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God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 2. 28 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Feb 19. 14 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 5, 2016 at 11:16pm

Wow!  500 quarts of strawberries.  They are one of my favorite fruits.  My grandmother often had them in her fridge when I was growing up.  She liked them as well.  When visiting her I would often ask if she had any strawberries.  It was a nice little treat I could help myself to when they were in stock inside her fridge.  And of course grandmother's can't say "no" to such a request. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 5, 2016 at 8:26pm

Thanks for the link, Donald. The insurance companies like Blue Cross are costing more, but I don't think it's a direct result of Obamacare. In his recent interview Obama made the point that medical costs were rising even faster before the ACA, although they continue to rise at a lower rate. He mentioned that part of it is higher costs for medicine.

In 2015, due in part to the ACA, health care spending grew at the slowest rate on record (since 1960).  Meanwhile, health care price inflation is at its lowest rate in 50 years.

ObamaCare Facts: An Independent Site For ACA Advice

Randall, aren't you too old to pick strawberries all day long?

Comment by Randall Smith on June 5, 2016 at 7:06am

Oops. It was 4 years ago I went to the Reason Rally. Time flies.

Bad weather and all, my kids sold all 500 quarts of strawberries yesterday. At $4 each, that's a windfall!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 4, 2016 at 7:00am

While not there in person, I'm at the Reason Rally in spirit. I did go to it three years ago, riding in a bus all night coming and going (Indianapolis--D.C.). Miserable trip and weather that day. Center for Inquiry has today's activities updated on their website.

I'm recovering from a day of picking strawberries for my farm kids. It's hard on the back and knees bending over for hours. The berries are luscious. Hopefully, they'll sell out despite a cool rainy morning at the Farmers Market in Indy.

Comment by Plinius on June 3, 2016 at 12:43am

Glad I'm European too, although I feel I'm a citizen of the world, so I should say I'm glad I live here. I'll never wave a flag but I do know where I am.

Lots to say about what Obama did wrong, but I'm sure he tried his best.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on June 3, 2016 at 12:03am
Comment by Ian Mason on June 2, 2016 at 10:28pm

And I'm glad that I'm European. I've said it beforeI know but this kind of debate seems so odd seen from here where a health service is a right and paid for by taxes.

Obama: were people really suprised when he turned out to have feet of clay? He was the least-bad option and turned out half-way good, for a polititian.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on June 2, 2016 at 5:04pm

Ruth, I don't know enough about Obama Care to debate with you.  I know that all I hear are complaints abut it.  i never hear anything good, except from people who had preexisting conditions.  I'm sure I heard something lately where on of the providers is dropping out of the program, and I know I heard of a couple of states that are not going along with his medicaid portion of the program.

i want to make it clear that I'm glad those with pre-existing  conditions can now get insurance.  But that is the only thing good that I've heard about it.

 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 2, 2016 at 3:44pm

Insurance companies are the scourge of the earth. I've never heard of one of them going bankrupt.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 2, 2016 at 3:02pm

Bertold, I had trouble hearing the lyrics on that song. The optimist falling story is an old one for me.

Grinning Cat, great quote! Presiding while black, ROFL. That captures a lot.

I haven’t watched Obama’s interview yet. I had such hope for change when Obama was elected. His record with foreign aggression and energy disappointed me. He did as well as anyone could have, given the opposition, with health care and human rights. Yes he’s likeable.

Learning to drive a fork lift. Sounds like an adventure Ian.

Donald, I was surprised to hear you say Obamacare has made health care costs go up for almost every American. One does see claims like that in some mass media, but I think that's distorted coverage which favors business over the poor.

Obamacare is mainly for people and small groups who pay for their own insurance.

It does this by offering consumers discounts (known as tax credits) on government-sponsored health insurance plans, and by expanding the Medicaid assistance program to include more people who don't have it in their budgets to pay for health care.

The ACA also changed some of the rules insurance companies have to follow. For example, in the past if you had diabetes or some other preexisting medical condition, you could be turned down for insurance or your cost for coverage would be astronomical. Now you can't be turned down for any reason and the hope is that costs will be contained.

Obamacare Explained (Like You're An Idiot)

I remember when insurance companies routinely denied coverage for any condition they considered “preexisting”. I had particular claims denied on that basis when I was a young adult PA state employee. If you'd been treated for a condition under a previous insurer they used it as an excuse to deny a claim. It didn't even have to be a chronic condition, just something you had once before.

Many people who had no health insurance before Obamacare now have Medicaid. I've seen articles griping that more than half of doctors refuse to take Medicaid patients. It might not be gold-plated, but it's better than nothing. Democrats really wanted a Medicare-for-all type plan, but had to settle with Republican legislators for a plan like one proposed by Republicans in 1993 as an alternative to what Bill Clinton proposed. Now the right has nothing good to say about that negotiated outcome. Is the ACA the GOP health care plan from 1993? Do you think that if the Chafee plan had actually passed in 1993, in a GOP triumph over Clinton, that media today would be nitpicking it's every shortcoming?

This is close to my heart because my sister's family struggles with health care costs. Because she wanted to be a mom to her family on weekends, she was forced from full time work to part time. That cost her health insurance. Many employers are high-handed, making unreasonable demands if employees want to retain full time status.

 

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