I'm not registering for a damn thing unless it's to be on a death panel and then we'll get to yanking gray haired blue blocker wearing grandparents out of their land yachts to never be heard from again. HAHAHAHAAA!!! Then on to spandex wearing lance armstrong wannabes, the list never ends! The death panel must be employed and obeyed!! Ya'll better wake up.
The second sentence claims that "the GOP had essentially crafted the law over the past 20 years". I wish you had then included some, oh I don't know, facts to back this up. This is a really bold claim, especially since it's common knowledge that no Republicans voted for the law. You may be taking a clue from those in the policy making business but, contrary to what they seem to think, saying it doesn't make it so.
I also find it interesting that you reference Grayson's one page bill as an alternative. Certainly, Democrats could have passed that instead with just as much Republican support. But, I'm sorry to be the one to break this to you, Democrats aren't going to cut off the government's tax base. This is the reason tobacco companies aren't out of business. It's this myth of the caring liberals and evil conservatives that I encounter so much. Let's get real. The only people politicians care about are themselves.
Sorry mat , the conservatives had nothing to do with Obamacare, No GOP voted for it in the House or in the Senate.
Matter of fact . Pelosi would not allow any GOP in any of the meetings when they were forming the Bill,. so its all on the Democrats. Come 2014 I see many Democrats being replaced by Conservatives, in Both Houses. nice job you idiots.
Obama lied. Why put lied in parentheses?
"At your income level, insurance will either be free....."
Nothing is free. Someone else will be paying for it.
I guess that's the point, right?
When takers outnumber makers, the country is finished.
It's as simple as that.
When it comes to spying on Americans, the Federal government is perfectly capable of hiring private contractors to design robust computer systems capable of efficiently intercepting millions of phone calls and emails on a daily basis.
But with a three year head start, and what should be a limitless budget (Obama will spend whatever necessary to launch his baby), they are unable to build a working government version of "Priceline.com" for healthcare?
At least we can all rest easy with Sebelius' latest revelation - that convicted felons are not precluded from working as certified "navigators", and that one of their job functions will include gathering personal identity data from prospective enrolees.
Fear not. Your identity data is secure when stored in a government database. Just ask all those e-filers in South Carolina who are now recipients of free credit monitoring, because the state did such a good job of securing their credit card and social security numbers.
Big Government is the answer to everything.
Detached bureaucrats will always produce superior results over private sector "skin in the game" types, right?
Alicia, check out healthcare.gov At your income level, insurance will either be free or you will remain without insurance with no penalty because South Carolina did not expand medicaid. So you are either better off with ACA or thanks to SC, in the same boat you are in now.
You are right on target with this article. I make $10/hour and the law says that a policy that costs 9.5% of my salary is "affordable". I'd like to see the people involved in making the law work for insurance companies and not the people pay housing, food, and transportation on $9.35 an hour. And I am penalized if I do not accept health insurance that brings my salary so low I cannot afford living expenses. I lobbied for health care reform, but this is not what I lobbied for. It's what the insurance companies and corporate executives lobbied for
In testimony on Capitol Hill, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, in response to a direct question: “Congresswoman, we have spent about $118 million on the website itself, and about $56 million has been expended on other IT to support the web.”
That adds up to $174 million.
Maybe you could show a little bit of consternation at such a waste of our money.
No matter someone's political leanings, government waste of our tax dollars should concern everyone.
It really is what most conservatives feel is best for the country and not scorin points or wins.
For liberals it is all about the agenda and stayin in power...they really don't care about the common man like they pretend too and this column shows it.
Have we forgotten what North Charleston did to the residents that lived on the property where the Coliseum and PAC are now located? This is not news how they treat poor people. Saying that...I live in Wando Woods and am glad to see the area cleaned up. My main concern is the additional traffic in and out of WW. I am not looking forward to the additional traffic going into and out of our neighborhood.
Cuba? And again with people walking in and taking "stuff." Not the point. In Cuba, the government owns the property. And they decide who may dwell there - exclusively. And they do so through an often corrupt state-run exchange called Permuta whereby two people with "rights" to fairly equal properties may get state approval to swap. Oh, and they are now doing away with this and allowing private property ownership because their system does not work in terms of the economy, value of property, or fair access for those not currently in the dwelling of their choosing.
A dwelling occupies the "dirt" and in order to have a residence, someone must have exclusive rights to that dirt. For that to happen, someone (private or government entity) must OWN the dirt. I don't want permanent "campers" in my backyard just because my dwelling doesn't cover all my "dirt" and I have no exclusive rights to that dirt.
Anyone who trusts the president and has belief in his policies is getting exactly what they deserve. A shame that so many other people are getting screwed in the mean time.
I support the ACA. However, I took the President at his word and expected to keep my policy and doctors. I thoughy the ACA would bring more choice. My only choice after cancellation is to accept a policy I cannot afford (rural resident with no subsidy, bronze premium 15%+ of gross income) that doesn't let me see my doctors and has much higher deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums.
Democrats need to support grandfathering all plans in existence in 2013, as proposed by Senator Landrieu (D), and take the issue off the table before facing two years of "you lied" heading toward the ballot box.
Here's what worries me most about Obamacare once it's in full swing:
"People respond to incentives, although not necessarily in ways that are predictable or manifest. Therefore, one of the most powerful laws in the universe is the law of unintended consequences." -From the book "SuperFreakonomics"
With that in mind, see:
"Obamacare: Making a bad situation worse"
"That's because someone owns the property, and they have made it available to you. What a stupid point you make here. You own your "stuff" so no one may barge in and mess with your stuff because, you know, it's ok to "own" that. But they can certainly barge onto the property you live on if no one owns it. You'll find that all property is "owned" by one entity or another. Else we are left to fight over the use of it."
Even in societies that don't recognize private ownership of land this doesn't happen. At all. Do you think people just walk in Cubans' houses and start taking stuff? No. Their possessions and their dwelling place are their own. The only difference is that people don't have to right to sell a piece of dirt.
You see what's getting missed here is the very real conception of gentrification and its negative effects on communities that are marginalized, disenfranchised, and have little to no voice. While those who may live on rented property have less legal status to maintaining their residency they still posses certain rights and deserve a voice in the reallocation of property. Universities ought not to be complicit in the gentrification process. In fact, one of the events that sparked the Columbia student riots of 1968 was the shady dealings of the university in buying up land in Harlem for university purposes. While it might have been legal it was unethical and students stood up to administrators and those who have profited from it.
"I don't currently own my residence, but that doesn't mean anyone can barge in whenever they want to."
That's because someone owns the property, and they have made it available to you. What a stupid point you make here. You own your "stuff" so no one may barge in and mess with your stuff because, you know, it's ok to "own" that. But they can certainly barge onto the property you live on if no one owns it. You'll find that all property is "owned" by one entity or another. Else we are left to fight over the use of it.
We could eliminate property rights and go back to clubbing each other when we want to stay where we happen to be squatting at the time.
This is horrible! Property owners DO NOT have rights in SC. I know of a man constructing his house in Mount Pleasant and he HAS TO abide by a trunkload of zoning orders/restrictions because he's not from this area....Additionally, SC made him wait almost a year before they granted him permits just to STICK HIM!!! EVERYONE lives "...do not go on..." either. Count your blessings because WE are ALL not in the same BOAT.... Can you say abject poverty, homelessness, etc.?? In the REAL WORLD everyone DOES NOT have Masters and Bachelors degrees or a core of skilled labor.
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