Will health-care delivery mimic the mail?

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On Feb. 2, United Parcel Service reported fourth-quarter net income of $757 million on revenues of $12.38 billion. This represents a 198 percent increase in net income in spite of a 2.5 percent decline in revenues over the same period a year ago.

On March 28, Federal Express announced third-quarter net income of $239 million on revenues of $8.7 billion, an increase of 146 percent in net income and a 7 percent increase in revenues over the same period last year.

On March 2, the United States Postal Service stated that if "no action" is taken by the Postal Service, the result will be a $3 billion loss this fiscal year and a $238 billion shortfall by 2020. With drastic steps taken, such as dropping Saturday deliveries, restructuring retirees' health benefits and increasing prices, the shortfall can be decreased to a mere $115 billion.

On March 23, President Obama signed legislation that will put U.S. government employees in charge of our health-care system, which currently represents approximately one-sixth of our national economy.

If the government is as successful at running the health-care system as it is at operating the Postal Service, our country will be completely bankrupt in a matter of years.

Is this the change you were hoping for?

Stan Martin

Augusta

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grouse
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grouse 05/26/10 - 10:54 pm
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http://usgovinfo.about.com/od
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http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/consumerawareness/a/uspsabout.htm
The writer is not only misinformed, he's trying to compare apples and oranges.

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gaspringwater 05/26/10 - 11:17 pm
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Government healthcare may be

Government healthcare may be just as bureaucratic and wasteful as the US Postal Service and the US Military but it'll serve its purpose just like the other two. Medicare and Medicaid work and provide healthcare for about one in every three Americans and the majority of them are satisfied.

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 05/26/10 - 11:35 pm
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The point is that all of the

The point is that all of the above-mentioned programs are currently being subsidized be the taxpayers because they are all bankrupt or near bankrupt; thus, when all of the Taxpayers money is spent, like it is now, and all of the Taxpayer money has been borrowed against like it has now, how will the subsidies continue when we have access to no more money?
But gasprigwater's response is typical of many that say these programs work and so will the new Health Care Law even though it well costs Billions more, because they believe that the Federal Government will never run out of money. It's impossible, right! Just like Obama was going to fix the Oil Spill five weeks ago now. Instead of flying out to California twice to campaign for Barbara Boxer. And offering Department of Navy jobs to candidates if they will withdraw from political races [A felonious impeachable offense]. Nothing is impossible.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 05/27/10 - 12:08 am
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Can we send health care

Can we send health care "reform" back marked "return to sender"?

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 05/27/10 - 03:33 am
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Come November, we can do

Come November, we can do something about the people that allowed the horrible obamacare mistake to be passed. This will have the added consequence of stopping the mad rush toward the total conversion to national socialism. Come 2012 we can do something about the other horrible mistake.

crackerjack
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crackerjack 05/27/10 - 05:05 am
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Grouse, having read the link,

Grouse, having read the link, I wonder when it was written.

Since this was part of it, do you think it might have changed since this link was written.
BULLET POINT "U.S. Postage Rates Not to Increase Until 2006"

In fact to bring you more up-to-date go to......

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/23/congress-will-investigat...

And the USPS purchasing one and two million dollar homes from postmasters.......
http://siu.blogs.cnn.com/2009/03/05/post-office-mansion/

NewHere
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NewHere 05/27/10 - 05:18 am
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Try to send a letter for 44

Try to send a letter for 44 cents on ups or federal express.

carcraft
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carcraft 05/27/10 - 05:42 am
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The Health care reform bill

The Health care reform bill is going to work about as well as Obama plugging the oil leak in the Gulf. Both are BIG, TECHNICAL, COMPLEX issues which Obama and his group of mad marxist don't understand very well. Listen to Obama's speach on preventative medicine. Listen to Obama saying the government is in charge of the oil spill while the environment czar runs her mouth about dispersal agents clearly lacking a clue. To little, to late with no leadership...

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mpowel21 05/27/10 - 05:57 am
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it appears that author should

it appears that author should do a little more research, and report accurate information, not words that are meant to divide American citizens, shame.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 05/27/10 - 06:07 am
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newhere...try to send a

newhere...try to send a letter for 44 cents using USPS without federal subsidy. It will sit in your box and rot. If you believe it actually only costs 44 cents, you need to do some reading.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 05/27/10 - 06:08 am
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mpowel....do you have

mpowel....do you have information that is more accurate? Why not provide it?

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 05/27/10 - 06:43 am
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NewHere, do you have a

NewHere, do you have a computer? If so, you have e-mail ... probably for much less than 44 cents.
This letter is about the horrible mistake of obamacare and comparing it to the mess of the USPS.

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Rhetor 05/27/10 - 06:53 am
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UPS is a government-run

UPS is a government-run agency. Despite the silly criticisms in the right-wing media, Obama care is not a government takeover of health care. Quit being silly.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 05/27/10 - 07:06 am
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Rhetor..... UPS CEO Scott

Rhetor..... UPS CEO Scott Davis would be quite upset if he found out that the company that he was hired to run, was run by the government. Where do you get your information?

OnlyinAgs
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OnlyinAgs 05/27/10 - 07:10 am
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Yet another DOOMS DAY Letter.

Yet another DOOMS DAY Letter. November is our month, we REPUBLICANS will regain power in DC. We are the saviours of America, here here. It will be a bright and sunny day in November you betcha.

