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Here you go Bill, maybe it is you that is clueless!
BTW, insurance company profits average about 7% industry wide. That compares with 11% for Dow Jones companies on average and 20% for companies like Apple. Now who is gouging who?
@ Ken Collins:
Excuse me? Who shoved this law down our throats against our will? Now your are blaming republicans for the disastrous rollout and implementation? And now you want their help, when you dissed them entirely when shoving this stupid law down the American peoples throat? You got to be hiding me. Get a clue! And just because you think you have improved the uninsured situation with this law, it is turning out to be just the opposite. And not only because of the increased costs (promised to be otherwise BTW) but doctors and hospitals are either left out of this program, opting out of this program or leaving the industry altogether! How doe that help? Just because you have insurance does not mean you have healthcare. And you are lying through your teeth when you say most people are finding out that their plans were practically worthless when they lost them. No industry could have survived to date with that kind of customer service! You are extremely naïve if you think that the government has your best interest at heart more than an insurance company who has to compete for your business. Government can only control costs through rationing and you will find out the hard way about how cruel that is. And guess who will now be partying on your dime when the government takes over healthcare? The government! Look no further than the IRS and GAO party scandals! Only this time you will have nowhere to go. Maybe they (the insurance companies) should take that money and lower our premiums? Maybe you and the government should mind your own business instead! Premiums were lower when you did! Reference my response to your "other" party letter I posted today too.
Against helping public education? Based on the results of the most recent election in Colorado concerning funding of education, the Republican's "other" party is against it too! Same with guns! The Senate could not pass any legislation on that front either. Even when they had full control of both Houses of Congress, including a filibuster proof Senate. And the ones who did it in Colorado got recalled! So maybe the Republicans listen to their constituents better than Democrats do. We know this as fact concerning Obamacare, don't we? It has never enjoyed a popular opinion in any poll, spawning many heated town hall meetings, but shoved down our throats anyway. Never before in our history has such a large and important piece of legislation been done in such a partisan way.
Voter ID laws do not in any way restrict the rights of citizens to vote. It protects them! You have to show ID in Colorado to vote. How does this hurt elections n other states? How do these same people drive? Board a plane? Open a bank account? Buy beer? Get their SS, Food Stamps or any other benefits? BTW, it was President Obama's idea, not Republicans who created the "sequestered cuts" that the Food Stamp program got caught in. Your claim here of Republicans cutting 5 billion out of the program is nothing more than a Red Herring. In fact, all of your claims are Red Herrings. They could not have done this because the Senate is controlled by the Democrats! Again, reference the President for your Huckleberry.
Republicans on balance are not against Women controlling their own bodies, but they are against having to pay for other peoples choices. Like Federal funded abortions. Or birth control against their religious beliefs. Huge difference! And pretty ironic, coming from your so-called party of choice. And trying to rein in the out of control EPA (carbon dioxide is not a pollutant by definition) does not mean they are against it. If they were, the EPA would have been eliminated already.
Cutting the oil businesses subsidy? What subsidies do the oil companies enjoy that other companies do not also enjoy? Exxon alone paid over 25 billion dollars to the government in taxes last year. That dwarfs the paltry 4 billion dollars that the entire industry supposedly are getting away with in subsidies. And that does not count the gasoline taxes the government also gets. Pretty good return if you ask me!
And the party that calls for ever higher taxes has the temerity to say the Republicans are the ones who are gouging other people? You are confused as to whom that money belongs to!
Ken, just who do you think you're fooling? The Democrats lost the 2010 election in a large way because of Obamacare ( ACA ). The Republicans were not sent there to fix a law that the "other" party shoved down the American peoples throat. They were sent there to repeal it! Short of that, they were sent there to try and keep the effects of the law from harming as many people as they could, including implementing the law fairly. In other words, requiring the law to square with the 14th amendment's Equal Protection Clause, by giving the people the same delay of the law's mandates that President Obama gave his Big Business Cronies. And based on the law's rollout and subsequent loss of millions of insurance policies (with millions more to come) because of this law, their aim is well founded. And how can it be the Republicans who are keeping young people from having insurance when this same group of people were not buying health insurance when it was far cheaper under the old system than it is now under the ACA? And they are still not buying it!
Minimum wage laws are not intended to be livable wages. They are intended to be entry level positions for our youth to cling onto a rung of the economic ladder. And while the overall unemployment numbers are not moved much by a modest increase, every time they raise the minimum wage, inner city (African Americans) unemployment increases dramatically. Are you and the Republican’s "other" party against African American Youths being employed and ascertaining necessary skill sets for their future? Are you and that "Other" Party that cruel? Raising it to a so-called livable wage would have even more disastrous consequences for them as well as all of our youth. And just what do you think the response of business to a legislative increase in the cost of doing business would be? Raise prices? Lay off some workers? Both? Then ultimately, what did you do for the minimum wage worker? Nothing! But who is laughing all the way to the bank with increased payroll taxes? The government and the politicians who just snowed you!
And it has been proven over and over again that millionaires pay more in taxes when the rates are low not when they are high. When they are high, they hire high priced lawyers and accountants to get around it, placing a drag on the economy and resulting in the government getting less, not more revenue. JFK, the Republicans "other" party's icon of a President said this better than anyone! And isn't higher revenue the objective? Or is it just the party line that is important?
That is why SS and Obamacre are the Big Lie! They are not there for you to be taken care of., They are there to control you! And that is why they sold it to you one way and then argued them from a completely different angle in court. And won both times! And the result is the same. All taxes belong to the general fund and the citizens have no tangible right to them. Therefore the Supreme Court has determined there are no conferred rights to that SS money. The same will hold true with Obamacare!
Not sure what article you are referring to Martha, but from what I have seen in the New Yorker is in false agreement with many on the left that he has power under the 14th amendment. That is false! The 14th amendment gives Congress (not the President) authority under article 5 to enforce article 4 of the same. What Obama can do is make sure the interest on the debt is paid and then allocate the rest to whatever programs he can fund. Not raising the debt ceiling does not create a default as there is plenty of revenue to take care of the debt service. Programs are not debts, but instead the bonds issued to pay for them are!
And another misconception by many is that Congress is obligated to pay SS and Medicare. No they are not as determined by a 1960 Supreme Court decision!
Except your missing my main point here and that is negotiations for which Obama and Reid have refused! So the liability is with them!
There is only debate because there will always be those who love big government and the second amendment gets in the way!
As for solutions, how does an assault on the 2nd amendment provide a solution to the problem? Lanza was not stopped because he had to re-load. He shot himself when the cops finally showed up! So it seems obvious to me he could have been stopped sooner had an armed school official or an armed security guard been on duty. Is that fool-proof? No, and neither is anything else. But I am tired of "feel good" legislation that violates my rights and freedoms and does absolutely nothing to solve the problem.
The Supreme Court did no such thing!
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