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Comment Archives: stories: Columns: Boomer with Attitude

Re: “How Obamacare saved my life

Wrong DLP; John is the "Me" generation, epitomized by the "Why should I have to pay for that? It's expensive! It should be free to me and SOMEONE else should have to bear the cost."

I'm GenX, meaning I have to pick up your tab as I have thirty more years to work taking home less than 60% of my income due to Federal and State tax loads, and AMT (a "right-wing" thing) makes sure I get squat for deductions.

I'm not a "right-winger", or even a republican. I'm a taxpayer who is fed up with the fact that I keep picking up the tab. Pay your share. That's all I ask. No pre-existing condition pool? Fine, but pay the taxpayer back after receiving the care. Most people will drop the premium after running up the bill. God and the Government, we adore, in times of sickness, not before. The sickness pass and the situation righted, God is forgotten and the taxpayer slighted.

Government can't pay for anything unless it has first taken. Pay your fair share. If you have expensive surgeries on the taxpayer, why shouldn't you pay that pool back over the following years? You used the care didn't you? Starting a high premium pool that accepts pre-existing conditions is great, right up until the people that run up the bill leave because they don't want to pay the high premiums after receiving the care. And that's what happens. Watch.

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Posted by Someone on 10/05/2012 at 6:11 PM

Re: “How Obamacare saved my life

Obama Care is like a cute little puppy at this stage: small, energetic, affordable. But in a few years it is going to grow into an out-of-control great dane sized mongrel that wil be enormously expensive to maintain.

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Posted by The Ugly Truth on 10/01/2012 at 7:41 PM

Re: “How Obamacare saved my life

I used to wonder what the world would be like when the "Me" generation grew up. Now we know.

Someone has chosen to ignore the fact that insurance companies don't have to sell you a policy if they think you might actually make claims. A very large number of people cannot buy insurance at any price, and many more simply cannot afford it. Medical insurance should not be a for profit industry.

Right wing people show there true colors when they express disgust as they sarcastically state "some people think they are entitled to food and healthcare".

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Posted by DLP on 09/28/2012 at 7:05 PM

Re: “How Obamacare saved my life

Obamacare also saved my life. In my case it was throat cancer. Would have died in April before my 50th birthday. I thank god every day for being so lucky!

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Posted by Jeff Jeans on 09/25/2012 at 6:27 PM

Re: “How Obamacare saved my life

Of course the care should be provided. Point to where I said otherwise.

Here is the point, in case you missed it, and apparently you did.

Pay your fair share. Pay an amount that approximates the risk. Before and after a catastrophic medical event; Don't dump the excess cost on "the system" because that's code for taxpayers. Remember, as a premium payer, the taxpayer that pays the outrageous health insurance premiums, inflated by medical inefficiency, medical excess and medical inflation, ALREADY covers the median risk of the pool. Now they get to pick up the bill for those who decide coverage is too expensive, but jump in at the last minute to lay the claims at the taxpayers feet. That's like buying insurance at the scene of an at-fault accident, from a state pool that can't say no, and which then drops the cost to the taxpayer.

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Posted by SOMEONE on 09/22/2012 at 4:34 PM

Re: “How Obamacare saved my life

SOMEONE can't fathom using any of his tax dollars to pay for something as silly as saving people's lives. SOMEONE knows full and well that medical care has reached the point of being unobtainable without insurance, and insurance unobtainable to millions of people. SOMEONE thinks they should just die in the street, evidently.

There are plenty of uses of public money that can be debated as frivolous, but I don't see this as one of them.

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Posted by rumbrave on 09/20/2012 at 6:11 PM

Re: “How Obamacare saved my life

John,

Glad you made it, bladder cancer took my father. I sincerely hope you stay in the clear.

Obamacare's state fund worked for you personally, but SOMEONE paid for the "enormous" costs you mention. I wonder who that SOMEONE was. If only there were a way to make each person pay a sum (let's call them "premiums") that reflected their risk factors of each individual, and these payments, in aggregate, would pay for all the procedures and drugs (let's call them "benefits") of the pool of people paying in. Oh wait; we have that already. It's called health insurance. The premiums you rejected as too high were in fact probably correct for your risk, weren't they? Had those insurers covered you at standard rates, they would have been hosed by your subsequent losses far in excess of premiums paid.

You rejected paying for coverage until a low cost (to you) solution came along, and now SOMEONE has to pay for your benefits to the tune of "enormous" amounts, when you should have been footing some of that cost, after all, that's fair to SOMEONE who doesn't have a history of bladder cancer and pays his own premiums. Why should SOMEONE now foot the bulk of your benefits? All state insurance funds (healthcare, workers comp, non-standard auto, etc.) have two consequences; they drive down competition by charging below proper risk adjusted rates, and transfer costs to SOMEONE. They are eventually mismanaged, have high expense ratios compared to private peers, and are usually disbanded, sold, spun-off, or remain the bane of insurance markets, as the Florida Citizens property pool and the California workers comp pool have been.

