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Medicaid Expansion: States Must Meet Obamacare Standards To Get Full Federal Funding

Medicaid Expansion: States Must Meet Obamacare Standards To Get Full Federal Funding

Commented Dec 18, 2012 at 07:23:28 in Business

“I take it then that you don't have health insurance and are paying your own medical expenses. Otherwise, someone else is paying yours as well. The ACA is simply designed to make it easier for those who are older, have pre-existing conditions or are under- or unemployed to do the same. It is a much better option than having the emergency rooms clogged with people who cannot get health care anywhere else, thus placing the burden on the rest who do have insurance to pick up the cost.”
Medicaid Expansion: States Must Meet Obamacare Standards To Get Full Federal Funding

Medicaid Expansion: States Must Meet Obamacare Standards To Get Full Federal Funding

Commented Dec 11, 2012 at 10:57:29 in Business

“No, the chart only says that there are 15 who are either NOT participating or are leaning in that direction. There are many more states who are undecided or not commenting. This does not mean they are NOT participating in the system.”
Medicaid Expansion: States Must Meet Obamacare Standards To Get Full Federal Funding

Medicaid Expansion: States Must Meet Obamacare Standards To Get Full Federal Funding

Commented Dec 11, 2012 at 10:52:14 in Business

“The so-called "lazy people" are single parents and people who work at places like WalMart and don't make what can be considered a living wage, not people who WON'T work. If this is what it takes to give them health care, so be it.”
Medicaid Expansion: States Must Meet Obamacare Standards To Get Full Federal Funding

Medicaid Expansion: States Must Meet Obamacare Standards To Get Full Federal Funding

Commented Dec 11, 2012 at 10:49:03 in Business

“Every other state in the country is broke too. It just happens to show up in different ways in different states. It is a shame that so many people view leaving millions of people without any form of affordable health care as a localized problem. I am only sorry the ACA didn't go far enough. Right now, the only ones making money are the insurance industry and drug manufacturers. The ACA didn't go far enough in trying to rein in this corporate greed that has become endemic in the U.S.”

Emmory on Dec 11, 2012 at 18:43:32

“There was a time in this country when people would have been insulted to have someone else pay their medical expenses...

They are no longer insulted...

What happened?

What we have here is the end result of massive government interference.

Don't you see this?”
Medicaid Expansion: States Must Meet Obamacare Standards To Get Full Federal Funding

Medicaid Expansion: States Must Meet Obamacare Standards To Get Full Federal Funding

Commented Dec 11, 2012 at 10:39:56 in Business

“In a word, NO! Making any system "optional" is a sure way to guarantee that those who need it most are the least likely to have access to it.”
The HIV Generation Gap

The HIV Generation Gap

Commented Sep 25, 2013 at 20:21:23 in Gay Voices

“Please reread the article; the author says they're angry at the young guys, not that they resent them. With that in mind... You wanted a real-life example, you got it. I am a long-term survivor (more than 27 years), and yes, I get angry at some of these young men who think that the disease is "nothing", that all you have to do is take a pill and you're fine. In a word, bull$#!T. Those pills play hell with your body. I know--I've taken enough of them.”
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How to Defuse a Hateful Slur

Commented Mar 10, 2013 at 22:58:40 in Science

“While you may be very knowledgeable in terms of "Queer Theory", you obviously have no clue what it is like to live in the real world. To reclaim the word, to celebrate it as a part of oneself, denies anyone else the ability to use it against you in its derogatory form. My usual reply to the use of the words 'queer' or 'faggot' directed at me is a simple, "Why thank you for noticing!" It usually stops the other person in their tracks, as they have no idea how to respond to someone who isn't hurt by the words. Their intent was to cause me harm verbally, and when that backfires they are left with little or no avenue of attack after that. In the one instance that my response led to physical violence by the other person, I can assure you charges were pressed and the person prosecuted for assault, but NOT for the words they used.”

Tara0230 on Mar 11, 2013 at 09:35:06

“I live in the real world, thank you very much. I have often times used the strategy you've used, at least while free out on the street.  However, I've also been in confined institutionsl spaces where you don't really have the freedom to reclaim words or ideas.”
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Our 'How-to Manual' for Betraying Seniors and People with Disabilities

Commented Dec 18, 2012 at 13:37:56 in Politics

“Let's face it: they're trying to kill off the seniors and disabled by making it impossible to afford food, shelter and housing. The cost of living adjustment is already a pittance, nowhere near enough to cover the rising cost of all three. Now they want to cut it even more?!? I think I've moved past angry... now I'm fearful for my life.”

rockyrococoAZ on Dec 18, 2012 at 22:22:40

“Anger can (and should) be channeled into positive action. We must not let this cut to SS benefits take place. I agree that the COLA doesn't even come close to covering actual increases in cost of living now.”