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Comment: Non-profit or For-profit? (Score 2) 468

by CHK6 (#49630261) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery
Personal experience I find that the for-profit hospitals that I have needed services from have very clear billing. Where as the non-profit hospitals I found to be a bit murky. Now the for-profit hospital expenses were on par with the non-profit, leading me to think that maybe the insurance carrier doesn't care and prices are what they are. Or non-profit just has so much red tape they can operate as a for-profit.

My complaint has been the cost of medicine and not the cost of care. I think the cost of care is nominal. However the cost of medicine is completely out of whack. My wife had the exact same surgery four years apart where after surgery I had to give her shots for 40 days post surgery. In both cases the exact same medicine in the exact same amount was prescribed due to a unique blood condition. The first surgery the 40 day supply cost me $150 with my insurance carrier. The second surgery with the same insurance carrier it cost me $850. I have kept the same insurance carrier and at the most coverage. My healthcare costs have more than doubled in this time. It just makes no sense to me and the poor insurance reps on the phone could not explain the reason for the insurance changes in the drug price negotiations.

Comment: Canada prepare yourself (Score 1) 549

by CHK6 (#49623627) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House
If Carly gets elected, she will merge the United States of America with Canada claiming a great strategic move. Then proceed to sell off Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Southern California to Mexico. Everyone in Congress will get a raise and then she will revoke all tax credits and federal holidays. It's the only way she know how to do things.

Comment: Small portion? (Score 1) 622

by CHK6 (#49528927) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs
I happen to own a 2013 Toyota Camry and I'm a slight road warrior putting in at minimum 110 miles a day for work. The biggest expense I have had to my all gas vehicle was a $2K dealership replacement of my rear axle hub assembly after 130K miles. Considering I replace the oil every 5K at $45 a pop, I have spent to date $3350 in oil changes and one repair. Add in the vehicle cost and I have just under $24K for everything.

I have roughly paid $15K in gas alone so far. Trust me gas prices is not a small portion for some of us. Once I see the average TCO of hybrids drop at or below a 20% difference on the same all gas vehicle with the same full range, I'll change.

Comment: Re:Dealerships HAVE become more cost competitive (Score 1) 649

by CHK6 (#49518305) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars
After 30 years I haven't found an honest dealership yet. I was all into "have the dealer do it" with my last car, but after a routine oil change (that I brought in my car every 5K on the spot) with 30K on the board and they tried to get me to buy a new oil pan because they stripped out the oil plug. Please... After informing them it was them that stripped the plug and with records of every oil change they did in hand, I was clear enough in their showroom floor that they handled that issue.

Comment: I felt a great disturbance in the force (Score 1) 540

by CHK6 (#49512343) Attached to: George Lucas Building Low-Income Housing Next Door To Millionaires
I felt a great disturbance in the Force... as if millionaires suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

Please tell me G. Lucas will be naming the streets and park too? Every low income housing needs two parks; toddlers and kids. One call Jarjar Binks Playground and the other shall be called The Temple of Doom.

Comment: Been there done that - twice (Score 2) 536

by CHK6 (#49343751) Attached to: Comcast's Incompetence, Lack of Broadband May Force Developer To Sell Home
My first experience was exactly like yours. The second time before making the purchase, but had earnest money down, in a rural area I told the sellers I would be ordering high speed internet to their house 30 days prior to signing. I told them the final condition after all was said and done was I needed high speed internet. Once the tech came out, wired the house, and flipped on the router I confirmed the house did indeed have high speed internet. The sellers were relieved and I was happy I wasn't moving into an Internet brown zone. If I didn't get high speed access, I'm only out $500. Lessons learned.

Comment: They fear making the wrong choice (Score 1) 269

by CHK6 (#49334837) Attached to: Developers and the Fear of Apple
I believe the Millennials are an all-in social group. And to point out the flaws of something they whole heartily given themselves into is taken as a personal attack on them and their decision making abilities. And the idea of you cannot tell another their opinion is incorrect is taken to the extreme of fanatical fandom. Whatever they are into is their religion and faith. They also show traits that if you point out a flaw, inconsistency, or area that needs improvement, then what you you must be willing to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Millennials are extremely passionate and if they are on your side all is great and if not well then you find yourself in the position of a pariah. It all boils down to they fear they are going to make the wrong choice and they do not want anyone or thing to disrupt their bubble.

Comment: International (Score 1) 108

by CHK6 (#49326377) Attached to: IBM Will Share Tech With China To Help Build IT Industry There
I think readers are forgetting that the I in IBM stands for International. I'm still a firm believer that by opening up China to a wider global market helps the people of China and prevents China from becoming something akin to a N. Korea with nukes. Sure there is some beef that China is actively seeking to undermine the Internet and gain access to US technology and secrets. But who isn't?

If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders. -- Hal Abelson

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