The answer, and anyone in insurance should tell you this, is to make each person pay an amount that reflects their risk factors and the risk of the pool, but backstop only catastrophic losses with a state or federal pool, which prevents SOMEONE from picking up the whole tab, and distributes the costs more fairly while preventing pre-existing screening refusals.

Glad SOMEONE was there for you, buddy, but don't thank Obama. It wasn't him that funded the pool.

sincerely, SOMEONE

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Posted by Someone on 09/20/2012 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Dear Mr. President

Please…seriously, you guys need to put down the choom pipe and get off Fantasy Island. Every premise Grooms posits can be shown demonstrably false. Of course you won’t see it on MSNBC because while shilling for O they paint their straw men predictable and extreme.

Obama is the most radicalized, far-left extremist ever to sit in the Oval Office…and you’re lamenting he’s not radical enough? Here is a man politically schooled by Frank Marshall Davis and who has populated his circle of friends and Administration with various species of equally radical Marxists from Bill Ayers to Van Jones to Valerie Jarrett. These people embrace a political ideology that in its full bloom has resulted in 100 million corpses in the 20th century alone…but it’s the Tea Party and their call to return to Constitutional principles and fiscal sanity that gets labeled Radical…Bugs Bunny can’t get that zany. I admit that Bush took the toys out of the box but Obama put the batteries in and is now screaming through the living room.

The fiscal policies of this president are fantastically irresponsible and egregious…no matter how noble the intent and lies told to justify them. Obama has increased the federal deficit by over a trillion dollars every year of his term and the Treasury must raise 4 trillion this year alone just to pay the interest on its total debt obligations. With interest rates at zero, just one tick upward and the debt burden will explode. Under this President's budget, the debt will balloon 18 trillion more dollars in just 10 years. How can you morally justify that? The full faith and credit of the USA is smoke only nobody knows it quite yet.

Needless to say, this president’s economic policies have been and continue to be an abject failure. We’ve lost our credit rating, we’re monetizing our debt, our enemies are stronger and America and its allies are weaker. Belying his words, his actions kowtow to the likes of Russia and China, and his Middle East policy is a smoking ruin. “Just 4 more years,” he asks, and my policies will succeed…yeah, in completely collapsing the economy.

Have you ever witnessed the dissolution of social cohesion in a country whose economy was finally wrecked by enlightened people who just wanted to make everything free for you? Put this man back in the WH and you may get to find out. A run on bread and milk because it might snow will be a nap in the hammock by comparison.

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Posted by tony661 on 09/17/2012 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Dear Mr. President

The Republicans are totally united in their quest to sell America to the highest bidder. In unity there is strength, so the prospect is frightening. Unfortunately the alternative is the spineless Democrats. The President began the process of closing the Guantanamo Bay political prison and conducting trials for the people being imprisoned there. The Republicans went crazy and began a Fox News led scare campaign. The President backed down. Now replace the "Guantanamo Bay" with almost anything else he promised when running and you can make an identical statement. He began, the Republicans went crazy and began a Fox News lead scare campaign and he backed down.

We don't want the crazy right wing pandering Republicans. We want the man President Obama promised to be when he was running last time. If the Republicans ever find their way back toward the center where they used to be, the Democrats will be in big trouble. Most of their base is made up of people who are not voting FOR the Democrats, they are voting AGAINST the Republicans. What we really need is a strong 3rd party so that no individual party can get control of the entire government.

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Posted by DLP on 09/10/2012 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Dear Mr. President

THANK YOU. Social issues - definitely a better choice. In every other manner - not a fan.

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Posted by blakey on 09/06/2012 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Gun insanity

John, please suggest solutions. If all gun sales stopped today, that would still leave hundreds of millions of guns in the country. Tell me how you'd get rid of them. If your goal is to save lives, why not rail against distracted driving, or support vacinations or fight against malaria in the 3rd world?

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Posted by Jorah Lavin on 08/28/2012 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Gun insanity

This is a much different article than I expected out of John, but it ended about where I expected it to.

Falsehoods - You can "easily" order a gun online - Not true. You can arrange for a transfer from a dealer or an individual to a local dealer (though not from an individual in Charlotte, all the dealers I polled will only accept transfer from another FFL holding dealer) who will do the same background checks he would if you were in front of him.

