Sep 14, 2010 at 13:47:42
“Wow, the problem with kids these days is doctor's such as the guy who penned the article. Kids have so many distractions and medical schools of thought on disease and treatment that they ALL can not be correct. I'm fortunate as I have 3 daughters who are seemingly normal. I fully expect them to be depressed, anxious, ADHD, etc on an off through the next several years of their lives as they move into adulthood. Here's a criteria for you to select your next kids shrink.
1. Ask them where their degree is from or if they have one.
2. Ask them how long they been in practice in the same location.
3. Ask them their basic personal history: Are you married? do you have children? Can I interview your children before sending mine in to see you.
4. The reality is these doctors are NO different the the 5 plumbers you call for an estimate. 1 out 5 may be ok. Yet all of them post this inane dribble on their theories that are backed up by theories that have NEVER BEEN PROVEN!
The profession is necessary but it's entirely overstaffed and underqualified to be giving any advice on what many will understand.”
1Woman4Obama on Sep 14, 2010 at 17:49:20
“You had be until you said the profession is overstaffed -- in fact, one of the problems is this profession is understaffed and you have pediatricians and family doctors instead of mental health professionals making a diagnosis and handing out psychiatric meds.”
“All those big bad banks who give us money because the government told them to regardless of our ability to pay it back. In this case crap flowed up hill and when all the banks held worthless paper who else was supposed to bail them out but the idiots who told them to relax there standards in the first place. congress is so out of touch with economic reality how anyone can trust them is beyond me. Banks are governed by real rules of profit in loss. Most don't like this but it does measure how they are performing. We've removed standards from every other area of our lives why not just throw out capitalism cause it doesn't work for the lazy and uneducated.”
“Funny all the Democrats are good at is blaming someone else for there own misery. Do they really have any solution to complex problems that are facing this country today? Obama is a Decent guy and a great speaker but he's a puppet of the dem machine who supported him. It's easy to talk change but what the emperor found out is making that change is much harder. This ain't woodstock and the freaks who he's aligned himself with are the same ones who are going to send him home in 12.
Be Your Own man and drop the health care discussion and align yourself with the Centrists like wild Bill did. With some intellegence from across the aisle you may be able to turn this ship around.”
“My health care does not suck and my company continues to support me. I continue to take care of myself and my family the best I can. We've been lucky that we don't have any major medical bills but when we do my insurance company covers most of them. Today my premiums go towards paying for the uninsured and I prefer it to be done that way. I don't think it's the government's job to provide health care to all. They currently provide programs for poor and elderly that seem to be great.
America is sick because we have the right to be sick. we have the right and the lifestyle to drink, smoke, eat supersized portions of fattening food and wash it down with milshakes, beers, prescription drugs, illegal drugs, all while never leaving the house. Sure there are real people who struggle who do none of the above, but I'm guessing those aren't the same folks bankrupt because of health care costs.
Your article provides no logical solution to fix these problems nor do any of the current healthcare bills being discussed by Obama and congressional dreamteam. could we do better probable not, especially while so called liberal and conservatives battle over what they perceive as major differences when in reality there aren't any. Both parties are corrupt and both parties provide us NO REAL AVENUE FOR CHANGE. I believe George Washington said the two party system is the biggest risk to prosperity of America.”
Julie Chandler Groat on Oct 8, 2009 at 18:15:23
“My 3 year old was diagnosed in August 08 with leukemia. She doesn't "drink, smoke, eat supersized portions of fattening food and wash it down with milshakes, beers, prescription drugs, illegal drugs, all while never leaving the house."
One hospital visit this Spring was due to a lack of enzyme produced in her body to metabolize one of the chemotherapy drugs. Her bone marrow was almost killed to the point of needing a transplant. That visit alone has totaled over TWO MILLION DOLLARS.
"Sure there are real people who struggle who do none of the above, but I'm guessing those aren't the same folks bankrupt because of health care costs."
