“Frustrated with all of this, but there is a solution. Help the Iraq Army with air power push the radicals back towards Mosul. The radicals will reinforce from Syria. As soon as they mass in the Mosul, send a command to our boomer submarines off shore.”
“You are so naive about issues that it is frightening. Government unions are the root foundation of a bureaucracy that just doesn't work for the well being of the people they were intended to serve. What you don't know is I have had a lot of contact with government union employees in both the GSA and DOJ that openly admit they sought out these jobs because they knew they couldn't be FIRED!
Obviously, you must be one of those government employees. Maybe you are one of those union teachers - the ones that can't teach and don't accomplish much when they do show up for work.
Like I said in my previous post, you are so naive - but then again, you are a liberal so why am I surprised?”
“The above sources are extremely bias towards ACA, so who's surprised with their results? Considering the Dem Senators in tight races are running as fast as they can from their votes for ACA, I would believe the opposite is closer to the truth.
However, I remain puzzled that if the administration believes the ACA is so wonderful, why do we continue to have to deal with delays in the implementation of the law? It appears the closer we get to any national election, the longer the delays are announced. So, why have the majority of the people in the references above feel they have not been impacted by the law? Could it be because the majority of the law has been delayed?”
mark rand on May 31, 2014 at 13:19:30
“what?? extremely bias because you don't agree?
that's all you righties do, if you dpon't agree it must be a lie”
Harlemnite on May 31, 2014 at 11:55:27
“You got anything new or just regurgitation again. Still haven't heard of anybody losing their job, nobody is dying in fact people are getting treatment and no rise in premiums. All Republican dream scenario's for them. Just go away now.”
babyspittle on May 31, 2014 at 11:48:25
“nope the majority of the law has not been clown, clown.”
wespenn56 on May 31, 2014 at 11:36:51
“Simple solution...single payer universal like the rest of the PLANET”
BlueState Boomer on May 31, 2014 at 11:32:59
“Thanks for the talking point. It's as old as the GOP.”
azxff on May 31, 2014 at 11:30:52
“Are you in a time warp of something? The law has been implemented and 8 million people have signed up for private health care and another 5 million have signed up for Medicaid and another 5 million have purchased policies outside the exchanges that are ACA compliant. Your talking points have been so thoroughly debunked already that it just looks foolish to keep posting them...”
“Regardless, until someone decides to really take on the bureaucracy and the government unions, nothing is going to be solved long-term in any of the departments. Interestingly enough, with an Executive Order, these unions could be shut down and we might finally get something done!”
“You are so naïve. This isn't a GOP or DEM party issue. Both have failed equally for decades! This is a bureaucracy and government union issue and until you and others are willing to blow up the union strangle hold on government employees, you will never fix this problem.
msgirlintn on May 31, 2014 at 19:39:49
“Mark, You Teapublicans and your dislike of unions again. That isn't the problem. But believing that it is only makes you that much more uninformed.”
“I believe the secretary wanted to do a good job. I just don't know how anyone can fix the VA bureaucracy without firing about 100,000 bureaucrats. I don't blame the secretary, I blame the bureaucracy and the government unions that seem to be only interested in themselves.
If the President is sincere in fixing the VA, he has about 99,999 terminations to go!!”
Sabrina Gray on May 30, 2014 at 16:11:34
“I don't blame the unions, I blame the fact that people were afraid to blow the whistle. I mean look at how Obama has treated Whistleblowers.”
“... but will he be at Arlington National Cemetery today to honor the thousands that have died defending our country? Great that he went to see our troops instead of another round of golf, but Memorial Day was intended to honor the memory of those that have passed having served their country.
He should walk the sections of Arlington where the combat dead of the Iraq and Afganistan wars are buried. He should see the pictures and notes left by the families of those that have fallen that are often taped to their headstones. More importantly, he should be with the families of the fallen that often sit on the ground near a loved one. I have!”
lizt on May 26, 2014 at 13:12:00
“The tradition of going to Arlington itself on Memorial Day is fairly new. Most presidents never, or rarely, went. Let's look at the past six decades:
· Eisenhower: Twice in eight years
· Kennedy: Never in three years
· Johnson: Once in five years
· Nixon: Never in six years
· Ford: Twice in two years
· Carter: Never in four years
· Reagan: Three times in eight years
· Bush Sr.: Never in four years
· Clinton: Eight times in eight years
· Bush Jr.: Seven times in eight years
· Obama: Three times in four years
Bush Jr. and Obama really have perfect records as far as I'm concerned. The one year Bush wasn't at Arlington he was at Normandy, honoring the heroes of D-Day. The one year Obama wasn't at Arlington he was at a National Cemetery in Illinois, where the heroes who rest in peace are no less deserving of our respect than those who rest in Arlington.”
“As much as I dislike this current administration, the Congress has oversight responsibilities and they clearly did not do their jobs either. All the more reason to throw them all out of office and start all over - new administration and Congress!”
