • James E.October 03, 2013 - 1:11 pm

    Cookie, yes, the Congress is very brave until the bullets start flying and then they hide in their holes.

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  • EricOctober 03, 2013 - 2:25 pm

    ObamaCare Myth: Congress is Exempt from ObamaCare Congress isn't exempt from ObamaCare. Congress and their staff have work based insurance, so thus should be able to stay on their current plan. However an amendment to bill before it became law said they must use health insurance marketplace. They will use the marketplace, but since their staffers, making as little as $30,000 can't get subsidies through the marketplace (they have access to employer based coverage) their employer (the Government) is allowed to cover part of the cost of their premiums. Since all members of Congress have been well aware of this since 2010, any other claim is a willful misrepresentation of the truth. http://obamacarefacts.com/obamacare-myths.php

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  • cookie65October 03, 2013 - 3:05 pm

    obamacare myth. If you like your plan, you will be able to keep your plan, if you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, the average family will save $2,500/yr. obamacare will create millions of jobs, 400,000 almost instantly. By the way, selectively choosing which parts of the LAW to enforce and which ones not to is illegal. And your government "exemptions" is people making 6 figure income receiving taxpayer funded subsidies, while people paying for it don't get any subsidies.

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  • cookie65October 03, 2013 - 3:16 pm

    James, as to your 10:52 am (everything is the republicans fault) comment. So obama didn't get his massive stimulus, he didn't get his extended 99 weeks of unemployment, he didn't get his massive welfare and food stamp expansion, he didn't get his mortgage relief program, he didn't get his toxic asset by-back, he hasn't been able to pump $85billion/mo. into the markets, he hasn't been able to keep the interest rates artificially low for nearly 5 years, he didn't get obamacare, he hasn't added nearly 6trillion in debt thru government "investment", he hasn't pumped billions into green energy, he didn't get his tax repeals, he hasn't expanded domestic spending to record levels. You should get your own show on pmsnbc James. You would make the perfect edition to repeating leftist talking points regardless of the facts in evidence. By the way have the repubs, without the assistance of the media, done anything to obama that the left didn't do to Bush WITH the tireless help of the media? If the repubs did to obama what the left did to Bush can you just imagine the charge of racism the left would be throwing around? That's right, they do that now.

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  • James E.October 03, 2013 - 4:19 pm

    Cookie, thanks for mentioning Bush. Do you know the free cell phone thing started under Reagan and was expanded under Bush. Hmmm, a possible MSNBC job -- would I have to wear a suit and tie? And, how many job bills have the House passed since January 2009, with or without a poison pill attached?

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  • cookie65October 03, 2013 - 6:10 pm

    Yes James, the LifeLine was started under Reagan with very specific goals. It was continued under Bush 4, clinton, Bush 43 and exploded under obama by more than double to $1.6 billion. Of course the fact that a major donor to obama is also one of the largest providers has nothing to do with it. Look at it this way James, obamaphones mean votes, his donor gets a massive payoff/payback and the taxpayers take it in the shorts. Sounds exactly like leftism to me. http://www.humanevents.com/2012/10/08/top-obama-phone-provider-is-also-a-big-obama-donor/

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  • James E.October 03, 2013 - 6:13 pm

    Cookie, yes, but how come no one offered me a free cell phone? If you have to be poor, how do they determine poorness?

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  • James E.October 03, 2013 - 6:15 pm

    Cookie, I do not dispute your comment. In fact, I like it when one pulls away the veil and looks behind.

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