Look what they have done

I have listened to the Democrats demonizing members of the tea party as crazies and nuts more and more as Election Day approaches. Why are they trying so hard to discredit those who oppose the liberal Obama movement?

I believe it is because liberals believe they are right and others are wrong, and they will not give an inch. They cannot understand the thinking of people who want a smaller government, less government control and lower taxes.

The liberal Democrats are ruining this country and it's time to bring a halt to their out-of-control spending.

If this country becomes bankrupt, the liberals will have done what they planned all along and it will be easy for them to take over completely and make this a socialist country.

Just look what the Democrats have done to Maine. This once proud, independent state is now one of the poorest states in the nation and more than 70 percent of its citizens are receiving government assistance. A socialist state.

Residents need to vote the Democrats out and bring Maine back to its former glory, one that has been lost by the Democrats' control of the past 40 years.

It's simple: Democrats spend and raise taxes; Republicans lower taxes and create jobs.

If people want the state to support them and control their lives, vote Democrat.

If people want a job, lower taxes and the government out of their lives, vote Republican.

Mary Jane Newell, Oxford

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RONALD RIML's picture

We're the only country in world to do 'Health Care' as we do

So you can thank the 'Insurance Industry' for that, Ben.

If the 'Insurance Industry' thought there was a way they could soak the poor and the welfare case - they'de do it. But they can't. So you're 'Fair Game'

And you know what?? You probably put up with it as you don't believe Govt should be involved with your 'Health Care' - Well, hit 65 and they will be. But till then, we're pissing away 30% of what we spend on 'Health Care' in the country on the Insurance Industry - which has only one purpose - to make a profit.

And want to know something else? Our longevity rate in the U.S. isn't nearly as good as most European countries nor Canada where they do have government health care - nor is our infant mortality rate as low as those countries.

But the insurance companies love you every time you send those inflated premiums in.

A buddy I know retired off the Police Department with is paying $1,550/mo to keep his 'City' health insurance for he and his wife. I also retired from the Navy Reserves; so I get to tell the 'Insurance' Co. to piss up a rope. What a grand feeling!!!

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If you believe "Insurance Companies" are "Non-Pofits"

Then you, Ben Harrison, are seriously deluded as to how the Health Care Industry operates in the United States??

Wherever did you get that idea from???

See --> http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2009/06/the_truth_about_the_...

The Truth About the Insurance Industry

By Ezra Klein | June 24, 2009; 6:29 PM ET

"Insurers often complain that their critics don't understand their business practices. It would be hard to say that about Wendell Potter. Potter, whose name sounds like that of a character in a Frank Capra movie, worked in the health insurance industry for more than 20 years. He rose to be a senior executive at Cigna. He was on their calls, at their board meetings, in their books. And today, at a hearing before Sen. Jay Rockefeller's Commerce Committee, he testified against them.

What drove Potter from the health insurance business was, well, the health insurance business. The industry, Potter says, is driven by "two key figures: earnings per share and the medical-loss ratio, or medical-benefit ratio, as the industry now terms it. That is the ratio between what the company actually pays out in claims and what it has left over to cover sales, marketing, underwriting and other administrative expenses and, of course, profits."

Think about that term for a moment: The industry literally has a term for how much money it "loses" paying for health care.

The best way to drive down "medical-loss," explains Potter, is to stop insuring unhealthy people. You won't, after all, have to spend very much of a healthy person's dollar on medical care because he or she won't need much medical care. And the insurance industry accomplishes this through two main policies. "One is policy rescission," says Potter. "They look carefully to see if a sick policyholder may have omitted a minor illness, a pre-existing condition, when applying for coverage, and then they use that as justification to cancel the policy, even if the enrollee has never missed a premium payment."

And don't be fooled: rescission is important to the business model. Last week, at a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation, Rep. Bart Stupak, the committee chairman, asked three insurance industry executives if they would commit to ending rescission except in cases of intentional fraud. "No," they each said.

Potter also emphasized the practice known as "purging." This is where insurers rid themselves of unprofitable accounts by slapping them with "intentionally unrealistic rate increases." One famous example came when Cigna decided to drive the Entertainment Industry Group Insurance Trust in California and New Jersey off of its books. It hit them with a rate increase that would have left some family plans costing more than $44,000 a year, and it gave them three months to come up with the cash.

