“I don't buy any so called "official" figures the government gives on anything. No president creates jobs unless they are NRA or WPA type make work programs. Big business wants to make as much profit as possible and if they do it cheaper in another country they will. What they can't move out of the country the Mexicans will do. So with the current business way no real jobs will ever be "created" in this country. They want slave labor and minimal cost and extra hours. Along with that interest rates will continue to be held artificially low no matter what the real numbers show. Then before long when it's too late to repair the thing falls apart when they realize their short term greed has caused the collapse of the entire system. We are doomed.”
Nov 30, 2013 at 19:16:54
“Didn't Bob write a song called "Gotta Serve Somebody"? If you go back far enough one group or another was a slave to the other. Even Blacks were slaves to other Blacks in Africa, and were sold into slavery in America and elsewhere.”
“1,100 per year, and there's millions more to go, what a joke. The "reform" they talk about just means making them all legal. It's been done before, and both sides in DC want it, but for different reasons. How many coming here will be too much? They ain't picking lettuce, and the ever increasing and multiplying multitudes can only make us more like Mexico and that's when the problems begin. Free trade, outsourcing, and letting the flood across the border continue. It all adds up to domestic disaster and by the time TPTB realize what they have wrought with their shortsighted greed it will be too late.”
Kirkosaurus on Nov 25, 2013 at 19:18:09
“Illegal immigration has been steadily decreasing. Get your facts straight.”
For the anti Obama-care people - What are you for? Are you for the status quo of the last decade or so with double digit rate increases? Or denial for pre conditions? Or the trend of businesses dropping coverage of employees because of higher costs?
For the pro Obama-care people - Is there anything in those 2000 or so pages of the law that requires ALL doctors and hospitals to accept ALL health plans? If not why? What good is having a low cost plan that no doctor or hospital will honor?”
Footwarrior on Nov 17, 2013 at 16:54:14
“Insurance plans are regulated by the states. To get approved, an insurance company must prove that it has a network of providers that will cover all the medical needs of it's customers. That network will include hospitals, clinic and doctors in every specialty. But it might not include your favorite doctor or the most convenient clinic.
The best advice is to check with your medical providers and find what insurance networks they belong to. Then look for a plan from one of those insurance companies. This has been true since long before the ACA became law.”
elannanco on Nov 17, 2013 at 16:44:47
“Wow, you put your finger on it. FORCE doctors to accept all plans. In other words set the rates they can charge for their services. And that will just be the beginning. Remember the purpose of the constitution???? To protect us FROM an overreaching government. I am sure you believe the ends justify the means but the founders, somehow, neglected to include that clause in the law of the land.”
AbrahamMcLemore on Nov 17, 2013 at 16:37:34
But the 'anti' crowd proposed many improvements but were rejected in favor of this 'grand scheme' that will lower the overall benefit of 85% or so of Americans.”
“Anybody here read the whole 2700 pages of the healthcare law? I doubt many or any of Congress read it be they for or against it. But then if you did read it could you understand it? Anything that long, and done behind closed doors as it was has probably got some unpleasant surprises in store for all us not versed in legal mumbo jumbo. This has all the earmarks of becoming a big bureaucratic mess when people start to try to actually use it. Not that I'm on the side of the tea party people, because they don't seem to think the system needed any reform. Until TPTB are willing to attack the real problem, that being the medical system itself then nothing will change (for the better) for us.”
msJersey on Oct 22, 2013 at 01:19:44
“Who doesn't think it needs reform?
Even those of us who agree with the tea party know they believe in reform. Most of it includes opening up the market and stop tying the insurance company's arms (cross state lines, portability).
A pre-existing condition solution is required but that's not insurance. That's guaranteed issue and needs a different resolution.
However, with a President saying "I won" - not listening to anyone (remember how he humiliated Paul Ryan in the last ditch effort?) - we were doomed.
Liberals scoffed at the 40 times Republicans tried to repeal it - with that same arrogance "well, they have no plan".
Step 1 is you MUST repeal it to stop the destruction. Nobody is stupid enough to not discuss a replacement.”
seekthetruth123 on Oct 22, 2013 at 00:31:22
“The system is in the shape it is due to both the runaway insurance companies and the government. America has some of the finest health care to be found anywhere in the world. This is why people come across the globe to receive it. The government then steps in and says how much they are will to pay. The result is the insurance companies go up on their rates to those that pay so they can continue to make millions ! Obamacare has by law opened the door for them to make billions !”
“"Many health insurance products currently on the market don't meet Obamacare's benefit standards and consumer protections so they are being discontinued. Consumers with these plans are the most likely to see rate increases next year, "
I might be a little stupid put what does that mean? By products do they mean plans? If so and they are being discontinued how can the rates go up?