Your guess would be incorrect and uninformed.”
RuthieBabe on Oct 8, 2009 at 17:57:00
“I lived without health insurance to almost 2 yrs when I was out of work and doing temp jobs to hold things together until I could land a full time job. I was terrified of getting sick. During that time, I broke a tooth and could not afford to go to the dentist for a year. There are a lot of people out there who are in similar situations.”
keldog4511 on Oct 8, 2009 at 17:49:29
“Count yourself among the most fortunate and don't think that everyone else has it that good. They do not.
Your point is well-taken however. I do believe that if you refuse to take care of yourself, continuing to be obese, a smoker, etc. than you must be prepared to pay more than those that do contribute to their own good health.”
debqd on Oct 8, 2009 at 17:36:00
“You're pretty arrogant, bud. Lots of very decent, hard-working Americans who don't smoke or do illegal drugs get cancer. Then, they go bankrupt or die because they are denied, denied, denied treatment by their insurance companies. Glad your insurance is working out for you so far. Don't get really sick, though.”
jinsei on Oct 8, 2009 at 17:31:42
“And when you lose your job....? It's not about money, it's about PRIORITIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Duh.”
spirit22 on Oct 8, 2009 at 17:28:26
“There is no healthy food unless you grow it yourself. Our food supply is designed to make us sick. You are not paying for health care for the uninsured, you are paying for emergency room visits. If you love your health care then keep it, health reform is not for you. The insurance execs love people like you who pay their big fat salaries.”
sixyfivepercentwater on Oct 8, 2009 at 17:21:41
“The European models offer viable solutions. The problem is the private insurance companies would have to take a hike, and that's never going to happen in this country.”
“Funny how everyone speaks about right wing lies and then they wonder why people listen to rush and how come the left can't have a talk show host to compete with the guy. I think the answer is there in that the guy doesn't really lie he presents facts that can only be disputed by left political commentors who only appear to be comedians, franken tried and failed so let's make him a senator and when we want real intelectual talk let's tune into our favorite left wing comedians, bill maher and jon stewart.
Take a step back and think for once. If you a party of clowns you tend to follow clowns and sideshow acts. Not a rush listenter but I challenge one of the so called haters to really debate facts rather than acting like children in a debate and turn to "he's mean", he's a liar. I referee enough of those fights between my children.”
highplainsdrifter on Aug 28, 2009 at 14:15:14
“The thing is that 99% of the parroting, liberal attack dogs in here have never actually listened to a single airing of the Rush Limbaugh show. They do not have any idea what they are talking about.
The reason there are no successful left wing talk shows is very simple: They are completely devoid of ideas and are rejected by the public who still (for the time being) have the freedom to choose what they listen to. If liberals had their way.....this would change in a heartbeat.”
ManWithBrain on Aug 28, 2009 at 14:14:52
“Well, I completely disagree. First, you can't argue facts with his type because he doesn't deal in facts. He deals in supposition, innuendo, and distortions. When you try to nail him and his ilk down on facts, they simply accuse you of being a Communist, or a Nazi (yes, polar opposites, but who's keeping track?), or a left-wing radical, or, gasp, a liberal!
Any reasoned debate is shouted down or simply ignored.”
ClintH on Aug 28, 2009 at 14:00:26
“Ok.. you want to talk about LIES, lets start with your GOP party that has caused nothing but grief for million of Americans. Lets talk about a party that was suppose to be fiscal conservatives that didn't understand what it meant to save money and not spend anything and live with deficit spending and at the same time volunteered to reduce taxes. Lets talk about your party that ignores the large elephant in the room called Medicare and its sky rocketing costs and how by year 2022, it will engulf more than 25% of the GDP and by year 2030, more than 30% of GDP. Lets talks about how you guys want to keep doing more of the same old crap that got us here in the first place.
