Rick Spanier 
Member since Oct 5, 2010


Stats

Recent Comments

Re: “On the Theory and Practice of Bullshitting

It is all well and good to attack Republicans as dumb, as Beneal Good would have it. That is a very good indicator of how and why the Democratic Party has lost the executive branch, the legislative branch, soon the judicial branch, a majority of state governorships and state legislatures. Boy, are they ever stupid! By extension, it could be argued looking at the electoral map following the last election, that virtually the entire country is inhabited by dullards of voting age. I'm neither a Republican or a Democrat but this is the sort of commentary that makes it clear we are in deep water politically and locked in a cycle of blindness and tone deaf reaction.

12 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Rick Spanier on 03/23/2017 at 10:37 AM

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

I'm guessing there is a slim chance Republicare will make it through the house. I'm betting it will be shot down in the senate. If these scenarios play out, the Trump administration and the Republicans in congress will become victims of a possibly paralyzing self-inflicted wound. Repeal and Replace made for a great rallying call during the campaigns but now, like so much of Trump's sturm und drang, reality steps in and the hard work of governing becomes the order of the day over endless campaigning and ego-inflating rallies.

The newest volume of the great American Tragedy is the specter of the opposition's (what remains of the Democratic Party) whimpering on the sidelines still dazed by the thrashings they've received in the latest presidential, congressional, gubernatorial and state legislative elections. Political heroes seem to be emerging but from the ranks of the Republican congress increasingly disgusted by the new administration and its anti-American actions, cabinet appointments, executive orders, proposed budgets and hare-brained legislation. We are in the privileged position of watching the two members of the American duopoly implode. The Democrats and Republicans will survive in some form but will continue to be drained of membership and together represent a minority of voters. That's when the fun begins.

32 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Rick Spanier on 03/23/2017 at 7:49 AM

Re: “On the Theory and Practice of Bullshitting

I'm going out on a limb here but when a politician runs on a platform of reining in the excesses of Wall Street while taking in tens of millions in campaign contributions and speaking fees from Goldman Sachs and assorted hedge fund managers, Bullshitting has been raised to an art form. But I digress....

48 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Rick Spanier on 03/22/2017 at 3:49 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.

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

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.

35 likes, 2 dislikes
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.

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?

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

Re: “Are Vouchers Bad For Students Who Use Them?

Shusssh, be quiet. You'll wake David up.

10 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Rick Spanier on 03/01/2017 at 6:16 PM

All Comments »

Favorite Places

  • None.
Find places »

Saved Events

  • Nada.
Find events »

Saved Stories

  • Nope.
Find stories »

Custom Lists

  • Zip.
 

© 2017 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation