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The display of one of the most powerful symbols of one religion to the exclusion of other religions most definitely most definitely violates the establishment clause. You suggest adding symbols of other religions, how would that be viewed by atheist soldiers and/or their families? The first sentence of the first amendment of the Bill of Rights forbids the government to advocate one religion over another or none. Remember, all soldiers take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
So how do you think having a Bible on the missing man table felt to Jewish soldiers?
See my suggestion for those who want nothing to do with the health care system. It's the last couple sentences in my original post.
So GW, you're trying to tell me that the 15% of people who are uninsured account for only 1% of the annual healthcare spending? Poppycock, I don't have any statistics to back that up, but the entire idea is absurd. Now if you aren't counting any further medical care past the ER, you might be correct. Unfortunately, those ER visits are often followed by followup medical care for diabetes, heart disease etc. that also are not paid for and must be absorbed by the entire system. In that case, my explanation is correct. You can't checkmate when you're playing checkers...
According to the last census, roughly 15% of our populace had no health insurance. Depending on how you round it, that is 1 in 6-7 people that will be billed for all charges for their own healthcare. I'm assuming that the vast majority of those people don't have insurance because they can't afford to buy it on the open market, so it's most likely safe to assume they can't pay this bill. It is the law that no person coming to the ER of most hospitals can be denied emergency care no matter their ability to pay. For this reason, many non-insured people wait until they have an emergency to access the healthcare system through the ER, which just happens to be the most expensive of all the options to society but the cheapest (and perhaps only) option for the non-insured. Since it's impossible to get blood out of a turnip, these patients are unable to pay their bills and these bills are then passed on to the remainder of the rest of society in the form of inflated costs. These costs are then passed on to insuranced people in the form of higher premiums. Remember that there is no such thing as a free lunch, so health insurance premiums are factored into the overall costs of all the goods and services that all of the citizens of the US pay for through our aggregate consumption. What this all boils down to is that everyone in our society helps in some small way to pay for the healthcare bills for everyone else. This treatise leads me to approval for the overall concept for the ACA. Since everyone benefits, everyone should pay to whatever extent they can, again-see my earlier comment about blood and turnips. For those of you who scream about being required to buy something you don't want, I have a simple solution. You should petition your Congressperson to work for one more healthcare option. That is an opt-out of the system entirely. If you have a heart attack or are in an auto accident for example, you will be screened at the scene or at the ER door. Unless you have insurance or have posted a bond of some sort to cover whatever medical bills you might incur, you are to be wheeled out to the parking lot to die. It could be easily done with a medical alert bracelet, perhaps a tattoo in a discreet place that could be checked by a security guard or some other sign.
Would you rather they go w/o any type of coverage? If they can't afford a larger deductible, they probably can't afford the higher premiums that go along with lower deductibles.
Sorry to disapoint you, this is true. A plan sold through a state website meets all requirements of the law.
You just can't stand to hear of a success story can, you? Daughter purchased her plan through the NY state website. As I stated, she is healthy and willing to accept a large deductible but still aware that she could get injured or have some type of disastrous medical problem. She is willing to pay a premium for that type of coverage. I consider her a responsible citizen.
Our 26 year old daughter who is a self employed contractor just signed up for insurance. She went off our policy last month and had the usual time period to buy her own, just happened to coincide with the ACA guidelines. I don't know what it costs her, after all, it's her business. She is healthy and was looking at the mid level plans that would cover her for catastrophic illness or injury. She said she is pleased.
If this happens, then Sarah Palin really can "see Russia from her front porch." Yeah, yeah I know she really didn't say that but it's so darn funny and so typical of a Palin comment that I just can't help myself for thinking about it!!
Scooter Libby was found guilty by a jury of his peers on 4 of 5 counts. A federal judge sentenced him to 30 months in jail, a 250K fine and a couple of other minor punishments. GWB then commuted his jail sentence allowing the other punishments to stand. Doesn't sound to me like that was "doing nothing wrong".
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