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Speak up now to protect next year’s Social Security COLA Recently I read of the possibility of Social Security recipients not receiving a cost-of-living increase for 2010. It has not been confirmed, and there is a possibility it may not happen. It has not happened in the last 30 years. I have yet to see a comment from AARP or anyone else on behalf of the elderly regarding this matter. Seeing as every other commercial ...


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Tommy
July 30, 2009
4:31 a.m.

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"Government can’t be trusted with health care
How can I believe our government will deliver quality health care on a consistent basis when their postal department can’t deliver my daily newspaper on a consistent basis?
Jim Esch
Niskayuna"
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I am in AWE of your knowledge, and insight.

Ummm, the post office doesn't deliver your paper, unless you live in another city, or jail, and subscribe by mail.

I'm pretty sure your mom's newspaper is delivered by a regular newspaper carrier, just like the rest of us.

Parrots in your stage of development, really shouldn't be listening to mainstream AM talk radio, or FoxNews, as it's really beginning to distort your mind.

MikeTheInfidel
July 30, 2009
12:38 p.m.

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Tommy, I don't know what you're talking about. The post office is supposed to deliver all sorts of things, and they're terrible at it! Why, I still haven't received my takeout kung-pao chicken, and I ordered that on May 20th! I had a big dinner planned with a bunch of friends, and the post office never delivered my groceries, so the whole event fell flat.

How can we trust a government that can't even get its agencies to deliver the things they have nothing to do with? Come on!

Sunnie57
July 30, 2009
5:44 p.m.

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Jo Ann Sorsby, Obamacare will make healthcare TOTALLY in the hands of the politicians.

Tommy
July 30, 2009
6:01 p.m.

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MikeTheInfidel:

I know what you're going through, and I feel your pain.

Every day, I run out to the mailbox, hoping that pizza I ordered would finally get here.

I wish it would get here already, because I'm starting to get really, really hungry.

With my luck though, it'll be cold when it gets here.

medic_sean426
July 30, 2009
9:16 p.m.

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Health care is definitely a hot button, as well it should be. I agree that all Americans deserve and should have health care. Ideally, we would all have free health care. But there are a couple snags in the theory. What sounds good on paper often has terrible consequences or flaws in real life. Free health care would be wonderful - but where, then does the money come from to fund it? If no patients ever pay for medicine, how will the companies who make it pay for its production? How will hospitals pay for their equipment, or maintenance of the building, and for their staff? Or should doctors and nurses be all-volunteer - you seriously think you'll get top notch care from a volunteer surgeon? No jolly-volly doc is taking a scalpel to me! How will ambulances pay for equipment and vehicle maintenance? Or are you okay with riding in a vehicle that is rustier than a 1950s Schwinn? Even the idea of health care for all should have conditions attached. To obtain said health care, people should be willing to put in an effort. This means actually attempting to earn a living, rather than sitting on your butt day after day collecting a welfare check to support your crack habit and two dozen children. If you LOOK for a job, and still can't get one, that's understandable - it's hard times. But I refer to all the lazy SOBs out there who would rather just sit back and have the rest of us - who DO work for our keep - pay for their housing, their food, their children, and, yes, for their health care. Have drug testing mandatory to receive health insurance, as well as welfare and food stamps and WIC. Have the cost of health insurance based upon your risks. If you've never smoked a day in your life, don't drink in excess, never did drugs, maintain a relatively sane weight, etc, you shouldn't pay as much to be insured as a ten pack a day smoker, a perpetual drunk, a crack addict, or the 500 pound monolith that lives down the street from you. You require fewer hospitalizations, and thus should pay less. It's common sense. Sadly, that's in VERY short supply nowadays.

Phils2008
July 31, 2009
5:56 a.m.

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OK Tommy and Mikey, you had your fun. Thats the usual liberal retort. A personal attack. Jim's point was clear enough. If you two chuckle heads have anything more to offer lets hear it. Try to avoid the gibberish espousing you're entitlement to other peoples money and that people somehow have a "right" to free things. While you're at it, enlighten us to all the efficiently run programs the Government's involved in. Only fools believe Democrats can run a lemonade stand.

trishb
July 31, 2009
10:18 a.m.

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I pay a good amount of money to provide health insurance for my family. I am frustrated that I am not allowed to include my 20 yr old son on my plan because he isnt a full time student. He has a health issue that needs to be adressed and cannot find any state or county agencies to help him. I cant pull any more money out of pocket for health coverage my healthcare budget is near busted. Here is my confusion... what business is it of the insurance companies if my son is in college or afull time student?
I cant afford to send him to school.Will they pay some of the costs of his education so they can add him to my insurance plan? Is it not flat out discrimination to withhold insurance based on educational status?

Phils2008
July 31, 2009
6:08 p.m.

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Thrish, my auto budget is near busted, would you be at all upset if we taxed you an additional $100/month to help me out? I must have some "right" to have your financial assistance. I'll bet you won't give me a dime. As for the insurance companies, you sound a lot like the SS recipients with their " I deserve it, I paid in" mantra. It doesn't phase them that they take out 500% more then they ever put in. You probably make a $20 co-pay to cover a $200 doctor visit. Now how is the insurance provider the evil villain in all this? If I have a 29 year old living at home should the insurance company just continue to cover him? There should be some gratitude that coverage is extended to our college students, but as usual no good deed goes unpunished especially when it comes to people who more and more feel a sense of entitlement. Life is tough. Shift your priorities. Give up your internet and cable TV access and maybe you can make some health insurance payments. You have no right to keep those and then push to have me pay your other bills.

whatshisname
August 1, 2009
12:06 p.m.

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We already have government medicine. Since 1953 the Indian Health Service has not worked. The VA is a mess. I understand Medicaid and Medicare are broke. The track record speaks clearly: Govt is not able to administer a working health system.

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