Trump’s Health Care = Obamacare? October 11, 2016Posted by Coonsey in Uncategorized.
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I wonder if anybody paid attention to what Donald Trump said he would do about Obamacare during Sunday’s town hall debate? His solution is to allow insurance companies to cross State lines to create competition which he says will lower the cost of health care. I agree with this process, I think it will help some but not as much as Trump implies because insurance companies are monopolies. For example, State Farm in Illinois also owns State Farm in Indiana, Texas, California, etc…
I’m no expert with the way insurance companies are regulated, if at all, but I’m betting each State has their own rules on how insurance companies can do business. The only way allowing competition will work is to force all States to have the same regulations (if there are any).
I’m betting insurance companies have no rules at all and that is where the problems are. We need to regulate insurance companies the same way we do electric and water companies. They must be forced to face a committee to explain why they need a raise or increase in premiums. I think hospitals, clinics and pharmaceutical companies should be regulated also. Make them all explain why their prices need to be changed. Make them explain why they cover or don’t cover a procedure or charge so much for a pill.
Health care is a necessity of life. Just as water and electricity are. It’s not a luxury. We need to be healthy to survive, to work, take care of our children, raise healthy future generations, etc…
I know Republicans hate ‘regulations’ unless it has something to do with a woman’s body or our sex lives, or whether they approve of an action like smoking; but in this case they should support such an idea for they family and future generation’s sake.
Anyway, going back to what Donald Trump said during the debate. Did you happen to notice that he ‘agrees’ that insurance companies should be required to cover pre-existing conditions? Did you also notice that he said we’d, meaning the taxpayer, would make sure people would get insurance.
In case you don’t know what that means, it means that a large sum of money will be given from the federal government to State governments with provisions as to the way the money is to be spent.
Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t that exactly what Obamacare does now with Medicare and Medicaid? That’s one reason Obamacare’s had some issues because many Republican controlled States refused to accept the federal money because they didn’t like being told how to spend it.
So, Trump will give block grants, insist that insurance companies cover pre-existing conditions and he will make sure those that can’t afford health care be covered using Federal tax dollars. Will somebody explain to me how that isn’t just like Obamacare (ACA)?
Donald Trump also fails to tell American’s how he would pay for all this. Sort of reminds me of how GW Bush pushed Medicare Part D without telling folks where the money would come from to pay for it.
Lastly, I thought Republicans were against government controlled health care? All of the above does just that. It first tells each State they must accept all insurance companies into their State, it controls who is covered, what is covered and makes taxpayers pay for uninsured or under insured.
Bill Clinton Does Hillary a Favor for Upcoming Debate October 6, 2016Posted by Coonsey in Uncategorized.
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Thank you, Bill Clinton, for admitting that there are problems with ACA (Obamacare). Hillary Clinton would be crazy to deny that things haven’t worked out for everybody as President Obama and the Democrats had hoped they would. If there is one thing that really upset Americans with President Obama, it was the ACA.
While millions of people were able to get the health insurance their families needed, and while parents were allowed to keep their college age kids on their plans saving those kids money they couldn’t afford to lose, and while Americans that have pre-existing conditions could never be denied insurance again, the ACA also hurt many people.
It forced Americans to buy insurance or pay a fine; that alone ticked off thousands. For some reason they felt they shouldn’t have to worry about their own health care until the time came they needed help. And many felt its ok, hospitals will be forced to care for me, it’s the law right?
Those that had insurance felt cheated because there were people getting assistance now to pay for their health insurance. Nobody helps me pay for mine, why should my tax dollars pay for theirs, they’d say.
Both groups of angry people were ignoring the facts.
Those that claim they could handle the problem if and when they ever needed a doctor or emergency care haven’t a clue what it cost to just walk into a doctor’s office today, let alone a one or more night stay in the hospital. Their yearly salary wouldn’t begin to cover the cost of a few days in the hospital or emergency surgery or having a baby.