The issue isn't that insurance companies are evil. It's that they need to be profitable. They have a fiduciary responsibility to maximize profit for shareholders. And as Potter explains, he's watched an insurer's stock price fall by more than 20 percent in a single day because the first-quarter medical-loss ratio had increased from 77.9 percent to 79.4 percent.

The reason we generally like markets is that the profit incentive spurs useful innovations. But in some markets, that's not the case. We don't allow a bustling market in heroin, for instance, because we don't want a lot of innovation in heroin creation, packaging and advertising. Are we really sure we want a bustling market in how to cleverly revoke the insurance of people who prove to be sickly?

If you'd like to read Potter's testimony in full, I've uploaded it Potter Commerce Committee written testimony - 20090624- FINAL.pdf."

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Why 'Isn't Health Care Affordable?"

Because in the United States, it's run as a "For Profit" rather than a "For Service" entity as it is in all of the other civilized countries in the world.

That's it in a nutshell....... And until you demand 'Healthcare' as a Right rather than a product, that's the way it's going to continue.

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Yes -

Governments are much more responsive to voters than are Insurance Companies to 'Rate-Payers'

I've talked to a great many Canadians - including Doctors - and they're quite happy with what they have. Most people around the world are; it's simply that the Insurance Lobby has Americans propagandized into thinking that it's a 'Wasteland' out there.

By the way - between my 'Retired Military' health care and VA, I essentially am on 'Government Health Care' - and it's much better and less expensive than when I was privately insured.

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There will always be a 'Waiting Line' and 'Triage'

Folks are using 'Emergency Rooms' as their 'Primary Providers' now as there are two few available clinics to meet our needs. So there are already lines. Think it's bad here?? I used to work in a town that that had a real welfare population and ghetto. We used to get calls down to the hospitals to break up fights in the E/R's... BTDT, citygirl. I was a cop in a town the size of 'Disgusta' - and the year I retired, we had 22 homicides - hell, all of Maine had 16 that year. So I've got some idea of how the systems can get abused, etc....

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citygirl - you are wrong on your "Why"

A hospital cannot turn a patient away as a Doctor's office can; and many practioners limit the number of Medicaid patients that they see, as the Federal Govt is seriously underfunding repayment.

Most 'Welfare" mothers that I knew didn't really make a career out of having as many children as they could. Lot more factors to it than that, and folks have made careers and written thick volumes on what goes into it. No simple answers. There's a hell of a lot easier ways to make a buck than be saddled with screaming brats you really didn't want in the first place. I got into police work almost forty years ago because I was a raving conservative wanting to clean that mess up - Lord, was I ever in for an education. Work it, live it, breathe it - and when you really get to know many of the people and their hearts, it's not at all what one's initial impressions are.

RONALD RIML's picture

Republican cut taxes, raise spending, and create more debt..

If you want to be more accurate, Mary.....

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More "Civic Lessons according to CandiceAnne?"

Bwa-haaa-haaa!!! - Like Democracy Lessons from Lenin!!!

My Administration is Prettier than your Administration because "I Said So!" (but so it's dangling)

So you're threatening to head to Mexico - you got an anchor tied to yer butt? Or you just running your pie-hole some more.........?

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So, the president has no control over what congress does? Even Dubya? Veto?

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Yeah, except for that budget surplus and the 23 million jobs created during his administration, he dint do nuffin.

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Wow..is that the talking

Wow..is that the talking points from the Democratic party? no wonder there is such a division in politics..I suggest we do away with both parties and run on a person's merits!

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Obama is following the

Obama is following the socialist agenda..make everyone poor, strip the country of its wealth and take over.That;s why you hear them trashing the wealthy ..they want to take their money and , what, give it to me and you? No they will take it and further their socialist agenda!.And the biggest propaganda goes on every day in our schools where they teach socialism.

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It's the wealthy that own the

It's the wealthy that own the businesses, and create jobs! And this is America..It is NOT a crime to be wealthy!

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Created one job here: "Water Carrier for the Wealthy"

The rest they've shipped overseas.