"Nine out of ten Americans are in favor of laws preventing people with mental problems from owning guns" - I would say this is 10 out of 10. Those with histories that are reported (key word) to the database are already prevented. How do you stop the people like James Holmes? Enforce the laws we have; he was seeing a psychiatrist, and should have been flagged, but was not. How do you stop people with no record from one day flipping that switch? You can't, really.

"No one needs a damned assault rifle besides soldiers" - Please look at the CDC statistics on what weapons cause homicide. It isn't "rifles" where so-called assault weapons roll up to. You are more likely to be knifed than shot with a rifle. When you remove suicide, you are left with 11k firearms deaths (2009 data, CDC) in the US. Most of those are by people known to the victim (i.e. shot by your wife or lover, or both). Rifles account for 3% of those homicides based on CDC data, so about 350 (many of which are "hunting rifles" you describe but I give you the benefit). Therefore you are 72 times as likely to die in fall, or 98 times more likely to die in a car accident than be killed by a rifle. Only 520 "Boomers" in the entire country were killed by any kind of firearms in 2009, so John I think your odds of surviving the gauntlet you face navigating the 50 million or so gun owners in this country is pretty good. "We, the people", all 310 million or so of us, are given a method of government by the Constitution, and the 50 million of us "people" holding guns, as enshrined in that document, ensure that no one takes those rights from the rest of you, though you keep trying to take one very specific right away from us.

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Posted by Longrifle on 08/24/2012 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Gun insanity

Nice little Anti-gun rant. Full of fire and fury but in reality, offering absolutely nothing to the argument. No suggestions, no options, no ideas...only the same old cry of "WHY DON'T LAWMAKERS DO SOMETHING?!?!?!" But here is the problems, laws don’t fix jack.

There are 3 basic types of people. Sheep, predators and shepards. It is obvious that DLP and John Grooms are happy to be sheep. But don't try to make me one.

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Posted by David on 08/23/2012 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Gun insanity

As long as the Republicans and the NRA can keep the sheep convinced that ANY gun control law of any kind is just the first step toward the evil government confiscating all the guns, the foolishness will continue.

I wonder why no one ever claims that registration and recurring inspection of cars and licensing of and mandatory insurance of drivers is the first step toward the government confiscating all the cars?

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Posted by DLP on 08/23/2012 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Corporate America is not your buddy

Do not tell the politicians that, who let the corporations run the country.

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Posted by Jacob Crim on 08/05/2012 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Corporate America is not your buddy

But greed is good, gluttony is synonymous with success, and the worship of profit is what makes us number one in the world. Anyone who falls on hard times is just a lazy member of the entitlement class. Just ask any Conservative.

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Posted by DLP on 08/03/2012 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Too dumb to vote?

I think a great start would be the elimination of any hint of party membership on the ballot, much like they do with judges.

Then if we could get people to stop listening to what politicians say about each other and listen to what they say about themselves and their plans if elected.

I am so tired of campaign ads that say "vote for me because the other guy is a crook".

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Posted by DLP on 07/31/2012 at 6:31 AM

Re: “Too dumb to vote?

If you honestly think that a group of people, Dem or Rep, are willing to put a person in office, at the expense of millions, if not billions of dollars, for a job that pays roughly 200K a year, and that there is NOT something shady going on... you are too dumb to vote. If you honestly think politicians represent "the people" and not corporate interest, I have some bad news for you as well. Democrat and Republican are just two sides of the same corrupt, criminal empire. The only real choice was Ron Paul, 4 years ago, before he tried to be a Republican. Now the only real choice will be a revolution or a tyranny. American's are too busy watching American Idol or Dancing with the stars for a revolution, so you can guess where we are heading.

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Posted by ParaZite on 07/29/2012 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Too dumb to vote?

It's definitely not a left or right problem. While a significant percentage of self-described "conservatives" still believe Obama is Muslim, a comparable percentage of African-American voters believed in '08 that if Obama was elected all of their loans - including mortgages - would be wiped clean (polls show that the percentage on that has stayed pretty much the same as they believe it hasn't happened because Republicans have blocked him). Ed identified one reason why it would never happen. Obama has demonstrated a striking and discomforting failure to grasp many fundamental economic concepts on the micro- and macro- scales. So those in office would never agree to being vetted so plainly. But a bigger reason is that both parties rely on "useful idiots" to ensure they can always rely on a base level of support - whether it's voters in their party who only need a few keywords from a couple of speeches to be good to go for that cycle, or the ones on the other side (who are typically the loudest) who will scare their base with the content and volume of their rhetoric. The modern calculus of elections can be quite depressing.

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Posted by Ben Teague on 07/29/2012 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Too dumb to vote?

A similar test should be issued to those who wish to run for public office. Too many Bachmanns out there.

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Posted by Ed McDonald on 07/26/2012 at 7:54 AM

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