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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by tom sarbeck 1 hour ago. 4 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray 9 hours ago. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

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If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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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.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on June 2, 2016 at 12:05pm

Randy,  I am retired military.  I've worked with blacks, I've worked under blacks, and I've had blacks working for me. I am not prejudiced.  With that said, Obama has wiped out years of improving race relations in the U.S.. Our military is almost decimated.  We were knocked down a rung or two in the eyes of the world when he drew a red line in the sand, and then didn't follow through wtih the threat.  I'm not saying he should have followed through, but he never should have made such a threat if he wasn't going to follow through.  Health costs have gone way up for almost every American because of his health care program.  There are a few other problems, but this is enough to get you thinking.

Is he a good man?  I think he is, but he wasn't qualified to be president.  (In my opinion.)

 

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