From: Dinosaur_Sr on 4 Mar 2010 13:53 On Mar 4, 11:29 am, Jack Hollis wrote:> On Wed, 3 Mar 2010 23:32:28 -0800, "dene" > wrote: > > >It's hard for me to defend the worst president since Carter....but I will > >never agree with you or anybody in saying he is a dumb man. > > Only a complete ideologue could ignore the objective data that Bush > was a man of superior to very superior intelligence.   Rosie O'Donnell and Keith Olberwoman disagree with you! From: Don Kirkman on 4 Mar 2010 14:00 On Wed, 3 Mar 2010 19:54:47 -0500, BAR wrote: >Do you know what integrity and principles are, some of us have them. >It was late October 1980. My boss at the USDA said that if you wanted to >keep your job you know who to vote for for president. I pulled the lever >for Ronald Wilson Reagan. I voted for the guy who said that he was going >to reduce the federal workforce. >I take responsibility for the choices and decisions I make in my life. I >don't complain about the curves that life has thrown at me, I look them >in the eye and deal with them and get on with my life. Voting your conscience rather than taking a manager's suggestion, probably contrary to existing regulations, to vote otherwise hardly qualifies as comparable to real world life and death decisions being made every day by people without the resources to make all the choices you have available for yourself. But you knew that. >To answer your question, I will never be "less fortunate" because I will >pick myself up and move on with my life. That really should read "*I believe* I will never be "less fortunate." There are some things you can't know in advance. -- Don Kirkman donsno2(a)charter.net From: bknight on 4 Mar 2010 14:19 On Thu, 4 Mar 2010 10:53:15 -0800 (PST), Dinosaur_Sr wrote: >On Mar 4, 11:29�am, Jack Hollis wrote: >> On Wed, 3 Mar 2010 23:32:28 -0800, "dene" >> wrote: >> >> >It's hard for me to defend the worst president since Carter....but I will >> >never agree with you or anybody in saying he is a dumb man. >> >> Only a complete ideologue could ignore the objective data that Bush >> was a man of superior to very superior intelligence. � > >Rosie O'Donnell and Keith Olberwoman disagree with you! Its not often, but in this case they happen to be right. BK From: John B. on 4 Mar 2010 14:38 On Mar 4, 1:37 pm, Dinosaur_Sr wrote:> On Mar 3, 6:07 pm, "John B." wrote: > > > > > > > On Mar 3, 5:05 pm, Dinosaur_Sr wrote: > > > > On Mar 2, 6:32 pm, "John B." wrote: > > > > > On Mar 2, 2:22 pm, Dinosaur_Sr wrote: > > > > > > On Mar 2, 9:32 am, "John B." wrote: > > > > > > > On Mar 1, 9:19 pm, BAR wrote: > > > > > > > > In article <26455639-3205-4bf7-a0f6-760e4098a190 > > > > > > > @z35g2000yqd.googlegroups.com>, johnb...(a)gmail.com says... > > > > > > > > > On Mar 1, 8:47 pm, BAR wrote: > > > > > > > > > In article , > > > > > > > > > bkni...(a)conramp.net says... > > > > > > > > > > > On Mon, 1 Mar 2010 20:26:02 -0500, BAR wrote: > > > > > > > > > > > >In article <4b8c6809$0$30950$9a6e1...(a)unlimited.newshosting.com>, > > > > > > > > > > >nob...(a)nospam.tampabay.rr.com says... > > > > > > > > > > > >> On Mon, 01 Mar 2010 17:09:19 -0700, Howard Brazee wrote: > > > > > > > > > > >> > On Mon, 1 Mar 2010 11:57:20 -0800 (PST), Dinosaur_Sr > > > > > > > > > > >> > wrote: > > > > > > > > > > > >> >>> Agreed, but it works both ways. If someone loses their job and needs > > > > > > > > > > >> >>> to buy a private insurance policy, insurance cos.. shouldn't be > > > > > > > > > > >> >>> allowed to turn them down because of the state of their health. > > > > > > > > > > > >> >> No problem. The question is, who is going to pay for it? The clear > > > > > > > > > > >> >> consensus in the US is that ordinary working people feel they pay too > > > > > > > > > > >> >> much to the govt, and they don't want to pay any more, in fact, they > > > > > > > > > > >> >> want to pay less. > > > > > > > > > > > >> > Who pays for it now? > > > > > > > > > > > >> > (We do). > > > > > > > > > > > >> The ideologues seem to be ignoring this obvious fact with all their > > > > > > > > > > > >Everyone should pay for the services they receive. If you don't pay you > > > > > > > > > > >should go to jail for stealing. > > > > > > > > > > > >If someone walked into your house and grabbed your wife's jewelry and > > > > > > > > > > >your computer and other valuables so that they could eat would you call > > > > > > > > > > >the police? Would you just let them steal from you? > > > > > > > > > > > Bert, you really need to do some studying on analogies. This one was > > > > > > > > > > so far off it isn't even funny.....even for you. > > > > > > > > > > Stealing is stealing. When you got to a place of business and you have > > > > > > > > > have no intention