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The MMR vaccine and autism: Sensation, refutation, retraction, and fraud

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Saturday. 3 Replies

The MMR vaccine and autism: Sensation, refutation, retraction, and fraud"Scientists and organizations across the world spent a great deal of time and…Continue

Tags: fraud, scientific, rate, incident, measles

exposing abuse | Jehovah's Witnesses on trial | part 2 (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Feb 1. 0 Replies

We need to focus on the institution, not the individual priests. Practice and policy; show me the church manipulated the system so that these guys wouldn't have to face charges, show me they put those same priests back into parishes time and time…Continue

Tags: child abuse, TheraminTrees, Jehovah's Witnesses

Web slang

Started by Roswatheist. Last reply by Craigart14 Jan 29. 115 Replies

Is it me, or can most people on social networking sites not spell? I get acronyms, but actual misspelling, really? I'm not that old, either-not even thirty.Does this make anyone else crazy or is it just me?Continue

Introduce yourself

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 28. 207 Replies

So we can picture you sitting at the table with us, how about telling us your favorite food and drink?I'm Ruth and you'll find me eating a cup of vanilla Greek yogurt, constantly refilling my teacup from a gigantic pot of hot green tea. (I share,…Continue

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F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia (NY Times)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 21. 5 Replies

WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against…Continue

Tags: Russia, Putin, investigation, FBI, James Comey

Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jan 17. 10 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

Tags: abuse, animal, puppy mills, Henry, The Thinking Atheist

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 31, 2018 at 10:17pm

So, if it isn't a government insurance plan that is the cause of the delay, you have an insurance co that pays the bills, what is the cause of the delay?

Comment by Patricia on October 31, 2018 at 9:43pm

I don't understand what you mean. We've been with Pacific Blue Cross for decades. Its done through the place of work, & carries through into retirement. It wasn't a ''choice'' as such. Its what you get when you get a job. Yes, there are other companies, but it depends on where you work which one you get as far as I know. Whatever company Rick has worked for, its always been B. Cross for us. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 31, 2018 at 9:21pm

Let us imagine you had a choice of any kind of health insurance you wanted, what would you choose? 

Comment by Patricia on October 31, 2018 at 8:57pm

What do you mean? What else would we be with but Canadian?

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 31, 2018 at 8:35pm

Given that you have the long waits for your hip surgeries, would that be a reason for not choosing the Canadian plan, if you had a choice? 

Comment by Patricia on October 31, 2018 at 6:44pm

We do pay for prescriptions, but the insurance will cover 80% until you reach a certain point based on your income, then they are 100% covered until the end of the year. Extended coverage covers meds not normally covered by the basic. We also have enhanced coverage, which goes to other things, like our scooters, Rick's hearing aids, therapies, glasses, etc.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 31, 2018 at 6:39pm

With everyone paying into a monthly extended health insurance plan, and no one having to go bankrupt to pay for unexpected or large health costs, it makes a whole lot more sense than private insurance. 

The "privatized" education, health care, prescriptions, etc., means some have the money and some do not. Doesn't sound like a stable economy to me. 

Comment by Patricia on October 31, 2018 at 6:23pm

Its hips & knees that are the longest waiting lists as far as I know. It hits the news every now & then, & the new premier of BC said he'd be shortening the wait times....HA!!!

As for paying, we pay nothing other than the monthly extended health insurance....no co-pay....nada.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 31, 2018 at 6:02pm

The argument in the U.S. now is that Canada has "free health care" and the waiting lists are not that long.

Your experience challenges that delusion. Thank you for sharing your experience with us; we are now able to evaluate the argument and determine that it is wrong. 

Comment by Patricia on October 31, 2018 at 3:31pm

Yes, I'm exhausted all the time Joan.

Just getting around the house is all the exercise I can stand as anything else just makes the pain worse. Range of motion in the hip area is almost non-existent now.

Unfortunately I cannot take much other than Acetaminophen for pain, & that's pretty useless for this. Sleep is lousy.

I have my pc, reading, the kitties, & music, but staying civil is difficult sometimes when things are very bad or I've tried to do too much.

When things are really bad, its best to leave me alone rather than trying to make me sit & ''chat''. When I'm in agony, I get quiet. I don't moan, groan, whine, or generally complain. I don't get relief no matter what I try.

In this type of thing, moving around just causes more damage. I know I am not the only one on these damn waiting lists, but its still hard to not get pissed off. 

 

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