Why did they delay the employer mandate until just after next year's mid term elections (after delaying it a year already)?
Why did Obama try desperately to reinstate cancelled policies?
Why have Dems ceased talking about the $2500/year saving the average family was supposed to see?
Why did Obama need to l.i.e about people keeping their plan if they liked it?”
bookiewitch on Dec 4, 2013 at 08:14:56
“he had no idea that the insurance companies would find an insidious loophole, trying to close it. my insurance company raised my premiums by 40.00 a year , every year, I finally had to stop, this was 5 years ago when i turned 50, my premiums went to almost 400.00 a month, 5000 deductable, 75 copay, if i had to see 2 doctors in one day that was 150 bucks. this was BEFORE the ACA”
yweston on Dec 4, 2013 at 08:11:43
“ObamaCare is so Great...
The donut hole was closed for senior citizens..
Children can stay on their parents plan until they're 26.
No lifetime cap on medical payments.
People with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied.
People can get preventive care...instead of showing up in Emergency Rooms for 3X's the cost...”
kev22 on Dec 4, 2013 at 08:05:24
“why did obama dare not tell the truth from the start!!! he still is not telling the truth!!”
lisalulu on Dec 4, 2013 at 08:01:12
“1. Waivers were required to allow the market to catch up particularly in sectors where the mini-meds were pushed (illusory coverage).
2. He listens to the American people -and is willing to help those Americans (eyes rolling).
3. I have already saved $1000 this year for wellness and also saved $6000 since my deductible in my old plan was $7000 and now its $1,000.
4. One major policy aim of ACA was to rid the market of illusory mini-med policies - see no, 1.
Why are you guys trying so hard to harm the long term public health interests of this country and our fellow Americans? Tell us?”
BeamMeUpScottie on Dec 4, 2013 at 07:53:57
“Why did they pay Families USA one million dollars to find and publicize Ocare success stories?”
“You're equating slavery with a movement that primarily driven by some wanting to get high legally? Really?”
King Kobra on Nov 22, 2013 at 16:19:54
“Cannabidiol, or CBD, is not a psychotropic compound like tetrahydrocannabinol. In fact, it counteracts the affects of THC. There is increasing evidence that CBD can prevent seizures in patients with epilepsy, as well as slowing/preventing tumorous growth in aggressive forms of cancer like leukemia. Haag is keeping medicine away from children (which is not getting them "high"), a abhorrent violation of civil rights that is comparable to slavery.”
Chunkylover54 on Nov 22, 2013 at 15:53:08
“prison industrial complex is very much a modern slavery, just look up the statistics of young blacks in prison for drugs...”
“It looks like the son is able bodied, can't he get a job? Why is the government paying $6600/month PER PERSON to house them in Manhattan? This is ridiculous, but somehow this article tries to make us feel sorry for them.”
Throwing Stones on Oct 8, 2013 at 07:09:19
“What job. Able bodied...... Have you looked for a job recently? There are no jobs that pay a living wage. You are correct that it is a ridiculous amount of money..... I wonder where it goes and more importantly ..... Why your anger is not focused on the waste and who is pocketing the waste.”
“It's amazing to me that so many on the left accuse conservatives of being cold and uncaring whenever they try to rein in the spending of taxpayer money on programs like this. Somehow, the left feels good about lavishly spending OTHER PEOPLE"S MONEY as if there is no tomorrow. The irony in all of this is that study after study shows that the conservatives are far more generous with their time and money than is the left. So while the left advocates for more and more and more government spending, they keep a kung-fu de.ath grip on their own wallet.”
motoi on Aug 20, 2013 at 07:37:44
“Study after study hows self-identified cons claim to be more generous with their time and money - of course the fact they also make a point of itemizing their charity on their tax forms has nothing to do with it....and why should a hungry family be dependent on the wavering willingness of some to help out when we can all help out and they needn't worry about going hungry nor do we have to expect some folks to carry everyone's burden?”
“Are we really talking about entry level jobs paying $15? These are jobs that one can do with a middle school education, but we want to pay them like they went to college? I guess if you want to destroy the incentive to increase one's marketability, force massive inflation into the market, and upset supply and demand in the labor market, this would be an excellent way to do it.”
someone-here on Jul 30, 2013 at 09:27:16
“Isn't $15/hour an entry level paying job in unionized manufacturing shops? I'm not sure there is much more training required for those job ever.
Trade jobs requiring a few years of "on the job" experience can pay easily double that without higher education. In CA construction worker prevailing wage is around $28/hour not counting benefits...
When the cost of labor of providing a good of service is down under 20% of sales price, the relative cost of raising salaries isn't a huge deal in term of breaking the demand for a product, but it is a huge deal for the stock holder bottom line and his return on investment. Since they are the one calling the shots when there is no labor movement or short labor supply... you get a minimum wage salaries for a lot of low skill worker [not to say the work and working conditions are not hard, try to flip burgers for 8 hours in a hot and noisy environment].
Should we dream up a "sales tax (few%)" based on the product sales value that goes back to low income employees (like less than $20/hour?). Sales tax typically would be like a deferred payment for governmental services, hovewer those are mostly benefiting affluent people by reducing there tax burden. A thing a few cities are doing that for providing healthcare to food service workers. The restaurants did not shut down in the city as a result...”
Dawn Rodriguez on Jul 30, 2013 at 09:18:14
“Minimum wage was kept down by sending jobs overseas. People with a college diploma can only find part time, no benefits barely over minimum wage work. When the only work you can find is McDonald's, they had better pay a fair wage. As far as skills, you work with the public and in a hot kitchen on your feet all day and then tell me you don't deserve anything. You must be a CEO.”
