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The Conservatives have labeled these programs as entitlements along with the GI Bill however that would mean you are getting something for nothing. Over the last 50+ years many of us have paid into these programs to the tune in my case of hundreds of thousands of dollars. I do not call that an entitlement. It was earned by my dollars that I paid into these programs. Yes I always thought SS was a poor investment but I was willing to do it because I was helping to support the greatest generation that saved this country. They earned this with their blood on the beaches of Normandy and Iwo Jima like my Father and my Uncles. I realize you may not understand that. The GI Bill paid for my BA and MA and one years taxes paid back every cent the Gov't ever gave me. I also earned that while in Vietnam enjoying that tropical paradise. All these Socialistic Programs did great good for the country by reducing poverty especially for the elderly, raising the standard of living for all, educating millions of Vets and boosting the economy to name a few. The big problem with SS is that certain politicians decided to waste the $2 Trillion surplus in Iraq which they refuse to pay back. Medicare is a demographic problem which needs to be addressed and fixed but repeal or premium support is not the answer. But to fix anything you need 2 willing partners who will work together for the good of the country. Unfortunately our elected Representatives have been bought and sold by whoever gives them the most money. Wonder what they receive in return, Corporate Welfare and getting to classify their income Capital Gains just to name a few.
Have a great summer and be careful on your motorcycle.
Steve being you are obsessed with entitlements as you call them why don't you start a campaign for like minded people to all opt out of Social Security and Medicare instead of collecting them when they turn 62 or 65. I'm sure your friends at the Steamboat Institute will gladly join your lead and expand it through the whole country. If all Conservatives like yourself follow your lead the cost to these programs will be greatly reduced. It will make you feel good and the rest of Steamboat can enjoy our "free" concerts..
The one thing that stands out is that one person makes more than 50 % of all the comments on every topic. One thing for sure is he hates all government, hates paying taxes and is one angry older dude and more than likely never wore the uniform of this country. I bet he is from Texas where he would pay 4 times more in property taxes which is why he is here. I hope he does not have a heart attack because then he would have to call 911 which is tax payer funded and they would have to send a tax payer funded ambulance to help him. (Socialism) Life is too short to wake up angry every day. Steamboat is a beautiful healthy place to live compared to other place so make the most of what it has to offer even if you have to pay out a few dollars. Quit watching Cable TV and listening to Hate Radio, you will live longer and happier. .
If we treated Congress the same as this person we would have to throw out more than half of Congress. Our last 3 Presidents all admitted to using some form of drugs when they were young and stupid. I wonder if the people that made this decision did the same thing when they were young. She should be punished but expulsion is way too far.
Having been uninsured due to loss of a job many years ago way before Obamacare I know how the insurance companies can screw you. Medicaid is not the answer personal responsibility is like Romney said in MA. . Affordable Health Care or Universal Health Care is the answer. If this country can throw away $3 Trillion in Afghanistan and Iraq and at the same time have the 2 largest tax cuts in history for our "job creators" costing another $5 Trillion we can afford Health Care for ALL US citizens like the rest of the world.
Ken If that is the case we are right back to where we were and that is at the mercy of the insurance companies who will pay out big bonuses to Executives and those that find loop holes to deny coverage even if they are insured. That is why Insurance Companies have a 30% expense rate and Medicare is 3 %. If a person loses his or her job they will be one accident or illness away from bankruptcy. If that is the type of country you want then so be it. We the taxpayers will continue to pay for all the people who use the ER at tremendously higher rates. Before Obamacare the US spent more money(17%GDP) on Healthcare more than any other Western Country (9 to 11% of their GDP) and they cover all their citizens we don't. If Obamacare is a failure only time will tell because it just started however they said the same thing about LBJ's Medicare and Bush's Medicare Part D.
By the way no one is forced to buy a car however if they do they are forced to buy insurance.
Either way it does not affect me because I've got mine however personally I do care about the rest of our citizens here in Steamboat and across the country. I would like every US citizen to have AFFORDABLE Health Care. We would be a better country and we could join the rest of the civilized world.