I think it is time that the DEMS took over and told y'all where to stick it. It is time for the DEM party to rise up and quit letting the small minority be so vocal and influence politics. It is time that ALL Americans had the right to healthcare. PERIOD.”
ashtray on Aug 28, 2009 at 13:56:02
“Fair enough. I've listened to Rush enough times to know without a doubt that he is a liar or purely delusional. I listened to him shortly after the election and he explained to me that the only reason that anyone voted for him is because we felt guilty about slavery. That is a lie. I listened to him explain how Sotomayer was coached and new all of the questions that were to be asked of her because she jumped in to answer a question before Franken finished. What he left out is that he was picking up the clip part way through a conversation. That was another lie. Rush routinely everyday tells his listeners that liberals are the cause of all problems in black and white terms. That is a lie. There have been so many instances when he will have been caught saying something ridiculous and called out and he simply goes "i never said that", seemingly ignorant of the fact that he is on tape.
Listen, if you need someone to explain to you why someone who can only make arguments with the use of blanket statements, generalizations, and faulty assumptions then you obviously are not going to listen to reason. The "left" doesn't have many successful pundits because of a very good reason, we don't need our news predigested complete with opinion in order to absorb what's going on. We think. You know, that thing that only elitists do.”
“each of those countries is equal to the size of one US largest states. You equate coverage for all to unchallenged success in healthcare which is way too simple comparison? lastly, a person's health is based on choices they make and unfortunately the choices their parents have made. Health coverage is only one part of the equation.”
“don't we already have a public option, medicare for elderly and medicaid for poor. Why then would we not require poor/unisured to be insured by medicaid and likewise for uninsured elderly to use Medicare? My guess is because if you do the math it's impossible to justify the cost of all this.
So what do dem do, Let's create a NEW public insurance program and try to tell people that it will reduce costs and save us all money by creating a NEW ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM. Any intelligent politician, public servant will tell you ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS are Bankrupting this country, yet, those who support public option can look people in the face and deny this. They are OUTRIGHT LIARS, wingnuts as they are referred to in this article live on BOTH sides of the AISLE obvioiusly.
If dems want to control the cost of health insurance than there are ways to control the existing structure through rules and regulations not be creating your own Company. Yes, insurance companies are a pain to deal but if you ask me to deal with Fed gov or insurance companies I bet a MAJORITY of american's pick Insurance companies.
What happens to all those big bad insurance companies employees and regions of the country when the Feds take over? I know who cares about them because the wingnuts have made them all out to be 10 evil empires, not millions and millions of hardworking people just trying to to do a very difficult job.”
marxmarv on Aug 19, 2009 at 16:17:55
“"What happens to all those big bad insurance companies employees and regions of the country when the Feds take over?" HR676, the single-payer plan in the House, specifically offers funds for job placement and retraining for displaced insurance workers. It's not like Medicare itself won't need extra hands with some experience shuffling paper.
And any intelligent public servant wouldn't honestly take the position that having trillions of dollars swimming around on Wall Street is doing anything good for the median citizen. You have to basically ignore the middle and lower classes to come to that conclusion.”
DuncanONeil on Aug 19, 2009 at 15:09:43
“Run by the Government and both of those plans are already bankrupt. Do not forget that these are both less than 30 years old.”
WilliamBradford on Aug 19, 2009 at 15:01:01
“A couple other interesting facts:
Health Insurance companies today pay 83% of the money they collect in premiums out as payment to doctors, hospital, etc. The other 17% goes to operational costs, overhead, and evil profits (~6%). This is pretty efficient. Can the government squeeze more than 6% out of this?
Medicare pays an average of 26% less for the same claims as private insurers pay. How will expanding this "low-ball" pricing effect the quality and quantity of medical products and services?”
PHM on Aug 19, 2009 at 14:47:02
“...you could not be more wrong or more of a wingnut.
The President's plan for reform includes many cost saving programs, such as better technology, fewer forms, easier access to information needed by medical professionals, process and billing efficiencies along would drastically reduce costs.
