• One last thing ,you won't believe it and it will never penetrate but health care auditors rate the VA as one of the most cost effective and efficient health care systems..Guess what,they are fully government run....Republicans will always believe government is evil and they will do everything to fulfill that philosophy..

    This time I mean it.....Thanks for your comments,please come back again and have a wonderful night.

    February 15, 2012 at 9:46 p.m.

  • Neighbor
    I know you are against government ,you are hard wired that way.

    Can you really say that insurance companies allocates resources for the best interest of their customers?September 15,2008 was all about government failure right?Predatory loans had nothing to do with it because the the private sector will always self correct.
    Who is everyone that says premiums will go up..Have they ever come down?

    Insurance companies are paper pushers...The drug manufactures made a great deal with the govt. prior to the healthcare negotiations....Compare the costs of the same drugs across the world to what they cost here....They have more than enough for R&D.

    All industrial nations have universal single payer health systems except us.We pay more but we don't get the bang for the buck.

    I'm done because we will never get anywhere,but the SCOTUS have always been generous when it comes to the general welfare clause....I am curios ,we're you against the individual mandate when the conservative republicans introduced it back in 1992?It is a conservative everyone must pay something concept.

    Have a good night ,I know enough to know when comments are starting to sound like infomercials ....:-)

    February 15, 2012 at 9:38 p.m.

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    February 15, 2012 at 9:22 p.m.

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    February 15, 2012 at 9:08 p.m.

  • Born
    Healthcare costs were going out the roof and and the GO P weren't going to do anything about it..,Nixon was the last republican to even consider a plan..It's not their thing.

    Social Security and Medicare came in a put together kit,so why wouldn't a comprehensive health care plan?....The GOP's plan of Heath Savings Accounts,tort reform,and bidding state against state is not a good alternative.... Republicans are against a government run health care plan (which this one isn't ) but they don't want anyone to touch their Medicare,which is a government run healthcare program

    February 15, 2012 at 8:07 p.m.

  • Did anyone actually think that the bill would remain untouched? We all knew that changes would be made, some things kept, some things rejected, and some things changed. The important thing was that something got passed.
    On a positive note, it brought things front and center with the voters. It's going to be really hard to go back to square one on this.

    February 15, 2012 at 7:39 p.m.

  • Neighbor
    Excuse me for not sharing your excitement at the end of May, watching republicans vote for fellow republicans.....:-)

    February 15, 2012 at 7:19 p.m.

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    February 15, 2012 at 7:15 p.m.

  • Oh come on,neighbor do the math...Payroll tax on Medicare is 1.45% at that rate one heart attack wipes old any tax paid....The GOP does not like health care,never has but the law passed. The mandate (originally a conservative idea) until Obama adopted it will have its day in court....On the other side Obama is at 50% approval just one point in November and he gets a second term....Meanwhile 62% of republicans don't like the choices thay have.

    February 15, 2012 at 7:15 p.m.

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    February 15, 2012 at 6:59 p.m.

  • Neighbor,he reason I asked was because you made a definitive statement. " Sister Anne Curtis, a spokeswoman for the 3,800-member religious order Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, also broke with her superiors, the Catholic clergy, on the issue. "We were pleased when adjustments were made in the new requirements that would ensure conscience protections for religious institutions such as ourselves," she said.

    ""We are pleased and grateful that the religious liberty and conscience protection needs of so many ministries that serve our country were appreciated enough that an early resolution of this issue was accomplished," said Sister Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association. "This difference has at times been uncomfortable, but it has helped our country sort through an issue that has been important throughout the history of our great democracy."

    February 15, 2012 at 5:20 p.m.

  • "An estimated 4 million seniors reached the gap in Medicare prescription drug coverage known as the “donut hole” in 2010. Each eligible senior received a one-time, tax free $250 rebate check.
    Effective January 1, 2011

    In 2011, seniors who reach the coverage gap will receive a 50 percent discount when buying Medicare Part D covered brand-name prescription drugs. Over the next ten years, seniors will receive additional savings on brand-name and generic drugs until the coverage gap is closed in 2020.

    The law provides certain free preventive services, such as annual wellness visits and personalized prevention plans, for seniors on Medicare.

    Effective for health plan years beginning on or after September 23, 2010
    All new plans must cover certain preventive services such as mammograms and colonoscopies without charging a deductible, co-pay or coinsurance."

    All this information has been on line since the Affordable Healthcare law law was passed...

