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Comment Re:So do the employees get to write that off? (Score 2) 329

I'm sure Alphabet wrote it off on their taxes. So your present was a donation to charity and a tax break for your parent company.

Well, it's a writeoff either way. Spending money on employees or donating cash to charity, either way it reduces a company's net profit and reduces tax liability.

Comment Re:Yes, Obamacare helped ruin health insurance... (Score 1) 444

How Republicans want to end Abortion:
outlaw abortion, punish only providers

Effect:
Abortion available to wealthy under different names
black market abortions mean increased risk for poor
marginal decrease in actual abortions, large decrease in abortions on paper

How Democrats want to end Abortion:
Decrease povert, increase education, increase access to birth control

Effect:
actual decrease in abortions

Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 1) 444

Pre-obomacare, expensive insurance, high deductibles and co-pays, employer trying to force me onto a high-deductible plan, employer blames increases on insurance company greed.
After obamacare, expensive insurance, high deductibles and co-pays, employer trying to force me onto a high-deductible plan, employer blames increases on obamacare.

Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 1) 444

I challenge you to do a true comparison of those plans. My guess is they were capped plans that would only last for a partial cancer treatment. You've off loaded your risk to the public, best case (for you).

This also ignores the millions who could never buy care at any price.
Let's pretend your plan actually manages to cover your cancer, you go into remission. You do realize that cancer usually re-occurs. Luckily for your insurance company, they can dump your expensive ass because you now are the proud owner of a pre-existing condition.

What is desirable about that?

Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 1) 444

Let me guess, you live in one of the 19 states that declined to expand Medicare. You should put the blame where it belongs, with your shittty state government.
Alternatively, if your in rural area, there might only be afew options for hospital and insurers. That's your beloved free market at work.

Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 1) 444

Pre-Obamacare, there were many plans that had a low annual cap. They were inexpensive,and popular for people who had enough money to afford insurance, because they were cheap.
I'm sure most people, if they were smart enough to realize what they had, assumed that they would still get care after their insurance ran out. They were often right. Who picks up that bill, isn't that just about the stupidest and least consistent way to handle a single payer system? Because all those bills eventually come back to the Federal government, if nothing else, as tax rebates for indigent care.

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