Competition from a not-for-profit system will help to contain overhead costs. While everyone should worry about the millions of insurance company employees, we should loudly and soundly condem the executives who are raking in excessive salaries and benefits off the backs of hard working Americans. They would all take 70% pay cuts and make more than most people ever dream of making. 50% of that reduction could go into lower rates and 30% could go into pay increases for those hardworking insurance company employees.
For that matter, if we simply took the current lobbying expenditures from the insurance companies and applied it to premiums for the uninsured we'd be way ahead of the game to the tune of $1.3M PER DAY!
Public health, like energy, is a national security issue and a moral imperitive.
And you are a complete nutter if you think the people supporting the reform plan are wing nuts...they/we are as much in the center as on the left...and some of us are right of center...just not Palinistas.”
igotnews on Aug 19, 2009 at 14:43:28
“Hello? Any working brain cells there?
What makes you think a public option would be an entitlement? The public option isn't a giveaway. People would have to pay for it. But, instead of 30 PERCENT (that's right, almost a third) of the people's money going to administration and profits for insurance companies, about 4% would go to administration and NO percent would go to profits.
“Republican's believe in freedom for all. It's not convined by race, keep feeding the machine that white people are holding you down. If you take notice the white folks who still hold those racists beliefs are the dumbest part of the population and tend to not have much power. In many cases they live the same terrible lives that all the POOR minorities do. Keep living post 1960 and believe that the man is still keeping you down. Republicans are so bad, they want people living here ILLEGALLY not to be allowed to stay or receive benefits and they expect people to carry their own weight in this world. The strategy is working GREAT in California, as is the Massachusett's Health Care Plan so let's spread these toxic principles across the whole country. IF THAT"S THE CAASE
In the meantime keep patting yourself on the back and let everyone know how good you are for supporting and African American President who has yet to do more than show he's a schill for the Democratic Machine that Elected him. POSERS! Keep telling your kids, despite what they see, that they don't have any chance because of racists policy of republicans rather than your own failings as a person, parent and responsible citizen of this nation.
So the choice is yours, ask not what your country can do for you (DEMOCRATS) but what you can do for your country(republicans).”
hacharacter on Aug 4, 2009 at 11:56:41
“I believe that John Kennedy, a Democratic President, coined that phrase, " Think not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your Country. You can't tell me that repubs are populating the moral high ground. With their swing to the radical right - they are sinking in the muck and the mire of their own making.”
“Bill Maher is trying to be the rush limbaugh of the democratic party. He's a great choice as he's made his career telling jokes for a living, the same joke and/or delusions the party wants to sell to the public. Rush on the other hand is big loudmouth but in most cases his theories and soapbox stories are based on historical facts, not skits. I treat them both like car accidents so I slow down just enough to catch a glimpse.
Unfortunate there are only two parties in the US. time for Independent party not tied to anything other than social liberalism and fiscal conservatism”
“Cmon, neither of them knew the old man was a crook? I guess when your just taking money in to spend it there's really no work going on. This just means these two posers made millions without doing a damn thing or they are total liars who knew everything. Either way they need to just shut their moouth. Or if they are so tired maybe they need to see if mike vick's construction company is hiring.”
“Typical defender of the establishment left or right. Don't stand on your soapbox if you can't take the criticism. hopefully she'll suffer the same fate as her democratic friend biden. Oh wait he's the VP of the US! In a just world dowd would be fired and be forced to write for the Enquirer, in this world her next stop will be White House Press Secretary!
With no establishments and rules in place who determines right and wrong? we are driving into the abyss and sites like this are helping to push the pedal to 150 plus.”
“This is such a WASTE OF GOVERNMENT MONEY. beating someone up, killing someone, threatening someone is ALREADY A CRIME. Why are there laws to protect any one specific group different from any of the other laws of the land. Why is the law increased or tougher sentences mandated because I REALLY HATE that person? I know what about that poor gay, black, straight, asian, redhead, who got the beat up just because someone hated them? The genius in government believe they can regulate morality on both sides they'd both be better off staying out of it. Is that what we tell the christians all the time when it comes to laws of the land?