Those that are upset that their tax dollars are now helping the poor to pay for insurance seem to forget that they were already paying for that coverage. Any uninsured patient the doctor or hospital had to care for, the cost of that care was passed onto those of us that were able to buy insurance or pay with cash. At least now, those that are getting assistance to pay for insurance have to pay something for the cost of their insurance, rather than nothing as before. Everybody that has some income was forced to use some of it to buy their own health insurance. When everybody is forced to share the burden, that’s fairer isn’t it?
There are also those that pay nothing for their insurance because they have nothing to give. This is considered charity in the eyes of people that care about their fellow human being.
However, as Bill Clinton pointed out, there are major problems. Because Americans refuse to switch over to a Universal Health Care system we are stuck with, for profit, insurance companies running our nation’s health care. The only rules they have are, cover the ‘wellness’ procedures, cover everybody, allow older kids to stay on family plan and make sure you spend 80% of premiums on actual health care. Meanwhile they now have millions more customers adding to their profits. Nobody is actually keeping tabs of what they charge in premiums, co-pays, deductibles or what they actually pay out to hospitals and doctors. Nobody is checking who it is they have in charge of what they deny or accept as care for their customers.
Health insurance companies are 100% in control of their customer’s health care. They decide whether a patient lives or dies. To top that off, each State insurance company has its own rules and offers.
Americans are blaming ACA (Obamacare) for everything that goes wrong with their health care. If they would just read what ACA actually did they’d find out it’s the insurance companies that’s taken advantage of the ‘idea’ of ACA and made it the villain.
Insurance companies blame the ACA for the increase cost of premiums. Sorry they say, we have to cover the cost of the ACA wellness promise. When truth be told many of them, including my own, already had packages that included free so-called ‘wellness’ procedures. That was part of the deal they made to get you to buy their plans.
Insurance companies blame the ACA for the increase cost of premiums because they have to cover pre-existing condition customers now. What they forget to mention is, they also, because of ACA, have millions of healthy new customers paying for health insurance, customers that because of their healthy condition and age won’t use their policy for many years to come, maybe never.
Insurance companies aren’t hurting; their profits are higher than ever before.
So, when Bill Clinton speaks the truth about ACA having major issues, he’s right to admit that fact. Denying there’s a problem would be like denying ISIS exists.
Bill’s comment this week is perfect timing. ACA (Obamacare) will surely be mentioned during the town hall debate this coming Sunday. It gives Hillary a chance to tell Americans what she plans on doing to fix the problems. Will she suggest forcing insurance companies to go before a commission to ask for increases in premiums, like we force water and electric companies to do? Will she allow customers to buy insurance across State lines? Will she recommend going to a Universal Health care plan like Bernie Sanders suggested we do and eliminate for profit insurance companies all together? Will she suggest that doctors and patients will decide what is covered and what isn’t, eliminating non-medical professions from making those decisions?
Most importantly, bringing up the ACA will also force Donald J. Trump to tell Americans what his plan is to replace the ACA? He promises it will be something “Great”. So what will it be Donald?
Trump Disrespects All But Our Enemies September 11, 2016Posted by Coonsey in Uncategorized.
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Trump: Save Unborn or Kill Us All in a Nuclear War September 10, 2016Posted by Coonsey in Uncategorized.
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To those that are voting for Donald Trump because he claims to be Pro-life which supposedly means he will nominate a conservative, Pro-Life, Supreme Court justice. Are you aware that he is on video claiming to be Pro-Choice and Pro-Life with exceptions? If you don’t believe me watch this video for proof.
Do you know what he told his former mistress (now his third wife, Melania) when she told him that she was pregnant? “What are we going to do about this?” Implying she either has the child or has an abortion. The man you think is Pro-Life was willing to have his mistress abort her baby.
For a man that cares about life, he sure is casual when it comes to killing women and (innocent) children:
Security Clearance: Hillary Clinton Has One, Could Donald Trump Get One? September 8, 2016Posted by Coonsey in Uncategorized.
