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I lived in Texas for 30 years and you have a greater chance of being hurt or killed by a drunk driver or shot than almost any other state. Drugs are all over the schools and easily gotten by all ages. If that is kid friendly you can have it. Prohibition did not work in the 30's and our stupid drug laws have never worked. Remember our last 3 Presidents indulged in Pot and one also did cocaine. It all should be legalized, taxed and controlled. Once that is done drug usage and drug crime will be greatly reduced just like Amsterdam. The Drug War has been a total failure for many decades like many of our other wars..
John's situation is not the exception it is the norm. Insurance Companies have a 30% administrative cost as compared to Medicare which has a 2 % cost. They have to pay executive salaries in the millions plus bonuses to their employees that find ways to deny claims. Please explain to us why the US is the only country in the western world that your healthcare is dependent on your employment. Why should employers have the cost of supplying health care in the first place? How many small businesses can afford $10,000 to $20,000 a year per employee to supply healthcare? Yes the big corporations can, like Wall St. giant Goldman Sachs. They supply at a cost of $20,000 a year Texas Sen. Rafael "Ted" Cruz his healthcare which is why he opted out of the Congressional System. .As taxpayers we are already paying a price for healthcare for public employees like Teachers, Police, Fire, VA, Military etc. Plus we also pay for the uninsured when they use the ER at an extremely high cost. One day at the ER at YVMC will run $10,000 and you and I pick up the tab. The US needs to change the way we provide healthcare for all our citizens. We have the highest cost system in the world with poorest results. If Obamacare is not the answer then what is the alternative? Right now the state with the lowest amount of uninsured(less than 4%) is Mass. which has Romneycare and the highest is Texas(30%) which has Cruzcare which is use the ER. The US can do better but it can only be accomplished if all of Congress works together to find solutions and stops all the BS.
In the 1960's the Federal Government started telling people that smoking was hazardous to our health and caused cancer among other things. The tobacco companies swore that this was false and smoking was safe and enjoyable. The people that worked for these companies were hard working people and neighbors to many who made their living in that industry. However over the years it became apparent that these companies where wrong and they only cared about making money. Pumping CO2 into the atmosphere is also hazardous to the health of the planet which is causing temperatures to rise slowly over time. Those of us here now have just started to see the changes to weather patterns which has produced devastating storms from the mid west tornadoes, east coast hurricanes and just recently massive flooding in the front range. In the 1970's and 80's when I used to fly over the North Atlantic Greenland was always white no matter what time of year it was. In the early 2000's I noticed it is now brown as the glaciers have melted. I find it interesting that the only climate scientists (5%) that say this is all a hoax happen to work for the energy industry or FOX. The other 95% believe as the earth warms we will have many more severe weather events across the globe. It has nothing to do with politics.
Jerry-I blame both however lately I will give the Republicans the edge especially Cruz and his followers. You are right about the elite in Gov't. One Rep. Congressman from TN pretty much sums it up. He bragged how they removed Food Stamps from the Farm Bill they passed. He said "you don't work you don't eat." He left out the fact that he personally received $3Million in Farm Subsidies from from the Federal Gov't. Food Stamps pay I believe about $300 a month max. I believe that would feed 10,000 families.
Joe-George Washington had 100 slaves and Thomas Jefferson had close to the same amount. He also fathered children with the slaves. I should have used the word many not all. I stand corrected.
Jerry-I can't answer your question because I don't know the answer. My guess is Obama had to give in on that one to get the Republican backing and get over the 60 vote rule in the Senate. But I agree with you totally in that I'd personally would have preferred a single payer program like Switzerland. When I was in Zurich I saw how health care should work. One of my associates got sick on a Sunday. The hotel told him to go to the Train Station Clinic. He went at 9am and saw the on duty doctor. He returned within an hour with a prescription. The total cost was zero and he wasn't even a Swiss citizen. However here the Republicans insisted that the private sector run the program instead of the public sector. It was modeled after the Mass. health care program that Romney put together. It was just like Medicare Part D which was a wind fall for Insurance Companies.
You are also right in that with Congress which has a 5% approval rating has a 87% re-election rate. Americans hate Congress but they still re-elect the same idiots over and over. You figure it.
Jim-No one could have said it better than you and I hope your Son is doing better. Unfortunately we have people that equate helping your fellow citizen as Socialism and don't understand that someday they may be in the same situation and need help or the ability to purchase health insurance. How many fund raisers have we had in Steamboat for people hurt in an accident or came down with cancer and had no or minimal insurance? How many people young or old have been denied insurance or could only purchase insurance for over $2000 a month because of preexisting conditions? The ACA will bring us in line with the rest of the Western World who all have insurance for all their citizens not just those who work for big corporations or are politicians. I have never understood why your employment should determine your health care in the US.
When my Father landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day I don't think he looked at his comrades in the landing craft and said this is Socialism. When I went to Vietnam I did not consider it Socialism.. We are supposed to be a country that works together to make a better life for ALL its citizens.
The ACA may not be perfect and may need to be improved however it is a lot better than what the other side has to offer which is DIE QUICKLY so you don't burden us or your family. During the election it was "repeal and replace". Has anyone heard what the replace is going to be? NO!
By the way the reason the Founding Fathers did not do away with slavery was because they all owned slaves themselves..
Jerry-I believe Congress has exempted themselves from many laws over the decades not just Health Care or SS. The problem is they make the laws and create Congressional Districts which makes it impossible to get them out of office..That is why you will never see term limits. Just 12 short years ago we had a decreasing $5 Trillion debt and now it is $16.7 Trillion.
Congress has a 5% approval rating yet they have a 87% re-election rate. As an Independent voter I believe the only way you can get things to change it is to vote out everyone who is presently in office. Are you willing to do that?
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.
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