“The 'majority' of them that have enact these laws the past 30 years that value big business over individual worth are. OK. Mr. 'white' snark. You're so clever, so emotionless. You've just got logic all summed up don't you?”
Jaseman on Dec 9, 2013 at 22:18:02
“Income equality is a lie. Even government service where a GS-9 step 8 makes the exact same money as another GS-9 step 8 one has a more difficult job than the other or is asked to do more than the other. It's a democratic campaign sales pitch designed to get votes from an uninformed group. You want more money bring more value to your boss and company, you'll earn more.”
And it's actually more than 5% because, as far as I know, you calculate with your gross income not your net. With all the copays and expenses that always crop up with health care for someone with a chronic condition. That percentage gets up there. Definitely more than 5%. Just think about it. $400.00 a month!”
“And that's if I were freelancing and had an ok year. How are you supposed to tell what is going to happen from month but having to pay $400.00 per month plus a $2000.00 deductible. While it's quite easy to say 'You can afford it'. When one is freelancing one never knows. Also, $400.00 a month on top of all my New York City expenses is completely unaffordable. Talk about a retirement killer. Again thank goodness for New York State and all it's support systems. At this point I'd really not have a problem and I actually currently have insurance through my employer. But for those in other states making money who need to get insurance and need regular health care. While, as I said, this is a definite step in the correct direction, it doesn't go far enough.”
Spiggy on Dec 3, 2013 at 17:30:17
“For one you still have not even come close to telling me where you would pay 6 k. ^ k is the maximum out of pocket....that does not mean you will be paying that...that just means that is the maximum you would be required to pay if needed...Such as finding out you need a 300k in cancer treatments..the most you will pay is 6k.
And as for you unable to afford 400 a month....so what. I would rather you scrimp and whine about paying 400 per month rather than be forced to pay for you when you don't have insurance and are required to get care at the expenses of the tax payers. Plus you can always get a cheaper plan.....So stop whining about it and pull your own weight already”
“I'm sorry. I'm liberal and I support the direction but, again if you are above the 133 percent of the poverty line and don't qualify for any subsidies and you NEED insurance, the prices are still too high. Way to high. Period.
For me I'd be forced to spend $6000 out of pocket a year. Way too much.
Luckily, I don't need the ACA right now.
Also, how in the world does this work if you are freelancing and living week to week, paycheck to paycheck? I thought there would be some relief through this system.
BUT THERE ISN'T.
New York State has had systems in place that are actually more helpful that the ACA.
The ACA really sucks actually and I say that as the most progressive person on this thread.”
Joseph Matt on Dec 4, 2013 at 10:57:15
“Please See advark1a post in reply to this thread. The most clear information I've seen yet.”
ardvark1a on Dec 3, 2013 at 18:54:10
“Just for the record....
At or below 133% FPL - (FPL=Federal Poverty Level) you need to apply for Medicaid...
At or Below 250% FPL - Market Place Insurance plans with cost sharing subsidies and/or premium Tax credits
At or below 400% FPL - Market Place Insurance plans with premium Tax credits.
Above 400% FPL Market Place Insurance plans -or- find a Private Plans..you like..
(CHIPS) Children Health Insurance Program available for $0 to below 400% of FPL
ACA in fact sucks only just not as much as what we had before the ACA... Medicare for ALL is a better choice... but, the (R)ights way is always the wrong way..”
Goldielocks1942 on Dec 3, 2013 at 17:05:25
“You need to go compare policies. There are more than one ins co!”
Husaria on Dec 3, 2013 at 17:03:04
“It's a step to single payer
Americans take a little while to finally do the right thing
Churchill saw that.”
Spiggy on Dec 3, 2013 at 16:57:35
“Explain how you will pay 6k out of pocket each year?”
Darryl Jones on Dec 3, 2013 at 16:54:23
“You could quit your job and go on the gov. doll. Sit back get food stamps, collect Obama care subsidies, or ask for a pay decrease, or just work less. These are serious,viable, and reasonable solutions in this Obamacare environment.”
cbmorales04 on Dec 3, 2013 at 16:54:05
“That's what happens when you expand coverage to more people without addressing healthcare costs, but rather, increase costs through additional regulation and taxes. I predicted this would happen back in 2009. It's just simple economics.”
Darryl Jones on Dec 3, 2013 at 16:52:26
“Your rich so pay. That is what the liberals will say.”
Ben Hoffman on Dec 3, 2013 at 16:50:18
“You can blame high prices on hospitals charging $40 for an aspirin (as one example). Hospitals are to blame -- not the ACA.”
jmdski22 on Dec 3, 2013 at 16:48:17
“Lol well you just do not understand reality my friend. Good luck to yah.”
“It's not about 'redistribution'. It's about value assessment. Why in the world are we increasingly telling ourselves and drinking the kool-aid that says what the head of this hospital does is worth 1000 times more than what that programmer does or that this Banker or CEO's worth is 9000 times what this retail salesperson does? (Not scientific #s, figurative) Why have these value assessments continued to widen dramatically since the 80s? Simply because those at the top can dictate the worth of labor and life (Benefits, education, the environment, social safety nets, sales taxes and taxes that disproportionately hit the people) through our government policy. Untethered, Unregulated? This is pig capitalism out of control. And that's where we continue to move. We need a mix of capitalism and stronger social democratic workings.”