If I'm at a football game rooting for my team and i beat up someone because they like the other team is that a HATE CRIME? Again more wasteful spending and time focusing on issues that affect 1% of the this country. I know I'm a hater:)”
Subterfuge on May 7, 2009 at 15:50:14
“Your choice of which football team to root for is just that... A choice.
We are all created equal. We are all human beings. We are no different on the inside besides the physical characteristics that set us apart from one another.
We are all guaranteed the freedom to pursue happiness. As a society, the hard part is drawing the line where supporting one group's freedom infringes on the freedoms of another group and trying to keep a healthy balance. Why should anyone be upset that their "freedom" to physically assault someone because they're a minority, gay, or a woman has been taken away so that a large portion of our community can feel the same level of security as the rest of us?”
JohnJames on May 7, 2009 at 15:38:34
“You're not paying attention. The law adds sexual orientation to the list of categories already included like religion (that includes fundamentalist Christians) and race (that includes whites). No particular race or religion is specified and neither will homosexuality or heterosexuality be specified. The gay person who assaulted a heterosexual specifically because he or she was a heterosexual would be equally liable to added penalties. The fact that nearly all hate crimes motivated by aversion to another person's sexuality are committed by heterosexuals against homosexuals is obviously irrelevant. People like you, who oppose this legislation, are saying in effect that it's unfair because homosexuals, as opposed to heterosexuals, rarely, if ever, behave in this way. Talk about punishing the victim.”
“Once again the democrats disappoint on their committment of change and looking out for the little guy. Big business is what drives this country, not the federal government. The republican tent understands this and embraces it. In most cases all prosper from it and from time to time it's risky. Dems keep LYING to the less fortunate who for any host of reasons (race, language, haircolor, who they sleep with, etc.) never get their fair share. They are fed lies about change which they desperately want to believe . In the end it won't work as well as Pure Capitalism! As for all the poor people losing there homes, a majority of whom should NEVER qualified to buy the homes they can no longer afford, there's something called RENT.
We desperately need a common sense party to run this country with conservative fiscal policy and liberal social policies. if only it was that simple.”
BurtonOerney on May 1, 2009 at 17:49:38
“What, like Ireland, Iceland and Estonia? Both of those countries made big moves toward relaxing regulation and promoting free trade in the last decade. Things seem to be working out for them.”
tiotom77 on May 1, 2009 at 17:39:32
“WOW! and you LUV Spectre...How does it feel”
slinkymom on May 1, 2009 at 17:33:04
“Sure. That's why were in such a HUGE recession because the big tent people know how to handle business and money. LOL”
“Did anyone see the signs about George Bush? The polical commentary, the signs, the party FUNDED hate that was attributed to this man was UNPRECEDENTED? Ugliness comes in all colors baby. Did anyone see Will ferrel's broadway show on the former president and the potrayal of CONDI RICE? Hate It comes with the territory, because 50% of the country didn't vote for the guy and disagree with his policies they are racists/ KKK members. simple thoughts for simple minds.
the teaparty members HATE ALL GOVERNMENT and believe that limited government is the way to go.
Not saying they are right but do you think they like nancy pelosi or john mccain any more than OBAMA? the answer is probably not. What this demonstrates is frustration in a two party system that offers nothing but what big business wants and we as taxpayers are to stand by and watch.
Oh btw, this country was founded when people revolted against high taxation, to say that is Unamerican is simply an incorrect statement:)”
shamroc02 on Apr 16, 2009 at 15:11:13
“If someone is holding up a sign of Obama shining shoes...or a sign that says "some Kenyan is going to destroy the country", then yes that is racists and people have the right to speak out about it. What part of this dont some of you understand? Yes, a lot of those people dont like government, period...regardless of who is in office, but some of these people are using that excuse to promote hatred. If you dont see that, then you have a simple mind.