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The media and the Republican Party have been hammering Hillary Clinton over her emails she sent or received while Secretary of State for the Obama administration.
The FBI, the State Department, the Republicans in Congress and thousands in the media have investigated this and many other issues for over a year now. Not one has been able to prove that Hillary committed a crime.
Hillary could be disrespectful to the American people like Donald Trump by just saying something like, “I have regrets, I really do” then he is allowed to just move on by the media. They let him walk away without questioning what exactly it is he regrets doing. But she doesn’t do that, she speaks from the heart by saying she’s sorry about the way she handled the emails.
And when she tries to point out the years of experience she’s had handling security issues, never having done anything like this before, the media and Republicans once again pounce on her, claiming she doesn’t feel she’s done anything wrong.
What Hillary needs to do is say the following:
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U.S. President Requires No Security Clearance? August 20, 2016Posted by Coonsey in Uncategorized.
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While listening to the news this morning I heard a man tell a reporter that the President Of United States does not require a Security Clearance. I said to myself, “no way?”.
This bothered me so much that I decided to do some research on the issue. And as far as I can tell, apparently the man was correct. It’s basically assumed that if the ‘People’ trust the man or woman enough to be their leader (voted for them), then no clearance is needed, not even if they work in sensitive committee positions in Congress. That includes your Senator or House of Representative folks. I did not know this. I just assumed they all had to have a security clearance of some sort.
Do you know what a person goes through to get a security clearance? Depending on the position they are working toward it can be different, however for a Top Secret Clearance, it can include the following checks about you:
A Secret clearance, also known as Collateral Secret or Ordinary Secret, requires a few months to a year to investigate, depending on the individual’s background. Some instances wherein individuals would take longer than normal to be investigated are many past residences, having residences in foreign countries, having relatives outside the United States, or significant ties with non-US citizens. Unpaid bills as well as criminal charges will more than likely disqualify an applicant for approval. However, a bankruptcy will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and is not an automatic disqualifier. Poor financial history is the number-one cause of rejection, and foreign activities and criminal record are also common causes for disqualification. A Secret clearance requires a NACLC, and a Credit investigation; it must also be re-investigated every 10 years. Investigative requirements for DoD clearances, which apply to most civilian contractor situations, are contained in the Personnel Security Program issuance known as DoD Regulation 5200.2-R, at part C3.4.2
Top Secret is a more stringent clearance. A Top Secret, or “TS”, clearance is often given as the result of a Single Scope Background Investigation, or SSBI. Top Secret clearances, in general, afford one access to data that affects national security, counterterrorism/counterintelligence, or other highly sensitive data. There are far fewer individuals with TS clearances than Secret clearances. A TS clearance can take as few as 3 to 6 months to obtain, but often it takes 6 to 18 months. The SSBI must be reinvestigated every 5 years. In order to receive TS clearance, all candidates must pass an oral interview. (more…)
Enough About Emails and Benghazi – Real Problem is Donald Trump August 19, 2016Posted by Coonsey in Uncategorized.
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I’m so sick of hearing about Hillary Clinton’s EMAILS. My gosh people. She’s been investigated clear back to 2009 over these things and guess what, the State Department, the FBI, a Republican controlled Congress more than once and still going and the media, have found NOTHING illegal about what she did. Inappropriate and careless, yes, but nothing illegal. To top that off, previous SOS’s have done the same thing and haven’t been investigated for it at all and they passed along classified info whereas Hillary’s weren’t classified till after they were sent. Just like all the scandals about her that the Republicans claimed happened during Bill Clinton’s terms in office, nothing was ever found to be illegal.
Is it really possible to have hundreds, maybe even thousands of men, women from all branches of government, from all sides of the political spectrum and the media researching, digging, investigating and even having her testify for hours — for them to all have been on HER SIDE and hiding her so called illegal actions? Is it possible that she could convince each and everyone of them to ignore those so call crimes? Get real people.
