“My husband was a life long Republican who voted Romney and joined the Army. He's voting Democrat from now on. Thank you Boehner! You did what 4 years of marriage and 27 years of life experience failed to do.
Proud Liberal Army Wife of a Liberal SGT.”
Oct 9, 2013 at 20:04:24
“I'll reserve my opinion until I see the film. This actor played Khan and Sherlock and did an amazing job with both. He also reached out to Assange before they even filmed, and was turned down. He had his chance.”
“I watched a healthy 25 year old man deploy for 12 months. He's now a bitter man filled to the brim on pain medications, PTSD flashbacks, a chronic sinus disease, a brain tumor, smaller by 2 full inches in his spine, which includes 3 crushed discs, a broken hip, needs a double knee replacement, is deaf in one ear, and almost blind.
What do I think of this war? No matter what my husband dies from, this war killed him.”
seawlf 70 on Oct 7, 2013 at 23:33:46
“forgot to tell you we were to suck it up and change to the established norm.
many of us are still living with the cancers and diabetes caused by service to our country.
yours truly in spirit and respect.”
seawlf 70 on Oct 7, 2013 at 23:29:18
“we feel your pain and suffering have and had many buddies who know and share your and yours pains.DELTA OPS 70 71”
Independent by Choice on Oct 7, 2013 at 23:12:56
“Of little value, but do thank him for his service. 99% of these progressive Dems/Reps here on HP are just chicken hawks. Your husband was not. Again, I thank you and him.”
Jannsmoor on Oct 7, 2013 at 22:17:40
“Regardless of one's political bent, it's a horror story and I'm sorry. For me it reduces all the false bravado talk of war to what inevitably happens to many of the people who have to fight that war.”
“All you Republicans screaming about the plan YOU originally came up with: WHAT'S YOUR PLAN?!”
mfitz11 on Aug 12, 2013 at 09:18:58
“They don't have a plan, that is their problem.
They are literally trying to convince the American public to leave the system as is...the system that has us ranked 37th in the world in level of care and has an estimated 27,000 people dying each and every year from preventible illnesses due to a lack of coverage/care.
Of course the GOP sheep will get in line and follow,, but those that think for ourselves know that perhaps it might be time to change a system that has us ranked 37th in the world and is literally killing 27,000 Americans every single year.”
swengnikaerb on Aug 12, 2013 at 09:12:31
“That was their plan, now they can only murmur about state lines and free markets.”
“Yes. All true. BUT and here's what Tea Party idiots refuse to talk about: SUBSIDIES. This is all before subsidies that the government will give you. ALL of the new stats forget about the fact that Obamacare will refund a huge chuck of your money TO YOU.”
JayJay3333 on Aug 12, 2013 at 16:17:00
“Tea Party believes that these subsidies come from tax payers. Piles of money don't just miraculously appear.”
“Rates are down. BY HALF. In THREE states now, including California. That's right where we are having amazing results. I fully debunked your statement that costs are going up. What is your response to that?”
“I know the companies you're referring to. TWO left. Leaving more than 10, which already served 87% of California. "Our individual business in California has always been relatively small and we currently serve less than 8,000 individual customers across the state," the company said in a statement."
“More from Bloomberg, "So, let’s make an actual apples-to-apples comparison for the hypothetical 25-year-old male living in San Francisco and making more than $46,000 a year. Today, he can buy a PPO plan from
a major insurer with a $5,000 deductible, 30 percent coinsurance, a $10 co-pay for generic prescription drugs, and a $7,000 out-of-pocket maximum for $177 a month. According to Covered California, a “Bronze” plan from the exchange with nearly the same benefits, including a slightly lower out-of-pocket maximum of $6,350, will cost him between $245 and $270 a month. That’s anywhere from 38 percent to 53 percent more than he’ll have to pay this year for comparable coverage! Sounds a lot different than the possible 29 percent “decrease” touted by Covered California in their faulty comparison. , , , Democrats have pointed to projections from some of the country’s most heavily regulated states, including Vermont and Maryland, to argue that premium increases next year won’t be as bad as people think. But many of these states -- including California -- already have in place some or all of the reforms that Obamacare mandates." http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-24/california-fudges-the-math-on-obamacare.html
“From Bloomberg (link below): "Covered California, the state-run health insurance exchange, yesterday heralded a conclusion that individual health insurance premiums in 2014 may be less than they are today. Covered California predicted that rates for individuals in 2014 will range from 2 percent above to 29 percent below average small employer premiums this year. . . . The only way Covered California's experts arrive at their conclusion is to compare apples to oranges -- that is, comparing next year’s individual premiums to this year’s small employer premiums. . . .the state already requires insurers to issue policies to all comers in the small employer
market. Premiums are therefore higher today for small employers than for individuals purchasing coverage on their own. ,. . . What this means, however, is that Covered California is creating for itself a very favorable and already higher baseline from which to compare next year’s individual health insurance premiums. That’s how they’re able to create the appearance that Obamacare’s reforms will lower individual rates . . . there are many plans on the individual market in California today that offer a structure and benefits that are almost identical to those that will be available on the state’s health insurance exchange next year. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-24/california-fudges-the-math-on-obamacare.html”
“But is *IS* working! That's the worst part to all of this: out of 3 states, 3/3 are seeing amazing results that surpass any and all good predictions. I was critical of the law myself, and only hoped that it would help some people, maybe even me. I have personally seen it help me since I had no copay on birth control after I had my son. Granted it was $5, but that $5 went towards sending my deployed husband a care package.”