Ken please explain what will replace Obamacare if repealed. What do we go back to? As far as I can remember insurance companies decided who they would insure based on preexisting conditions. They employ hundreds of people whose sole job is to find out ways to deny claims or deny coverage. A 60 year old would have to pay $2500+ a month just to get coverage if he could even get it. Personally I don't like Obamacare but the Republican alternative is to die quickly and don't burden your family. As I mentioned before this program was first developed by the Conservative Heritage Foundation to promote personal responsibility instead of people using the ER which is 10 times more expensive than a clinic and sticking the bill to the taxpayers. One night in the YVMC ER will cost you $10,000. If Romney had made it a national program instead of just MA Republicans would have loved it. But that would go against what R-Sen. Mitch McConnell said the day Obama was elected and that was we must do everything we can do to make him fail. And they have done a good job trying with government shutdowns, birthers etc. Lets be honest this is more about the person than his policies. When I was in Texas, who has a Senator that is running for President who actually was NOT born in this country, all I heard was how they hated who was in the "White House."
What I don't understand is why Health Care in the US depends on your employment. No other country in the Western World has such a system. The US has the best Medical Care in the world but the access to it depends if you are fortunate enough to work for a large profitable company. If you work for GE or Wall St. you have a gold plated Health Care Policy. If you work for the Ski Corp you may or may not have any Health Care. We are not all lucky like the Foreign Born Senator from TX Rafael "Ted "Cruz who receives his Health Care from the Wall St. giant Goldman Sachs at a cost to them of $20000 a year. (He opted out of his Congressional Health Care) The Ski Corp. is no longer a locally owned company. They are owned by a Wall St Hedge Fund who only cares about making money for their investors which is why they dumped Health Care for their seasonal employees last minute. It is more money for them not having to supply Health Care and I can assure you the employees received no pay increases to cover the cost they now have to bear.
The Conservative Heritage Foundation came up with a plan about 15 years ago to put personal responsibility back into Health Care to eliminate people from using the ER(the most costly) as their primary care facility and sticking the taxpayer with the bill. The then Gov. of MA , Mitt Romney , put it into law which required all MA citizens to buy Health Care. Today over 95% of MA citizens have Health Care instead of using the ER. Compare this to TX which has 70% with Health Care, the worst in the US. Gov. Perry of TX brags how great his economy is but what he leaves out he has cheap illegal labor that is paid garbage with no benefits.
The ACA was supposed to be a Universal Health System for all citizens like the rest of the world however the Republicans in Congress said no because it would be socialism and a government takeover of Health Care. They were forced to accept Romneycare which is now called Obamacare. It is a Conservative program of personal responsibility. Of course now because Obama did it it is all wrong. My question is then what will they replace it with?
What I find funny is the people most against Obamacare are on a government program called Medicare. If government is so bad then why don't all these 65 plus people opt out of Medicare and buy their own non-government insurance. I can tell you why and that is they don't want to pay $2500 plus a month for a high deductible policy if they could get it in the first place. Medicare came into existence in the first place because only 50% of people over 65 could even get insurance and those that did paid through the nose for it. What they are really saying is I've got mine and it is a right and screw everyone else.
What is being totally ignored is the unreliability of United Express flown by Republic Airlines.
What good does it do to fly out of HDN(non ski season) when your flight is cancelled due to "lack of crew" and you miss your connection.. When the evening flight to HDN. is cancelled that also cancels the first flight out in the morning. This happened a few months ago and I had to drive 7 hours round trip to Denver to pick up passengers that were forced to spend the night at their own expense because United refused to pay for the hotel. Flights out of HDN are on average $200 to $300 more expensive round trip than flying out of DIA and if your flight is cancelled you can add hundreds more.
In 1966 when I went to Vietnam my pay was $78 a month plus $65 combat pay. The good news it was tax exempt. The military has received numerous raises over the years and today an E-1 can actually live on their salary. I think a Col. has a 6 figure salary today. The problem is there is a limited defense budget (though it has increased by 92% over the past decade) and the top brass and Congress would rather spend the money on an F-35 fighter at $500 million a copy or an aircraft carrier at $10 billion a copy. The one good thing about this Administration over the last is that our troops are coming home. As most Americans know the Iraq war was a total lie and waste. The Defense Industry especially Halliburton laughed all the way to the bank and our troops paid the supreme price. As Pres. Eisenhower said in 1960 as he left office "Beware Of the Military Industrial Complex". That statement holds true more today than ever. If the previous Administration was still in charge our men and women would still be dying in Iraq plus we'd be at war with Iran, Syria and Libya. Enough is enough..
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