Sleigher on Dec 3, 2013 at 16:12:08
“I agree with you that we need a mix of capitalism and socialism, but I think our biggest problem is most Americans don't actually understand how capitalism works. Republicans are no more free market capitalists than democrats are. Instead of advocating for labor the GOP advocates for business but both are big no no's of capitalism. All our subsidies, tax breaks and incentives for business are bad capitalism. When people won't do the job for your crummy wages or don't have the skills you don't get the government to get you special work visas, you raise your wages and train the workers. America's problem is we repeat the sound bites without knowing what the hell we are talking about.”
gospelhorn on Dec 3, 2013 at 16:11:03
“I loved everything in your post except the last 4 words. In place of pervasive social policy, if it were possible to limit CEO total compensation to, say, 100 times that of the median income for a particular company, the income inequality curve would narrow. Speaking more generally, the higher paying manufacturing jobs are no longer in America. Even Wrangler and Levi's jeans are no longer made here. Tech has replaced millions of workers and has increased productivity. Until we penalize US corporate outsourcing, our country will be left with more and more menial jobs that are only worth $8/hr. to perform.”
austin86 on Dec 3, 2013 at 15:41:08
“So you're saying that a shift towards Socialism is the solution to this perceived problem?”
“If I see one more commercial telling me to 'shop, shop, shop' I am going to throw up. Every time I see that JCP advert it literally makes me sick to my stomach. Something this year is especially egregious with retail advertising! I am so sick of Jared's, Macy's, and all the others desperation to get us to buy crap from their stores. For whose bottom line?! 'Jared' is on the verge of making throw my Television through the window.”
B-Large on Dec 2, 2013 at 11:55:45
turn off your TV, problem solved! Stream shows and movies without advertising, put Pandora's Xmas station on, read some books laying around. When in the car, put on the stattion that plays Xmas music 24-7. Instantly delete, or better yet unsubscribe from e-blast's from advertisiers.. get in the car with your family and go up and down street looking at x-mas lights...
Don't let them steal your happiness.”
Kuroyume0161 on Dec 2, 2013 at 11:36:07
“It is disgusting, isn't it? I mean, they are almost taunting us (as in the Greek mythology of Tantalus) with commercials singing traditional Christmas songs with lyrics skewed towards consumerism, buying, spending, shopping, and other such ridiculous activities. By Grapthar's Hammer, I am glad that I have a DVR!”
Rich Zimm on Dec 2, 2013 at 11:06:49
“then you can fight to get that doorbuster tv for $99”
“Whenever there is a progressive idea to think about it's prefaced with.
"It's never going to happen"
That's what decades of racist, conservative, white flight anti socialist indoctrination has wrought. Control over out thoughts and belief systems.
All for some twisted worship of the intelligence of perpetually adolescent
selfish 'white' brats in suits like Paul Ryan or Eric Cantor.”
“Pay people just enough to afford fast food, cheap crap. No vacation time, astronomical healthcare, no benefits and live week to week. Good luck affording any kind of mortgage. Just live cheap.
The Republican way. "I got mine - the corporation has it's $17 billion - thank you for making this happen but too bad for you".”
junelee0319 on Nov 22, 2013 at 13:28:42
“Maybe people should learn to stop living on fast food - might be a good start”
Turqsea on Nov 22, 2013 at 13:27:24
“Did you see that phony commercial where the employees are sooo happy to work there and its $40 per month healthcare! Whatta joke!”
Amadeus21 on Nov 22, 2013 at 12:37:45
“Actually the Republican way is "It's a private company, no one forces anyone to work there, if they want they can leave. This is none of my business". The fascinating part about your comment is you think us Republicans want corporate big wigs to make billions and workers to make nothing. That is not the case. It is a private company, we don't tell people what to do. For some reason you think you have to right to tell people what to pay their employees. Smoking is safer than liberalism.”
“Why am I so special as a single individual who makes more than $50,000 a year. Why am I always in that donut hole? A decent freaking silver plan, and I need the gold because of health issues, with the ACA for me in New York State costs $400 a month with $2000 to $2500 deductible. What is so damn affordable about that? I support the ACA but it is so watered down. It's not good. We need single payer.
We need a more progressive strategy that helps the upper middle class as well.
I do have health insurance through my employer. Thank goodness. But how does this work and pan out when you are freelancing and you can't predict anything. Then you are stuck with $400 a month for healthcare? It's all much too complicated and confusing. I was told that it's all written by the insurance companies. Great. Real change is always so hard pressed to come to pass in our nation. Like pulling teeth.”
wisconsinsteve on Nov 21, 2013 at 20:36:24
“Oh I see. You have "health issues" and you want to pay low premiums for expected high expenses. Everybody wants something for nothing, don't they?”
Randy M Still on Nov 21, 2013 at 16:55:08
“Doesnt sound bad at all to me for someone with "health issues".”
lamar5292 on Nov 21, 2013 at 16:49:12
“You chose a gold plan which is more expensive and at $400 a month that is still less than 10% of your income.”
Nov 19, 2013 at 13:41:02
“That song is screwed up. Those samples are not EQ'd properly or if that's the best they could do with them then why did they use them anyway? Hurts my ears. The whole thing is just not working. And the video is pure empty narcissism. Pop music is at an all time artistic low all around.”
MYSTERYDATE on Nov 19, 2013 at 13:57:33
“Applause, applause......you caught that intended bad production to include the green/blue screen. Whatever works for him. As an editor, it didn't hold my attention. I was expecting more.”
“Peoples sexuality should never be anyones business when they are bi sexual or gay. The sexuality should never be seen or heard in media or film when the sexuality is gay.
But If they are straight with a straight uniform family then the whole world needs to see their romance and union then celebrate it with a thousand movie channels, magazines, books, advertisements and films.
Silence = death.
The truth will set you free.”
prissylapew on Nov 6, 2013 at 15:33:59
“What gets me is why do they think anyone else cares?”