“World Cup sucks. Premier League, Bundesliga, Champion's League, and maybe Primera Division is where it's at. That's because the players make their living playing for their clubs, not for national teams. That's why they don't give 100% when playing for national teams.”
Richard Britton on Dec 6, 2013 at 21:13:17
“miles wide of the mark I'm afraid
World Cup is the biggest and best sporting event on the planet”
“So you'll take away from Drs and hospitals. Cutting fraud from Medicare sounds good on paper until you actually try to legislate it--central planning is unfeasible and very prone to abuse, and will remain so.... because central planners like CMS cannot keep up with latest trends in business and technology. Trust me i've lived in communist Poland and in Germany with its socialized healthcare and have seen in practice.
Long story short, cutting Medicare advantage and 'waste and fraud' will not generate sufficient money to pay for 40 millions of healthcare, plus administrative costs of running Obamacare. Numbers just don't add up. You can expand Medicaid all you want, but if you don't pay for it, it will remain crap coverage as it is now.
We could argue ad nauseum without convincing one another. The bottom line is: you can have healthcare with TWO of the following: (1) quality, (2) low cost, and (3) good access. Choose ONLY TWO OF THE ABOVE. That's just how it is. Whether you like it or not, healthcare is expensive and difficult to administer, and you cannot legislate against that.”
Soltice25y on Nov 30, 2013 at 17:42:31
“Doc---Before, or during the reading of my previous, or last response to you; you should be aware that "the system," or whatever source, is responsible for my sentences all running together with no pause, or periods at the end of each sentence and no paragraphs, none of which is my doing.That said, I'm sure you'll be able to separate everything so they make sense. Sorry about that. If I may, I'd like to leave you with yet one more comment from another poster which I happen to agree with: "I'm sticking with the president and the Democrats. I'd rather have a left-wing Gov. than some 1% rich anarchist right-wing Gov." And btw, I never once said "take from Drs and hospitals; what I said was to fund the ACA in part, it would necessary to REDUCE the overpayments and subsidies to Drs and hospital for the Medicare Advantage program, which has worked best for the health ins. monopoly to maximize profits, pre-ACA. IMHO, it is the ethical thing to do which will provide health ins to the uninsured in this country and at a lower cost. I don't see a problem with that.”
Soltice25y on Nov 30, 2013 at 14:08:34
“Boston Doc---I hear what you're saying and agree with a couple of your points, particularly the 1st sentence of your 3rd, or last paragraph. So let me end the debate with two quotes from two other sources from another publication on the same topic, which I happen to agree with, which pretty much sums it up for me.
Source A). "A few Obamacare numbers: 1.1 Billion in rebates to consumers3.1 million more young adults insured105 million Americans received free access to preventative care45 UNsuccessful attempts at repeal by GOPTea leaders in the House."signed: The Truth Team
Source B). "Compassion is not a weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not SOCIALISM." -Hubert H Humphrey
I would only add this: If you think Obamacare is expensive, try returning to the status quo when the health ins. monopoly had almost total control of heath care in America when abuses were running rampant with almost no controls in place. It's all relative my friend. I bid you good day Sir. Happy Holidays!”
“Thank you for your answer. This sounds like a very good policy. Now, why do you think Obamacare will be successful in giving this coverage to those who are currently uninsured? How do you plan to fund this?”
Soltice25y on Nov 29, 2013 at 23:00:23
“The ACA, as outlined in the president's proposal before the ACA became law, is to be funded via a variety of sources, not the least of which are: Reduced overpayment/ subsidies to Drs and hospitals for the Medicare Advantage program which, as the president says, benefits the health ins. cos. more than it helps subscribers. It also cuts waste, fraud and abuse from Medicare which is expected to bring in an additional $750 million; it does not cut basic benefits from the MC program for Seniors which Paul Ryan and other GOPTea Congressmen and women keep yip-yapping about. Don't believe the hype, it's all politics and not a grain of truth to it. What I'm opposed to however, is the proposed tax on medical devices which is unfair and needs to be RE-considered.”
“So define what you mean by 'quality' and 'affordable'. The goal is laudable, but I want specifics.”