This whole mess could have been simple and done immediately 3 years ago without all the red tape and chaos if they really wanted to help everybody. All they had to do was rein in the medical and insurance companies to stop them gouging the public with inflated prices that kept going up in multiple double digits every year during this so called period of non inflation. All this does is tax most people to pay those inflated prices.”
fmd on Oct 18, 2013 at 13:13:03
“It might be that you had a lifetime limit on benefits. Under current law health insurance companies can't put a lifetime limit on benefits. Sometimes those lifetime limits were quite low (e.g. $100,00) and lost in the fine print. Nice to know if you ever develop a chronic or life threatening health condition!”
“In the political climate we have in the last 20 years or so where the other side is demonized it's surprising that more things like this or worse have not happened. Be it Christian or Islam people can rationalize any action to be justified in the name of the "greater good". The pundits on radio and TV may find themselves liable for actions they may incite by making politics a sport where the other team must be crushed.”
“Set the debt limit to a gazillion and be done with it. What's a few bazillion here and there when it's all on phoney paper anyway. As someone once said "it's too big to fail".”
berthalat on Oct 12, 2013 at 15:36:02
“People like you and most Americans doesn't really know or care that we are in a global economy and are the richest country in the world, we as every other country has too operate on credit, if not the hole world folds.”
cdreimer on Oct 12, 2013 at 15:21:56
“Let's repeal the 1917 law that set the debt ceiling in the first place.”
“What's the point of having the ceiling if you're just going to keep raising it? Nice credit card if you can get it.”
Guy Incognito on Oct 8, 2013 at 05:01:17
“It's called paying the bill for the stuff you already bought...if you can't pay your credit card bill it affects your credit rating. Are you prepared for another downgrade? Good luck trying to apply for a new car...”
halham on Oct 8, 2013 at 04:40:12
“The spending is decided on and passed in the legislature months previously. This is being turned into a negotiating tactic by the GOP just in recent years. If they can't govern in the legislature as a majority they can go kookoo when the bills come in and threaten to bring down the whole country. They should learn to legislate fairly.”
svh3710 on Oct 8, 2013 at 04:32:11
“WE USE OUR CREDIT CARD FOR EVERYTHING WE NEED, WHEN THE BILL COMES I PAY IT IN FULL LEAVING NO BALANCE. I GET BONUSES SO I ENJOY THAT. BUT I WILL NOT SPEND MORE THAN WHAT I CAN PAY.”
jPublicus on Oct 8, 2013 at 04:17:19
We shouldn't have a debt ceiling, it should be raised automatically. After all, congress has ALREADY authorized the expenditures it now needs to PAY ITS BILLS!!”
Stanley Bonk on Oct 8, 2013 at 01:44:00
“Is that space between your ears for rent?”
doublez on Oct 8, 2013 at 01:42:45
“the ceiling is the authorized amount for projects and expenses allready decided. When new projects and expenses are approved a new authorization is required. Do you receive a pay-check ? Your company's accountant or GM has to approve it every time it is issued.”
“Still clear as mud. Why can't they just send out a pamphlet that explains it all? Shouldn't we have been given details long before this, not that this makes it much better. It's all smoke and mirrors, with most of us paying the same if not more to cover a welfare version of healthcare. Funny how every attempt (remember Hillary back when) to do this ends up behind close doors working out the endless details sucking up to the lobbyists to make sure the medical people and insurance people don't actually have to cut their gouging prices. If they really wanted to help people the law they passed could have been less than a paragraph long (instead of 1000's of pages) and been implemented immediately not years later. All it had to do was make the medical and insurance people charge a fair price for what it actually costs them to do business.”
paddledude on Sep 25, 2013 at 18:23:34
“I'm telling them to stick it where the sun don't shine and i am just paying as I go.”
“The information that needs to be released is the timeline of what Hannah told the authorities what happened the day of the "kidnapping". What time were the calls (texts?) made between them to pick her up? When did he pick her up? Did he come all the way from his house (an hour distant), and where was her mother at that time? Did he take her to her house or his house? When did her mother and brother (and Hannah?) arrive at his house? Where was she between then and the time they left? Was the border patrol checkpoint manned? Release the picture of them going through the checkpoint. Did they go to her house after that? Where did they stop along the way to Idaho? Any DNA results for the condoms? What did she say in the letters? Anything found on her or his computers? Many questions to answer.”
Larkmh on Sep 24, 2013 at 18:59:00
“Were the mother and brother possibly tied up before they left their house and transported in a car. Who's car? I'm confused about the chain of events. Did both the dog and cat belong to Hannah's family and why would they be brought along for a one-hour trip to "have fun on go carts"?”
“I'm no fan of Obamacare simply because it was formed behind closed doors and the insurance companies seem to like it. It's all wrapped up in a big convoluted bill rolled out in years which nobody knows what it will really do if anything. I would applaud the GOP in their move to stop it only if they had a better plan, or maybe any plan at all. I don't think they do.”
