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Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

The top seven hospitals combined revenue went up by $4.5 billion per year after the ACAs coverage expansions kicked in, a 15 percent jump in two years. Meanwhile, their charity care already less than 2 percent of revenue fell by almost $150 million per year, a 35 percent plunge over the same period.-Politico July 18

So how did hospitals become so flush with cash? The ACA forced rate payers to fund charity cases, and yet the hospitals maintained their tax exempt status. I thought the Democrats were all about taxing the wealthy, yet these wealthy pay no taxes at the hands of the Democrats. One might think it had something to do with campaign contributions.

6 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Gov't Healthcare Is Not Right on 07/19/2017 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Luke's Italian Beef

Speedway and Ft Lowell locations are no longer in business as Luke's.

Posted by DonDTUS on 07/19/2017 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

Sorry but the primary focus of the government is not the development of it's citizens....you may be reading the wrong Constitution.

Citizens are born with God given rights to pursue freedom, liberty and success. Government dependence always ends poorly for all affected.

5 likes, 24 dislikes
Posted by Gov't Healthcare Is Not Right on 07/19/2017 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

Gov't Healthcare is Not Right: "....What is everyone's motivation for anything, but income? Come on. What is next, hungry people should not be forced to pay for food? ..."

Such a Barbaric Statement reflective of a Lack of a Fundamental Understanding of the very nature of Human Society; that the very nature of our Democracy creates a Complementry/Interactive, Mutual Dependent Social System with the Requirement to provide Assistance to others when Assistance is Necessary; that the primary focus of Government is the development of Citizens primarily through Public Education and Health Care; both should be provided at Public Expense and NOT through a "Free Market, Profit Based Economic System" where maximizing Profit and Salaries are the primary motivations and not First Rate Systems of Public Education and Health Care!

20 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Francis Saitta on 07/19/2017 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

I had thought of Flake as somewhat moderate until he started touting his A+ ratings from some of America's farthest-right organizations, beginning with the NRA, in his fear of a primary challenge from the wingnut right, aka Kelly Ward for one. Every true independent voter in Arizona better be ready to go to the polls in November 2018, dragging along a lazy Democrat, to vote for whoever wins the Democratic nomination.

21 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by franklymydears on 07/19/2017 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

" Insurance Companies and the Health Care Industry should not profit when US Citizens need medical attention."-Francis Saitta

That is a ridiculous statement. What is everyone's motivation for anything, but income? Come on. What is next, hungry people should not be forced to pay for food? Competitive market conditions while maintaining profitable ventures is the recipe for success. This is not Greece.

Do you even understand WHO the health care industry includes?

4 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by Gov't Healthcare Is Not Right on 07/19/2017 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

Why didn't Obama's efforts to enact universal health care yield a single-payer system? What is the role of insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies in forming health care and health insurance policy in the US? Where and how are they influencing both Democrats and Republicans? Those are the sorts of questions that should be asked and answered. But you won't get that kind of analysis in Safier's blog. Just standard-issue attempts to serve the party agenda by pouncing on every Republican mis-step and feeding Democratic voters' belief that REPUBLICANS (AND THIS PARTICULAR REPUBLICAN WHO IS THE TARGET-OF-THE-MOMENT) ARE THE VERY DEVIL AND ALWAYS NEED TO BE REPLACED BY DEMOCRATS AND THEN THERE WILL BE RAINBOWS IN THE SKY AND POTS OF GOLD AT THE END OF THEM.

This message, when considered as a description of what is actually going on in 2017, is so shoddy that it is hard to believe that fully educated adults keep buying it. What a shame that, as Nader has pointed out, this kind of voter distraction continues to allow politicians to avoid directly and successfully addressing the important citizen- and consumer-advocacy policy issues in the U.S.

15 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Ask better questions. on 07/19/2017 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

Flake will pander to the extremists in his party to win the primary, to the moderates to win the general, and to the funders (whose policy preferences match neither those of the extremist voters nor those of the moderate voters) to get the money needed to advertise himself to the voters so he can get re-elected. No surprise there. That's how our system works, for Flake and for other candidates, including Democrats.

I too hope people are paying attention, or "taking notes" as Safier puts it. But what I hope they will note is the mis-match between the funders' and the voters' policy priorities on both sides of the aisle.

