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I thought it would be cool to be retweeted by the President, but it kind of sucked.

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I thought it would be cool to be retweeted by the President, but it kind of sucked.

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  1. Wow, I am so sorry to hear this. It seems with the anonymity of the internet, people become extra vicious and cruel because they don’t need to be held accountable to their words. Unfortunately Twitter has a way of letting adults be foul mouthed children. 

    My two cents on the whole issue:
    In Canada we’ve have public health care and if I need to see my family doctor, I go. There is no lining up for days and never getting in as most people seem to fear.

    Normally I get in the same day if it is for something urgent. I was in motor vehicle accident earlier in the year and got in xrays, and emergency room care that night at the hospital. I needed a followup CT scan and I got in, in a matter of days. There are things that take longer, non urgent/life threatening conditions. If you have knee pain, it will take you longer to get a CT than someone who has had head trauma.

    Everyone pays into the system and everyone benefits. Nobody in the world NEVER goes to the doctor and NEVER needs medical attention. It all evens out at the end.

  2. Yep. I once made a joke about the tea party in a blog post. The tweets I got back were vicious, nasty, ugly. There’s a lot of anger and stupidity out there. 

    This seems to apply:  
    http://www.esarcasm.com/23703/new-study-reveals-more-than-50-percent-of-internet-users-are-total-assholes/
    cheers

    dt

  3. HUMBLEBRAG

    1. Explanibrag.

  4. Guy Manningham Tuesday, March 27, 2012

    As a business owner, I am on a freezing hold because of the uncertainty that comes with Obamacare. I too have to provide my own health care and that of my employees. The mandates and additional expenses and red tape are bad enough as it is, not to mention that it’s un-Constitutional to force Americans into signing any contractual agreement.

    1. Yeah they can draft you, arrest you or shoot you with a drone, but buy health insurance? Jump back.

  5.  As I recall–before our former Mass. Gov got amnesia, he looked at healthcare as a business issue.
    He used to complain that the American workforce received healthcare via a system which evolved to become a great expense for employers. The employers could not compete on a level playing field with other industrialized nations (they are less and less of our competition as time goes on, but still so for the big ticket items such as autos). Probably also thought of folks at companies Bain took over–they had to pay their healthcare–or not.

  6. Oh my gosh, some issues just can’t be hashed out in 140 characters or less. And I think a lot of people feel frustrated and powerless and it just comes gushing out poisonously on the web. Good job taking it in stride!

  7. It’s no fun when people who disagree with you… disagree with you.

    1. I have no problem with people disagreeing with me. I do have a problem with their main argument against my position being that I “live in my parents’ basement” or that my parents must be musicians. 

      Stating an actual position reasonably in 140 characters may be challenging, but it’s not impossible.

  8. It is the government who causes health insurance to be so high. The government mandate will cause insurance to go even higher.  .  Why?  Because when government gets involved it puts so many mandates on things that it costs 20x what it would otherwise. Government already prevents insurance cos from offering coverage on only those things a purchaser wants. This increases the cost of the insurance because these things are built in.  Make it a la carte and watch prices go down.

  9. Here are a couple fun facts. The OMB (Obama’s accountants) told us a couple weeks ago that the ten year cost of O-care has doubled to $1.8t. Paying the fine/tax/penalty, whatever they will call it after today’s trainwreck does NOT provide coverage only keeps you out of jail. Premiums are UP wildly and will continue to climb. No, your parents will not benefit. Catholic hospitals are about a third of all hospitals and they will be shut down if Obama pursues his contraception/abortion mandate. So if someone steps on your little toesies (and I saw no evidence of that Death Panels is nasty? Nastier in reality, which they are) it just might be because this is life and death, not to mention Liberty and Tyranny. Maybe when your employer drops your coverage because of the mandates you will understand that. In the meantime, pay attention. Things are moving fast now. 

    1. The spin put on the OMB numbers is clouding the actual facts of the report.  See, it’s not that the 10-year cost has doubled.  It’s that 10 years from now is not the same as 10 years from 2 years ago.  See here for more explanation:  
      http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/how-bad-the-debate-is/

    2.  FactCheck.org, a non-partisan organization that critiques liberal and conservative factual claims from all parties and others, said that the claim about doubling the cost of the Affordable Care Act was a GOP misstatement based on comparing apples and oranges from the OMB report including comparing two different time periods of different lengths. See article cited in link “Health Care Costs Didn’t Double” And of course, there are not and never were any “death panels” — Sarah Palin’s false claim was proven false in 2009. If you search FactCheck.org for “death panels,” you will see the article. If you want the truth!

    3. I think you’re proving Laura’s point, Ken. There’s a difference between honest disagreement and spiteful, rude posts. 

      Starting your post with “Here are a couple fun facts” just makes you come across as a patronising, sneering little man.

      Fair enough if you disagree with Obamacare, but have some manners, otherwise you’re not going to change anyone’s minds.

  10. Daniel Cabral Tuesday, March 27, 2012

    Ha! This was fun to read :)

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