of paying for the services you receive you are > > > > > > > > > stealing. > > > > > > > > > There's a difference between intent and ability. You refuse to accept > > > > > > > > that anyone might be unable to pay for medical care. > > > > > > > > Main Entry: 1in tent > > > > > > > Pronunciation: \in-?tent\ > > > > > > > Function: noun > > > > > > > Etymology: Middle English entente, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin > > > > > > > intentus, from Latin, act of stretching out, from intendere > > > > > > > Date: 13th century > > > > > > > > 1 a : the act or fact of intending : purpose; especially : the design or > > > > > > > purpose to commit a wrongful or criminal act > > > > > > intent> b : the state of mind with which an act is done : volition > > > > > > > 2 : a usually clearly formulated or planned intention : aim > > > > > > director's intent> > > > > > > > 3 a : meaning, significance b : connotation 3 > > > > > > > synonyms see intention > > > > > > > > Main Entry: abil i ty > > > > > > > Pronunciation: \?-?bi-l?-te-\ > > > > > > > Function: noun > > > > > > > Inflected Form(s): plural abil i ties > > > > > > > Etymology: Middle English abilite, from Anglo-French, from Latin > > > > > > > habilitat-, habilitas, from habilis apt, skillful ? more at able > > > > > > > Date: 14th century > > > > > > > > 1 a : the quality or state of being able > > > > > > water>; especially : physical, mental, or legal power to perform b : > > > > > > > competence in doing : skill > > > > > > > 2 : natural aptitude or acquired proficiency > > > > > > warrant higher education> > > > > > > > > If you don't have the ability to pay then your intent is to steal.- Hide quoted text - > > > > > > > > - Show quoted text - > > > > > > > So, if you're one of the millions of people who list their jobs and > > > > > > their health insurance in the recession and you, say, break your leg, > > > > > > going to the ER with no immediate ability to pay for treatment is > > > > > > stealing? > > > > > > You get a bill, like if you need to fix your car, or you need a new > > > > > roof on your house.- Hide quoted text - > > > > > > - Show quoted text - > > > > > Medical bills can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. If > > > > I'm not mistaken, car and roof repairs generally don't run that high. > > > > Really? Looking over a lifetime, what do people spend? > > > > Look at housing. Let's get real cheap, and say a person spends$500.00 > > > per month, and that's pretty cheap if they have any utilities. Over > > > say 50 years, that comes to $300,000.00 for housing. Of course$500.00 > > > per month would be cheap for a car, assuming you do repair it from > > > time to time, put gas in it, park it, clean it, change the oil. > > > > You'll pay $300,000.00 for a car, but somehow can't handle paying that > > > for your own health care so you have to pay someone else to pay for > > > your health care for you. I must admit, I don't get it. > > > > You want to talk housing, people pay more like$2000.00 per month for > > > housing.  Over 50 years that's over a million, and very few people > > > spend that much on health care (compared especially to those who spend > > > that on housing). > > > > So why can't we buy our own health care? There are some real issues > > > here that could be solved, but we choose to go the way of paying the > > > government and insurance companies to pay for our health care for > > > us...and we are supposed to think this is cheaper? You absolutely have > > > to be an idiot to believe this.- Hide quoted text - > > > > - Show quoted text - > > > This is ridiculous. You get cancer, you get hurt in an accident, any > > number of other things, and you're up to your ears in medical bills in > > a matter of weeks or months. What is the point of comparing that to > > how much one might spend on housing or cars over the course of 40-50 > > years? > > So you pay them. It's OK to take a trip around the world and rack up > 20K worth of expenses, but not rack up similar for health care? Or buy > a house for $650K on one day and not pay for it for 30 years, but you > can't do the same sort of thing for health care? > > Why are we such idiots that we pay someone else to pay for our health > care, and thereby give up control of what we get for our money? Why > should I pay an insurance company of the govt to provide what they > think I need for health care? I can make such decisions for myself, > and I would very greatly prefer to make such decisions for myself. > > I also don't like the idea of paying$500 a month for 50 years (300K) > that I might never spend on health care. How many people spend so > much? My Dad is 86, a WWII vet, and he hasn't spent anywhere near > that, but he has probably paid more than $300K over his lifetime for > health care. Why? Why not pay for health care as you need it? > > Why do we have this idiot notion that we need someone else to take our > money to pay for our health care?