NewHere
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NewHere 05/27/10 - 07:32 am
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Tigger that was the point I

Tigger that was the point I was trying to make it cost more than 44 cents per letter, so there is only 2 solutions, we pay what it cost and we do some of that by paying taxes, or we stop snail mail delivery by the goverment and let private industry take it over.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 05/27/10 - 07:33 am
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George III and Cornwallace's

George III and Cornwallace's biggest fault was underestimating the opposition too, OnlyinAgs.

FaceTheMusic
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FaceTheMusic 05/27/10 - 08:17 am
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More accurate information?

More accurate information? Sure. The U.S. government won't be taking over our healthcare system. Just another Republican talking point (which means it's an obvious lie), which has been thoroughly worn out by now, along with the death panels lie. Move on from healthcare. As usual, Obama won and you lost.

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55 F-100 05/27/10 - 08:18 am
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When we vote out the traitors

When we vote out the traitors along with their Obamamessiah, we will have the health care deform disaster stopped before it actually gets started in 2014. What a terrible, horrific experiment this administration has been in "diversity". Face it, folks, Prezbhojangles is not intelligent enough to be more than a community organizer, and he has surrounded himself with czars who can't even match up to him in gray matter.

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TrukinRanger 05/27/10 - 08:39 am
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The internet & direct debit
Unpublished

The internet & direct debit has been the downfall of the USPS. All my monthly bills are paid online with the exception of occasional medical bills which keeps me from having to buy stamps.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 05/27/10 - 08:48 am
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Face the music....when it

Face the music....when it becomes more advantageous to drop your employee's health insurance and just pay the fine......which in turn causes more people to shift to government subsidized insurance, which in turn causes private insurance to go out of business, (which you can see on youtube is Obama's ultimate goal anyway--- he said it himself, not a talking point), then who do you think will be running health care?

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 05/27/10 - 08:49 am
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I do agree with you on one

I do agree with you on one statement you made, Facethemusic. Obama won, and we lost. That was probably a more prophetic statement than you intended.

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disssman 05/27/10 - 09:03 am
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Funny, I never see Fedex or

Funny, I never see Fedex or UPS delivering mail to everyone in the neighborhood. Do they actually deliver and pickup at each house and rural address? And what is the charge for delivering a letter by these two companies? Personally, I like my mail service and feel it is a bargain and would be at double the cost. Those desiring Fedex or UPS, please tell me what mailing a letter by them cost?

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 05/27/10 - 09:10 am
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Do Fedex or UPS receive

Do Fedex or UPS receive federal (taxpayer) money, or do they operate on their own? Do you REALLY think the USPS could show up at your house and pick up a letter for just 44 cents? It sure is easier when you have a cash cow to make up for your lack of ability to turn a profit.....or even break even.

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chipshirley 05/27/10 - 09:14 am
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Listen Stan Martin, you wild

Listen Stan Martin, you wild and crazy guy you...
Your letter makes no sense. How about some facts here....

Have you ever heard of any service offerred by UPS or Fed Ex or any commercial carrier, by which they offer to deliver a letter anywhere in the country for less than fifty cents?!!!!

Heck no, get real, the PO is a public service.

If you try to send a letter by UPS from GA to TX it'll cost you about $8.

That is the minimun charge with these companies. They can't compete with the USPS.

USPS should raise their stamp prices to $1 and they'd be fine.

Keep it real please.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 05/27/10 - 09:19 am
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AGAIN..... Do you honestly

AGAIN..... Do you honestly think that it costs the USPS 44 cents to deliver a letter? When you receive money from the government (taxpayers) to subsidize your service, it don't have to charge the individual customers as much. I'm beginning to understand why so many people think socialism will work....they don't understand economics.

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Techfan 05/27/10 - 09:22 am
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First, the government isn't

First, the government isn't "taking over" healthcare. Same doctors, same hospitals, same insurance companies, all still private. As to the USPS. It was a mistake to have it try to be a stand alone, self suffucient operation in the first place. A free nation needs an inexpensive mail delivery system. Since the LTE writer appears to like UPS so much, let's do some math. The cheapest listed rate on the UPS website for 3 day delivery, which is about the time it takes a letter to be delivered by the USPS, is $5.95. This, of course, increases by zone, up to $11.85 (continental US, I didn't even bother with AK and HI). The USPS delivers around 660 million pieces of mail daily. Take it all private and you've just increased the cost of personal and business expenses by $1 to $2.5 trillion dollars yearly, or since Stan likes to talk about a decade away, $10 to $25 trillion by 2020.

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southernguy08 05/27/10 - 09:25 am
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CHIP, delivering a letter
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CHIP, delivering a letter cross country for the same price as cross town is exactly the problem for the USPS. Think about it. You can't possibly have the same expenses, fuel being the biggest. Subsidies, in other words, taxpayer funded support, is the only thing keeping it going. I say let the USPS die, save the taxpayers those billions each year and let the free market do the job. I know you believe in government, but look at the fact that our government has a poor record of running programs. Just look at SS, Medicare, and FDIC. And now, we have millions of people thinking it can do a good job with our healthcare. Maybe in Fantasyworld, but we have to live in the real world. And of course, as always, the taxpayers will be picking up the tab for this incompetence. Where is the "change we can believe in?"

Techfan
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Techfan 05/27/10 - 09:30 am
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How exactly does spending $3

How exactly does spending $3 billion on a subsidy and passing on a cost of $1 to $2.5 trillion save money?

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