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Re: “Does This Mean We Can Call It McSallyCare Now?

Still waiting for her to tell us who her constituents are...

17 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Cascabel on 03/22/2017 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano - Encore

Excellent !!! What a professional showman.
He started exactly at 8pm bowed and responded after every song. The band is fantastic older gentlemen consummate performers.
Played 2 1/2 hours straight no fillers.
Would definitely see him again

Posted by Linda on 03/22/2017 at 3:03 PM

Re: “On the Theory and Practice of Bullshitting

This article is bullshit.

6 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by polly on 03/22/2017 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

What, Again,

I often wonder about the derivation of your name. What Again? Or is it Again What? Is that British? Scottish? Welsh? OK I'm kidding, I know lots of people who are afraid to sign their names to posts.

Like I said, we (my family and friends) are glad I made it and wish every one had access to this sort of coverage allowing them to live full lives without the fear of impending financial doom or bankruptcy. The only way to get there is to join the rest of the free word (not a pun) and provide a single payer healthcare system. Or else we could just let folks who can't afford insurance drop dead.

But with a majority of US households unable to weather a $5,000 emergency much less one approaching $100 grand I'd say the procedure is certainly worth the money and hope anyone going through this sort of crisis is provided the care needed to save his/her life.

Even you, What, Again... or Again What.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 03/22/2017 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Does This Mean We Can Call It McSallyCare Now?

"You have to wonder why..." I suppose the obvious answer is she was offered a political plum in return. I just hope, for her sake, it was more than a letter from Paul Ryan suitable for framing. What's the going rate for betraying the public trust?

20 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Concerned Citizen on 03/22/2017 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Does This Mean We Can Call It McSallyCare Now?

She didn't have to walk the plank on this. Other GOP Reps have been willing to stand up to Trump and Ryan to protect their constituents. Here's Rep. LoBiondi of NJ: "Simply put, this bill does not meet the standards of what was promised; it is not as good as or better than what we currently have. Accordingly, I will vote no on this healthcare plan."

25 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Teresa Zimmerman on 03/22/2017 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Does This Mean We Can Call It McSallyCare Now?

She and about a hundred other GOP reps demanded these changes to keep their constituents quiet.

#rememberitin2018

14 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by SonoranWinds on 03/22/2017 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Local Danish Bakery Serves Up Savory Desserts

Address? Hours?

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Posted by StrawHousePig on 03/22/2017 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

Rick,

Wasn't your life saving procedure worth the 85k? If it's not worth you paying it sure isn't worth it to me.

2 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by What, Again on 03/22/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

Rick your story is absolutely amazing. Congratulations my friend.

I have to wonder though, when Part B medicare is $109 per month, how many $85,000 procedures they can fund. Do you fully understand and trust the US Government's accounting procedures and ability to deficit spend?

They can't trim a tree branch using a cost effective method. Need I mention simple road repairs? I see bigger problems coming, because of lack of discipline and honesty.

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Larry McNeil on 03/22/2017 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

Your Average Jane Citizen

Thank you for your illuminating post! ACA was a start that is now fizzling out, especially for people like you and your husband. Republicare will more than likely make matters even worse for hardworking families leaving a single payer option the only obvious solution for those who are being gutted by healthcare costs. A personal note: I am pushing 70 and on Medicare. In July I suffered a life threatening heart attack and survived due to some fantastic care at Banner UMC. The total bill was pushing $85K and we wound up with out of pocket costs of less than $2,500. We wish every one had access to this sort of coverage allowing them to live full lives without the fear of impending financial doom or bankruptcy. This healthcare scam in the US is sickening - literally.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 03/22/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

I take huge issue with this statement in the article:

"While no one wants to pay the full cost of ACA health care, which averages $611 a month, the top 20 percent who make over a hundred grand can manage it. "

It is disingenuous to say what those who make over $100k can manage. You have no idea what our circumstances are, the sacrifices we have made to get to this place.

No, I do not want to pay $1400 a month in insurance premiums, not when I paid $650 last year for better coverage! Also, my husband and I built out business ourselves. It is what supports us. We took out no loans. We started it after my husband had been laid off three times during the recession. Our business is service-based, and our income can vary. It can be feast or famine some months. There have been months when we have had billables out but no income in. But we purposely dave money for these down times so we can ride it out. Why should we be punished for doing so?

All this to say, why should OUR long hours, weekends, no vacations, and time away from our daughter building a life to support ourselves and our family with no government aid be used against us? We choose to work these long hours so we can get ahead. We choose to live in a small house, one that we can actually afford rather than over-extend ourselves and take out more debt. We chose to pay off our student loan debt early rather than be burdened by it well into our forties. We choose to drive fourteen-year-old cars that are worth maybe $1500 rather than upgrade every couple years like a lot of those around us. The cost of our monthly premium could easily cover two new car payments each month! Why should our good work and the way we choose to save money for our retirement and daughter's education be taken from us and used against us?

I am a supporter of universal healthcare. The only way to make it fair and right is for everyone to be taxed equally and have equal access to care.

