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Did you know that Humana was the only company that we checked out, when we lived in Wisconsin, that refused both of us? Yep. Humana. Why? Pre-existing conditions. Neither of which was a detriment to our well being, basically, because both were under control. One of mine happened to be a misdiagnosis, but that’s beside the point. There were other companies, doing business in the state, that didn’t have a major problem, they just tack on a rider that says they won’t cover anything related to the condition. Um…well…ok…which is why we had to pay, out of pocket, for my TKR. Did you know the hospital cut the bill in half because they didn’t have to deal with the insurance bureaucracy?
If people were allowed to shop around, across state lines, I can be pretty sure than there would be a lot more companies that would take pre-existing conditions, and prices would be competitive. Since some idiot decided that unless a particular company had an office in the state in which you live, you couldn’t have a policy with them. I learned that when I called to change my address after we moved to Tennessee. The guy I spoke to had to check to see if I would be able to keep my policy with their company. We both agreed that was absurd, and also agreed that the government needs to get out of the insurance business. Since moving to Tennessee, my rates have practically doubled, mostly in the last 3 years…since that ridiculous bill was signed, and the items covered have been decreased. I now have riders on my policy that have NOTHING to do with any pre-existing condition. When asked, the company tells me they are complying with Obama’s interference with my coverage. Yay me! So, now, if I get a bladder infection, which I’ve never had a real issue with, no tests, or any care due to said infection, will be covered. One more idiocy, thanks to Barack Hussein Obama and his minions. My policy will only cover 50% of any treatment, so I get a royal kick out of those complaining that their new policy only covers 70%. Wanna swap?
To say that Obama, once again, lied to the American people would just be repeating myself, and so many others, even if the diehards, like Juan Williams, refuse to accept reality. Yes, there are companies who DO accept pre-existing conditions. Some will even cough up some limited payment, although mine isn’t one of them. Thanks to Obamadontcare, many are now losing the policies that covered their illnesses, and will be without any coverage at all, because they can’t afford what Obama KNOWS what they need. Yes, he is most definitely full of caca de toro!
People are not only losing their coverage, they are losing their doctors, their hospitals, and their money. This whole fiasco is not about a website, built by Michelle’s buddies, that doesn’t work and has no security. This is about the control of your life, and well being. Those losing coverage who have cancer will likely die. And after all, isn’t that the point? Get rid of those who are a drain on the system?
The elderly will suffer the most, and die first, thanks to the lack of care that will be offered. Those with diseases like cancer are going to be at a loss. No coverage, no ability to pay the exorbitant costs of treatment. So what, supposedly, Obamadontcare was going to fix, has just made the entire system worse. Doctors will not be participating in this non-care system. Those who don’t retire, will take cash only, which, in truth, will drive the cost of actual care DOWN.
None of this has ever been about health care. This is all about control. It’s time we take back control of our lives that has been stolen by the Democrats in Congress and the White House. If we don’t, there will be even MORE intrusion, and that is NOT what Americans are all about!
How to Help Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions
Amy Payne – The Foundry
Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a health problem.
Contrary to President Obama’s warnings about health care in America, health insurance isn’t impossible for everyone who just raised a hand.
The President spoke—and still speaks—about Obamacare solving the problem of pre-existing conditions that have hindered health insurance for some people. Without Obamacare, he says, these people would be left out in the cold.
In 2011, the Obama Administration suggested that as many as 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions were “at risk” and “could be denied coverage” without Obamacare’s massive changes in America’s insurance markets.
That’s an emotional—and false—claim.
I came across a rather interesting commentary in a South African newspaper this morning, and thought a part of it should be shared.
Mandela was obviously a remarkable man in many ways. He was a conciliator of note and is quoted as saying some smart things. Excerpts from some of his speeches can be Googled and he has a strong following of acolytes at home and abroad. He is even credited with saving the nation from civil war and violence – although that is no doubt overstating it.
But, as always, there are two sides to the story.
Many choose to ignore the idiotic things Mandela said over the years and the destructive role he played in legitmising false perceptions. His speeches were often critical of the democratic countries of the west, but praised the remaining communist and Muslim dictatorships of the world at the time, all the while extolling democracy as a South African institution.
