It's fifty bucks less, out of YOUR pocket, AFTER the subsidy is applied. I suppose that if I were to bend over, place my head between my knees, and forcefully insert my cranium into my rectum, eventually the lack of oxygen could make me forget that this "affordable" health care actually costs about double what my less affordable healthcare used to cost.
Bullshit. Even Obama was proud to call it Obamacare - until it failed. Democrats owned the damned thing all along, and Obama is the major shareholder. Screw the politically correct claptrap. There isn't a person in the United States (minus immature juveniles and senile old bastards) who doesn't know what is being referred to when Obamacare is mentioned.
Ahhhhh - the government subsidy. I've strained my limited resources of grey material to figure that out. Allow me to ponder this out loud here, please.
Let's say that I'm a young adult. I can't afford to buy a Big Mac budget meal two days in a row, so I eat a lot of Ramen noodles, carefully budgeting my very limited income so that I can buy an occasional Big Mac. Obviously, I can't afford insurance, either. Or a car. Or a girl friend. Or much of anything.
The government mandates that I MUST HAVE insurance. Amazing. But, wait. In it's infinite wisdom, government already knows that I can't buy insurance, no matter what they threaten me with. They offer me a SUBSIDY!! Oh, wonderful. With that subsidy, I can get insurance, so I don't have to wait for the IRS or DHS to come lock me up.
But, wait. That word, "subsidy". Is it permanent? Will government pay X amount toward my insurance for the rest of my life? Is it written into law that I will ALWAYS have this subsidy, with which to pay my insurance?
Wake up Amerikka - that subsidy is a temporary, fleeting thing. And, once you are registered, once you're in the system, you can never again be without insurance.
Oh well - maybe they won't have Big Macs at the relocation and reeducation camps, but the food will probably be superior to a steady diet of Ramen noodles. I hope, anyway.
You're simply pointing out the administration's ineptitude. They insisted that the system be put into place, they insisted that it meet a firm time schedule, insisted on putting incompetent "managers" in charge of everything, and further insisted on hiring incompetent "technical" advisors and "engineers".
There was no compromise in any portion of the planning or implementation. On the day of the Grand Opening, it became appallingly obvious that the Emperor had no clothes.
If anyone in a position of authority had the brains one might find stowed up an orangatan's anus, they just might have averted some of the embarrassment that we saw when the site opened to the public.
I'm perfectly happy to poke fun at Oracle, too. But, Oracle would at least have come up with some face saving explanations, and they could probably have cobbled together some backup scheme to make it appear they were doing something useful. Sometimes, appearances are more important than reality. In the case of the Obamacare site, not only did they fail utterly, but they failed to appear to understand how utterly they failed.
I can remember when there was no 911. I guess I was still in high school, when Los Angeles first started working on the system. No one around home could figure out what was so difficult about calling the sheriff's office, or the state police. We managed somehow, before the advent of a special telephone code for emergencies. In fact, you almost invariably had to go into someone's home, or a place of business to place the call - and the local emergency numbers were usually posted close to the phone. We managed.
I'm of the opinion that we should STOP putting warning labels on everything in the world. "Please do not place face in front of lawn mower discharge chute" is so stupid. Go on, PUT YOUR FACE HERE!! Doing so has a high probability of removing some crud from the gene pool - as well as decreasing the likelihood of an accidental emergency call.
Obviously, you have never heard of a rain check. The local vendor advertises a special of some sort - say, McNuggets for half price. He orders what he believes to be enough to meet demand at the lower price - but runs out. Generally, if you ask for a rain check, the manager will give you a rain check, giving you half price McNuggets on your next visit. He may even throw in a free Coke, for having inconvenienced you.
He hasn't taken anything FROM YOU after all. He made an offer, which was good for everyone who walked through the door, until he ran out of product. Unless he accepted cash money from you for the McNuggets, then failed to deliver those McNuggets which you had paid for, then he has taken nothing from you.
So, I'm visualizing here. "No, Joe, I don't want the phone to panic when I throw it against the wall." So, Joe picks Jim up, and throws HIM against the wall. Joe asks, "Do you want the phone to panic now, or not?"
Judgement call here, LMAO!
And, you are obviously one of those people who should NOT have a panic button on your phone. In fact, maybe you shouldn't have a phone.
In today's world, few people seem to recognize an emergency situation. When I was growing up, the word "emergency" meant that someone's life was in jeopardy. One or more lives were in danger from an avalanche, a runaway train, a mad dog, a bank robber - something serious. And, people understood that they should avoid such emergency situations, or deal with the situation themselves.
Today? As you point out, very stupid people think that it's an emergency when they can't get their Chicken McNuggets.
I say we go back to dealing with our own little emergencies, and just call the cops to come clean up after the fact. After all, when seconds count, the cops are only minutes away! Let's just grow up, learn to avoid and/or deal with emergencies, and stop fretting over phone apps.
I must disagree.
When the Athlons were new and exciting, the wife bought herself a nice, pretty, new shiny computer from Compaq. Her gigahertz computer ran like a frigging sick dog with Windows XP, whereas, my aging Super Socket 7 machine with XP installed ran quite nicely. Her Compaq was burdened with pre-installed malware from the factory. My own very customized installation of XP, with half the services disabled among other tweaks hummed along nicely, loading web pages while her machine struggled to load similar pages.
What the end user gets for his money is indeed malware. You have to be at least moderately techie minded to make Windows tolerable.
"Will NSA begin long term secret surveillance of subversives calling me an NSA shill in a post? Going AC won't help"
Hilarious. Simply hilarious, with multiple levels of hilarity!
You didn't even read the various articles, available with a simple Google search, did you?
The politicos in Brazil fully intended to slap the United States in the face when they awarded this contract. Everyone involved knew that Boeing was the front runner. Everyone. No one expected the contract to go to anyone, other than Boeing. It was all but a closed deal, right up until the politicos voted NOT to award any of their money to Boeing. Go ahead, Google it.
You know, I'm slow to accuse people of being paid shills, but I'm getting close to that point in your case.
I thought that story was pretty damned hilarious. The guys who won the contract weren't even expecting it. Brazil's military didn't seem to expect it. The contract was a blatantly political statement, made by the chief politicians. "You rat bastards spy on us like we're the enemy, and you expect us to buy your over rated, over priced military hardware? Go insert your listening devices into your own orifices!"
Actually, they have had one huge success, and one moderate sized, but rather stunning, success. Or, did you forget the Boston Marathon?
And, the killer is, that both of those WERE successes for the bad guys. Our guys bumbled around like clueless fools, almost close enough to be counted among the victims.
Thank God (and the intelligence agencies) that all these terrorists are being dealt with appropriately!