1. Total Veteran population is dropping and has for years. We are currently below your 2009 numbers. Notice the largest number are 60 to 69 years old, or the Vietnam War era. Notice the 20 to 29 (current wars) is significantly less.
2. Simple logic indicates that while your numbers are four years old, there is a significant downward trend.
DOD personnel data indicates the total number of current service personnel is less today then in the past 20 years. At the height of the Iraq and Afgan wars we had only 1,381,401 in service. Couple that with the annual deaths of over 2,000,000 vets per year, and there is no way the numbers are growing!”
“... as far as the various scandals are concerned, it ain't over yet!
I feel sure you don't want this to happen again, as do I.
1. With safety concerns about the consulate, why was the Ambassador there for an overnight?
2. Who, what, when, where and why was he meeting?
3. When the attack first started, why weren't orders given to the closest military assets to attempt a rescue? We had no idea how long the attack would take place, so we could have had minutes, hours or days to respond. We did nothing! WHY and who is responsible.
4. Did we ask for help from any of our allies that might have been in the region? Why not?
5. Why did we brush off the Libyan leadership the evening of the attack?
6. Why didn't we send our military assets from the Embassy to help?
7. If we knew it was a terrorist attack in 24 hours, why did the WH continue to blame the video two weeks later?
8. Why did we never send any of our military into Libya even days after the attack to secure the scene? The AP made it?
9. Knowing who orchestrated the attack, why haven't they been captured or killed by our military assets?
After we get the answers, everyone in the chain of command, still on active duty, should be relieved and thrown out of the military. If that means the WH needs to clean house, then get started.”
“Considering most Vets are waiting 5 to 6 months, I think you just showed that the private sector is already significantly better. Consider this, if adding the Vets to the current healthcare system increases your wait time by another month, while reducing theirs by three months, I think that is a fair exchange.”
“2. So now the number is 7 million under VA care and not your original 20 million+?
3. Technically it is possible, but highly unlikely considering the death rate of WWII, Korean and Vietnam Vets.
5. In times of war, the number of service connect injuries rises - duh! Is that a new revelation?
6. See number 3
7. What do Navy Seals have to do with this?
8. So, a mild concussion, an injury that heals in a matter of weeks, requires future VA medical treatment? Really? My guess is we might need to start a government agency for concussions that occur in high school and college football players too!
Bottom line, the VA Healthcare has been mismanaged for decades. It isn't an issue of money, but rather an issue of arrogance within a bureaucracy that needs to go! Our Vets would get better care and even if it was more expensive to do in the private sector, we owe it to them.”
elfish on May 25, 2014 at 15:25:25
“2. You seem congenitally unable to grasp the difference between enrolled and non-enrolled veterans and you mix them up freely to help prove whatever point you're trying to make. I never once said that number of soldiers enrolled in the VA was 20 million+. I said that total population of veterans, both enrolled and not enrolled, was 20 million and that the population had actually increased in the recent past, when you said it hadn't: 2010: 22,448,000 2009: 21,854,374 http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/cats/nation... 3. Not only is it technically possible, I have proved it with link after link showing increases in VA enrollment. Here, let's review: Total number of Veterans Enrolled in the VA. 2000 4.814 million 2001 6.064 million 2002 6.851 million 2003 7.175 million 2004 7.407 million 2005 7.592 million 2006 7.870 million 2007 7.916 million 2008 7.916 million 2009 7.963 million http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/ft... GAO - Number of Veterans receiving Mental Health care 2006 - 897,129 2007 - 952,662 2008 - 1,027,992 2009 - 1,118,646 2010 - 1,203,530 http://www.gao.gov/assets/590/585743.pdfhttp://www.theday.com/article/20111031/NWS09/31031...You have yet to show a single verifiable source or reference that shows a decrease in ENROLLMENT.”
“The President referenced terrorist attacks "in general", but continued the video narrative for an additional two weeks with TV interviews and his speech at the United Nations. The Libyan government declared it an act of terror and named the groups involved in less than 24 hours. The WH claimed the Libyan's didn't know what they were talking about!
How do you knowingly have an Ambassador murdered with three other Americans, 12 severely wounded and then fly off the next morning to attend several fund raisers in Vegas? Air Force One was in the air and we hadn't retrieved Ambassador Stevens body or evacuated the wounded!
We had a drone recording the event over head, but we couldn't scramble F16's that were 1,200 miles away? The range of an F-16 is 2,000 miles and they could have been over Benghazi in less than two hours. Knowing Libya was a hot spot, why didn't we have forces ready to deploy? It's hard to prove a stand down order when you can't find the order to deploy? A competent leader would have ordered a military response the moment an attack was reported. You might not get there in time, but at least you made the attempt! Can you imagine the difference in this entire situation if less than 24 hours after the first attack, several hundred US military were on site?
Inept is being kind, but that's what you get when you vote in a man with no experience in leadership.”
zac7179 on May 25, 2014 at 10:57:48
“"when you can't find the order to deploy" Sometimes it isn't because it is hard find, its because it never happened.
It is impossible to prove something didn't exist when someone's mind as already been made up.