Soltice25y on Nov 28, 2013 at 12:12:33
“B. Doc----For some clarification re: the very last sentence of my prev post: "Medical Loss Ratio" (a term which refers to the idea of spending $0.85 of every premium dollar on actual patent-centered healthcare, opposed to CEO bonuses, pvt investments and stk holder dividends which the ACA requires) "never enters their minds, " etc. was in reference to the health ins. monopoly pre-ACA.”
Soltice25y on Nov 28, 2013 at 11:49:55
“Attn. Boston MD: You probably won't like my answer, but it IS my answer nonetheless...and I can only hope that the Moderators will allow it to post; it could happen:-) I digress. This can best be explained by pointing out what IS NOT quality and what IS NOT affordable and here are a couple of clear examples which I'm sure are not foreign to your eyes and ears, but no less valid: quality health ins cov. (and that's what we're talking about) IS NOT coverage that is vague, or incomprehensible, or intentionally loaded with legalese to confuse ppl; IS NOT limited in the choices it offers its subscribers; does not set life-time limits on cov. to maximize profits for bigger pay outs to CEOs and stk holders; DOES NOT deny cov for pre-existing conditions, or drop paid-up subscribers when they get sick (often forcing them into BR) for the same reasons; DOES NOT offer policies loaded with ever higher premiums, and tons of exclusions, co-pays, co-ins. and exorbitant deducs with the same goal of maximizing profit$. "Medical-Loss Ratio" never enters their minds, b/c such a concept does not serve their fi$cal, or political best interest$.”
“How do you define 'success', and why do you think ACA will succeed?”
Soltice25y on Nov 27, 2013 at 23:17:09
“Boston Doc, I assume your nick is an accurate reflection of your current location and your profession, and as such, you Sir, of all people should appreciate the importance and the apparent success of the Heritage Fdn.'s "Romneycare" in your State of MA. The ACA--- the exact replica of Romneycare----is designed to provide quality, affordable healthcare coverage for the uninsured across this land. It is inexcusable to force individuals to get routine health care thru our ERs, driving up costs for the insured, b/c of the irresponsible, abhorrent behavior of the health ins cos. who unashamedly put PROFITS over PEOPLE! And if you and others on here screaming about how terrible "Obamacare" is, then you have a different sense of reality than I and most of America does and the election of 2012 is clear testament that President Obama's policies are the correct ones for the country which we obviously subscribe to and if given a chance, will work as intended; a few minor glitches notwithstanding!”
“yeah...I guess the Virginia democratic wins in governor,LT. governor and attorney general was false”
Find the Truth on Nov 15, 2013 at 15:56:51
“Yet she polled 10 points ahead of Christie in a poll released the day before, the Jersey attitude won't sell nationally...”
Periwinkle on Nov 15, 2013 at 15:30:05
“Yep. Those horrible Democrats. Imagine. They actually want EVERYONE to be able to get health care without going bankrupt. They're horrible, horrible people. It's so much neater and cleaner the GOP way - get sick, die quickly.”
ChuckChuckerson on Nov 15, 2013 at 15:28:07
“Hillary won't be the nominee for the Democrats, and Christie has probably a 50/50 chance of even still being above ground in 2016 considering his condition.”
“Government is not a solution to our problems, government IS THE PROBLEM.”
Jimserac on Nov 14, 2013 at 10:16:14
“Then you espouse chaos and a return to the caveman era. What about when an epidemic hits? Enemy invasion? Earthquake? Hurricane. Civil chaos ?
Routine disregard of labor laws and abuse of child labor? Failure to pay overtime. Unjust firing? Toxins in our food, water, pollution buried near homes causing cancers? The list goes on and on.... GOVERNMENT does all that, a government instituted by, for and of US.
You are correct that SECTIONS of the government, out of control agencies like the NSA and their domestic spying Orwellian madness are PART of the problem.
Another major part is corporatist infestation and influence in our government and excessive influence or control of our elected representatives.
Another part is the unfinished sections of the American revolution where economic inequality and the crazy imbalance of wealth redirection upward at the expense of the middle and working classes. President Franklin Roosevelt, addressed these issues in his remarkably prescient address regarding a Second Bill of Rights...Economic rights...