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Make Your Voice Heard On Health Care

March 6, 2014

To The Reader’s Forum: People in the Jamestown area have an opportunity this spring to weigh in on a timely and important topic: health care....

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Mar-09-14 11:39 PM

gravelspit- why don't you practice what you preach. Educate yourself. Results from a survey conducted just this past week showed why only 10% of those previously uninsured had signed up for Obamacare. More people have signed up for Obamacare because their previous insurance plans (plans they were happy with) were cancelled by Obamacare. Not only that but more people have lost their insurance plans than have signed up for Obamacare. If you were more aware of what's going on across the country, you'd know that Obamacare is even causing people previously on Medicaid to lose their doctors and their hospitals of choice. This survey/study even showed that close to one in four of the previously uninsured had NEVER even heard of Obamacare/ACA. This despite the fact that Obama has spent more than a billion on advertising trying to sell this turkey. THINK of the medical care that billion could have been providing instead.

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Mar-08-14 11:22 PM

gravelspit- Your statement that insurance companies spent millions lobbying against Obamacare is in need of some proof. They were on board because Obama and the Dems wrote a trillion dollar bailout into the law. Of course, that was the estimate before Obamacare became such a fiasco. Now the eventual cost to the taxpayers will probably grow into many trillions over ten years.

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Mar-08-14 3:04 AM

The two main reasons for previously uninsured not enrolling in Obamacare are: 1) a lot of those people didn't want to spend the money on insurance or were just to lazy to bother and 2) Obamacare lets people wait until they get sick and then they can sign up with their pre-existing conditions. gravelspit- Medicaid is commonly acknowledged to be the lousiest healthcare plan out there. Obamacare has expanded the pool of people eligible while cutting the payments to doctors. The end result will be longer wait times for treatment and a lousy plan eventually getting to be much worse.

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Mar-07-14 5:48 PM

"Then, there's the issue of who pays for Medicaid. Each county in New York has to chip in something that's not required in 47 other states. Monroe County pays 25 percent of costs and is projected to spend nearly $180 million next year alone."

"New York spends more tax money on Medicaid than any other state, nearly $56 billion. That's almost twice as much as Texas, which has a larger population. When you break it down further, it's more than $2,800 for every person who lives in New York. For a family of four, more than $11,000."

"Our state's eligibility requirements are the loosest in the country."

from the article "new york state exposed: how medicaid impacts your taxes." 11/14/13.

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Mar-07-14 5:36 PM

"New York state must give local governments more flexibility to control Medicaid costs: As is, the program’s imposing an unfair and unsustainable burden."

"Here in Erie County (the largest Upstate county), virtually the entire property-tax levy goes directly to the state for Medicaid services. In 2010, our local share of Medicaid was about $201 million; the county’s property-tax levy, $211 million."

"Much of that spending isn’t mandated by the feds, but by the state — services that cost Erie taxpayers another $250 million in state and local Medicaid payments. These “optional” services are why New York is well known for having a “Cadillac” Medicaid program."

nypost, 1/14/11.

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Mar-07-14 5:33 PM

"Executives at Medicaid- funded not-for-profits in New York are hauling in massive salaries, with one raking in $2.8 million and 14 others topping a half-million, an explosive congressional report has found. And more than 100 other executives from Medicaid-funded agencies in New York are pulling in more than $200,000, according to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The report, titled Billions of Federal Tax Dollars Wasted Annually by New York’s Medicaid Program, called for a sweeping independent audit of the state’s bloated $54 billion in Medicaid spending, the nation’s highest."

nypost february '13.

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Mar-07-14 5:08 PM

"ObamaCare is going to push 300,000 additional New Yorkers onto the Medicaid rolls by next year — a hefty 7.3 percent increase, Gov. Cuomo’s budget office predicts. Cuomo’s mid-year budget report says Medicaid rolls will swell from the current 5.3 million to more than 5.6 million by the end of 2014. The reason: Many uninsured and low-income New Yorkers signing up for coverage on the state-run ObamaCare Web site will discover they’re eligible for Medicaid..."

nypost article november '13.

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Mar-07-14 2:10 PM

gravel, I am "overjoyed with changes for the better."

When they come.

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Mar-07-14 8:50 AM

The whole system is a joke each person you talk to about it tell you something different about the plans and the cost. The cost isn't afforable. Still sub par with some of the high deductible plans. Waiti g to see just how much this is going to cost me in the end. If too much will be getting out of it.

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Mar-06-14 6:51 PM

Everyone's health SHOULD matter to you, you surely wouldn't want the same dolt who misdiagnosed other patients, over medicated some or even operated on wrong parts or gave unnecessary operations to anyone.

