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America's Health Care Crisis Is Far From Over, In 1 Chart

America's Health Care Crisis Is Far From Over, In 1 Chart

Commented Jan 29, 2014 at 11:04:13 in Business

“With deductibles and co-pays a little over six grand a year, I am better off with a catastrophic policy and filing bankruptcy on medical bills.”

ifreethinker on Jan 30, 2014 at 04:03:03

“I shake my head.

Those figures are maximums and capped at that too!

Plus if you get sick (so you had to pay those deductibles) you have zero risk of losing your plan and going bankrupt.

What is wrong with you people? You are so amazingly clueless.”

cw4eva on Jan 29, 2014 at 14:43:15

“Better hope you don't run up any more medical bills after you file bankruptcy because you won't be able to file again for several years.”

Anne Rutherford on Jan 29, 2014 at 13:45:55

“Don't worry, I'm sure the medical providers will get Congress to exempt medical debt from bankruptcy - just like the lenders have done for student loans. What will you do then?”

Cornel S on Jan 29, 2014 at 11:37:56

“Most of self employed people I know are saying the same, they just can't afford it even they would very much like to participate. It's time to seriously thinking about introducing a private option, specially in the States that do not participate in the Medicaid expansion !”

saveourplanet on Jan 29, 2014 at 11:29:06

“Go ahead.

It's your choice.”

PosterBoy345 on Jan 29, 2014 at 11:20:02

“That's a big risk Mark, but I expect many are in the same position and have the same thought.”
Larry Summers' Desperate Depression-Fighting Idea May Soon Be Reality

Larry Summers' Desperate Depression-Fighting Idea May Soon Be Reality

Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 17:01:06 in Business

“Fortunately, there are several more places to 'park' money than banks.”

HARM3 on Nov 20, 2013 at 17:09:30

“For now...”
No, Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type Does Not Determine Your Wealth

No, Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type Does Not Determine Your Wealth

Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 18:30:46 in Business

“Any number of factors could determine wealth. I am sure being extroverted, intuitive, thinking and possessing good judgement would be four of them. Luck could be another, as could be knowing the right people, Persistence would be another, etc.”
Paul Krugman Trolls Deficit Hawks With One Amazing Chart

Paul Krugman Trolls Deficit Hawks With One Amazing Chart

Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 13:55:40 in Business

“Does it follow then that war and debt are good for economic growth? Who benefited from these policies is another question.”
Elizabeth Warren Destroys Financial Crisis Myth

Elizabeth Warren Destroys Financial Crisis Myth

Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 13:20:06 in Politics

“True that. But Fannie Mae and Fannie Mac are responsible for their own misbehavior. Knowingly or unknowingly, they followed the rest of the lemmings over the cliff and taxpayers are bailing them out.”
Al Gore: Keystone XL Is 'Ridiculous'

Al Gore: Keystone XL Is 'Ridiculous'

Commented Oct 25, 2013 at 06:22:08 in Politics

“"We have met the enemy and he is us." Big oil is like any other drug pusher--its only interests are keeping the junkies who use its product supplied and hooking new addicts as it goes about its business. The world demand for carbon-based energy is growing and will continue to grow. As the demand for automobiles continues to grow and as more and more people insist on larger, more comfortable housing, more electronic devices, etc., the current energy suppliers must and will seek out more sources in order to supply their customer's demand.”

RED66 on Oct 25, 2013 at 07:20:14

“How long does it take you to walk to work?

What is powering the computer you use to post here? I assume you have a hand cranked generator so you do not rely on any fossil fuel.

Right?”
Obamacare Website Failure Threatens Health Coverage For Millions Of Americans

Obamacare Website Failure Threatens Health Coverage For Millions Of Americans

Commented Oct 18, 2013 at 09:17:26 in Business

“I'm all for the ACA, but I also support the proper use of language. This is not a glitch, it's a debacle. If this had happened in the private sector, heads would be rolling. Unless it occurred in the financial sector of course, then everybody involved would be receiving a bonus.”

