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Gaia Comment Stream 1-50

Gaia Comment Stream 1-50

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Published by Steve Mac Donald
A New Hampshire Public Employee and member of the State Public Employees union NH-SEA/SEIU1984, using the handle 'Gaia', posted 1200 comments on the Concord Monitor Web Site in just three years; the majority of them during office hours. This is part 1 of 2 PDF comprising the last 600 comments
A New Hampshire Public Employee and member of the State Public Employees union NH-SEA/SEIU1984, using the handle 'Gaia', posted 1200 comments on the Concord Monitor Web Site in just three years; the majority of them during office hours. This is part 1 of 2 PDF comprising the last 600 comments

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heh By Gaia - 04/17/2012 - 8:50 pm IB was first touted by a republican administration? Kinda like the individual mandate for health care?Why does this not surprise me? "I was for it before I was against it...."view in original post 
 3I agree By Gaia - 04/10/2012 - 12:37 pm But the legislature chose not to apply the regulation to self-insured groups. That's the point. Leaving it upto each state does not guarantee the universal coverage that people are hoping for.view in original post 
 1It's not a complaint, per se. More of an observation. By Gaia - 04/10/2012 - 12:35 pm The point is that the average 18 year old today has far bigger economic challenges than the 18 year old of 20-25 years ago. Far higher expenses, and average income has not kept up with those expenses in any waywhatsoever.It sounds funny, but the ACA actually helps young people succeed in their struggle toward independence.It temporarily takes one big economic hurdle off the table so they can tackle the rest of them - housing andevery day living expenses on an entry-level salary. (Or no salary at the moment because of theunemployment rate for that age group. ) The hope is that by the time they hit 26, the other issues are undercontrol because they've managed to work themselves into a position where they have benefits and canafford their housing and other living expenses.It's transitional assistance.It's also one of the solutions you're asking people to scribble down. A solution exists already. Don't take itaway.view in original post 
 1I don't know how long ago you By Gaia - 04/09/2012 - 11:35 am I don't know how long ago you were 18.... but even 15 or 20 years ago, things were different.A college education cost much less then, compared to average income.Jobs were easier to come by for an 18 year old. (You've noticed the unemployment rate for young adults,right?)Health insurance after you got a job was far less expensive compared to income.Housing was less expensive compared to income.Today's youth have it much tougher financially than we did. There aren't a lot of entry-level jobs that payenough to allow an 18 year-old to live on their own these days. The cost of everything has gone up fastthan income. 22 year olds are also leaving college already 10s of thousands in debt.Allowing them to stay on parent's insurance has a huge impact for a very tiny cost. For most families itdoesn't even cost them anything extra in premiums. They've got a family plan that covers employee,
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spouse and all children for one rate. Dropping the 18 year old from the coverage doesn't save theemployee any money, unless it's a single parent and he/she is the only child.view in original post They have the power, but will the exercise it? By Gaia - 04/09/2012 - 11:32 am In NH, all private insurance had to cover the young adults. However, the State of NH is self-insured, sostate employees did not get the benefit until the Affordable Care Act was passed.view in original post 
 3Gallup says 21%, and holding By Gaia - 04/06/2012 - 10:38 am Gallup says 21%, and holding steady for the past 3 years.http://www.gallup.com/poll/152021/Conservatives-Remain-Largest-Ideologic... The thing I find interesting about this poll is that it's only measuring the way people label themselves.There's no standard definition of "conservative" and "liberal" used in this poll, so I think we have to becareful about how we interpret the results. I'm not saying that the population's beliefs on specific issuesnecessarily differ from these polls. I'm just saying that the poll doesn't prove how people would vote orwhat their answers might be to specific questions about economics or social issues.And I bet that if you asked 10 different people for their definitions of Liberal and Conservative, you'd get5 different answers for each.Oh, and when that liberal walks into a room of 9 other people.... it might be true that only one other personthinks the way he does ALL of the time.... but when he picks a specific issue, like same sex marriage, orabortion rights or "right to work," he may find that 4 or 5 others think the same way he does. Don't forgetabout that huge block of self-described "moderates." I don't think you can assume "if they're not liberal,they're conservative."See Gallup's poll on same sex marriage: http://www.gallup.com/poll/147662/First-Time-Majority-Americans-Favor-Le... view in original post 
 5Being "on Medicaid" is not By Gaia - 04/06/2012 - 9:25 am Being "on Medicaid" is not necessarily the same as "rec ieving Medicaid benefits." The state is onlylosing money if those dead people have actually racked up claims after dying.This reminds me of some of the on-line dating services. "See your matches for free!" they say. Yep, youget to look at their profiles and their pictures, but if you want to actually communicate with them you have to pay a fee. You can't find out whether they're legit until you pay.So LexisNexis does a free audit, but won't let the state see the details to see if they're legitimate, unless thestate pays for it. I wonder how much it will cost to get the actual data, and will the benefit be worth thecost?
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view in original post From what I've seen, Mr. Hunt By Gaia - 04/03/2012 - 11:51 am From what I've seen, Mr. Hunt (aka Blackdruid) is about as liberal as they come. As a co-liberal, I agreewith his letter wholeheartedly. Parents should be responsible for their children. Why would you assumeotherwise?view in original post 
 1The state already requires By Gaia - 04/03/2012 - 11:46 am The state already requires that a parent name the absent parent(s) of their children in order to get stateassistance. That's what the Division of Child Suport Enforcement does - goes after the absent parent andgarnishes their wages if necessary.view in original post 
 0I wasn't clear in my post, By Gaia - 03/27/2012 - 10:22 pm I wasn't clear in my post, but I wasn't thinking so much about the outcome of the Supreme Court case. Iwas thinking more about all the candidates who have pledge to "repeal Obamacare" even after it survivesthe Supreme Court.view in original post 
 2It's no longer a bill. It's a By Gaia - 03/27/2012 - 12:15 pm It's no longer a bill. It's a law.I agree it doesn't go far enough in the price control area, but that doesn't mean the whole thing is defective.Instead of throwing out the current law, we should add the provisions needed to lower costs.view in original post 
 2How many adults in this By Gaia - 03/27/2012 - 12:12 pm How many adults in this country do you know who have NEVER needed to see a doctor or go to anemergency room?The point is that everyone eventually uses health care. You have a choice as to whether to by a car, butyou don't have a choice about whether to get cancer or get hit by a bus while crossing the street.As long as we require hospitals to treat people who can't (or won't) pay, then requiring everyone to haveinsurance is the best way to make sure that those who are consuming health care are also paying for it.If you are against the individual mandate, but don't want your own insurance premiums to pay for other
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