Half of the people that didn't vote for Obama im sure know how to express their views without being ignorant. If someone didn't vote for Obama because they did not agree with his policies, then that is legit...if someone is a person that didn't vote for Obama because he is black..then yes, they are racists. Out of all the protests against Bush that were rightfully brought on, I never thought there would be any violence created from it...some of these signs and protestors with guns on their flags are flat out scary and more then likely dont know the result of what could possibly happen if someone were to get hurt due to their ignorance. They think they have seen a "revolution"..they haven't seen anything yet.”
Ryan Crowley on Apr 16, 2009 at 15:06:41
“Right - except these people ARE being represented. Every single state has a proportionate-to-populace representation of representatives, and two senators (except Minnesota who are the only people who should be complaining about lack of representation). Not every single person in the Senate or House is a Democrat, so Republicans have voice too. (Unlike the Bush era.) Because the president is not their president, they feel they are not being represented at all. That's completely misguided. Also, the fact of the matter is the government needs money to run programs. That's the only way to see that each state gets a fair share and chance. Otherwise you have businesses stepping in and running things, and with private sectors come unbalance. The hilarious thing about this is that by and large, the corporations are centered in the Northern and Bicoastal states, so if they're given the show to run, who's going to suffer? A lot of people who voted for small government. As much as it can be slightly annoying to pay taxes - oh no I have to help my country - it really does benefit in the short and long runs.”
LiberalIncarnate on Apr 16, 2009 at 15:01:18
“Please read up on your history. It is not as simplistic as that. "No taxes without representation."
Let's examine that sentence critically shall we? I know this is new for you. You only see "No taxes..." but read on. "without representation." Ah.... it changes the whole meaning doesn't it?
You see, American colonists were not protesting tax, they were protesting being taxed without having any say in Parliament! While that was surely wrong and something that we can both agree on, there was a point to these taxes. Hold on now, this will be very new to you.
You see, the Seven Years War fought before the American Revolution was when the British had sent troops to fight the French and their Indian allies to protect the colonists. That is how Canada got Quebec and how we effectively made the Louisiana Purchase a deal worth making so we could expand to our heart's content. This was on our behalf was very costly for the British. Their economy was in a downturn. Their population was already complaining about high taxes and many began to wonder, why aren't the colonist paying their fair share? Hence the stamp act and countless other acts done to raise money for Britain's debt for having defended us so we would not today be speaking French instead of English.”
iamnumba1 on Apr 16, 2009 at 14:59:22
“Dude, hate to bust your bubble but there were more than a few racist signs there.”
LDnearthesea on Apr 16, 2009 at 14:53:05
“What high taxation? That's not historically true. And by the way, who do you think paid for the British soldiers coming overseas to fight the Seven Year's War (French and Indian)? The English, Scots, Irish, and Wesh! They wanted some money back!”
StillweRise on Apr 16, 2009 at 14:52:06
“CORRECTION: The revolted because of taxation without representation in the body politic.
you will never convince anyone with a brain that this was NOT specifically aimed at the current 86-day old administration vs. the entire govt.”
Grunty1 on Apr 16, 2009 at 14:48:14
“[ Ugliness comes in all colors baby.]
And nothing was an uglier stain on America than Dubya.”
iolastar on Apr 16, 2009 at 14:45:38
“You're absolutely right.”
PATina on Apr 16, 2009 at 14:42:14
“They didn't revolt against "high" taxation... but taxation "without representation".”
AnnfromCA on Apr 16, 2009 at 14:38:15
“Oh man, at my rallies? Nobody was applauding Bush in the least.”
“This whole thing is not generated by fox news rather it was brought up by the guy at Cnbc I thought? What your seeing is people who are sick and tired of POLITICS AS USUAL! continue to stand by with your hands out waiting for your 400 dollars while the country crumbles around us.”