That said, the system we have now is bananas and for those of us who are self-employed, getting no subsidies, working long hours, and not getting a break, it is not right or fair that my hard work should cover others in this manner. We purposely choose to live a frugal, saving lifestyle. I do not want to be punished for it. Or heck. I guess I could just choose to cut back our hours and work, buy two new cars (which I could afford with the cost of our monthly premium), and take a vacation. I could really use a vacation! Or even a trip to the doctor's office without having to worry if that sonogram my husband needs will even be covered!

10 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Your Average Jane Citizen on 03/22/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Retooled

$9.50 for a burger, no sides. Want fries? $4 more. Maybe a beer too? $6. Meal for one, $20 before tax and tip.

This is the same price as getting a burger/fries/beer at nearby establishments like Ermanos or Pasco, both of which source as much of their food from local farms and ranches as possible. Where is this new place getting their meat from?

Does this stuff matter? I think people care about this info and want to know how much something costs and what they are getting for their money. If there is better quality food in the area at the same price point, that is significant. Step it up TW!

This 'review' smells like an advertisement.

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Posted by HumanBean on 03/22/2017 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

Thank you Rick! A rational and intelligent analysis and response. Non-Profit health care is the only way to go. There are ZERO rational arguments against it. We need to wake people up!

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Posted by HumanBean on 03/22/2017 at 8:06 AM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

The impact of the horror stories above from real people virtually priced out of the market with access limited to to a single provider and few doctors are far more compelling than Safier's latest self deprecating attempt at policy analysis. The view from 40,000 feet is clear, the US is the only western democracy on earth with a health care system designed to generate profits at the expense of universal coverage and health outcomes consistent with the wealthiest nation on the planet. The answer to this dilemma is clear, you only have to remove the blinders and take a look at how other western democracies handle health care coverage and ask why the hell can't we do the same?

9 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Rick Spanier on 03/22/2017 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

I'm sorry you didn't understand my comment humanbean. But there is no need to call me crazy. You see, you fall into the same trap that many liberals do. You focus on the outcome and then the process be damned, you want your outcome. But the end does not justify the means. And had you understood my "illegals" comment you would know that I did not coin the phrase "doing the jobs that Americans won't do." The left did, in trying to rationalize another "outcome" desire. The US health insurance industry subsidized R&D for drug makers with our premium dollars while foreign countries took advantage of much of that money spent to bring drugs to market. Our costs skyrocketed because of the FDA approval process.

My premiums are up 300% since the ACA was enacted. My deductible increased 40 fold. I didn't realize how good I had it.

I want the old system back where I had choice. Right now I have little if no coverage, while spending mass amounts of premium dollars to subsidize another "outcome" forced desire.

4 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Larry McNeil on 03/22/2017 at 7:34 AM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

To Your Average Jane Citizen,
Yes, they have us paying in alternate universes. We can't afford to use our expensive health insurance so we buy memberships at Urgent Cares and, in your case, a direct care practice. The advertised numbers do not account for these additional costs, though I'm certain the government and corporations are fully aware of it since they are making big money from it.

I would not go to a doctor in my ACA network either. I went a couple times and that was enough. I would never trust them with a child.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jean on 03/21/2017 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Editors Note

A free press needs to do its job. The problem is very few media outlets have the capability to do the reporting that is necessary to keep clowns honest. There are ten million stories a day and almost no one doing them, especially positive stories. There are hundreds of successes, and teachers busting their butts everyday in TUSD and all you hear is TUSD has one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. There are hundreds of truly monstrous bills in the cesspool called the Arizona legislature, and you hear about almost none of them. We need a strong free press, that is what I heard constantly at the book festival and it's true.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Frances Perkins on 03/21/2017 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Grandmas, the Declaration of Independence and Cursive

Bravo, Kate Gladstone.

Really interesting post - thanks for taking the time to provide the source information as well.

Posted by Parent X on 03/21/2017 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

We are the only industrialized nation with a for-profit health insurance system. Some nations have public non-profit systems, other nations have privately run non-profit systems but most have hybrids. Is your contention that the rest of the world is using 'illegal doctors'?

Seriously, your response had a heavy whiff of 'Their gonna take out jobs' crazy in it..... Hard to rationally respond to crazy but here goes...

As for Pharmaceutical R&D, more than half of R&D dollars in this country is already public money, take into account the tax credits they get on the other 40% and we are footing the bill for more than 65% of the R&D right now, maybe higher. That's right you are subsidizing their profits. This is how it works in America. Wake the fuck up!

As to not messing with it, you are aware that the highest increases in health care costs by percentage occurred under George W Bush, before Obama care, right? Costs were jumping 40%+ per year. Obamacare was just frosting on an already shitty cake, and it was written by the industry. Just like this new bill.

Nobody is asking for perfection, we just want a system similar to those that are already working everywhere else in the world, where people get more coverage, more care and the pay far less. Their systems are not perfect, but they are much better than anything we have ever had.

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Posted by HumanBean on 03/21/2017 at 8:07 PM

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