There were a lot of questions I had about the lack of military response to it and they had a hearing about that by the Armed services committee. I will defer to the JCOS for competent leadership of the military. Those questions got answered. That doesn't seem to matter to a chunk of Americans that already have made the WH guilty on several scandals that in the end have come out to nothing.
The problem with this is say there was a coverup and they did a lot of illegal actions that cost Americans their live and It breaks tomorrow. it won't matter because this issue has become so political it isn't even the issue anymore or the reason for the new hearings. If these hearings were actually about the men who died, find if there was any wrong doing and how to prevent it in the future no one would be against them. It has been a interesting conversation with you. I have learned a few things but mainly just been reenforced on others.”
“Let's focus on your last sentence because you are correct, I believe people should have choices. Public education has become a joke. I teach American and Constitutional History. I am appalled at what my students don't know when they enter my classes for the first time.
Your zeal for increasing the medicaid rolls is troubling. How do you justify increasing those roles by raising the eligibility level to four times the poverty rate? Why not six or eight? Why not just provide free healthcare for everyone under the income level of $100.000? Let's add a free house and car too!
There is this issue of personal and financial responsibility that seems to escape the liberal mind. Everything should be free until you get the bill and then there seems to be a real awakening.
I am all for helping people in need, but only those that are truly in need! I don't see a family of four making $70,000 per year as poor!”
“Care stinks when you can't get it, so all of your garbage above is utter nonsense. You might want to update to 2014 instead of referencing 2002 and 2004. You do realize that was under President Bush?
Now for some real world. My 87 year old father, a combat veteran of three wars and wounded in two, won't darken the doors of a VA facility - his choice!! My neighbor, a Vietnam Vet was rushed to the hospital last month for what we all thought was a stroke. Turns out the depression medications given to him by the VA hospital in Atlanta were in conflict and almost killed him! Most of my friends are military vets and other than my neighbor, I don't know of one that will go to a VA hospital or clinic!!”
elfish on May 25, 2014 at 15:21:58
“Up-to-date information: I. Quality of Care, Safety and Patients Satisfaction statistics 2013 1. 2013 Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) Scores: VA Average HEDIS Score: 84% Commercial HMO HEDIS Score: 65% The VA outscores commercial hospitals in 18 out of 19 measures of patient quality of care. 2. The 2013 Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) shows patient satisfaction is higher at the VA than private hospitals in 18 out of 20 categories.http://www.va.gov/HEALTH/docs/VHA_Quality_and_Safe...II. Veteran's groups have a totally different opinion than yours: “News Day: May 22, 2014: "We're against privatizing the VA system,'Joe Davis, national spokesman for Veterans of Foreign Wars, told me in no uncertain terms. 'To privatize the VA puts us on a waiting list with everyone else out in the United States." You see, getting medical care can be rougher outside government-run programs than inside them, as contented veterans and Medicare beneficiaries repeatedly tell pollsters. http://www.newsday.com/opinion/oped/don-t-privatiz...”
“I am all for ending this when we get all of the facts. I am still surprised that anyone thinks there is nothing to this as we continue to get emails and other information coming to light that never seemed to make it to any of the committees.
Bottom line, I really think we are going to confirm what we already know and that is this President and administration is inept at best and will do anything for political gain. It's the cover-up that is going to get most of the attention and if what I think really did happen, then either the President cleans house with his entire political staff to include Valerie Jarrett, or he faces a vote in the House on impeachment.
I don't care who the President is. It's one thing to make a mistake. It is totally another issue trying to cover it up while lying to the Congress and the American people. Sadly, he could have resolved all of this in a matter of hours after the attack if he had not been so afraid of losing the election to Romney. Honest mistakes we can work with. Lies - not so much.”
zac7179 on May 24, 2014 at 15:54:35
“What do you think really happened? One thing I do not understand is that yes to begin with they were attributing the attack to a video, but The next day he was referring to it as a act of terror. So what coverup is everyone talking about? Is it the lack of military response? It has been proven several times now that a military response was NOT told to stand down and a attempt at a response wouldn't of done anything because of the lack a resources available for a response at that time. It was a very dangerous place to have a embassy/consulate but considering it was a CIA station that would be expected. CIA stations aren't suppose to be where things are safe.
I am genuinely curious what lies you suspect him of saying, the coverup and him being "inept at best".”
“Jarod - it is you that needs to start thinking it through. Simple math will tell you that 8.7 million is 2.6% of the entire population. As far as closing facilities is concerned, I would work my way out of the hospital business completely. You could argue the need for clinics to help with every day sicknesses and referrals to specialists, but I think you would be surprised at how the non-government healthcare industry would respond.
We don't need the Federal government in the healthcare service business!!”
swimbiker on May 25, 2014 at 10:35:07
“The VA has 1700 medical facilities, clinics and hospitals. They are in the healthcare service business because they are in the "military" business. There is no way the private sector could "easily adjust". I have been waiting 5 weeks to see an ENT and my Endocrinologist is booking appointments in August right now.”