“The worse day for Leonhart was the day the hemp flag went up. The worse day for many southern conservatives was when the Confederate flag came down from their capitals. People's views of right and wrong, and how they treat each other, evolve over time. Not everyone is in the majority. But law and policy are supposed to represent the majority opinion, and that's where things are headed. Deal with it.”
“Mr Boehner, you claim you cannot speak on this matter as you are not a climatologist, then follow that up with a statement of what the effects would be on the economy. So are you a economist? You have said for five years now Obama's policies would tank the economy. News flash. The economy has grown under Obama. Period. Wrong again buddy.”
“Bridgegate involved interstate commerce. The NJ senate is having hearings as we speak. How about the Democratic majority in the senate open an investigation? What's good for the goose is good for the gander.”
“Perhaps in 1988, when Bin Laden was banished from Saudi Arabia and formed al-Qaeda and we did not have a weak on Radical Islam terrorist president, who also let not one but two embassy bombings go unanswered, things would be different today? You know, the guy who claimed the credit for the internal problems that caused the Soviets to fold, while supplying arms to our enemies through Iran-Contra deals. The one who's vice president let Saddam's army leave Kuwait intact. The VP whose family had ties to the Bin Laden family, who's son ensured the Bin Laden family were on one of the first planes out of the US after 911. The son who used precious intelligence and military assets to save daddy's face in Iraq, all while those assets should have been used to stop al-Qaeda. You know, the al-Qaeda that split and now takes the form of the Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda in Yemen, and the radicalism that attacked us in Benghazi. But hey, let's focus on the scores of Benghazi investigations. I'm sure that the character attacks, never seen before in our country's history, on a president that actually takes a proactive approach on terrorists, gives the world a great message as to how united we are as a nation, thereby making us safer. Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi...”
DrinkerOfTheRye on May 21, 2014 at 17:32:50
“When you connect that many dots, your left with abstract art.”
“And just how much time transpired between the Watergate break ins and Nixon's resignation and pardon? And how many of his henchmen were convicted during that time frame? It ain't over til it's over kids.”
“Choice #1: you walk into the emergency room. You sign off that you are someday going to pay that $500 deductible, and the 20% coinsurance until you reach your out of pocket max. Those are the patient responsibilities for silver plans here in NJ. Look out if you bought the bronze. You will also have 40% coinsurance on testing and xrays, the emergency room is not preventive care. The visit immediately brings you to your annual out of pocket. But they have to always treat you, no matter what.
Choice #2: You have a long standing relationship with your primary care physician, you have always paid your bills. You understand Labcorp and Quest are not your doctor, and you will pay them to. Your doctor does not have pharmacy. The hospital will put drugs on your tab, but Walgreens and Rite Aid certainly won't. Pay today or you don't play.
Welcome to our world new insures.”
“As Charlie Sheen would put it...winning! Why doesn't anyone see the insider game in this move? Now Stepien's lawyers will sue New Jersey. They will also sue to have his legal fees paid since he was a state employee. Christi's buddy lawyers will get paid by the state of NJ to defend civil torts against their bogus report. No matter the outcome, one thing is 110% ensured. All the lawyers will get paid. And what a coincidence. Almost all politicians, Christi and Obama included, are lawyers. What fools we are.”
“I will buy Ryan's argument, but only after the GOP changes other positions. Let's start with penalizing business that ships the jobs needed to "pull those bootstraps" overseas. Then let's talk healthcare. The rest of the world is single payer. Detaching healthcare from income level and employer unarguably facilitates employment freedom and thereby income level advancement. Then let's talk futures markets that skim upwards of 30% of what we pay for food, gasoline, and energy costs right into the pocket of wealthy speculators. Can we also eliminate things like a two tear criminal justice, wall street rigs like high speed trading and exorbitant fees on retirement accounts. I could go on for days. Fix the foundation first, then we'll talk about the house Mr Ryan.”
“Reagan would never let them get away with this like Obama. Look at the manhunt and the swift justice Reagan brought against the planners and financiers of the 1983 Beirut embassy bombers that killed 29 American diplomats. Oh, that's right. Reagan reacted by having Ollie North sell them weapons, didn't he?”
misterzay on May 6, 2014 at 12:30:45
“He reacted by invading Granada and quietly withdrawing the troops from Beirut. It was as if 243 Americans never died.”
“yeah, you pretty well summed up the attitude of a lot of parents around these parts. But this is also the state where over 60% voted for a bully named Christi, but only 30% of them will now admit it.”
