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Comment Re:As an outsider. (Score 1) 559

FACT: The first attempt at Healthcare reform was during the Clinton era

Incorrect. There have been numerous attempts at health care reform - we got medicaid and medicare from some of them. Also, the insurance companies were mostly against the Clinton era plan.

FACT: Obamacare was done in much the same way, except that Obama had a majority in both houses.

Obamacare was started with a Republican plan and cooperating with insurance companies. Republicans could have been included if they wanted health care reform instead of to destroy Obama. They obviously didn't since they wasted 8 years.

FACT: Romney care started with open doors, and three years of bipartisan meetings, where all sides had a seat at the table, and contributed.

Yep, so good thing Obamacare is based on the that.

FACT: No major piece of social legislation of this size has ever been passed the way ObamaCare was. Not ever. Not once.

Probably true, but likewise, no party has been so resistant to working with the majority party. Ever.

FACT: Romney Care was implemented slowly, is not a mandate to purchase insurance, and did not result in the cancellation of existing health plans. Romney care is NOT single payer.

ObamaCare has been implemented over a few years too - it's also definitely not single payer (that'd be a huge improvement). You may not be familiar with the plans though. RomneyCare certainly does mandate people to purchase insurance (we have to pay a tax penalty if we don't have it). Some plans were canceled under RomneyCare because they were made illegal in the state.
A similar thing is happening with ObamaCare. The law stated people wouldn't have to lose their insurance that they had before the law was passed. The insurance companies noticed a loophole that they could change people's insurance plans between when the law was passed and when it went into effect to avoid that part of the law. Then they could send out all these cancellation notices because the intermediate plans didn't meet the standards.

Sounds like you had crappy insurance before if it wasn't ACA compliant. Did you have low lifetime caps or something like that? I don't know a single person here in MA that had their plan canceled and people around here are very happy with their health care (in general).

It's easy to find people getting better insurance. Just look for sob stories of people who lost their crappy "supplemental insurance" or scam insurance - then look for a follow up on the same people where they actually find out what they can get. You may be living somewhere that had very lax laws to begin with, but once you move to better insurance plans, people will be happy.

If the Republicans were working on actual health care solutions instead of the pointless and constant "repeal Obamacare", they might get some support (well aside from the crazy "legitimate rape" types). Really they should be working on "Amending ObamaCare", and not just in a way that removes funding. All major legislation goes through amendments to fix issues with it, but thanks to the obstructionism, that hasn't been possible.

Comment Re:As an outsider. (Score 1) 559

You don't see any similarities between the Republican created idea (implemented in Massachusetts) where citizens are all required to have health insurance, and the ACA where citizens are required to have health insurance? Do we really have to go through the years of bipartisan meetings every time we look at the issue?

Comment Re: As an outsider. (Score 1) 559

But subsidizing insurance for people unable afford it comes close. Forcing insurance providers to provide real plans that aren't just available to scam people out of money without providing care helps too. There are plenty of cases where people discover that they can get a real insurance plan on the health care exchange for less money than they were paying for their scam plan.

These people that aren't able to afford it aren't just going to stay out of the medical market. They're going to get sick and run up huge bills they can pay.

Comment Re:As an outsider. (Score 1) 559

Better preventative care is likely to bring down long term costs, but that's really a side effect of insuring everyone. The main point was that a health care plan should attempt to tackle the major problems, either the number of people insured or controlling the increase in health costs.

You can find weird ways to skew it, but giving people actual insurance (not "supplemental insurance" that just cover a couple doctor's visits or scam insurances with a high deductible and low lifetime cap) is a major improvement. I haven't heard of this government healthcare that covers 30 million people that we currently have, do you have more details on that?

Comment Re:As an outsider. (Score -1, Flamebait) 559

Republicans never showed any serious willingness to help with the process. They were caught up in the Tea Party movement and the idea that anything coming from Obama was the devil's work.

The plans the Republicans provided as alternatives were ineffective. They didn't do anything to help cover the tens of millions of uninsured, and they didn't do anything to control long term health costs. Typically they would cut short term health costs while at the same time cutting benefits and coverage to the poor and elderly.

Comment Re:It's OK, but not great. (Score 1) 732

The metal hand force thingy was one part that didn't fit in with the book. Sure it could be explained by magnets or whatever technology, but the controls for the battledomes were suppose to just unfreeze the suits.

In the book there were multiple battledomes attached to the station that rotated slightly. Bean catches on to this to figure out that the humans have gravity control technology to make them weightless (which the obtained from the aliens). It's suppose to be a secret, not something you learn the first day. Ender learns about their gravity control when they get to the base created by the aliens which was suppose to be on an asteroid that should have much lower gravity.

Comment Re:Complete overhaul please (Score 2) 462

Correct, when I go pretty much anywhere in the world I know the work day starts around 9, lunch will be around 12, the day ends and many businesses will close around 5 or 6, then dinner will be a bit after that. Sure you can add radio receivers in all consumer electronics - it's boost the price a bit and be useless in most places since they can't receive the signal (though the recent upgrades might help). It's not really important if clocks are off by a few minutes when I'm deciding when to get lunch.

Comment Re:Complete overhaul please (Score 5, Insightful) 462

That's make things really confusing. It seems like a good idea at first, but it means stores all will have to have custom hours set. You'd end up with things like "Post Offices in former CST are open from 10-6". When you travel some place you'd have to learn all the local customs. Do people here have lunch at 19 or 20? Do stores close at 01 or 03?

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