Brian Kotowski

Brian Kotowski 2 days, 5 hours ago on Erin Biggs: Sessions' appointment disturbing

Hi Debbie

Out of curiosity - I referred to you as "my dear" recently, and you wailed about how discriminatory I am as a result . To quote our current President:

"I did try and f*^k her, she was married. I moved on her like a bitch. I don't even wait. And when you're a star they let you do it. Grab 'em by the %&$$y."

Just so I can have some idea of where you draw the lines - do you find me to be more or less discriminatory than the President of the United States?

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Brian Kotowski 2 days, 5 hours ago on Steamboat briefs: Area Women’s March begins 10 a.m. Saturday

Even Reuters isn't buying the Henry David Thoreau­ tripe. This latest wymin's jive is an anti-Trump tantrum. Nothing more, nothing less. I take a back seat to no one when it comes to my loathing of Donnie Douchebag, but this latest whiny conniption makes Sandra Fluke look like Phyllis Schlafly.

Slick Willie's serial predation is a matter of record. His wife's complicity in the campaigns to destroy the reputations of the women who presumed to complain is worse - by an order of magnitude - than anything (we know) Trump has ever done. That her supporters have never called her on in it (forget about repudiating her for it) speaks volumes re: their alleged "commitment" to social justice. Two-faced, hypocritical, and disgusting beyond measure.

Perhaps some productive fallout from all this bs would be ideologues - on BOTH sides - holding their own just as accountable as they do the opposition. Had that been the case this last time around, perhaps we would never have been saddled with Hillary v. Donnie.

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Brian Kotowski 2 days, 13 hours ago on Erin Biggs: Sessions' appointment disturbing

On the bright side, we're under God's protection now. So says El Presidente, so we know it's true. And since it's Donald's god, rest assured it's the bestest, most amazing, most fabulous and handsomest god ever, with absolutely ginormous godlike hands. So we've got that going for us. Which is nice.

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Brian Kotowski 3 days, 6 hours ago on Erin Biggs: Sessions' appointment disturbing

As a conservative, I virtually never run into racism. I have no racist friends or associates. Racism never comes up. Libs, on the other hand, say they're drowning in it. And who knows - maybe they are. In their liberal hell, perhaps racism is their constant companion. Case in point is this tweet from a liberal MTV "reporter," looking to trash Jeff Sessions. The girl is his granddaughter. Not too different from the "scandal" libs tried to manufacture 4 years ago when pics of Romney's black grandchild made the rounds. If you're looking for racism, look to your left. Many of us find the left to be ignorant. The truth is even more repellent. alt text

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Brian Kotowski 6 days, 14 hours ago on Steamboat Springs City Council president uncomfortable with new PR position manufacturing 'quotes' for city officials

I have to disagree, Martha. Steamboat is a brand/product to be promoted & pitched. We don't make cars or software; we sell the mountain and our amazing location. Our economy depends on getting the word out.

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Brian Kotowski 1 week ago on Jenette Settle: ACA repeal would cost jobs

Harvey - how dare you preach personal responsibility and accountability. Anyone ill-served by public education has clearly been victimized by American intolerance, racism, bigotry, homophobia, and gun-loving Bible-thumpers: bitter clingers, the lot.

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Brian Kotowski 1 week ago on Jenette Settle: ACA repeal would cost jobs

Rand Paul previews Obamacare replacement

"On Sunday, Paul gave a preview of his and argued that in requiring insurers to offer more robust plans, Obamacare drove up prices and pushed people out of the market.

"One of the key reforms that we will do is, we're going to legalize the sale of inexpensive insurance," he said. "That means getting rid of the Obamacare mandates on what you can buy. We are going to help people save through health savings accounts, as well as a tax credit."

Those less expensive options, which were prevalent on the market before the 2010 reform was signed into law, would offer less robust care but also, as supporters argue, be more neatly tailored to what consumers view to be their specific needs.

Under Paul's program, the bargaining power created by the state and federal exchanges would be replaced with a provision that allows individuals and associations like small businesses to create their own markets.

"There's no reason why (a business owner) with four employees shouldn't be able to join with hundreds and hundreds of other businesses that are small to become a large entity to get leverage to bring your prices down," Paul told Tapper.

He added that those negotiations with insurance companies could also be used to guarantee the availability of policies that "can't cancel you and guarantees the issue of the insurance even if you get sick."

Imagine that: insurance that functions as insurance; providing coverage suited to what the consumer really needs - instead of what Big Bro commands you to buy, regardless of its actual utility, or lack thereof.

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Brian Kotowski 1 week ago on Jenette Settle: ACA repeal would cost jobs

The bottom line is that the Obamacare "fix" has driven up costs & reduced choice; that's why millennials (whose eager participation was supposed to pay for it) are staying away. All of Preezy's spew about $2500 in our pockets every year, & “if you like your plan/doctor you can keep your plan/doctor” was wishful thinking at best, and outright lies at worst. Even Billary were trashing it during the campaign. And it's not as if the land mines in Preezy's command & control approach weren't foreseeable; that's why a clear majority of Americans opposed Obamacare from the jump.

Obamacare ignores human nature & basic economics. It forces providers to furnish unnecessarily comprehensive & expensive policies. Many healthy people (like me) are principally interested in catastrophic coverage. Preezy's answer: you're too stupid to know what's good for you, so step up and pay. I posses neither a uterus nor an addiction, but Obamacare mandates that my policy cover pre-natal care & drug counseling regardless. It's no different than going to the Toyota dealership for a $15k Yaris and learning the only option is the $32k 4Runner - and you'll be penalized if you don't take the SUV. I'm paying more than twice what I was shelling out pre-Preezy, and for inferior coverage.

I believe this year's penalty for non-enrollment is $700. That's significantly less than many will pay for coverage they don't really want anyway, so the incentive couldn't be more obvious or predictable (especially for the young & healthy): skip Obamacare. Instead of incentivizing consumers with choices enabling them to tailor a coverage that best fits their needs, we coerce them to bend over for 'one size fits all', and punish them when they won't grab their ankles.

Finally, Obamacare has failed to control costs - despite being touted as a strategy to do exactly that. That's why we've gone from 23 co-ops to only 5. The Chicago Trib profiled Blue Cross Blue Shield last summer, the main Obamacare provider in Preezy's home state. For every dollar they took in, they spent something like $1.30 providing services & care; and that seems to be typical nationwide. Forget about turning a profit, they're not even breaking even. Hence all the recent headlines announcing massive price hikes coming our way. Which will suppress enrollment and participation even more.

Pre-obamacare was no picnic. Obamacare is undeniably worse than its predecessor.

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Brian Kotowski 1 week ago on Melanie Sturm: Solution for Trump election freak-out

Rand Paul previews Obamacare replacement

On Sunday, Paul gave a preview of his and argued that in requiring insurers to offer more robust plans, Obamacare drove up prices and pushed people out of the market.

"One of the key reforms that we will do is, we're going to legalize the sale of inexpensive insurance," he said. "That means getting rid of the Obamacare mandates on what you can buy. We are going to help people save through health savings accounts, as well as a tax credit."

Those less expensive options, which were prevalent on the market before the 2010 reform was signed into law, would offer less robust care but also, as supporters argue, be more neatly tailored to what consumers view to be their specific needs.

Under Paul's program, the bargaining power created by the state and federal exchanges would be replaced with a provision that allows individuals and associations like small businesses to create their own markets.

"There's no reason why (a business owner) with four employees shouldn't be able to join with hundreds and hundreds of other businesses that are small to become a large entity to get leverage to bring your prices down," Paul told Tapper.

He added that those negotiations with insurance companies could also be used to guarantee the availability of policies that "can't cancel you and guarantees the issue of the insurance even if you get sick."

Imagine that: insurance that acts as insurance.

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