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Joe- It really depends on your definition of affordable. If you are 60 years old and have had a preexisting condition your monthly rate for a high deductible policy would be between $2000 to $2500 a month. If you go to the emergency room at YVMC and spend one night in the hospital the bill is $10000. If you are uninsured you will pay the uninsured rate for a procedure which is 4 times more expensive than the insured rate. Go to any Emergency Room in any big city and it is full of uninsured people that the taxpayer has to pay for. The ER is 10 times more expensive than going to a primary care doctor. We are the only country in the Western World that your health insurance is dependent on your employment until you turn 65. This is why people over 65 are the most satisfied with their health insurance. The US spends 17% of GDP on Health Care and the rest of the industrialized world spends 11% or less with better results. The reason Medicare was adopted in the mid 60's was that only 57% of Seniors could get or afford Health Care and today 97% are covered. For over a decade the Republican Party tried to Repeal and De-fund Medicare but finally gave up in the 1980's because people liked it. The state with the lowest amount of uninsured people(4% compared to Texas 30%) happens to be Mass. which has had Romneycare for many years. When Congress adopted Romneycare for the whole nation (The ACA or Obamacare) in 2010 it made available Health Care for all the uninsured if they choose to buy it. What is better no Health Care or the Constitutional ACA?
You'll have to ask him but that is what he says. He must come under special rules.
Cruz was born in Canada, his Father was a Cuban National at the time of his birth and his Mother was born and raised in Wilmington, DE. Obama was born in Hawaii, a US State, his Father was a Kenyan at the time of his birth and his Mother was born and raised in Kansas.
For 5 years all I have heard is Obama is not a real American according to the Birthers yet Cruz who actually was born in a foreign country is. Please explain the difference.
There are many items in the budget that I'd like to see defunded starting with Congress itself. They work 100 days a year if you can call it work when they accomplish nothing. The rest of the time they are on vacation or fund raising.
They could have easily passed a clean CR yesterday with well over 300 votes but 80 Tea Party Republicans threatened the Speaker of the House with the loss of his job if he allowed the vote. He caved to the extremists and the House shut down the government. Compromise has not been in the vocabulary of the extreme right in over 4 years. Their definition of compromise has been you do what we want of else and in this case repeal the Affordable Care Act or we will shut it down and they did. Considering that it was their Party over 8 years that got us in this financial mess in the first place I find their antics laughable.
The foreign born Rafael "Ted" Cruz is more interested in a 2016 Presidential run than anything else which is why he plays to the Tea Party Brotherhood. His former classmates at Princeton all had the same opinion of him and that he was a jerk. FOX, Limbaugh, Hannity etc. all want him to run and if he does you can count on Hillary as your next President.
You are right Republic is a disaster. I had relatives coming to Steamboat in August. They arrived in DEN on time from NY. When they got to the HDN gate they were told it was delayed 1 hour waiting on crew to arrive. Found out later they used the HDN crew on another flight then had to cancel the flight which was full because they did not have a replacement crew. This also cancelled the 620am flight in the morning which was also full. We had to drive to Denver in the morning to pick them up because they could not get them out till the following evening. They also had to pay for their own hotel and they were refused a refund for the HDN flight. I hate driving to Denver for a flight but it is the only way you can be assured to make your flight out of Denver after ski season ends. Republic charges an additional $200+ round trip to fly to Denver which is considerably more than parking at the airport and you don't have to worry about making your connection or getting stranded.
Not all leadership is good even Conservative leadership. Look where this country was on Jan.1, 2001 and where we were on Jan.1, 2009. We had leadership that ran the country right off the cliff with 2 unfunded grossly mismanaged wars costing the lives of over 6000 American troops and almost $ 3 Trillion, massive deficit spending, allowing the Banks to do anything they wanted that gave us the worst recession since the Great Depression causing massive unemployment . It has been quite awhile since we had what I would call good leadership.
Just last week on Aug.1 we had relatives coming to Hayden on FLT.4930 at 758pm which was full. When they arrived in Denver at 725pm from NY their flight to Hayden was on time. By the time they reached the gate it was delayed 1 hour and 14 minutes for crew. They had taken the Hayden crew and used it on another flight. At 9pm they cancelled the flight for no crew being available which also meant the 620am full flight to Denver the next morning was also cancelled. The 3 family members could not be re-booked till the following evening. They were sent to a hotel at midnight and when they arrived there were no rooms so they had to find another hotel at their expense because no one at United could be contacted. On top of that their luggage was lost. They got to bed at 3am. My wife drove to Denver the first thing in the morning to pick them up for the 3 hour ride each way.
With high priced air service like this from Republic you are better off driving to Denver and not take the chance. It is more than likely cheaper and less stressful.
Correction-We have spent so far $850 Billion in Afghanistan not $850 Million.
Just like Gitmo Congress will not let us get out as far as I can tell. We still have a $600 + million Embassy to support in Iraq and a $34 million Military Hq. that has never been used in Afghanistan they can't decide what to do with. There are members of Congress that still want us to get involved in Syria. Congress can cut off all the funds tomorrow and we'd be out in short order but they won't. Too many companies make too much money on wars and we get stuck with the bill. Were did the $2 Trillion spent on Iraq and the $850 Million spent on Afghanistan go. Follow the money and you will have your answer. .
I find it appalling that Liz and Mr. Dick will be here in Steamboat. I can give you 4855 good reasons why Mr. H. should not have invited him. That is how many of our troops died when he lied us into Iraq. He has brought us Ann Coulter, Karl Rove and now Mr. Death.
Just before his election to VP in an interview Dick was asked why the elder Pres. Bush did not invade Iraq in 1991. He said if they did it would cause a civil war and it would be a total disaster and it would cost the US Billions and many lives. It was one the few times Cheney was right. But why did he lie to Pres. Bush to get him to invade in 2003? Very simply money. He and his Defense Contractors friends like Halliburton made $100's of Billions on this war with no bid cost plus 10% contracts and in turn his personal wealth grew to $90 million. Each day our surviving troops have to wake up to no arms, no legs and some no brains and in turn Cheney and his cronies laugh all the way to the bank.
I can't believe any true American would give this liar a nickel of their money. Save it to next year's speaker. I hear it will be George Zimmerman.
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