Anne Newmark on Sep 20, 2013 at 15:42:00
“They released a "plan" this week, in the Senate. It involves many of the provisions that are in Obamacare, like for pre-existing conditions and the removal of lifetime limits of insurance coverage. But it does not mandate individual purchase of insurance, and it does not provide new Medicaid expansion for another 30 million people. It does mandate malpractice reforms and also controls costs for medical services and places caps on insurance company profits. Their plan provides for better access for health services and for lower costs....but it does not institute governmental controls of the actual medical decisions or inhibit individual medical providers from providing care that is deemed appropriate for individual patients. Many of the criticisms related to Obamacare are associated with the underlying governmental intrusion into the actual provision of medical care.”
Jim8 on Sep 20, 2013 at 15:33:12
“We all know they don't.”
melanielpc on Sep 20, 2013 at 15:28:07
“Insurance companies HATE it, are you serious? They are one of the biggest lobbyist in Washington and they HATE it.”
“I think this whole situation is not showing anybody in the world in a good light.”
Billnew1 on Sep 12, 2013 at 16:20:31
“Agreed----I see Obama and his crew as gay parade organizers---Putin and his crew as the WWE fake wrestlers bellowing out a script to a needy crowd-----Assad and his crew as the Lost Boys-----The terrorist muslim rebels as dangerous homeless people lurking in some back ally waiting for the movie to be over at the UN.”
nornoralee on Sep 12, 2013 at 16:09:46
“It sure does give Russia the upper hand, and puts America in the back of the line.”
MiddleClassWillPay on Sep 12, 2013 at 16:07:46
“No it is not,
It shows Obama as weak
It shows Putin as a sneak
It shows Assad as a liar
“This is a joke. The administration has been able to take credit for doing something that will probably never kick in fully until they are out of office if at all. It's smoke and mirrors that does nothing in the long run and creates yet another expensive government mess. This is why all the dealings were done behind closed doors and to the delight of the insurance companies. They could have solved the problem immediately by forcing the insurance and medical people to SHOW why they must charge so much and raise their prices so frequently in this age of supposedly no inflation. They didn't do that because the idea was to still pay those gouging prices and make it look like they were doing something when they were not.”
saveourplanet on Aug 27, 2013 at 13:41:32
“You are forgetting about the obstruction obsessed, anti-anything Obama Republicans who don't give a fig about ANYONE having health care other than their wealthy benefactors.
As for "behind closed doors" did you miss all the House and Senate hearings and meetings Pres. Obama had with members of the House and Senate?”
“Just viewed the Dateline story. Several things to comment on.
Those 12 or 13 calls or texts that day. She says to give directions for him to pick her up. Why are you calling someone who lives 60 miles away to pick you up? Where is your mother, and why don't you call her instead, or have a cheerleader friend take you home? Did he take her to her house or his from there? The horseback people still did not see any weapon, and they encountered them twice. On one he's holding the cat, and she's yards away with her feet in the lake. If she was waiting for help in the middle of nowhere this would seem the best chance she would have at that time. She doesn't seem to be trying very hard . Then at the time the FBI arrives, he has a rifle and manages to shoot twice before they do??? So the sheriff says the investigation is NOT over . Off limit questions deal with exactly how she was kidnapped. Like where she was when he was doing the killing. Then she says she went online because her friends don't have cell phones? My God what teen girl does not have one? They are phoning and texting their fingers to a nub every minute of the day. On the surface Hannah looks and sounds like a sweet girl, but I just don't buy all the story that has been told, by her or the authorities.”
vivian777 on Aug 29, 2013 at 23:19:14
“Agree. 16 or not, this girl is not a victim or a survivor.”
Tre Ming on Aug 27, 2013 at 21:21:13
“I am more concerned about the story told by the authorities...”
“She wouldn't have to explain anything if they would release what she told investigators, and what details were found in the investigation. This dribbling out of info bit by bit does not help for clarity and closure. Put it all out there and end it. The speculation could be just a big misunderstanding, or maybe this story is a mash-up of "Lolita" with a bit of "Twin Peaks" thrown in. If the latter is the case then "BOB" is out there looking for another host.”
Joseph Roman on Aug 22, 2013 at 14:19:57
“The cops couldn't stop talking about how innocent she was for days, then they find these letters and texts, now nothing. When the cops stop talking about something it means they are looking at it. The less they say, the harder they are looking.”
paddymurphy on Aug 22, 2013 at 14:15:08
“It is none of your business what she told investigators.”
“I checked the local news online and they were more clear about it. It would have helped if the sheriff had said those calls were made the day of the murders and the day before the fire. I wonder if he set the fires to start by using a cell phone like some terrorist have set bombs off? Also why did he not just run off with her after picking her up instead of bringing in the mother and brother later on? Many questions, some unknowable but I hope they release an official report detailing what they found out. One question I would ask now is if the investigation is over?”
Sandra Northfelt on Aug 21, 2013 at 22:31:12
“Even though I live close to LA and get, what I call major, local news I usually watch HLN. They seem to get the facts straight the first time, usually. I think that's because they have a bigger staff and do a lot more investigative work before they broadcast. And, yes, they are saying the investigation is over. Unfortunately, we, the public, have been left in the dark about a lot of things. Hopefully more will come out. They are respecting Hannah's and the family's privacy which is why, so far, there aren't a lot of details.”