ResignedSigh on Oct 18, 2013 at 09:25:06

“It happens int he private sector ALL THE TIME. Watch an MMO rollout, or a new service from some of the big boys (Google, Apple, etc.).

There's no difference between signing up now and signing up in November, or even early December. Coverage starts on January 1, either way.

Some of the state exchanges are working beautifully. The biggest problem here is that around 30 states (Republican, of course, pure moochers), refused to set up exchanges and dumped their load onto the Feds. It will be fixed.”

seawillow on Oct 18, 2013 at 09:22:08

“Grandiose government programs that are fraud-ridden and incompetent are rather the norm. Thus, resistance to political involvement in US healthcare.”
Harry Reid Says Hiking Defense Spending For Social Security Cuts Is A 'Stupid Trade'

Harry Reid Says Hiking Defense Spending For Social Security Cuts Is A 'Stupid Trade'

Commented Oct 18, 2013 at 09:05:35 in Politics

“To a greater or lesser extent, every Congressional district in the country depends on defense spending. It will be interesting to see where the cuts, if any, will come from.”

Monkey business on Oct 18, 2013 at 09:22:13

“If our jobs were not sent over seas we would notneed defense jobs. Defense spending is out of control and if we have to depend on this then why make things we throw away becasue we do n tneed them?”
Millennials 'Apologize' For Being So Terrible (VIDEO)

Millennials 'Apologize' For Being So Terrible (VIDEO)

Commented Sep 19, 2013 at 18:43:44 in College

“I saw the same thing teaching high school.”
Autumn Sandeen, Transgender Veteran And Activist, Discusses Her Prison Experiences (VIDEO)

Autumn Sandeen, Transgender Veteran And Activist, Discusses Her Prison Experiences (VIDEO)

Commented Aug 24, 2013 at 09:32:52 in Gay Voices

“Prisons and jails tend to be occupied by some very vicious and violent people, many of whom are guards. This should not be a surprise to exactly no one. Staying out of jail is always a good idea, transgender or not.”
Bradley Manning Found Guilty Of 19 Counts, Not Guilty Of Aiding The Enemy

Bradley Manning Found Guilty Of 19 Counts, Not Guilty Of Aiding The Enemy

Commented Jul 30, 2013 at 17:27:34 in Politics

“I don't think that there ever was any doubt that Manning had committed a crime. And for that, he should receive some punishment. But much of the information he leaked concerned crimes committed in the field of battle, innocent civilians deliberately killed by American soldiers. And, though I can fully understand how the conditions and horror of war can sometimes lead soldiers to act illegally, it is also the duty of a soldier to report such crimes. The question that interests me most is this: Did Manning have options other than leaking to the media? It appears not.”

Thomas Pain on Jul 30, 2013 at 18:13:04

“It is the duty of a soldier to report known crimes up the chain of command, but not to publish them to the universe.

And Manning went way beyond disclosing atrocities. If he only did that, he would be more sympathetic. He made a wholesale disclosure of operations.

No sympathy.”
Sean Hannity: Joe Scarborough Has 'Sold His Soul' (VIDEO)

Sean Hannity: Joe Scarborough Has 'Sold His Soul' (VIDEO)

Commented Jul 23, 2013 at 16:53:59 in Media

“It would be interesting to know what Joe would be saying about the Trayvon Martin story and so much more in the news if he were still a Congressman from the Florida Panhandle. Still, he beats listening to Hannity.”
Half Of Small Businesses Say They'll Cut Worker Hours Because Of Obamacare: Survey

Half Of Small Businesses Say They'll Cut Worker Hours Because Of Obamacare: Survey

Commented Jul 23, 2013 at 13:49:50 in Small Business

“The effects of the bill will take years, maybe decades, to play out; but what is the alternative? Fewer and fewer people without healthcare insurance? A government option? We are paying nearly 20% of GDP on health services now. That cannot continue for long.”

Katherine Powell on Jul 24, 2013 at 16:35:14

“I don't recall where in the constitution it says anything about everybody having a right to healthcare. Callous as it sounds, I don't see why healthcare is any different from cars, clothes or full table service at a restaurant. Healthcare professionals are selling something and it's up to the consumer to buy it or not. When did we become such a nanny state?