He condemned mistakes and controversial policies of the west but declined to publicly condemn the genocides and brutal repression of estwhile communist countries and African nations. As a supposed champion of freedom and democracy and hero of oppressed people everywhere, he nonetheless considered dictatorships like Cuba and Libya (under Gadaffi) to be beacons of freedom and justice – and his friends.
Not content with referring to the West’s impending confrontation with Saddam Hussein as a “holocaust” he argued that contempt had been shown for the United Nations because Kofi Annan (UN Secretary General at the time) was black, and that such things never used to happen when U.N. general secretaries were “white” – palpable nonsense.
That Mandela openly and frequently played the race card is clear, but there are other blemishes on his record too. He gave the orders to shoot IFP protesters at the Shell House massacre in 1994 and supported the ascension of Zuma to high office – a dismal legacy to be sure.
The bottom line is – Mandela was no saint. And he can with justification be blamed for his key role in promoting what R W Johnson defines as “Black Racial Communalism” – a racism that promotes the allocation of resources on the basis of skin colour at the expense of merit. Otherwise put, Mandela did not stand for true democracy: the racial precepts that he promoted – and that grow in intensity within the ANC to this day – run contrary to the principles of democracy and weigh heavily on the material well being of all South Africans as a result.
Read the entire column here. It’s quite interesting and says what many commentaries refuse to state. The man was NOT a saint. Yes, he helped put an end to apartheid, a racially based political system that did a great deal of harm to all involved. Democrat racism throughout the history of the U.S. ain’t got nothin’ on the horrors in South African under that system. Now, it appears that one of Mandela’s legacies will be something quite similar, but with the colors reversed.
That’s an interesting term, “Black Racial Communalism”. To better understand the term, read the piece by R W Johnson. He’s quite open about the state of affairs in South African under the ANC. “Thus in practice, and despite all the celebration of South Africa having left the colour bar behind, the colour bar is alive and well – and officially maintained.”
If only people would be honest. Yes, Mandela should be commended for the good he did for his country. He should also be condemned for the evil that has come from his legacy. He was a communist. No, being a communist is NOT a good thing. He was a racist. No, being a racist is NOT a good thing.
He kept silent on many issues where he COULD have made a great impact. South Africa has the highest number of HIV/AIDS cases…in the world. He kept silent. 19 protestors where killed on his orders, in support of a questionable candidate. The world has kept silent.
Much is the pity that the leaders to emerge since Mandela have been, to varying degrees dysfunctional, incompetent and/or ethically unsuited to public office. It is as if there was no one good enough to play off the reserve bench.
Is it possible that the mourning public is not aware that Mandela was no saint, and that his legacy isn’t exactly what the world would like to believe? No man, or woman, is perfect. Those in the public eye, even those in politics, are human too, and they do make mistakes, some fatal.
It is extremely disturbing to hear that the so called POTUS ordered American flags to be lowered to half staff in honor of this man. He was not an American. The flags should NOT be lowered. He didn’t order them lowered for Margaret Thatcher, a true champion of freedom. This is an insult to all Americans who fought and died for that flag, a symbol of freedom around the world. It is an insult to all Americans….PERIOD!
Many, on both the left and the right, are giving much praise to the man. I find this extremely disturbing. It’s ok to remember a person for the good that was done, but it is also wise to remember the WHOLE story.
Hey! Teacher! Seriously! Leave them Kids Alone!
The deeper we dig, the more CRAP comes floating up to the surface!
Now, I’ll admit, when I read the original bill, I saw nothing about the increase in the minimum wage. Either it was added later, or I just completely missed it. It’s possible…that’s a long freakin’ bill, and not exactly exciting reading. Angry reading, but not exciting. And those just now snapping out of their Obama stupor can’t say they weren’t warned, but alas, when you have a messiah that tells you what he wants you to know, some folks just suck it up. Kind of like Satan. Gets ya hooked with pretty promises, and reals ya in, and it’s all over!
I have ranted many times about raising the minimum, every time the issue comes up, but some folks just can’t do simple math. Now, once again, it raises it’s ugly head, not only through the tools of the unions, and their ignorant protests, but through that piece of garbage that is supposedly about health care, but is not.
I’m going to TRY to put this in a way that even Bob Beckel can understand.