15 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by "Take notes," but take them on what matters. on 07/19/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

He has insurance at government expense? No, it's at taxpayer expense. The government makes nothing and has no money without taxes.

15 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by bslap on 07/19/2017 at 6:20 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

I want McCain and Flake on Obamacare like the rest of us. Then they will fix it.

22 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Return to sanity on 07/19/2017 at 5:20 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

"If you define the most conservative Obamacare repeal plan as the plan that restores Arizonans' freedom to purchase more affordable health insurance of their choosing ...... then yes, I support the most conservative Obamacare repeal plan."

A mere shibboleth!! Flake has Health Insurance second to none at Government expense. ALL US Citizens should have the same...at Government expense. Insurance Companies and the Health Care Industry should not profit when US Citizens need medical attention. Price controls need to be in place to control their GREED!!!

Flake is a self centered hypocrite and must be booted out of the US Senate!!!! We need a person in the US Senate that represents the best interests off ALL Arizona Citizens.

29 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Francis Saitta on 07/19/2017 at 5:16 AM

Re: “Best Local Sportscaster

I vote for Jason Barr for 2017!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by LT on 07/18/2017 at 10:53 PM

Re: “The Ward 3 Tucson City Council Zona Politics Debate

I hope all three of them have the intestinal fortitude to introduce a $100 per year bicycle tax.

6 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Portlandia is heaven on 07/18/2017 at 8:20 PM

Re: “Gates Pass Overlook, Tucson Mountain Park

My wife and I came to Tucson many years ago. We are from back East. We love Tucson and it our home for the rest of our lives. We would do a lot of hiking and of course Gates Pass was one of our favorites. Our son would go with us whenever his work scheduled allowed. Then, unfortunately, our son contracted cancer. After a brave and rough struggle he passed away. My wife and I were by his bed side. After his passing we drove to Gates Pass and watched the sun set while crying for hours. The sun set was beautiful and we knew that our son was now in a better place away from all of the suffering he was going through. We still go back to Gates Pass on our son's birthday every year and watch the sun set. It means a lot to us.

Posted by Dusty Dial on 07/18/2017 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Flake Takes a Turn To the Right

We would have been better served if they had maintained gridlock when the Dems forced the ACA through, saying "pass it and then you can see what's in the bill."

Has that person (Pelosi) been replaced? No. We need Democrats that will join Republicans to replace the flawed law. But they are busy chasing Russian dreams of impeachment. And the country be damned. Very selfish of them.

2 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by What Happened To America on 07/18/2017 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Community Unites to Support India Oven

I will do this as soon as my social security is in the bank. I need to go out for Indian Food.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by nutridawg on 07/18/2017 at 1:44 AM

Re: “Review: Danny Lyon—Present Future, the Silverman Museum Collection

The whole city scape is a delicious day after pill, a three way of two towers sucked to rubble, two parents named Past and Future; both hassles. All thats left of us, like tinsil wrapping around aethiest Christmas trees, are seeds like this comment, lilely tossed to concrete treated like rich soil. Pick one up and plant it in you, theres not mucb time left.

Posted by Niles Hunter on 07/17/2017 at 11:59 PM

Re: “Requiem for Rolf

Rolfs death has turned sweet 16. I cried over his absense tonight for the first time since I cried laat, 16 years ago. I didnt understand myself over the years, meaning why I felt so cold and absent of care of who we were to each other, but for whatever reason, Rolf resurected for me tonight, whole, im glad this piece exists on line. Your portait of him, is intensely accurate. Prayer cireworks up forever.

Posted by Niles Hunter on 07/17/2017 at 11:29 PM

Re: “Flake Takes a Turn To the Right

Looks like the Republican health care bill has just failed because two Republican Senators refused to support it:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/17/us/politics/health-care-overhaul-collapses-as-two-republican-senators-defect.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

We need to move away from gridlock, not descend deeper into it. Those who look at every Republican who inclines toward bipartisan compromises as a weak member of the herd and join extremists in the opposing party to try to take centrists down are only exacerbating a situation in which our representatives must refuse, in order to survive politically, to work together for the common good.

8 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Self-interested partisanship doesn't improve anything. on 07/17/2017 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Political Punch

And you need to give up. 6 years of annoying the Left around here and no sign of quitting. At least I stick with one name.

5 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 07/17/2017 at 4:54 PM

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