The emails are what Republicans are using to try and hurt her campaign. That’s all they really have besides her views on policies. If you repeat something often enough it surely must be true right? That’s the view of Republicans these days.
We currently have a man that’s actually been convicted of crimes running for President, a man that’s done nothing but lie through out his life with PROOF of such lies, that’s done nothing but flip flop on issues since day one, that’s attacked his fellow Party, the media and now the FBI for things they’ve been saying or reporting that are FACTS about him. A man that is curious about why he couldn’t push the nuclear button. A man that’s refused to pay his bills and gone bankrupt 6 times hurting thousands of employees. A man that’s attacked a gold star mother, a war veteran, women, man that’s invited our enemy to hack our systems, a man that sides with Russia’s Putin on most issues, a man that’s claimed that Obama and Hillary our “founders” of ISIS then claims it’s just a joke while our soldiers are fighting ISIS – giving ISIS a tool to use against us, a man that plans on kicking Muslims out of the U.S. which includes soldiers that have fought for us giving ISIS another tool to use against Americans. That’s just to name a few things he’s done or plans to do so far. And you are worried about emails that have not been found to be illegal after years of investigating by hundreds if not thousands of people? WOW!
As for Benghazi, where were the months even years of investigations during the Ronald Reagan and both Bush administrations (GW Bush has 13 of them) when our bases and embassies were attacked. Don’t bother researching, there was nothing investigated compared to the way Republicans have gone after President Obama and Hillary Clinton.
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Enough already folks! What will it take for Americans to wake up and smell the coffee. In this case, the questions about Donald J. Trump, his campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates being tied to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin? There is so much evidence out that that no one can deny that something isn’t fishy about their relationship with Putin.
Today we hear the latest scoop and maybe the worst so far, by the Associate Press. AP Sources: Manafort tied to undisclosed foreign lobbying.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s campaign chairman helped a pro-Russian governing party in Ukraine secretly route at least $2.2 million in payments to two prominent Washington lobbying firms in 2012, and did so in a way that effectively obscured the foreign political party’s efforts to influence U.S. policy.”
“Under federal law, U.S. lobbyists must declare publicly if they represent foreign leaders or their political parties and provide detailed reports about their actions to the Justice Department. A violation is a felony and can result in up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.”
We also hear today that Trump shook up his campaign by hiring two new strategists and implying that he’s demoting Manafort. However, he is still on the payroll as Trump’s campaign manager. One can only assume it’s because of the two latest stories about Manafort. Yes TWO. (more…)
Media Keeps Swallowing Trump’s Bait August 17, 2016Posted by Coonsey in Uncategorized.
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I guess Trump will finally put out some TV campaign ads in 5 key States later this week. The media is criticizing his decision to have waited so late in doing so. The political commentators claim he should have started them before the convention and at the very latest afterwards. They just haven’t caught onto Trump’s way of thinking yet. They didn’t during the primary and still don’t.
Trump is relying on the Media to run his campaign FOR HIM. During his primary he spent time on some TV show nearly everyday of the week. Even during the general election, he’s purposely said something or mis-spoke to cause the media to, once again, discuss Trump on TV.
Trump’s motto – even bad news is good advertising.
Now by waiting all these weeks to pay for any ads, he’s decided to spend a few million (nothing compared to Hillary’s campaign of course) on ads in those 5 key states only. Why not every key state? Why not spend that 88 million he got just last month on ads since the polls have him losing everywhere? Again I say, why should he? The Media will air them for him.
Why spend millions on ads when all he needs do is produce a few, wait for months to air them, then whoosh, surprise the media with a sudden turn around about airing some.
What will the media do? They will do exactly what Trump’s planned on them doing all along, they will repeat those few ads, and keep repeating them long enough for every concerned voter to see in every state, while discussing Mr Trump’s strategy and whether or not Trump should have waited so long to air them.
He’s a genius when it comes to working the media, I will give him that.
It’s sad however because the Media just hasn’t caught onto his USING THEM. They keep on swallowing his bait.