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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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Seadog

Mar-10-14 7:17 PM

Oh and Pitts, you've only made three requests of me. I have mad 28 to you to tell the truth or prove your statements.....

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Seadog

Mar-10-14 5:55 PM

Bottom line is Pitts, anyone older than 22 should be on their own and not hanging on to mommy and daddy for support or insurance. Still have some living in the basement?

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Seadog

Mar-10-14 4:30 PM

Another untruth Pitts - if they dropped dead in the streets due to a lack of Obamacare, it would be a health issue, not a life insurance issue. So, once again you lack of knowledge, especially in your life's work, must be the reason you failed.

Bottom line is Pitts, anyone older than 22 should be on their own and not hanging on to mommy and daddy for support or insurance. Still have some living in the basement?

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FedUpL8ly

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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Seadog

Mar-09-14 10:39 PM

Oh and Pitts, for being an independent proprietor insurance agent, you should know that, or is why you left the field?

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Seadog

Mar-09-14 2:08 PM

Children were always covered under their parents policy as long as they attended college until age 22. And, guess what, 23-26 year olds weren't dropping dead in the streets due to lack of insurance.

No matter how you sugar coat it Pitt, Obamacare is a failure - or did those 20 million of poor uninsured people sign up. Oh that's right, they can go on Medicaid so we have to pay for them. You and Obamacare are a joke.

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FedUpL8ly

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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Seadog

Mar-08-14 9:00 PM

Fun isn't it Pitts. Reading lies and nothing you can do about it. Now you know how some of us feel every time you post.

If you weren't purged, why change your user name from gravelpitt to gravelpit? We'll wait for another fairy tale.

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Seadog

Mar-08-14 5:41 PM

"you have been purged at least 2x before (gravelpiit and gioallie)"

If you weren't purged, why change your user name from gravelpitt to gravelpit? We'll wait for another fairy tale.

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Seadog

Mar-08-14 5:38 PM

How did I lie Pitts. You claim you signed up for Obamacare, in the next breath you state you are on Medicare, in the next breath you are covered under your own policy. So.....the logical conclusion is you are on Medicaid, since you can't get your stories straight and are embarrassed to admit it.

So, you are welcome for your free healthcare, unless you care to tell the truth for once.

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Seadog

Mar-08-14 2:26 PM

Pitts, how long have you been on Medicaid? And when are you going to thank the tax payers for your free healthcare?

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FedUpL8ly

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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formerlyphil

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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formerlyphil

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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formerlyphil

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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formerlyphil

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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Seadog

Mar-07-14 3:36 PM

Pitty, you are missing the point. If the ACA was so AFFORDABLE, WHY do those poor uninsured need Medicaid? Please tell us that and WHY haven't all those poor uninsured signed up. Kind of hard to answer a question with facts huh Pitts?

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EaglesWings

Mar-07-14 2:10 PM

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

When they come.

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Seadog

Mar-07-14 12:16 PM

"And why are you so hateful of the 20,000[as you claim]who have waited an eternity for someone to help?

Another lie from Pitts. The number of poor uninsured passed around by Barry, Nancy, and the rest was 20 million - which is the number I posted. Secondly, if those poor, dying in the streets, uninsured have "waited an eternity" for insurance, they have had since OCTOBER to sign up. If I waited for an eternity for something, I would have signed up the first instant it was offered.

"Perhaps they should move to Mass. and sign up for Romney Twit Care" Well Pitts, you always say Obamacare was the exact same thing as "Romneycare" so I guess Obama and Nancy are TWITS. I like it - OBAMA TWIT CARE. You're the man (I think).

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Seadog

Mar-07-14 10:07 AM

Oh, and Pitts - isn't this abortion called the Affordable Care Act? If it's so affordable, why do people have to go on Medicaid? If the poor uninsured can't afford Obamacare, than I guess it's not so affordable. AND, if they can't afford Obamacare, they would have been on Medicaid in the first place.

What about the new delay Pitts? Isn't that what the Republicans have been asking for over the last few months? What about the 31 changes Barry has mad to this LAW?

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Seadog

Mar-07-14 10:01 AM

So Pitts, according to your twisted logic, the Republicans are to blame? That doesn't explain the lack of the poor, uninsured not signing up in states with Democratic governors now does it.

All along, you, Barry, Nancy and the rest of the Keystone cops have been crying about those poor uninsured dying in the streets because of lack of insurance. They shoved this joke down America's throat and those poor uninsured are NOT SIGNING UP - WHY??? Just explain why without blaming the Republicans, if you can. Maybe those poor uninsured don't have computers? Could that be it?

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KittyCat

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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Seadog

Mar-06-14 10:44 PM

In case you missed it Pitts : I wonder where all those 20 million of UNINSURED are? Wasn't Obamacare going to cover all those poor uninsured?

By Amy Goldstein, Updated: Thursday, March 6, 3:00 PM

"The new health insurance marketplaces appear to be making little headway so far in signing up Americans who lack health insurance, the Affordable Care Act’s central goal.

A pair of surveys released on Thursday suggest that just one in 10 uninsured people who qualify for private health plans through the new marketplace have signed up for one — and that about half of uninsured adults has looked for information on the online exchanges or plans to look"

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Seadog

Mar-06-14 10:42 PM

doggie---you, as a dependent, are covered under ACA,"

Another lie Pitts. I am covered under my employers insurance until age 65, I have no pre-existing conditions, and the less fortunate are not my problem. I give to charities, my church, and pay taxes, that cover the less fortunate.

So Pitts, about those 20 million uninsured you and Barry were so concerned about. WHY HAVEN'T THEY SIGNED UP? Please tell me what the party line (excuses) are - I'm anxious to hear why they haven't broken the website signing up, or has that been the problem since October - toooo many signing up?

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Jazzie

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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