“exactly, you cannot provide information on hp, which is why little or no detailed facts are ever posted. Only rhetoric. Details require documentation. Is that payment for 100% of premiums, not subsidized, and in what state do you live? But seeing you will be getting free insurance in less than two years, you will not pay in premiums close to just the increase in my premiums I will pay over the next 15 years. My premium, in order to keep the same copays and prescription coverage, goes from $1144 to $1471, and I go from no deductible to $2000/$4000. Same company, NJ Horizon Blue. I have called both senator Booker and Menendez And yes, there was a lot of public discussion in 2013. But it was based on speculation of premiums, not policies. That discussion was drowned by the shutdown, then the website crash, and then enrollment stats. Over the course of 2014, people like me will be selecting and writing that first check. And those are people who for the most part use an insurance agent, not a computer to buy. So most will not learn the actual increase until they sit down with their agent. Just watch and see when the GOP starts running ads November with a family telling their kids Santa's visit this year will not be like the past. Sorry to bust your bubble, the increases for families who buy their own insurance are real and dramatic. No, individuals are not seeing the dollars increase.”
katekm on May 1, 2014 at 10:33:00
“of course information can be provided on HP, FAX/PHONE NUMBERS CANNOT. Not only rhetoric, but facts can be presented.”
megwright on Apr 30, 2014 at 20:27:17
“Did you check on the state exchange to see if you could get a better deal? You certainly don't have to stick with the same insurance company when others offer something better.”
Derek Beauchemin on Apr 30, 2014 at 19:28:07
“Your claim of an increase in premium equates to 28.8%. And yet…
In 2001, my individual health care coverage was $150/mo. By 2006, it had risen to $650/mo. with a higher annual deductible (from $1,000 to $2,500) and max OOP (from $2,500 to $5,000). That was a 333% increase in the premium over five years which equates to 66.6% per year during which time the only health reform the last Republican to occupy the White House enacted in his eight years was to add an unfunded prescription drug benefit that guaranteed cuts would need to be made at some point.”
Izzy66 on Apr 30, 2014 at 19:16:47
“"ONLY Rhetoric?" omg… THAT's Rich.
geezus, sometimes the hypocrisy and lack of self honesty on the part of the right, downright fekkin STUNS the rational mind...”
Ibox on Apr 30, 2014 at 19:07:12
“Without see in the details of your case I can tell you off the bat that you have improvements with the newer ACA policies. No yearly limits or lifetime limits for one. Secondly they cannot cancel you for some unreported prior pre existing condition is another. These are huge. Most don't realize it now when they are healthy and use their insurance rarely but God forbid you or anyone on your policy gets really sick.
These disaster scenarios you and others have been pushing since the ACA passed in 2010 have consistently come up as empty fear mongering as easy deadline passed. I suspect this is going to be no different.”
pearls4swinedog on Apr 30, 2014 at 15:43:43
“up until now, with insurance companies being able to deny coverage for preexisting, or being able to cancel coverage at a whim, has allowed insurance companies to hold cost down by being able to delete the most costly humans. If holding cost down at others expense is partly responsible for the lower rates we previously had, then it is justice that drove some of the cost up.
Additionally, since healthcare in this country cost 18% of GDP, an average income person at about $50,000 income can expect to pay about $9000 per year for all facets of health cost.
The for profit insurance cos, corporate for profit health care, and big pharma will fight tooth and nail to preserve their share of the economy. The only problem I have with that is many of the European counties with single payer, universal health care spend about 9% of their GDP to cover EVERYONE. The most telling part of this tale is that, according to the World Health Organization, they are all ranked top 10 whereas we are ranked 37th.
Another interesting point. Big pharma sells drugs over there at a discount, while we, the citizens of the country where these drugs are developed pay full price.
I would urge you to see that we are collectively over a barrel, and the only way out is to defang and disempower those who use and abuse us and work for single payer.”
murphthesurf3 on Apr 30, 2014 at 15:32:17
“I am challenging the figures presented by Adam R. He based his attack on them. Figures like that should have created quite a stir and I cannot locate the maelstrom. So, indeed, he needs to show that there is reality to what he is saying. Medicare and Social Security are not free. I have been paying into both since I was 16. I will also be subscribing to a Medicare Advantage Private Policy and will continue to carry catostrophic care and dental insurance. As for your story...it may be so....it is not my experience here in Missouri. NJ, is one of the most expensive states in the country so perhaps that is the tale. I can say this. If your story is widespread then there will be a furor- surely the dems know that. So do the GOP. I wonder why they are not featuring folks like you?”