- Hide quoted text - > > - Show quoted text - You're very good at spewing righteous indignation that has nothing to do with the topic at hand. My mother had Lou Gehrig's Disease. She had a$1 million health insurance policy and we went through it in about 6 years. She had a net worth of about $2 million in stocks and real estate. We spent it all on doctors, nurses and housing. What if, like most people, she had not been rich? What if she'd had a standard insurance policy with a deductible so high you have to go broke before it will pay for anything? What would your sage advice be about that? From: Dinosaur_Sr on 4 Mar 2010 16:13 On Mar 4, 2:38 pm, "John B." wrote:> On Mar 4, 1:37 pm, Dinosaur_Sr wrote: > > > > > On Mar 3, 6:07 pm, "John B." wrote: > > > > On Mar 3, 5:05 pm, Dinosaur_Sr wrote: > > > > > On Mar 2, 6:32 pm, "John B." wrote: > > > > > > On Mar 2, 2:22 pm, Dinosaur_Sr wrote: > > > > > > > On Mar 2, 9:32 am, "John B." wrote: > > > > > > > > On Mar 1, 9:19 pm, BAR wrote: > > > > > > > > > In article <26455639-3205-4bf7-a0f6-760e4098a190 > > > > > > > > @z35g2000yqd.googlegroups.com>, johnb...(a)gmail.com says... > > > > > > > > > > On Mar 1, 8:47 pm, BAR wrote: > > > > > > > > > > In article , > > > > > > > > > > bkni...(a)conramp.net says... > > > > > > > > > > > > On Mon, 1 Mar 2010 20:26:02 -0500, BAR wrote: > > > > > > > > > > > > >In article <4b8c6809$0$30950$9a6e1...(a)unlimited.newshosting.com>, > > > > > > > > > > > >nob...(a)nospam.tampabay.rr.com says... > > > > > > > > > > > > >> On Mon, 01 Mar 2010 17:09:19 -0700, Howard Brazee wrote: > > > > > > > > > > > >> > On Mon, 1 Mar 2010 11:57:20 -0800 (PST), Dinosaur_Sr > > > > > > > > > > > >> > wrote: > > > > > > > > > > > > >> >>> Agreed, but it works both ways. If someone loses their job and needs > > > > > > > > > > > >> >>> to buy a private insurance policy, insurance cos. shouldn't be > > > > > > > > > > > >> >>> allowed to turn them down because of the state of their health. > > > > > > > > > > > > >> >> No problem. The question is, who is going to pay for it? The clear > > > > > > > > > > > >> >> consensus in the US is that ordinary working people feel they pay too > > > > > > > > > > > >> >> much to the govt, and they don't want to pay any more, in fact, they > > > > > > > > > > > >> >> want to pay less. > > > > > > > > > > > > >> > Who pays for it now? > > > > > > > > > > > > >> > (We do). > > > > > > > > > > > > >> The ideologues seem to be ignoring this obvious fact with all their > > > > > > > > > > > > >Everyone should pay for the services they receive. If you don't pay you > > > > > > > > > > > >should go to jail for stealing. > > > > > > > > > > > > >If someone walked into your house and grabbed your wife's jewelry and > > > > > > > > > > > >your computer and other valuables so that they could eat would you call > > > > > > > > > > > >the police? Would you just let them steal from you? > > > > > > > > > > > > Bert, you really need to do some studying on analogies. This one was > > > > > > > > > > > so far off it isn't even funny.....even for you. > > > > > > > > > > > Stealing is stealing. When you got to a place of business and you have > > > > > > > > > > have no intention of paying for the services you receive you are > > > > > > > > > > stealing. > > > > > > > > > > There's a difference between intent and ability. You refuse to accept > > > > > > > > > that anyone might be unable to pay for medical care. > > > > > > > > > Main Entry: 1in tent > > > > > > > > Pronunciation: \in-?tent\ > > > > > > > > Function: noun > > > > > > > > Etymology: Middle English entente, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin > > > > > > > > intentus, from Latin, act of stretching out, from intendere > > > > > > > > Date: 13th century > > > > > > > > > 1 a : the act or fact of intending : purpose; especially : the design or > > > > > > > > purpose to commit a wrongful or criminal act > > > > > > > intent> b : the state of mind with which an act is done : volition > > > > > > > > 2 : a usually clearly formulated or planned intention : aim > > > > > > > director's intent> > > > > > > > > 3 a : meaning, significance b : connotation 3 > > > > > > > > synonyms see intention > > > > > > > > > Main Entry: abil i ty > > > > > > > > Pronunciation: \?-?bi-l?