Not slopping too much out of those buckets, are you Mary Jane???

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Bush's tax cuts

Actually, in the last four years of his administration the Democrats were running the show..He didn;t get anything done he wanted..
Let's fix the blame where it should be..Barney Frank +Fanny mae- Freddie Mac..Ring any bells? The Dems were having a heyday and Bush was ineffective. Bush spent way more than any other Republican would have or had..I was not a big fan of Bush jr. Bey you never hear a democrat say that about another Democrat..They have a cult like allegience to their party..At least most of the Republicans I know can think for themselves..
I did not agree with the war Bush promoted..
I did not agree with his spending
But he was 100% better than what we are going thru now..Obama is a socialist and from the silence of the democrats, they are agreeing with his socialistic movement.
I prefer my freedom and adhere to the constitution. I would like to see a congress that at least has read it!
Tax cuts and less regulation does create jobs, even if you claim they do not. The truth is the truth!

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back it up

"Tax cuts and less regulation does create jobs" Okay, then it should be easy for you to provide some solid information. Got any links to legitimate sources? Maybe you should switch to decaffeinated tea.

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they are nuts

Look at the Oxford educated she-witch in Delaware who would've joined the Hare Krishnas if they allowed eating meat. Did you know she has the top secret plans China is using to take over the USA? Or that there are mice running around with fully functioning human brains?

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This is very typical of the

This is very typical of the way Democrats try to demonize a political opponent. This woman made an off the cuff remark about something she did when she was SEVENTEEN! And they are using this to try to discredit her ...years and years later! Same old story with the Dems!

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You must be a democrat..you

You must be a democrat..you sound mad as heck because the truth hurts! And they are losing all across the country..

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The Democrats are scared!

All across the country, the democrats are being booted out of office. So they are now doing what they are famous for..demonizing those that disagree with them..If you don't like Obama and his policies, you are a racist, if you don't agree with them or are running against them, you are a witch, a nut or someone to be considered a nutcase. A crazy. (Believe me, I have been attacked repeatedly for my views for the last fifteen years..I even had to change my phone number four times! ) I have never gotten into personalities or attacked anyone personally for their political views. I have never called anyone on the phone to scream obscenities at them. Democrats have done this to me repeatedly. That is what they are known for..They are gifted at acts of personal destruction.

RONALD RIML's picture

If you've had to change your TX# four times....

No doubt you've really gone over the edge.

I wouldn't troll for sympathy, nor bragg.

RONALD RIML's picture

Perhaps at the State level - no longer at the Federal

A friend of mine was once on the staff for Rep. Tip O'Neill, former Speaker of the House. He told me that though the Reps would fight and argue like hell during the day, there was a collegial fellowship after hours in which they would get together and share drinks and stories. Much positive 'business' occured during these social get-togethers.

Unfortunately - this is no longer the case, and hasn't been for quite some time.

I've found that on the State level that a level of this personableness still exists in the small window that I've seen.

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Tax cuts create jobs. But

Tax cuts create jobs. But this will never happen here in Maine because everyone is on welfare and wants the free handouts from the government!

RONALD RIML's picture

Tax cuts create deficits, Employers create jobs.

And most of the Employers that used to be in Maine sent the jobs down south or overseas.

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Tax cuts do NOT create jobs in America, they just make it easier for the well off to invest in overseas jobs. Look at Dubya's two massive tax cuts for the wealthy. How was his job creation record? His last month in office, what did we lose ? 800,000 jobs?

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Maine Welfare

SEVENTY percent of Mainers are receiving some type of government assistence..The ones that work are supporting them!

RONALD RIML's picture

And most who receive assistance have paid for it

Through taxes, social security, medicare, and military service.

But your reason for failing to mention that, Mary Jane? Some special agenda you have???

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How much

does the S/J pay you Tron?

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When Bill Clinton left

When Bill Clinton left office, the Republicans had been in charge of Congress for four years..Bill Clinton was ineffective his last four years and took credit for what the REPUBLICANS did during that time!

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oh, okay...

"the government out of their lives", except when it comes to private acts between consenting adults, or a woman's right to determine her own future.


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