If nobody can afford the cost of healthcare prices will go down. It's supply and demand.”
Bernanke Drives Interest Rates Higher, Then Shifts Blame

Bernanke Drives Interest Rates Higher, Then Shifts Blame

Commented Jul 17, 2013 at 18:31:37 in Business

“I'll take it for granted that government should and does play a role in regulating the nation's economy; but that its officials will always act in a positive and correct manner does not always follow. I am not sufficiently educated in money supply or bond prices to correctly assess whether Bernanke is a genius or a complete idiot. A lot of smart people thought Greenspan was a wizard, but even he admitted that keeping interest rates too low for too long a period contribute to the housing debacle. For the last few years I have just come to assume that the global economy is just too large and too complex for anybody, even people with advanced degrees in economics, to understand. But for any of them to admit that would cause the whole carnival tent to collapse. So if it isn't Bernanke, it will be some other Ivy League swell pushing the buttons. He or she will have years of experience and gold label credentials. The President and certain members of Congress will sing his or her praises and things might work out. Or not. Pass the Scotch.”

Dan Bunn on Jul 17, 2013 at 21:40:06

“idi8... he's following the exact same policy theat the Wiemar Republic followed before Hitler.

It led to financial collapse, HYPERinflation, BLACK depression ... and then fascist dictatorship.

all the pieces are now in place....
Tick
tick
tick...

( pick up a gun and watch the clock advance FASTER, too... that's what the Patriot Act and the NDAA is ALLLLLLLL about.)”
Filibuster Deal Averts 'Nuclear Option' As Senators Reach Tentative Agreement

Filibuster Deal Averts 'Nuclear Option' As Senators Reach Tentative Agreement

Commented Jul 16, 2013 at 12:23:21 in Politics

“Democrats favor Labor slightly more than Republicans. But not much. This has been a trend at least since the Clinton Administration”
The Agony And Ecstasy Of Tech's 20-Something Army

The Agony And Ecstasy Of Tech's 20-Something Army

Commented Jul 15, 2013 at 14:53:14 in Technology

“I spent 30 years working 12 to 16 hours a day. It nearly killed me and it poisoned my relationships with family and friends that I just didn't want to see or take the time to consider. When my oldest brother died of a heart attack at age 52, it was a wake up call. I retired two years later and started building a new life based upon friendship and service to my community. Best decision I ever made. I wished I had considered what real success was when I was in my 20's. I really do. But sharing that with younger people is simply impossible.”
George Zimmerman Attorneys Prepare To Rest As Trial Winds Down

George Zimmerman Attorneys Prepare To Rest As Trial Winds Down

Commented Jul 10, 2013 at 11:02:07 in Black Voices

“The prosecutors in this case have produced enough reasonable doubt so as to make the defense seem unnecessary. They even made it possible for Zimmerman to testify without taking the stand. Nobody knows what happened that night. Nobody except Zimmerman. I have a lot of trouble with a guy like Zimmerman driving around strapped with a handgun and looking for 'suspects,' but that is not against the law. Maybe the original DA was correct in this case: There simply wasn't enough evidence to bring it to trial.”

misterbrightside on Jul 10, 2013 at 11:41:31

“Exactly. This trial is a huge waste of time, effort, and money. It's just being held to make it appear that they tried. There was never any reason to charge Zimmerman. It's obvious that this was a case of self-defense and that it happened just as Zimmerman said it happened. Zimmerman was attacked. He was punched in the face, knocked to the ground, then set upon. He was getting his head bashed onto the pavement. So he pulled out his gun and shot his attacked. No other theory makes sense. He set out to kill this suspicious person he saw? Then why on earth would he call the police and then kill the kid? What person would set out to kill someone, but stop to call the police first? It defies logic and credulity.

