“The country is voting towards peace, tolerance, unity, diversity, equality, the principles of our constiutuion. Obama won because more people voted for him. If Republicans were not so angry and attacking the minorities, the poor, the elderly and the middle class, they might have won over more voters too. Unfortuantely, they have clearly gone to the dark side. it's too bad. Maybe they should think about changing their approach from being like Rush Limbaugh to being more moderate and balanced.”
“They did it because they want as much money as they can get, and they take it at other peoplle's expense, it is the ultimate self-centeredness to a fault. I figured it out the tea parties are the ones who are lazy and do not want to pay for anything, and that is what all the fuss is about. They happen to have more money and they are loud and obnoxious about it too.”
“The banks were greedy and it came down like dominoes around them, and now they are desparate, and the financial meltdown is making them engage in more and more shady and reckless acts, and it is so bad it is now coming out into the public. This is what I have known for awhile. Those who are addected and high on money are in denial.”
“The global banks and big oil companies are to blame for sabotaging the wealth and freedom of our nation, with a hidden agenda of control for their money. They want all the money. People can try to squirm out of it by blaming groups of Americans who they do not like, but the truth is the truth. the banks did what they did. Until the the truth is told and acknowledged and not denied, Ok, folks we cannot fix the economy, because it didn't break by itself. Do not listen to those who want to make us "suffer" or be "punished' financailly becuase we're bad liberals. It's is a head trip.”
“It' is not only recent homeowners or homeowners who have "sub-prime" mortgages being foreclosed on. Check your Facts! The banks have taken over parts of our government to make the laws more lenient in their favor, and have been underminig our economy ever since. There are people who made a lot of money from all of the above.”
“"An estimated 50 million Americans lack medical insurance, and a similar and rapidly growing number are underinsured. The uninsured are excluded from services, charged more for services, and die when medical care could save them—an estimated 18,000 die each year because they lack medical coverage." yes magazine”
“Wait a minute how do figure the medical industry, and private insurance pays for the uninsured? They do not pay. That is the definition of uninsured. taxpayers, yes they are the only ones you mentioned that contribute taxes. But it is not like a great amount of money out of your pocket taxes go directly to the uninsured. it is probably pennies on the dollar. You are just unhappy and want a target to feel better.”
Boatnmaniac on Sep 13, 2011 at 13:11:25
“One last response: A very significant amount of our tax dollars goes toward paying the health care costs of the uninsured. Wikipedia has a good article on it and states that 16.8% of states' general budgets goes toward paying for Medicaid. And that doesn't include the 50% match that the Fed Govt gives the states. If you want to read the full article, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicaid.
And, no, I'm not looking to target anyone. Yes, I'm unhappy about the state of health care in this country but targeting people will not fix the problem nor make me feel any better. Only fixing the problem will make me feel better.
Only when people begin to open their eyes and see how much it costs EVERYONE to cover the costs of the uninsured and under-insured can true reform take place.
Maybe you've never had a major health care expense and if that's the case then I say good for you and I hope you never experience it. But all it takes is one hospitalization or extended health care need...stroke, heart attack, cancer, complex disease, dialysis, diabetes, severe burn, etc...and you will most certainly wish you had insurance and will, unless you are wealthy enough to be self-insured (i.e., a multi-millionaire) you will most certainly become a part of the health care cost problem that everyone else will need to pick up the tab on.”
Boatnmaniac on Sep 13, 2011 at 12:40:23
“There is also a hidden health care cost that many people don't think about. As stated earlier, the single biggest driver for personal bankruptcy is health care debt. Bankruptcy forgives most debt, including for health care, mortgages, credit cards, auto loans, personal loans and home improvement loans. The companies that hold this debt have to write it off as bad debt and then build it into the overhead cost structure. They then raise their interest rates and prices for services to cover this cost. So, everyone who does business with these companies end up paying for those who file for bankruptcy.”
Boatnmaniac on Sep 13, 2011 at 12:23:59
“One of the key reasons why the Obama's administration, the CBO and many insurance CEOs have stated that Obamacare will, in the long run, reduce health care costs is because it will broaden the base of paid insurance coverage which will reduce the percentage of health care costs that are uncompensated.
It will also reduce the number of people going to hospital emergency rooms for minor illness/injury (many uninsured people go there because ERs cannot legally refuse treatment based upon ability to pay). With more people having insurance coverage, more people will instead go to lower cost urgent care centers or general practitioners.”
Boatnmaniac on Sep 13, 2011 at 12:21:55
“Nearly 40% of the cost of all health care provided today is uncompensated because the uninsured and under-insured cannot pay all their health care bills. And it's getting worse...in 2004 this number was 33%.
Do you really think that health care providers are simply going to eat that cost? No, they try to recoup those costs from Medicaid (i.e., the taxpayers) and then build the rest into their overhead cost structures as bad debt which then raises the fees they charge. Those fee increases get passed along to the insurance companies who then raise their insurance premiums.
As insurance premiums go up, more and more companies are reducing or dropping insurance benefits because they can't afford them increasing the number of under-insured and uninsured. And as insurance premiums go up, more and more people drop insurance coverage because they can no longer afford it meaning more people will not be able to pay for their health care costs.
And the pool of insured people shrinks, it turns out that those who keep their policies are more likely to be high risk, high cost policy holders. Since this higher risk and cost of insurance is spread over a smaller based of policy holders, the premiums once again increase even more.
It's a vicious cycle with a perpetual upward cost cycle.
It's certainly not the only health care cost increase driver but it is a significant one.”
“What! How the deficit effect people losing jobs and their mortgages! Outsorucing effects people losing jobs, and then the governement tries to fill in the gap and that is what creates the deficit. That and lost tax revenue to all the wage and consumer money lost to overseas market. That is the number one problem! what a farce Fox news talking about crony capitalism!”
“You are sure wrong about lowly ole me. I may be a lot of things, But 100% I am Not the reason why health care costs are high. I didn't break my leg either, becuase I take a lot of calcium and drive the speed limit. Besides, I think you should pay more taxes just for being the way you are. I spent three full months of in depth study on health care policy by the way, and no information says anything about the uninsured or Medicare recipients being the reason for high costs. Do your homework with a rational brain.”
“These people cheering on executions and leaving the sick to die must be deeply troubled, severely unhappy and spiritually unfufilled! I grew up as a Catholic and they taught us to care for the sick and the poor not to cheer for their deaths so they could keep a few extra bucks in their pockets! They did not teach to hate the governement either, so I do not understand how this is related to my understanding of any type of Christianity.”
Coyote1177 on Sep 13, 2011 at 01:14:12
“I think the American People should run for President! We need some way better choices that all of this. Even regular people off the street would be a lot better!”