“I am unable to speak to Adam's group insurance statement, but would you like to post your fax so that I may show you my NJ Horizon Blue policy that expires 6-11-14, and the exchange policies? You can then compare the summary of benefits as well. Then you will see the truth, that people like me, who have families and are not making 6 figures, are paying 20% to 30% more for the same coverage. Just curious. Do you write a check every month for 100% of your health care premiums like Adam and I?”
Proud MN Democrat on May 1, 2014 at 19:03:18
“I did after I retired but before I qualified for Medicare And because it was a group plan through my former employer it was a hell of a lot cheaper than an individual policy would have been if any insurance company would have sold one to me. Oh and every year I had employer paid health insurance the premiums went up every year from between 5-25 % Don't blame the ACA for what would have already happened”
Walter Lampton on May 1, 2014 at 11:12:07
“Quit crying .,We have been paying over $800 a month ( husband and wife) for insurance for a long time .,The rates have gone up 15 to 25 percent every year except this year . It is auto deducted from our account once a month . Thanks Obama .”
ZWTARocks on May 1, 2014 at 08:44:52
“Ken, since there are NO absolutes then it would not be correct to say that NOBODY will see increases in their premiums...BUT, increases to the extent you are claiming are quite frankly LAUGHABLE...but let's put your laughable claim aside...there are LOGICAL reasons for why YOU and OTHERS may see INCREASES...it is within the realm of possibility that you were paying for a VERY SUBPAR policy that literally provided little to no real benefits and under the ACA you may be paying more but you are getting a much better policy...but, without knowing the specifics of your situation and no real evidence from you supporting your claim, again, your 20% to 30% increase is laughable and reeks of nothing more than continued rightwing lies and propaganda.”
invmartyc on May 1, 2014 at 08:40:49
“All the state of Florida employees are not seeing any increases why should NJ?”
Jules mom on Apr 30, 2014 at 19:53:52
“try looking on the EXCHANGE, I bet you can find something Better that you can afford.”
JGWilson3 on Apr 30, 2014 at 19:07:43
“It's pretty well known that health care insurance providers are trying very hard to sell more expensive plans to existing members. Millions of people are getting notices that their old plans won't be offered any more (probably because they did not satisfy the requirements of the ACA, or possibly because insurers have the right to discontinue plans for any reason they want to including simply because they think they can get people to buy another more expensive plan). They mention a new plan that is much more expensive because they know most people will accept whatever is put in front of them rather than do research on new plans. This is what is known in almost ANY industry as "upselling". When you go to a restaurant and find your favorite menu item gone, they might suggest a new item that is more expensive while neglecting to even mention the cheaper items that are just as good. It's the same damn thing here. Just because they are trying to sell you a more expensive plan, doesn't mean you have to take it.”
yournemisis on Apr 30, 2014 at 15:26:31
“Redact the info about you and business and put it on imgur. If you don't then we'll know your lying.”
murphthesurf3 on Apr 30, 2014 at 14:28:40
“SORRY. I never give out fax, e mail or address...further HP policy forbids it. If your story is so, then surely there is a public discussion about this taking place or there is public documentation available. If not, I suggest you get hold of your local press and push it. Gov. Christie's office should love it. AND yes, at 63 I pay for my insurance. I looked for your story and what I found was this: http://www.app.com/article/20140401/NJBIZ/304010059/Obamacare-NJ”
“Bottom line, health care should be a service, like the common defense, not a business. The far right sure does love that "common defense," while despising the next four words, "promote the general welfare."”
Being that I will never get a fax number, here is info from HORIZON BLUE CROSS NJ"S WEBSITE. Sorry, you are not a NJ buyer of private insurance, you are only a Obamacare parrot. And tell me what plan my family of three gets in NJ for $550. There is none. That website, if you were not aware, is healthcare.gov. Do some real research before you embarrass yourself. I am and have been for years a NJ Horizon Blue customer, and buy directly from them. You're unsupported rhetoric cannot debunk my facts provided to me by the insurance carrier I do business with and the exchange website.”
ftlscott on Apr 22, 2014 at 16:08:39
“Exactly! The plan that you said that you liked and had canceled is still for sell by BC and is on that same website! There is no reason to be canceled from that plan because it's ACA compliant.
There is another commentator on this same article that did some research on the NJ website to address your situation. There are many plans available - even gold plans - that are much less than what you're paying. You obviously didn't do a good job shopping around. Again, look for that person's information - he's trying to help you.”