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Pro-life includes pro-health care

October 19, 2013

To the editor: I was one of 5 million Catholics who received a survey last week from Brian Burch of Catholic vote.org....

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DanaLeeWichmann

Oct-30-13 6:41 PM

Catholic vote****? Thanks for the heads up. I checked it out and sure seems like partisan pulpit politicking to me. Just another example of “Tell me what I think”.

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MNcommonsense

Oct-24-13 11:01 AM

MichaelT -- Your comments "Personally, I like my prospects much better under the old system" and "that it's not matter "if" this fails, it's a matter of "when"".

You know there was problems with the old system, you know there are problems with the new. Why do you and fellow Republicans give NO solutions. You are a member of the DO NOTHING PARTY (DNP=GOP).

Where is Republican leadership, why can't Republicans seize this opportunity and triumph their ideas of solving America's health care issues. Why aren't you, because you have none!!!

This goes all the way back to Hilliarycare, when Bill became president, Republicans trashed it with little to no reforms. Did the Republicans do anything during Bush's 8 years, NOTHING!

There is no Republican leadership, no map for a better America, no clear picture of a better Republican health care solution. Just more rhetoric of watch the Dems fail.

You are pathetic, your DO NOTHING PARTY is just sad.

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Zorromcgee

Oct-22-13 9:53 AM

MT-if you are so good at predicting the future-can I have the next powerball winning numbers?

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MichaelT

Oct-21-13 10:20 PM

Deerhunt: "IF"? You seem to be holding out the possibility of this working out all right. Basic economics (and the history of every centrally planned economic system) says that it's not a matter of "if" this fails, it's a matter of "when."

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deerhunt

Oct-21-13 3:52 PM

Auntydem , you keep saying it is not a government run healthcare system . Then what do they do with the fines (taxes) they collect? How can they stipulate what must be in the benefits and what profit margin the insurance company can have? If the government is collecting money and stipulating benefits , profit margins , I would hardly call that free market. This program is another disaster waiting to happen , social security started out as a 2% tax , magically it is now around 15% . People may have good intentions , but passing something with this size without planning , testing is a train wreck on the horizon. This is one sixth of our economy , screw this up and we will all be in trouble. There will be only one party to thank if this gets worse than it already is.

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GrandmaD

Oct-20-13 4:45 PM

To PollyA - Just curious as to what you mean by "the cheapest, altered garbage" at Walmart. I buy that "garbage" as do my kids. I, also, buy generic at Hy-Vee, Cash Wise, Target, etc., etc.

Most of our drug prescriptions & over-the-counter medical purchases are, also, generic. My doctor & pharmacist stand by generic, as do my grocery stores & Target, Walmart, K-Mart (not here, anymore), etc., etc. I check my labels & see no difference. And, I would not buy garbage for my family.

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guess69

Oct-20-13 10:46 AM

PollyA--I hope you re not a parent and if so, please do not send your lack of understanding to your kin. I'm still trying to figure out what your work with pigs has to do with insurance?

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PollyA

Oct-20-13 1:48 AM

It sure would be nice if any family could afford to raise their kids on one income. And if with a lower income we could afford to eat healthy instead of being only able to afford the cheapest,altered garbage that we can buy from Walmart. Does anyone ever wonder why humans can no longer get antibiotics when we need them? We've all been told that antibiotics are becoming ineffective. Could it be because we are becoming immune because all the meat/food we eat is being fed low doses of antibiotics from the time the critters are born? I know this is true. I worked at hog confinement farm for a very brief time and was disgusted by the things I witnessed. We are being fed a huge line of BS by those who are making a profit from the average Joe, and then they are complaining when we need anything. Wake up people!

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middleclassworker

Oct-20-13 12:45 AM

For the record, I'm not saying that women should stay home, but wouldn't it be nice if they could afford to if they wanted to?

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middleclassworker

Oct-20-13 12:43 AM

MT, the "old" system meant that people with jobs got family coverage from their employers and the mom was able to stay at home because dad made enough money to support the family with one income. Times have changed, not always for the better, huh?

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svensota

Oct-19-13 11:31 PM

Or, as the greatest man of the 20th Century said:

"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."

We ain't takin' 'bout Ronald Reagan here, my fellow Americans.

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Auntydem

Oct-19-13 10:37 PM

Do I really see a comment acknowledging income inequality - rich and poor, “haves” and “have nots” - and concern for “have nots”? This is a switch from the usual 'makers" and "takers", lazy 47% comments, but not a switch from the opinion that the “have nots” should not have increased wages, food stamps, or subsidies for health insurance. More politics than actual concern.

The old system is a system of public charity, with providers increasing the cost of health care for everyone to cover services to those who cannot pay. The old system includes insurance companies increasing premiums for everyone to cover the costs of services to those who need care and to meet desired profit levels for the companies. The old system has “have nots” and “have somethings” going without care until they have an emergency. It has medical bills as the leading cause of bankruptcy. It has companies drop you when you’re sick and exclude your child born with a serious, expensive medical cond

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Auntydem

Oct-19-13 10:23 PM

There is no government system of health care. There is a government system to help people find and afford health insurance from private companies. The bottom line remains relying on insurance companies. Obamacare is not perfect, but a start at solving problems with the old system. It is not written in stone. Parts can be changed and improved, if conservatives would stop demagoguing and insisting on all or nothing.

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MichaelT

Oct-19-13 9:30 AM

Fine sentiment, but it didn't address the most important public policy question. Did your mother specify how the health care for all should be provided? Would she have been in favor of a system where those who could afford health insurance would pay for good quality health care for themselves and those who could not afford it would receive health care through private charity (our old system)? Or did she say that the federal government should use its power to force everyone into a system that provides one system of poor health care for most people (Obamacare) while the rich pay for good quality health care outside the government system? Make no mistake about it, under Obamacare we are headed for a 2-tiered health care system in which the "haves" will receive good health care and the "have nots" will receive whatever our bankrupt government in all its goodness deigns to grant us. Personally, I like my prospects much better under the old system.

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