    Preventative measures has always been a factor in reducing Health Care cost.

    February 15, 2012 at 5:08 p.m.

  • Well neighbor
    When you say catholic church, are you talking about the hierarchy, the parishioners, or the ~70 million practicing and non practicing Catholics in in United States... Can I have some stats with that or a link?

    Contraception by itself is not but Health Care is and has been every since Medicare came into existence. Look up the general welfare clause.

    February 15, 2012 at 5:03 p.m.

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    February 15, 2012 at 4:15 p.m.

  • vet43

    I thought about what you posted and I agree..Over 30 years ago they gave us supply-side trickle down economics and the rich got richer.

    Today, instead of concentrating on the economy, they are employing diversionary tactics in order to get the ball rolling on banning contraception, by an saying that it will be subsidized by the taxpayers.... Not so, the insurance company and pharmaceutical company's profit margins will escalate and the latter will have more money for research and development.... The insurance companies might raise their premiums and they're doing what they've done for ages... That's why health reform was needed in the first place... It won't work and as polls indicate; the people aren't buying it.

    February 15, 2012 at 2:24 p.m.

  • JasonB,
    And the GOP has the moral center of a salad bar.

    No, I don't think they have changed so much as they use a new matrix to measure what is right and wrong. Everybody is stupid and the world is really flat is their new platform.

    February 14, 2012 at 8:13 p.m.

  • You're fairly predictable. Kind of like a chihuahua, makes a lot of noise but doesn't really have anything to back up that bark.

    February 14, 2012 at 6:08 p.m.

  • vet43

    Republicans were different back then, it was none other than Tenessee republican Senator Fred Thompson who stood up and said"Mr. President ,what did you know and when did you know it." ..He and other fellow republicans convienced the arragant Nixon to resign or get impeached and removed from office...We don't see much of that anymore...Doing the right thing regardless of party affilation.

    February 14, 2012 at 5:34 p.m.

  • That was pretty lame ,even for you jasonbourne or wahtever.

    February 14, 2012 at 5:26 p.m.

  • I think Dave Barry had it right...
    The Democrats seem to be basically nicer people, but they have demonstrated time and again that they have the management skills of celery. They're the kind of people who'd stop to help you change a flat, but would somehow manage to set your car on fire. I would be reluctant to entrust them with a Cuisinart, let alone the economy. The Republicans, on the other hand, would know how to fix your tire, but they wouldn't bother to stop because they'd want to be on time for Ugly Pants Night at the country club.

    February 14, 2012 at 4:52 p.m.

  • Please remember Nixon/Agnew. Now there was the GOP at it's best.

    February 14, 2012 at 1:18 p.m.

  • It's funny that you should mention Gerald Ford,I read a passage about him in a book about conservatism.

    It's been a while since we've had a president that was not rich other than perhaps Bill Clinton. Anyway,on the first day Gerald Ford became president,he asked the pay clerk " when will I get paid my first installment of my monthly paycheck?"...He needed his paycheck ,so he could relate unlike so many of our legislators and candidates. People aren't so bent on ideology, as they are are on solutions.Being rich does not disqualify if you can relate like Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt. Bill Clinton was the all time master of feelings someone's pain. Mitt Romney is a master of transforming himself but he's comfortable with it and people can see through that..." severely conservative?"

    February 14, 2012 at 11:54 a.m.

  • There is an old adage " Democrats fall in love;Republicans fall in line."..:-)

    February 14, 2012 at 11 a.m.

  • I love the Republican Establishment line, "If we can't have it no one will." Enjoyed your commentary Mike.

    I read on Fox about the trend in Republican presidential nominees. And when I went back it worked out all the way back to Gerald Ford. The previous presidential nominee consolation winner gets to be the next Presidential Nominee. Think about it... Ford's second place finisher was Reagan. Reagan's was Bush. Bushes was Dole. It skipped over to Bush the younger. Bushes was McCain. McCain's was Romney. What a neat way to run a Party. No wonder how the Republican Moderates have stayed in "power" so long. Give me the Democrat Party process anytime.

    February 14, 2012 at 10 a.m.

  • lol...So it just comes natural...:-)

    February 13, 2012 at 2:50 p.m.

  • Outfox his opponents? The GOP is blocking renewal of the Violence Against Women Act and is going to appear to be soft on domestic violence. They're way too shrewd to fall for the President's ruse.

    February 13, 2012 at 1:57 p.m.