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Mar-06-14 5:53 PM

DrLecter-other people's health is none of my business, as my health is none of yours. I rely upon my self no matter how tough the circumstances. People like you need to keep your filthy hands out of my wallet.

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Mar-06-14 5:09 PM

stuff it

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Mar-06-14 5:07 PM

Doc Lecter says: "

That is what many people are missing out on. and here we think (make that "HE"thinks)that we must provide health / dental/housing./food stamps/utilities/taxi/ Obama phones!/ and now INTERNET services for the 11 million here ILLEGALLY !!!

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Mar-06-14 4:16 PM

I don't want it, I also don't want Medicare. Too much bureaucratic sh*t through either one. Daughter's been given a run around through her doctor - who is through TRC for a month in getting her the right medication. It's a constant battle with them, either wrong dosage or some other kind of BS.

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Mar-06-14 3:03 PM

"The fact that this nation does not provide health care to all is repulsive."

you pay for the illegals & undocumented & i'm fine with your idea bovine scatologist.

i like how you amended that idea in your last post. which is it? is it all or is it all citizens?

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Mar-06-14 2:39 PM

I am quite awake and am quite aware of many of the problems in this country and access to healthcare. This is not just about going to an ER for treatment. This is about being able to get access to basic healthcare, such as routine check-ups, cancer screenings, pre-natal care, etc.

That is what many people are missing out on. The fact is, the USA is one of very few industrialized nations that do not provide access to their citizens to the basics of healthcare. Trying to keep people healthy is not something that should be reserved for those that have some magical amount of means to be able to go and see a doctor. In fact, this is something that should have. Rich and poor.

It is shameful

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Mar-06-14 2:20 PM

Just to point out how misguided a great many are about healthcare, DrLecter should know that nobody is refused healthcare. In fact, one of the primary reasons why healthcare is so expensive is the fact anyone, especially illegal immigrants, can just show up at an ER and get treated while the rest of us pay for their treatment. Time to wake up, DrLecter.

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Mar-06-14 2:15 PM

Credence- The Alinsky connection has been well documented over the years but the lap-dogs in the media never want to mention it. It was also in the public domain, before Obama closed off the White House tours, that there was a framed picture of Alinsky hanging on a wall in the White House. For further confirmation, two years ago, Alinsky's son publicly praised Obama as the most effective person who's promoted his father's doctrine.

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Mar-06-14 2:08 PM

Howard, I hope you continually remind people that Obamacare is exactly what Hillary wanted for the country. Please repeat it daily to one and all right up to the 2016 election. gravelspit- I'm probably wasting my time trying to explain the difference to you but Roberts didn't go out and organize and participate in political protests for his client.

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Mar-06-14 2:06 PM

sound familiar (below text) to every move the grand high exhalted one from _______ is daily doing?

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Mar-06-14 2:04 PM

by Saul Alinsky: create Soc.ste. There are 8 levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state.

The first is the most important. 1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people 2) Poverty — Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live. 3) Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty. 4) Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state. 5) Welfare — Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income). 6) Education — Take control of what people read and listen to — take control of what children learn in school. 7) Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools. 8) Class Warfare;

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Mar-06-14 2:02 PM

Why don't all you misguided souls be honest with yourselves and stop referring to "single-payer" healthcare ad call it what it really is, "NATIONALIZED HEALTHCARE". People who call it single-payer are either misleading or misled. "Single payer" is used to sell it to people who wouldn't buy it if the term "nationalized" was used. Just like calling Obamacare the "Affordable Care Act" when quite a lot of people would be against the same Obamacare insurance if it were called the "Unaffordable Care Act". It's logical that a DrLecter would be on board with Obamacare. And for all the dupes who criticize how many times the House passes a "Repeal Obamacare" bill, what you should really be questioning is why, if Obamacare is so great, won't Harry Reid let the Senate reaffirm to the entire country just how proud they are of foisting Obamacare on the nation while exempting themselves and their staffs from Obamacare.

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Mar-06-14 1:59 PM

health care: It is all a part of Saul Alinsky's 8 part commie take over. BHO follows it carefully.

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Mar-06-14 1:32 PM

Well, DrLecter, that is what Hillary wanted in the 90's and Obama wanted now. However, the party of no was just too strong. Oh, by the, way, the party of no did want single payer system; that was until Obama wanted it.

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Mar-06-14 1:23 PM

Repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a single payer plan would be a great idea. The fact that this nation does not provide health care to all is repulsive.

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