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Squawk of the Day - August 15, 2012

I am 64 years old and I’ve always shopped for my own health insurance. When you depend on the government or anyone else to choose for you, don’t expect good results and don’t whine about what you get if you vote Democrat.

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insane_in_the_membrane 2 years, 3 months ago

For one to get a good deal on anything, one must do work, as in research, to find such a deal. The majority of those welcoming the "free" healthcare are too lazy to even work, or too stupid to not realize that it is not "free."

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nofreeloader 2 years, 3 months ago

The only FREE health care should be for those who have severed our country in the armed forces.No one should be forced to purchase something they do not desire, can or can not afford. Regardless of party.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 3 months ago

No, insane none of what you said is true. The high cost of insurance and folks that cannot be insured have made it next to impossible. The too lazy to work can get medicaid. It is the middle class businesses that cannot afford $1200/mo for one person. Not many people can afford this and the $1200/mo pays for very little expenses. Obamacare will put a glut on hospitals and there will be months wait for a doctor's visit and it will curtail an emergency room visit for an infected tooth. A person paying $1200/mo could easily have a $5000 deductible or more. And the folks getting diabetes are running the cost up for everyone else. With diabetes comes all the other, high blood pressure and all other heart problems.

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bigbob 2 years, 3 months ago

Have you ever seen the government do anything that really helped taxpayers, local or federal? Working people taxpayers not the people who suck all the free bees out of the system.

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FlunkyMonkey 2 years, 3 months ago

I have been voicing this opinion for a while only to be told that I am foolish for not wanting it. Ass, gas or grass, NO BODY RIDES FOR FREE...even those who are getting a free ride is enjoying the scenery at someone else's expense. Instead of forcing health insurance on us, WHY NOT FORCE THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY TO LOWER THEIR PRICES?

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FryarTuk 2 years, 3 months ago

The medical community has been forced to lower their prices. That's why most practices are refusing to accept new medicaid patients.

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B4it 2 years, 3 months ago

The challenge is to get those who seem to not understand a rational thought process to be able to see and think much clearer. Those who can not see how the current Obama administration is making their lives more dependent on others, and the deterioration of the strength of this country only perpetuate the downward trend of this once great Nation. Promises have been made by Obama and not kept. The trends speak for themselves and he and his admin have proven they can not be trusted!

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RedEric 2 years, 3 months ago

Can you imagine if you went to a private insurer and bought a health care policy that you would pay 40 years on and not use until you reached 65. With Medicare you still have to buy gap insurance to cover what Medicare doesn't. Gap insurance plus Medicare payment for my wife and I costs $600 per month and we still do not have the coverage offered in Medicaid. So, squawked you will still be shopping for insurance while the welfare crowd gets better health care at no cost to them.......I take that back, they have to voluntarily enslave themselves on the government plantation.

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rightasrain 2 years, 3 months ago

The blacks can talk all they want about President George Washington owning slaves (which he did); but Obama owns and controls more slaves than anyone in the history of mankind. I suppose by that fact, he is"The Great Massa".

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FryarTuk 2 years, 3 months ago

The medicare formula doesn't seem equitable. All your working life, even after retirement if you draw a salary, you and your employer pay a combined 2.9% of your salary. At 65 I pay $110 additional each month plus the cost of a supplemental insurance and part D. Spousal expenses are the same. If you go to a doctor you have a deductible. For catastrophic illnesses this is really good but until you get to that point you are really paying hefty costs and I have to work to pay ours which I don't mind one bit. It just seems like ReDeric says we are not getting the top drawer treatment the mendicants receive. There are 2 presidents who in my lifetime have attempted to address national health coverage comprehensively and effectively - Richard Nixon (the best approach through private means) and Goober Carter both of whom were blocked by none other than the Hero of Chappaquiddick. Neither political party is dealing with health care or health insurance sanely now. George Bush's medicare part d and Obama's Affordable Healthcare will bankrupt this country if allowed to stay intact. It's unlikely Romeny has a chance of being elected since he put Paul Ryand on the ticket and even if he were he has the same approach for healthcare Obama does. So hold on tight we are in for a wild ride.

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billybob 2 years, 3 months ago

First, we need real tort reform to help lower the costs to healthcare professionals. Single payer is the way to go, and it will come to the United States eventually. There is no reason why Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Canada all have higher quality of healthcare, according to the WHO, and cover every citizen and we can't pull that off in the United States. Healthcare should be no different than police and fire services.

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agirl_25 2 years, 3 months ago

Yes they do have socialized medicine in those places overseas but they also pay high taxes and have sky high prices for goods and services. Not everything of course but a lot of everyday items are very expensive. I have had medical care, excellent medical care, in foreign countries and paid very little for it, but paid dearly for something as insignificant as a half pint of ice cream. In many instances tho, you must wait for things that are not considered life threatening, like a torn meniscus (I have a friend in Sweden who is a runner and tore it) and had to wait a while to have it repaired. I am not saying I am right and you are wrong, just giving 2 sides to the argument. I am not complaining about my health care either, mine is excellent...just giving a POV.

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Cartman 2 years, 3 months ago

Too much government is the problem already. More government involvement will make it worse - not better. But for healthcare its too late now. Just sit back and embrace the economic horror that is coming for taxpayers and the medical profession. The only beneficiaries of Obamacare is the health insurance companies and the indigent population who already was receiving uninsured healthcare anyways.

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USTPC 2 years, 3 months ago

"A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have - Gerald Ford, August 12, 1974

Any doubt we are headed down that path?

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broke 2 years, 3 months ago

“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.”

― Ronald Reagan

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RedEric 2 years, 3 months ago

Insurance costs are based on statistics. If you have a very large group(millions), you can predict very accurately how many people are going to need health care and what the need is going to be. So, your costs are going to be much less than if you have a very small group. With a small group your predictions are much less accurate, so the uncertainties result in higher costs. Here in SWG we have a group of only a few low population counties, so our insurance is high. If congress were to allow us to shop for insurance nationwide our costs would go down.....I.e. the government is NOT here to help. Whenever the government gets involved in ANYTHING the cost goes up.

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