Zimmerman: Hello, 911? I'd like to report a suspicious person walking around in my neighborhood.
911 operator: OK, we'll send an officer over.
Zimmerman: OK, good. In the meantime, I'll go over there and kill him.
911 operator: OK, that sounds good.
Zimmerman: OK thanks! I'll look for the police officer after I kill this guy.”

chris4au82 on Jul 10, 2013 at 11:30:59

“Exactly - too many people on here get personally wrapped up in the matter when it has zero to do with them. A JURY is supposed to be unbiased and weigh the facts as they are presented, then apply those facts to the law. All the defense needs is reasonable doubt as to whether something else happened than what the prosecution is saying. The fact that Z was packing and patrolling may be unsettling for some and even circumstantial evidence for the prosecution, but it isn't conclusive as to what transpired after he got out of the truck. The initial aggressor can always turn into the victim during the escalation of a fight.”
Catholic Cardinal Calls Gays 'Faggots' During Interview About Openly Gay U.S. Ambassador Nominee (VIDEO)

Catholic Cardinal Calls Gays 'Faggots' During Interview About Openly Gay U.S. Ambassador Nominee (VIDEO)

Commented Jul 3, 2013 at 17:37:50 in Religion

“Putting aside this ancient priest's insult to gay persons, exactly what are Mr. Brewster's qualifications to be our ambassador to the DR? He bundled a lot of campaign contributions for the President's last election campaign? And finally, who would want to be the ambassador to the DR anyway?”

Hippasus on Jul 3, 2013 at 18:05:50

“Other than being a distant cousin of W's, what were Brownie's qualifications to run FEMA?”

ItsAllTheSameToMe on Jul 3, 2013 at 18:05:47

“And, your point is . . . .”

AliveInNYC on Jul 3, 2013 at 17:46:19

“In all honesty, with the exception of a few major countries, Ambassadors are minor roles and the positions are given to large donors or friends (this isn't a political thing, both sides do it).”

MASH4077 on Jul 3, 2013 at 17:45:46

“Compared to Bush's appointments, most of Obama's choices are far better. These are often political appointments. Have been for centuries. Thought everyone knew that already.”
North Carolina Abortion Bill Passes Senate Despite GOP Governor's Rebuke

North Carolina Abortion Bill Passes Senate Despite GOP Governor's Rebuke

Commented Jul 3, 2013 at 17:29:02 in Politics

“Part of the problem with abortion is that it is a medical procedure and therefore will always be regulated as such. Anti-abortion groups are dedicated to their cause and will use any legal means they can to reduce the number of abortions performed. One would like to believe that this debate would just go away, that sooner or later the matter would be settled. But it will not. For better or worse, there are people who believe with all certainty that abortion is murder, the taking of an innocent life. They are well organized and they have the perseverance necessary to stay in the game.”

0x27e1 on Jul 3, 2013 at 17:51:38

“I'm thinking of starting a movement against anti-abortionists. Not to keep abortion legal, but to outlaw anti-abortionists.”
Paul Krugman: 'The Fed Was Foolish' To Talk Of Tapering Bond Purchases

Paul Krugman: 'The Fed Was Foolish' To Talk Of Tapering Bond Purchases

Commented Jun 30, 2013 at 14:21:21 in Business

“Sooner or later the Fed was going to start slowing down on QE and interest rates were going to rise as a result. When and to what degree are the questions here. Has the economy stabilized to support higher interest rates? Krugman may be right, this could slow growth, growth which is already quite slow. We will all have to wait and see.”
House GOP: Senate Immigration Vote Doesn't Put Pressure On Us

House GOP: Senate Immigration Vote Doesn't Put Pressure On Us

Commented Jun 28, 2013 at 19:16:19 in Politics

“Democracy is a tough system when elected officials fear so much for their jobs that they actually do what their constituents elected them to do. Republicans in the House know they can not go back to their districts and tell voters they voted for the Senate bill; and Democrats in the House have made a commitment to pass comprehensive immigration legislation. So we have a stalemate. If immigration reform is going to pass, it must be done piece by piece. For better or worse, Republicans will hold their position because it is in their own interest and it is what the people who elected them want them to do. Democrats will go along or get nothing, but they will not face any consequences in the next election for not going along with a piece meal approach that begins with border security but does not guarantee further legislation. The people have got what they wanted, both sides.”
Justice Department: American Citizen Drone Killings Constitutional Because Obama, Holder Said So