“This is why we are seeing a spike in suicides. How would you feel if 10 of your friends died there and now 67% of us think their deaths were pointless. I'm part of that 67%, and so is my husband, who watched 10 of his friends die. He cleaned their blood out of a mangled humvee while Afghan children laughed and pointed. Now his units' suicides and mental hospital committals have topped and doubled that number. After all of it, now he pays for bullets and MREs, too. All for a country that could be wiped off the face of the planet and no one would ever ever care or notice.”
“It was a retreat on how to communicate as a family especially with kids. But we couldn't bring our kids.”
Carolyn Forte on Jul 8, 2013 at 13:11:08
“My husband was in the military for 21 years and the military never provided free child care for any event. I survived 20 years as a military spouse by having a few good friends & my church family where ever I lived. I don't think I could have made it without them. I hope your family find the help you need.”
“I'm in the small minority that would love to see him run. Against anyone. B/C my candidate would win. No matter what they said. Honestly, Hillary could stand at the podium and say "No, thanks, I give up my time to let Perry speak some more."”
“Not true. We only signed up for the retreat because they offered full childcare. It was supposed to be a communication workshop. They cut the childcare the day of the retreat. We had minutes to find a sitter, and I refused to leave my 6 mo old baby anyway. I have never been away from him overnight.”
Carolyn Forte on Jul 8, 2013 at 11:06:00
“Sorry I didn't know this was a retreat. However I have never been on a retreat where childcare is provided.”
“I *am* a military spouse, and all the "help" the Army gives us? It's fake. It's ALL fake. We couldn't go to any Strong Bonds bc they don't provide childcare anymore. Military balls? Their childcare is locking the kids in a room with a movie, alone. My husband fell from a 10 ft obstacle and was told he had to "turn in his man card" for wanting to see a doctor for it. He couldn't walk. He's angry, depressed, and has become "worst case scenario" man. He was 22 hours late on our mortgage and started packing for foreclosure. I had a miscarriage several months ago and his reaction was "get over it. you probably weren't even pregnant". You try living with that.”
HipsterCorgi on Jul 3, 2013 at 11:22:01
“Good luck to you. I hope things get better for your family. And please ignore all the haters here. They sit on their couches being angry at the world, but have no clue about real people and their struggles. It's hard enough to be a wife and a mother, but it's exponentially more difficult when you add all the problems caused by the military to that. Hang in there, mamma.”
calico hippo on Jul 3, 2013 at 11:21:48
“I'm so sorry. I'm especially sorry about his callousness regarding your miscarriage. I've dealt with that exact same thing and I know your pain. Your story is one that I hear too much, especially regarding the Army. I'm also a military spouse. My faith is the gov't-- well, it's basically gone. I don't trust them at all to help soldiers. airmen, sailors or marines who need it. And help the families? It's a joke. I'm so sorry you are dealing with all this. You are not alone.”
Dick Root on Jul 3, 2013 at 11:09:07
“I would suggest moving away and stop having kids.”
Carolyn Forte on Jul 3, 2013 at 10:56:59
“The military never provided child care. You have to pay for it.”
cheeriogirl on Jul 3, 2013 at 10:56:20
“I have no answers, but you have my deepest empathy for what you are going through. Best of luck to you and your husband as you search out answers that work for the two of you, where ever you may find them.”
chiodo08 on Jul 3, 2013 at 10:44:09
“why did he join?....”
montsalas on Jul 3, 2013 at 10:42:04
“The army would not and cannot help you. These are personal problems that need much more than the army can offer especially now that it has gone so far. Keep reaching for a better life situation you deserve it.”