SeanDonohue1981 on Jul 30, 2013 at 09:12:11
“Enrty level implies that there is a ladder structure which allows someone the opportunity to advance...Fast Food isn't really like that because for the most part it is supposed to be for students or other young people looking for temporary work.”
Lucy0808 on Jul 30, 2013 at 09:09:56
“Just to be clear, the miminum wage has dropped in real inflation adjusted value. It has dropped over a factor of two. The American working poor have been subsidizing corporations that don't pay the old minimum wage value. This is paid for by the backs of the working poor. Not cool at all.”
AKheh on Jul 30, 2013 at 09:09:50
“And if you want to get your head out of your posterior I guess admitting that $15 ain't bupkis in 2013 would be an excellent way to do that.”
Elisha Dasenbrock on Jul 30, 2013 at 09:06:28
“That is true. I make 11.75 an hour doing office work and I have a bachelor's. If they start getting 15 an hour, I'm going to work for McDonald's. At least my clothes don't smell like fries every day though.”
cartograffer on Jul 30, 2013 at 09:05:40
“Yeah, companies behaving ethically, offering fair benefits, and paying more than $7.25/hr. is one thing but at some point there is a pragmatism. And $15/hr. for entry level jobs is not realistic.”
“Our business is holding at 49 employees. There is no way we would go to 50-55 employees even though we could probably use them. The cost/paperwork/compliance headaches associated with additional employees would far outweigh the additional income that could be earned from a few extra employees. The only way it makes sense is if we would leap to over 60 employees, but I doubt that will happen.
And just so you know, all of our employees are full time and have health insurance.”
Norm DeSha on Jul 3, 2013 at 07:21:47
“So . . what's your point? The only problems with Obamacare are being caused by the opposition.”
LeeCraig4 on Jul 3, 2013 at 07:19:23
“This is the real world in which you are talking about it is hard for small businesses now imagine when this thing goes thru ..... Colleges and universities are already cutting staff or reducing hours so they do not have to comply with law... It just makes an already weak economy weaker .”
Andrew956 on Jul 3, 2013 at 07:14:19
“so it doesn't affect you.... but you're going to stunt the growth of your business anyway?”
“Is there any worry on the left that government benefits destroy the dignity and work ethic of those that receive them?”
AmericanPatriot66 on Jul 2, 2013 at 09:37:57
“It doesn't seem to be destroying the dignity and the work ethic of the corporations that regularly feed on tax payer subsidies. (Corporations are people you know. The "conservatives" in the Supreme Court said so!)
Or the "Congressmen" who gladly cash their government checks while doing absolutely nothing to earn them. (I'm talking about the "conservatives" in the House and Senate who think that posturing and railing against common sense solutions designed to make our nation stronger is a substitute for real work.)
Senior citizens who worked all of their lives, paid their taxes, and invested in our democracy are entitled to the benefits that they receive. There is absolutely no shame in that.
And children, whose parents are the poor and the working poor, deserve a chance to make it in this country. Paul Ryan, the mighty conservative leader, received government help to go to college through Social Security. Where would he be without that?
It's easy to condemn those who need government aid because they normally happen to be the weakest members of our society. But remember that every American citizen deserves to live a life where they can eat, live, and grow.
That's the way it is in a democratically organized civilized society. Americans take care of each other. Whether we do it through taxes or through tax deductible charitable contributions, that is the American way. That is the Christian way. That is the moral way. That is who we are as a nation.”
FairnessFairy on Jul 2, 2013 at 08:56:27
“There are probably more things that cause them indignity than receiving sustenance to live.”
bttraveler on Jul 2, 2013 at 08:52:52
“Dignity should be considered AFTER survival of your family. If someone is in a situation like the woman on dialysis, she (and you) should care less about dignity or what anyone thinks. Not everyone on assistance is cheating.
I don't like fraud either, but until someone invents the x-ray machine that can tell who is taking advantage and who is in dire need, you should keep your nose out of a persons business. Complain about the program if you want, but leave the individuals alone.”
Luke Dreckman on Jul 2, 2013 at 08:45:26
“First off, 47% of recipients are children so you cannot count them. Secondly, many recipients still work but cannot afford basic needs because wages are low and food prices increase. There are also no real good paying jobs, most job out there now are very low paying jobs. Does anyone on the right worry that corporate American is ruining this country thru low-wage, little to no benefits jobs, that are not full time?”
Jo McSweeney on Jul 2, 2013 at 08:39:39
“Is there any worry on the Right that if you can't find a job you'll starve to death without some kind of Government help?”
1Samson123 on Jul 2, 2013 at 08:39:26
“Fanned and Faved...”
Snark Monkey on Jul 2, 2013 at 08:32:02
“It doesn't seem to have a negative effect on any of the big oil companies, but I am greatly concerned that big oil will be unwilling to go out and find a paying job if we took away their government teat.”
Librick on Jul 2, 2013 at 08:31:07
“In California, SNAP benefits are tied to seeking employment or being enrolled in a job training program if one is physically able.”
NatteringNabob on Jul 2, 2013 at 08:29:17
“Why would the left worry about a right-wing fantasy?”
mamasilverhair on Jul 2, 2013 at 08:29:10
“I think what it destroyed was dignity of work. Used to be wal-mart had to pay to get people to work there... today instead they keep full time staff to help associates to recieve welfare funds....”