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commented on Clay Bennett
5 days ago
Oh dear … my apologies folks. Posting from devices is a business fraught with pitfalls, and I should swear off forthwith. That reply should go to Tigger, on a different ´toon.
Gosh – you must have missed the news. Obama did, in fact, sign a health care bill, which did how a clear intention to address accessibility issue’s. He knew it would be challenged, but what sort of crystal ball would have told him that the Supreme Court would arbitrarily redefine the term as “a tax”? What that means in practical terms is that insurers can deny any claims they don´t want to pay.
Let´s stop pretending, shall we? The thing has been ruled to be a tax, and apparently the insurers are tasked with collecting those taxes. Hard to see how this will benefit any taxpayers’ health, though.
commented on Jeff Stahler
7 days ago
Or, just another open sewer ..
commented on Matt Davies
12 days ago
“I thought we had moved on from this type of state sanctioned bigotry.”
If we didn’t have this state sanctioned bigotry, we’d have no bigotry at all! What sort of society would that be? Isn’t that what we expect from governments? To deal with those situations we can’t or won’t handle ourselves?
It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it, right, and if the taxpayers won’t, well, guess the gummint has to step in.
I certainly won’t.In fact, I think l’ll just avoid Arizona altogether.
commented on Steve Benson
15 days ago
Well … the world is in BIG trouble :-/
commented on Non Sequitur
15 days ago
Don’t believe me? Read the findings of the Actuary for Health and Human Services which runs Medicare and Medicaid. It may be ok to all the talking heads on PBS now, but eventually even Mark Shields won’t be able to afford out of pocket medical care.
Right you are. As soon as insurers understood that they would now have to cover pre-existing conditions, the panic was on for a fix. The Supremes came through for them handsomely. What they have now is carte blanche to deny any coverage they don’t feel like paying.
This is called ‘bait and switch’ by cons and the cops who chase them. We’ve been scammed, people.
commented on Luann
22 days ago
By George, I think he’s got it!!!
commented on Tom Toles
25 days ago
“Our Congress already do vote themselves raises and have perks that make them secular kings and queens. That needs to be reversed. Right now that is impossible.”
Yes indeed. I don’t think that’s quite what the trolls who keep flapping that quote at us mean, though.
Certainly, all the Big Boys have taken it to heart. BigOil, BigAg … They figured out early on that subsidies eliminated competition. That wasn’t good enough for them, though … even better to ship most of our industry off shore. That not only eliminated taxes and regulations and living wages for workers, it got the whole ugly mess out of sight out of mind. For the government, not the workers, but just keep singing the ‘too lazy to work’ song at them. Keep them cold and hungry, and they won’t be thinking about who the ‘lazy takers’ really are.
commented on Tom Toles
26 days ago
Yep, solar is very useful, and there is more than one way to effect it. We have a passive solar unit – that is, a glass wall, vented to the basement, under close control to push warm air into the basement in daylight (when the temp differential is enough), and vice versa in the summer, to dump cool air into the basement at night.
Given that we were the somewhat less than happy recipients of Enron’s generosity, the fact that it has cut our power bills in half made it well worth doing. It is entirely constructed of found materials, including the fans scrounged from dead microwaves and that sort of thing.
Home Power Magazine has run some very interesting designs over the last few years, though they have gradually come to emphasize commercial solutions more than DIY. Even so – there are some good designs.
commented on Glenn McCoy
28 days ago
“That is unless you do not have a job and the tax payer picks up most of the tab, but that will not help the work force?”
With the SC ruling that the ACA is a ‘tax’, not an insurance, that’s exactly what is happening. You pay taxes, and take what you get, if anything. In the case of the ACA, the insurers are getting theirs – people are being strongarmed by force of law to pay for non-existent services.
This will kill a lot of us off, and it won’t be pretty. I hope you’ve successfully taught your kids to b good slaves; that will be the most important trait after we’re gone.
I wish them luck.
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