New health-care agenda is outrageous

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So, the federal government now wants more control over our pocketbooks and even our health? They are forcing all Americans to adopt their socialist style of health care with a promise to manage these costs.

Really? That is like asking an alcoholic to manage a liquor store. New York Times columnist Douglas H. Eakin estimates this legislation will not only not deliver the promised $138 billion in deficit reductions, but instead will cost an estimated $562 billion more.

Our government already "manages" our retirement funds (Social Security), retirement health care (Medicare), our indigent health care (Medicaid) and our state and federal unemployment funds -- and all of these funds are financially a wreck.

Social Security already is paying out more money than it has taken in, Medicare and Medicaid are predicted to be completely bankrupt by 2014, and the state and federal unemployment coffers are all in deficit positions.

Would you ask them to manage your piggy bank?

It is still hard for me to believe that our country has endorsed socialism to this degree. Very sad. Where is our nationwide, patriotic revolt?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said our health-care system would now be on equal footing with Europe. Seriously? Europeans who can afford it come to the U.S. for health care.

If you have said nothing and done nothing so far to protest this law, it is never too late. Laws can change and they can change quickly if enough people speak in a united voice.

If you would like to call, write or e-mail your senators and representatives, go to these Web sites:

www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm; and https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml.

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LindaB
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LindaB 04/12/10 - 08:33 pm
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If any of you really want to

If any of you really want to know what is in the law, check out this website by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation (no relation to the Health plan)... http://www.kff.org/healthreform/upload/finalhcr.pdf -- one of the comments here mentioned the nonprofit Office of Personnel Management that administers all the benefits for federal employees, including members of Congress and their staff. It is not true that federal employees or Congress members have their own doctors and hospitals. However, they do have an "exchange" like the one states will set up. It is just a marketplace of different plans that federal employees can choose from depending on where they live and how much they want to spend. The OPM does a great job of administering these plans at quite a low overhead. We should all be so lucky to have that opportunity to actually choose among different plans -- and we will, come 2014.

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corgimom 04/12/10 - 08:36 pm
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Aye, speaking as someone who

Aye, speaking as someone who receives Social Security payments, and someone who received benefits for her child-

I never had to count his benefits in my income. I had to report every year how much of it I spent on him. It went directly into an account that was in his name, of which I was the trustee.

The benefits are for the child's support and welfare, not her.

I think that you are not getting the full story.

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corgimom 04/12/10 - 08:38 pm
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"If you are on Medicare and

"If you are on Medicare and reading this, you have to ask yourself -- how many times have I asked my doctor for some test or treatment just to reassure myself?"

Answer- zero.

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KSL 04/12/10 - 09:52 pm
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Corgi, I submit that your

Corgi, I submit that your view is colored by the fact that you are under 65 receiving SS benefits and benefits for your child. The system has worked well for you. For many who have paid in for years, made no claims and face the bankruptcy of the program, not so well. You are younger than I am. Neither of my sons have need to draw from the program. Perhaps private insurance would have been a better route to take for us.

KSL
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KSL 04/12/10 - 10:34 pm
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Much like my view of

Much like my view of insurance companies is colored by the fact that our company has always paid claims, no questions asked. No doubt there are shady companies that take money then deny claims. But we are fortunate not to have ever experienced that in any form of insurance. Just goes to show, you get what you pay for. I came out of my upbringing being lead to believe that paying for insurance was just part of your everyday expenses.

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