You have 5 employees at your small fast food joint, not one of those big ones, like McDonald’s. You are just a very small place in a small town, with some regulars who frequent your joint cuz they like the food, like the atmosphere, and the prices are good. A couple of your employees have been with you a long time, and make more than minimum wage, because they worked hard, and earned the raises. Since you trust these long time employees, you’ve made one a manager, and are thinking about opening another little joint, and making the other long time employee the manager of that little place. The others are kids, mostly part time, working to help pay for their education, or to buy a car, or whatever reason kids have these days to want to work. An ethic, perhaps? One can hope.
You’ve been providing your full time employees with HC, out of the goodness of your heart, not because it was required. They pay a little, you pay a little. Now, you find out the policy you had for your little business is being canceled because it doesn’t meet what Obama & crew doesn’t believe it meets the minimum standards (whose standards?), and what they offer is something you just can’t afford. Since you are so small, you aren’t involved in the illegal mandate, thankfully. However, if they decide to raise the minimum wage across the board, you are most definitely affected. Not only will you not be able to provide your trusted, long time employees with the health care they depended on, you will now have to let one of your part time kids go. The idea of opening a second little place is going down the tubes.
Why? Well, every time they decide to raise the minimum wage, which was NEVER meant to be a ‘living wage’, the cost of EVERY THING goes up. The price of the products you buy from your vendors goes up. Now, you can eat the cost, and cut your profit margin, which is what pays your personal bills, like mortgage, utilities, maybe a car payment, but since you aren’t big fancy place, you likely are still driving that 10 year old vehicle, the needs some work, that you really can’t afford right now. Unfortunately, you are also going to have to raise the prices on your menu. Your regulars will grumble a bit, even though they understand the reasoning. Since you are also short handed, the service will suffer, and won’t be what your customers have come to expect. Those workers still with you become stressed, and occasionally short with the folks. Stress will do that. They are working longer hours to make up for the loss of the person you had to let go.
The two part time employees will get their government wage increase, but those who have been with you the longest won’t see an extra dime in their paychecks. Well, except for the money they use to pay towards their healthcare. However, they need HC for their families, maybe a single mom with 2 kids? So, they have to go to the non working Obamadontcare website, and eventually, end up, after much hassle, with a policy she can’t afford, but needs for her kids. Therefore, she is actually making less money than she was before, and the stress of having to work more hours, pay more for HC, pay more for day care, due to the minimum wage increase, and still have to pay for rent, and all the other bills, she finally gives up, and quits. AFDC, or whatever they call welfare these days, has one more participant, and added to the unemployment rolls.
You have one less employee, putting even more strain on your business. Your regulars don’t come in so much any more, due to the higher prices, and the harried servers. Business is going down the tubes. Your once upon a time dream of opening a second business, to serve the small community is gone. Poof!
Now, you are considering shutting down your once thriving business due to the increase in the financial strain, and the lack of business. What’s the point? You have 3 employees left, who aren’t happy, fewer customers than ever to the point that some days, you wonder why you even bother to open the doors at all.
Then comes the decision. The very difficult decision. Your dream is gone. The government has taken it away. (I haven’t even mentioned all the regulations that continually get imposed.) It’s time to shut it down. You are going broke to the point even you are finding it difficult to make your house payments, much less have any small luxuries, like cable TV, or that cell phone. You have a land line, so you think maybe you can’t afford to make that extra payment. You’ve already put a huge dent in your savings, just to keep things going, and the thought of your kids going to college is gone. You’re having to put your little 3 bedroom ranch house up for sale, and pray someone will buy it for a decent price, although likely, no where near what you paid.
One more business closes it’s doors. Five more people on the unemployment rolls. Five more people turning to the government for a little cash assistance, some food stamps, and trying to get on medicaid so they can get some, albeit lousy, health care.
THIS is what raising the minimum wage, and Obamadontcare, does to small businesses. This is your government at work!
We Bet You Haven’t Heard This About Obamacare
Amy Payne – The Foundry
Another push is underway to raise the minimum wage. But what you probably haven’t heard is that Obamacare has already done that.
The plan on the table in Congress would raise the federal minimum wage above $10 an hour (which is higher than all existing state rates). Obamacare’s mandate on employers, however, is already scheduled to raise the hourly cost of hiring a full-time worker past $10 an hour.
The idea behind a minimum wage is to help low-income workers. But Obamacare’s mandates will hurt the job prospects of these very workers—and raising the federal minimum wage would further limit the number of jobs available.