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Preserve history by leaving ‘Haunted Hospital’ standing I read, with some interest, your March 20 article and March 22 editorial about the “Haunted Hospital,” and again am saddened by our unwillingness to preserve history. Why do we let such a beautiful building fall into disrepair? Why do we abandon these beautiful buildings (part of our heritage) and then, when time and neglect enter, tear them down and leave vacant, uncared-for lots? To use this building ...

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wmarincic
March 27, 2012
7:09 a.m.

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Paul D. Tonko

And my health insurance went up 500%. Nuerological surgeons will have to get permission from a panel of non doctors for permission to operate on anyone over 70 years old, which in affect are death panels. Lack of needed prescription drugs in emergency rooms and hospitals are at an all time high as is the closing of hospitals. I would say it is time you did the taxpayers a favor and retire.

mossey
March 27, 2012
7:42 a.m.

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Agreed, warincic. The goal of health care reform should have been to lower the cost of healthcare itself, and of insurance coverage, making health care accessible. Instead, we made healthcare free to some, and painfully expensive to others.

Small business owners are going broke trying to offer insurance as a benefit, with unplanned increases in premiums that delay the opportunity for business growth. Self-employment is becoming a nonviable option. That's no way to lead a nation into economic recovery.

lanaturner
March 27, 2012
8:20 a.m.

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Death Panels...I finally figured out your true identity - you're Sarah Palin!!!!!

EH3
March 27, 2012
11:44 a.m.

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so what's the solution to providing affordable health care to Americans from the right?

tonijean613
March 27, 2012
3 p.m.

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After a job loss in Massachusetts, COBRA ($400.00/month for Blue Cross) ended 18 months later -but 2 months shy of the start of the new Massachusetts Commonwealth Care (ObamaCare is based on MA plan)-
when I called Blue Cross to find out what coverage was going to cost me for those 2 months- I was quoted $850.00 per month just for individual coverage.
I went 2 months without insurance- then started on Commonwealth Care at a cost of $150.00/month with better coverage to Blue Cross, lower co-pays and the addition of eye glass benefit. The premium rates depend on your income and you have a choice of many plans and premiums and co-pays. The MA plan saved me ! Once you go back to work for a company, you are no longer allowed to access Commonwealth Care- you are forced to accept the insurance of your new employer- even though it may be less coverage. My personal solution is better Medicare for All- but the MA plan seems pretty good and most are pretty happy with the straigt forward cost and coverage. An immediate way for Congress to keep more people from losing coverage until ObamaCare kicks in would be to simply expand COBRRA- why cant people just permanently stay on COBRA if they can afford to pay for it and are happy with their plan? Congressman Tonko could introduce a COBRA extension bill.

paulj
March 27, 2012
4:15 p.m.

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Mr. Tonko,

When you front load bills, in his case, benefits, then tax after 2014, sure it looks good until you read the other 2600 pages. The longer it goes the worse it gets.

wmarincic
March 27, 2012
5 p.m.

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The plan from the right was the healthcare before Obamacare. Nobody in America was denied healthcare, we already had universal healthcare. We had medicaid for those on public assistance that did not have health insurance and we had hospitals that by law could not turn emergency patients away. With Obamacare we just took those people from medicaid and made people with health insurance pay their bill. Again, my health insurance went up 500% because of Obamacare, I now pay over $20,000 per year for insurance.

EH3
March 27, 2012
5:27 p.m.

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Do you really think that healthcare in America was working well before Obama?????-tell that to the people with pre-existing conditions who have been unable to get insurance (I believe that it still has a long way to go...)I'm not sure what happened with your health insurance but mine didn't go up more than usual... We already pay medicaid recipients and non-insured emergency patients bills through taxes and higher premiums...

wmarincic
March 27, 2012
7:39 p.m.

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That was before an additional 56M people. I work for a small company with about 200 people and my plan changed so that I now have to pay 30% of everything up to the first $9400 plus I pay $149 per week for my wife and myself and $35 copays. I am already up to the $9400. this year due to my wife. I never had to pay a dime above my premium before Obamacare. Pre-exsisting conditions were also already covered by medicaid.

JLibertarian
March 28, 2012
12:27 p.m.

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Someone asked for a better solution than Obamacare or any of the other suggested fixes. None of these so-called fixes address the real issue. They all work off of the same premise that everyone needs health insurance to get health care. That is bunk!

The main causes for the rise in health insurance and health care costs are the implementation of the HMO concept, having a third party pay for your health care, and government intrusions. The HMO problem is that more people go to the doctor more often than before HMO's. The more you use something the more it is going to cost. When you have a third party pay for something you purchase, you don't generally care what the cost is. And whenever government gets involved in any aspect of commerce, it always forces prices to rise.

Here is the real solution. Decouple health insurance coverage from employers. In other words, each person who wants health insurance, buys it on their own from the free market and can buy it from a company in another state if they want. Get government out of health care and health insurance completely. By that I mean no government mandated coverages for health insurance policies and reduce, even eliminate regulations. This will allow people to buy the coverage they want/need at a cost that is agreeable to them. If someone doesn't have health insurance, they will be free to negotiate the cost of health care with their provider. Do you know that in New York State, you can't make an agreement with your doctor for the cost of services he provides you. The state considers such an arrangement to be health insurance and has to be regulated.

These free market solutions are so simple that I guarantee the cost of health care and health insurance will drop dramatically while the level of care and health innovation will go up.

wmarincic
March 28, 2012
7:13 p.m.

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gaetani you are 100% correct

EH3
March 28, 2012
9:26 p.m.

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and what happens to the person who can't afford health insurance or chooses not to buy it because they are young and healthy when they suddenly have catastrophic health problems. Who picks up the bill -or do we just let them die (insert sound of cheering at the tea party rally) _but, I agree that some common-sense deregulation could do a lot to bring costs down...

wmarincic
March 29, 2012
7:10 a.m.

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EH3 it was the Tea Party that brought attention to the death panels in Obamacare. The young and healthy would probably pay less money for insurance. We pay for people's catastrophic care now.

EH3
March 29, 2012
7:21 p.m.

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and that would change if everyone had health insurance! My rates would go down if I didn't have to subsidize the uninsureds' catastrophic medical bills. Death panels are just another ficticious right wing talking point...

JLibertarian
March 30, 2012
9:24 a.m.

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EH3, That is the fallacy that the Democrat politicians are espousing. Your health insurance costs will not go down. They will go up because you will now be subsidizing everyone who uses their health insurance. The more you use something the more it costs. The other fallacy is that we are paying for the uninsureds' catastrophic care now. How so? Is it because the insurance companies charge more for insurance? That argument doesn't make any sense. Is it because health care providers charge us more? You would think so but the health insurance companies control how much they pay so much that the health care providers can't really do that.

Answer me this. What is so great about having your children on your health insurance coverage until they are 26? As a matter of fact, when my daughter is 26, I will be on Medicare (if it is still around) and I don't think she will be allowed on that policy.

As I stated before, the best way to solve the health insurance and health care issues is to actually do away with health insurance for health maintenance care and only have it for catastrophic care. Then the market would work on keeping the costs down. You would be free to negotiate costs with your doctor and pharmacy.

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