Justice Department: American Citizen Drone Killings Constitutional Because Obama, Holder Said So

Commented Jun 7, 2013 at 23:05:10 in Politics

“Okay, I get it. We're back down the rabbit hole. It is because we say it is. Let's just get on with the fun and deconstruct the whole Constitution and and hire Wiggenstien philosophers to rewrite the whole damn thing in mathematical equations. Who needs the Courts? What do you think this is, 1776 or something? Only context (mine) can describe meaning and what context describes remains but a description.”

GHM on Jun 7, 2013 at 23:26:39

“Start with the 2nd admendment”
Turkey Protests 2013: Tens Of Thousands Take To Streets In Turkey, Clash With Riot Police

Turkey Protests 2013: Tens Of Thousands Take To Streets In Turkey, Clash With Riot Police

Commented Jun 2, 2013 at 21:42:10 in World

“For decades the Turkish military kept Islamic fundamentalists from over-reaching in Turkey's secular government. Erdogan has slowly and deftly moved Turkey toward a more conservative Muslim nation. His support is largely among the elderly and the less educated citizens; and his opposition is mostly found among the young and the more Westernized, educated. He is playing with fire and his 'reforms' could push Turkey into open civil war. Which group the military would support in such scenario is anybody's guess.”
MSNBC Lands In Fourth Place In May; Maddow Hits Ratings Lows

MSNBC Lands In Fourth Place In May; Maddow Hits Ratings Lows

Commented May 30, 2013 at 21:25:43 in Media

“MSNBC is mostly commentary. Nearly all of its hosts are well-informed, but come off a wee snarky sometimes. Thank God they chose not to cover the Arias drama to the extent CNN did. Losing to Piers Morgan has to be tough for Maddow. I like Chris Haye, he has a sharp mind, like the Jesuit brothers who taught me logic. Chris Matthews knows the Beltway and its history as well as anybody, and he invites a wide variety of guests to debate with him.”

Dan1963 on May 31, 2013 at 05:01:31

“Maddow talks down to the viewers. If you disagree with her, you must be uneducated. Chris Matthews will not have debate with anyone. He shouts people down as if since he is louder, he must be right. Chris Hayes is a nice guy, but his environment first agenda is hard to hear all of the time. Their problem is their hosts are unlikeable. And they are too far left of center”
Alleged 'PayPal 14' Hackers Seek Deal To Stay Out Of Prison After Nearly 2 Years In Limbo

Alleged 'PayPal 14' Hackers Seek Deal To Stay Out Of Prison After Nearly 2 Years In Limbo

Commented May 19, 2013 at 18:29:23 in Technology

“Now that these people are facing the prospect of prison, they seem quite humble. I can't help but have some sympathy for them. Prison is hell. I hope they have been doing some weight lifting over the past two years and a few courses in self-defense would come in handy also. As they have found out, a felony record can seriously damage your life. People should consult an attorney before they do things like this.”

Ron Hinchley on May 19, 2013 at 19:46:27

“The 20K other people involved are lucky. Justice by example seems to be the thing these days. Attorney General Eric Holder's obsession with secrecy and prosecuting whistle-blowers is pretty well known now. These 12 will not of course will not see any kind of justice. The ironic part is that the first attack was from a bot-net forcing Wikileaks to move to Amazon cloud, where the attack continued during the holiday shopping season. This bot-net is believed to be controlled by the justice department.”

lubmykitties on May 19, 2013 at 19:16:41

“Tweeting "I'm bored" from the courtroom is not being humble. None of them sounded humble to me. The sounded incredulous that somebody in government was smart enough to catch them. That's what happens to over-confident technos.”

Bernhard Armstrong on May 19, 2013 at 18:54:57

“Perhaps the briefest of time served…. 60 days or so so would be enough of a reality shock for them to humble them even more. Some lessons need to be learned in full…..”
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