“This is nothing new. Since the days of Voltaire and Swift, the satirists have always been ahead of the curve, and have always presented the the clearest, most critical view of society through their humorous, but pointed lens.”
“Always the same with the laws detractors, some future boogeyman coming to destroy us all. The "we don't know how bad it will get" crowd. Keep spreading fear of the unknown, because all of the KNOWN contradicts your fantasy nightmare version of things.”
“So now the reason the states didn't set up their own exchanges is because it was too complicated? I thought it was because the ACA was a danger to the country and was going to cause financial ruin. Here I thought it was a very deliberate policy decision by those Republican regimes in the states. Now I understand, they were too incompetent to accomplish something several blue states did without trouble. Got it. Too complicated for Republicans. Thanks.”
“I don't think it is at all splitting hairs, Al. The key point of what you said I disagree with is where you said, " it sets standards that are unsustainable for private companies to maintain."
I would revise your statement to, " it sets standards that are unsustainable for private companies to maintain at the same level of outrageous profits they have heretofore enjoyed."
Insurance is, and has been a racket in this country.You mentioned earlier in the conversation "rationing of service." People on HMOs and managed care plans have been dealing with that for decades, the only difference is the decision making into what gets allowed, disallowed, or "rationed" to use your word, has been based on corporate profits and not proper care.”
“Are you aware that Obamacare is not socialized medicine, and that it operates through the free market?
The law regulates the market, sets minimums for acceptable levels of service and provides subsidies for some of those who cannot afford the free market price on their own. It calls for exchanges where consumers can see and research several options in one place.
Private insurance companies are still the payers and the medical professionals are still the ones administering the care, Choice of plan is still dictated by the individual based on what they want and can afford, and medical decisions are still based on patient and doctors.
It is not socialized medicine, nor is it socialism.”
Al ONeill on May 31, 2014 at 10:58:58
“You're spitting hairs there Petey, The law in question dictates what, how and when healthcare insurance may be administered. Some say that it's a disingenuous half step into socialized healthcare because it sets standards that are unsustainable for private companies to maintain. That's a hard argument to beat. So the issue still remains; Should our federal government dictate the business of healthcare. I say no.”
“Well, Joe the Plumber, remember that no Constitutional right is absolute. If ever enough people got tired enough of the violence, if ever enough people supported the families of dead kids more, if ever the politicians representing us all changed their tune, the Constitution has within it procedures to change it. If ever the will of the people changed, that would trump your Constitutional right to bear arms. The Constitution contains what it contains by the will of the people.
That said, I don't believe the gun culture in our country will ever change, certainly not enough to gather all the votes to Amend the Constitution, and then have enough states to ratify it. But the people determine the law of the land. THAT was the only absolute in our Constitution.”
May 28, 2014 at 15:03:13
“I had the profound privilege to see Ms. Angelou do a poetry reading and give a talk at the Library of Congress years ago. Dignity, strength and grace personified, this woman was a true national treasure, and her legacy will live on as a gift to the world. Rest in Peace, Maya Angelou.
"My life has been long, and believing that life loves the liver of it, I have dared to try many things, sometimes trembling, but daring, still.”
~Maya Angelou, a Letter to My Daughter”
“I am a man, in fact I am a very manly man. I have found, throughout my quite manly life that the more manly I am, the harder things are for me. On top of that, I happen to be white! Do you have any idea how difficult life in this country is for the pale-skinned, penis-cursed, testosterone-laden members of our society?”
“Someone close to me suffered through bulimia for a long time. The first several shots in the series show food being enjoyed. There is something distinctly different about the bottom two photos in that are evocative to me of dangerous binge eating rather than healthy enjoyment of delicious food minus feeling self-conscious. Everyone should be able to treat themselves to something yummy without feelings of guilt or shame. Hiding in the bathroom to binge eat is a ifferent story.”
AngelaQuattrano on May 15, 2014 at 09:49:39
“It's all part of a spectrum of disordered eating behaviors.”
Sterling's girlfriend is half black, and he has made ridiculous amounts of money on the talents of a league whose players are close to 80% black. Apparently the only two parts of Sterling that aren't racist are his d^ck and his wallet.”
“It is very easy to explain why people call you a socialist, Senator Warren: they don't know what Socialism actually is, and they mistake being socially-minded and believing in the social compact is actual socialism.”