-te-\ > > > > > > > > Function: noun > > > > > > > > Inflected Form(s): plural abil i ties > > > > > > > > Etymology: Middle English abilite, from Anglo-French, from Latin > > > > > > > > habilitat-, habilitas, from habilis apt, skillful ? more at able > > > > > > > > Date: 14th century > > > > > > > > > 1 a : the quality or state of being able > > > > > > > water>; especially : physical, mental, or legal power to perform b : > > > > > > > > competence in doing : skill > > > > > > > > 2 : natural aptitude or acquired proficiency > > > > > > > warrant higher education> > > > > > > > > > If you don't have the ability to pay then your intent is to steal.- Hide quoted text - > > > > > > > > > - Show quoted text - > > > > > > > > So, if you're one of the millions of people who list their jobs and > > > > > > > their health insurance in the recession and you, say, break your leg, > > > > > > > going to the ER with no immediate ability to pay for treatment is > > > > > > > stealing? > > > > > > > You get a bill, like if you need to fix your car, or you need a new > > > > > > roof on your house.- Hide quoted text - > > > > > > > - Show quoted text - > > > > > > Medical bills can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. If > > > > > I'm not mistaken, car and roof repairs generally don't run that high. > > > > > Really? Looking over a lifetime, what do people spend? > > > > > Look at housing. Let's get real cheap, and say a person spends $500..00 > > > > per month, and that's pretty cheap if they have any utilities. Over > > > > say 50 years, that comes to$300,000.00 for housing. Of course $500..00 > > > > per month would be cheap for a car, assuming you do repair it from > > > > time to time, put gas in it, park it, clean it, change the oil. > > > > > You'll pay$300,000.00 for a car, but somehow can't handle paying that > > > > for your own health care so you have to pay someone else to pay for > > > > your health care for you. I must admit, I don't get it. > > > > > You want to talk housing, people pay more like $2000.00 per month for > > > > housing. Over 50 years that's over a million, and very few people > > > > spend that much on health care (compared especially to those who spend > > > > that on housing). > > > > > So why can't we buy our own health care? There are some real issues > > > > here that could be solved, but we choose to go the way of paying the > > > > government and insurance companies to pay for our health care for > > > > us...and we are supposed to think this is cheaper? You absolutely have > > > > to be an idiot to believe this.- Hide quoted text - > > > > > - Show quoted text - > > > > This is ridiculous. You get cancer, you get hurt in an accident, any > > > number of other things, and you're up to your ears in medical bills in > > > a matter of weeks or months. What is the point of comparing that to > > > how much one might spend on housing or cars over the course of 40-50 > > > years? > > > So you pay them. It's OK to take a trip around the world and rack up > > 20K worth of expenses, but not rack up similar for health care? Or buy > > a house for$650K on one day and not pay for it for 30 years, but you > > can't do the same sort of thing for health care? > > > Why are we such idiots that we pay someone else to pay for our health > > care, and thereby give up control of what we get for our money? Why > > should I pay an insurance company of the govt to provide what they > > think I need for health care? I can make such decisions for myself, > > and I would very greatly prefer to make such decisions for myself. > > > I also don't like the idea of paying $500 a month for 50 years (300K) > > that I might never spend on health care. How many people spend so > > much? My Dad is 86, a WWII vet, and he hasn't spent anywhere near > > that, but he has probably paid more than$300K over his lifetime for > > health care. Why? Why not pay for health care as you need it? > > > Why do we have this idiot notion that we need someone else to take our > > money to pay for our health care?- Hide quoted text - > > > - Show quoted text - > > You're very good at spewing righteous indignation that has nothing to > do with the topic at hand. My mother had Lou Gehrig's Disease. She had > a $1 million health insurance policy and we went through it in about 6 > years. She had a net worth of about$2 million in stocks and real > estate. We spent it all on doctors, nurses and housing. What if, like > most people, she had not been rich? What if she'd had a standard > insurance policy with a deductible so high you have to go broke before > it will pay for anything? What would your sage advice be about that? So you are bitter because your mother paid for her own health care? What is so bad about that? Who else is supposed to pay for it? I had a policy with a \$2,000 deductible at one time. Best insurance I ever had. 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