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Obama's Health Care Problem

Joanne199 Wrote: Jan 19, 2013 5:35 PM
When unemployment runs out it's disability time. It used to be really hard but now you can get it if you are labeled "depressed". This has just enabled more people to go on the entitlement dole.
larsen14 Wrote: Jan 19, 2013 9:23 PM
I totally agree with you joanne 199, I also can give more information on this that will make your blood boil!! Not only are people "faking mental illnesses to get disability(it is way easier to get it with a mental illness than a physical illness) Also people who are disabled, but have a private sector disability policy, are FORCED to apply for ss disability. There is a provision in the law that allows private disability companies to force the insured to apply for it,(they willeven get you a lawyer to help you at their expence). When the person is approved for SS disability the private disability insurance company get reimbursed by SS for all the money that they paid out to the insured!! In my case that amount was 86,000!!
dfiscus Wrote: Jan 19, 2013 11:43 PM
MY 32 yo nephew was injured In a DUI accident (his 4th) and he still has a license after a felony DUI several years ago. He had back surgery after the accident and is now too disabled to work. He is however, not too disabled to ride a motorcycle or stay up all night on the computer. If he wins his case, he will get $1000 a month. He was in the military briefly and d/c with a medical discharge so he gets free VA health care. My SS and small private pension total all of 1300/year and I worked 35 years and I pay 250 a month for health care. What gives????
jmg11 Wrote: Jan 19, 2013 7:57 PM
Good job, Joanne. You have hit on one of the ugliest scams of our time. The last time I counted, the number was about 8 million. That is, there are 8 million people around us who have low enough character to do this. Wait until the answer comes back, "We deserve/are entitled to this. You don't know what you area talking about. We need it to survive, blah, blah, blah...."

You hit a sacred cow. I do admire good shooting.

President Obama made a remarkable statement to John Boehner in the middle of their negotiations leading up to the fiscal cliff. "We don't have a spending problem," the president said. We have "a health care problem."

To put this in perspective, almost every economist familiar with the federal government finances views our national health care problem as a spending problem. In fact, it is THE spending problem. If the federal government were not buying health care, we wouldn't have a long term deficit.

The reason is not hard to understand. For the past four decades health care spending per person...