“The Trans-Pacific Partnership and its goals have been common knowledge for a long time. It's equally common knowledge that Internet message boards are crawling with shills for the Obama administration, so maybe you'll want to work a little harder than this. You're welcome.”
“Elect a corporate-owned candidate and expect him or her to carry out the corporate agenda. Period. If you want a different outcome, you can't keep falling for the same con over and over again: YOU have step outside the narrow boundaries that have been drawn for you.”
Sarge10601 on Dec 9, 2013 at 20:45:13
“Ummm....Obama was nominated by Dem delegates........not some corporation.”
“"Will we continue to pay lip service to progressive ideals while sabotaging any chance of making them a reality, or will we start flying our true corporate weasel colors openly and unashamedly like the Republicans?" Oh, the suspense.”
bluefish123 on Dec 2, 2013 at 05:05:54
“Truth hurts, doesn't. Guess you can't everything you want free.”
“Then what sort of consequences would you like to see him face? Would you feel comfortable sending your own children to a school where kids like this one are free to torment them, and the teachers, on a daily basis?”
“I can't think of a more relevant example of what's wrong with public education in the United States. This kid shouldn't be in school; he should be in a juvenile detention facility until he learns not to behave like an animal. Period. I'll bet everything I've got in the bank that this isn't the first instance of criminal behavior on his part.”
Summer McDowell on Nov 29, 2013 at 05:42:48
“this kid needs mental health, like many of our other forgotten youth who are being raised by grandparents or abusive parents. we have a mental health problem in this country, not an incarceration problem. this is a prime example why a mental health check needs to occur before a gun can be purchased.”
mr whiteffolks on Nov 29, 2013 at 05:41:01
“Probably not but locking him away doesn't help !”
“People still don't get it. This country's draconian drug laws exist for a reason: the thirst for total control. It's not madness, it's not a misstep, it's not a case of good intentions causing the people in power to overstep their bounds. U.S. drug policy is deliberately scary and painful. They WANT you to be looking over your shoulder constantly, they WANT you to feel that you're under a microscope, they WANT you to be fearful. It's not an accident.”
Maverickpower on Nov 27, 2013 at 13:58:39
“Bravo , well said !!”
georgechevrolet on Nov 27, 2013 at 13:51:00
“It generates far too much revenue for them to ever do away with it.”
"To put it mildly, our experience with the website, which I've taken to calling HealthKludge.gov, has been a nightmare. Actually, it's been worse; nightmares are limited in duration.
"(...) Contrary to the propaganda from the Department of Health and Human Services, the problems with the website aren't being resolved. If anything, they're becoming more intractable. (...) No Amazon or Kayak user would put up with this.
"The problems with shopping for coverage on the exchanges don't end with the website. To begin with, the policies on the exchanges are awful. Even at the Silver level, they carry substantially higher premiums, and have much bigger deductibles, than True Blue. They also have narrower networks of providers--an important consideration because uncovered out-of-network bills can send you straight to bankruptcy court.
"(...) As of this evening, here's how things stand. We're still plowing through the Blues' website to figure out who's in-network. HealthKludge won't process our request for a subsidy or let us buy insurance because of an abstruse error message."”
“I would seriously question whether or not people even care anymore. We've been conned and lied to and BS'd on such a regular basis for so many years that most of us just tune this sort of news out. It's like being gouged over and over with a rusty sardine can: poke, poke, poke, poke. How long can you take it? How much lousy news can you endure? Just remember that the rationale for our endless military presence in Afghanistan is the same rationale that has been used to erode our civil liberties for the past twelve years. If the deaths of hundreds of innocent people halfway around the world don't move you (even though they should), there's always that. One day it will come down to Americans joining hands in the streets and standing in front of tanks--and no, that day probably isn't too far off.”
No, he didn't. And, despite the fact that he campaigned in 2008 on the compromise position (i.e., a public health insurance option), he wasted very little time in bargaining that away, too.
When corporate lobbyists run Washington, this is the kind of worthless garbage we get.”
“No, not "if it weren't for the repubs." Max Baucus had single payer advocates forcibly removed from Senate Finance Committee hearings, so single payer was never a possibility--and then Democrats smothered the public option, too.
Try to avoid rewriting history.”
“You don't fix health care in this country by continuing to let private insurers call the shots. And if you don't have all the bugs worked out of your sign-up website by October when concerns were first raised in March, then you fix it. You don't unveil it and expect to be stroked behind the ears for your spectacular achievement.”
Gin1234 on Nov 15, 2013 at 00:44:30
“Who exactly is doing that?”
mikelove1 on Nov 15, 2013 at 00:00:51
“Um, would you say that for food merchants? Grocery stores?”
DrCardio on Nov 14, 2013 at 23:53:44
“Website will be fixed. This is expected. It's a big deal.”
blueeyedbull on Nov 14, 2013 at 23:51:46
“If it weren't for the repubs we would have single payer. This is the best we could get considering the circumstances. What it is teaching us, is what we all knew, single payer and get rid of the repub obstructionist.”
“No, buddy, it's not on you. It's on us. The burden still rests entirely on our shoulders.
This is not single payer, this is not a public option--this is nothing but a giveaway to private insurers, and it stinks.”
bobbyndallas on Nov 14, 2013 at 18:05:36
“you are right. It is legalized theft from the masses”
“Meaningless term invoked when one wishes to deflect valid criticism. In the first place, it stretches the bounds of credulity to drop all the blame for this on the GOP's doorstep because it implies that Democrats expected no opposition from Republicans on the implementation of the ACA. Secondly, the Obama administration had ample advance warning (concerns were raised all the way back in March) that there were going to be technical difficulties, but insisted on the October 1 rollout anyhow. For that, and for smothering the possibility of even a public option, the president and his party have no one to blame but themselves.
“Don't defend the convoluted, glued-together mess that is the Affordable Care Act--it's indefensible. A government-run public option would have been infinitely better and less complicated.”
Chauncey1186 on Nov 13, 2013 at 16:03:02
“I don't disagree that Medicare for all would have been better. But to attribute laziness to the problems with the website rollout is flat out wrong. But then again you know that, you're just concern-tr_0lling!”
“They knew there was going to be massive dissatisfaction with the ACA--that's why they kept assuring us that it was going to be as good as a public health insurance option. Understanding ahead of time that people were going to be less than enthralled with the substance of Obama(Romney)care, the very least they could have done was to work the bugs out of the sign-up process. The fact that they didn't, even though they had three and a half years to make an effort, demonstrates profound laziness on their part.”
Chauncey1186 on Nov 13, 2013 at 15:47:34
“Laziness? Or perhaps more difficult to integrate 34 states into one massive system than the originally anticipated half-dozen. You forget that most GOP Governors dragged their feet up until this summer "deciding" whether or not to open their own exchanges, and in the end 34 of them said no. So no, they didn't have 3 years to integrate the system they are working on, they had less than 6 months. When was the last time you tried to mesh 34 state systems, a half dozen federal ones, AND multiples insurance company databases - ALL with different levels of sophistication and/or antiquation?
Incidentally, my BF is a software systems integrator for the energy industry and you would not believe how glitchy and unreliable some of those systems are ON A REGULAR BASIS. It's the nature of the beast. Some haven't been upgraded in 20 years. Trying launching a new software product integrating systems that were installed back in the days of the Commodore 64!”
“They've been sitting on this turkey for three and a half years--so no, it isn't going to be fixed by the end of the month. It's finally dawning on people why advocates of single payer (or, at the very least, a full public option) kept saying that exchanges weren't going to work.
Take the profit motive out of health care. Period. Every other nation in the industrialized world has.”