I saw this coming. Since the Bangor Daily News arrived here in town. I can understand the business benefits between the SJ and the BDN, that shouldn't however end up costing us. I read up to eleven on line news papers daily, none of which cost anything to read. I even read the Kennebeck Journal for free. I have a feeling this sudden need to make money on the E Edition, has to do with the merger with the BDN. Personally I don't need to read about whats going on in Bangor. When I first heard about the printing agreement with the BDN, I naturaly assumed changes were coming to the SJ. All of a sudden there are a lot of BDN stories in the SJ. I'll tell you what, even when I worked in Bangor, I couldn't care less about reading their news.
Obviously I paid for a subscription, I am however not very pleased about one thing. We want the agree / disagree options back. I think If we're paying for the privileged to argue about your stories, we should be able to agree or disagree with each other. No ones feelings get hurt, and those trying to irritate someone else, is easily spotted. It gives me an idea of whether or not it's time to shut up.
One other observation, from the looks of things just about everything is included in the subscription price, having a "Key" symbol in front of every story is sort of offensive. Wouldn't it be easier to put an unlocked symbol in front of the stories that are free?
We have a group of people who's job it is to find ways to help the working poor obey a Federal Law. People who need to obtain health insurance in order to comply with the Federal Law. The biggest obstacle in their way, is the one person who is supposed to be leading this state in the direction of progress.
Instead, we have a Governor denying literally thousands of citizens the ability to acquire health insurance. In doing so, he will no doubt kill a certain number of those unfortunate souls guilty of nothing more than being poor.
How can this be allowed to happen? We live in the wealthiest country in the free world, how can we not afford to help our own? It's easy. Just elect a Governor whose more concerned with pleasing the more well to do among us. A Governor who would let thousands of less fortunate people fend for themselves, before possibly displeasing his political cohorts in Washington. I always thought our Governor was supposed to set an example for all of us. Not to literally force a large segment of our population to intentionally disobey a Federal Law.
Way to go Governor..............
That is those who haven't suffered a catastrophic illness or accident. I wonder how many of those who lost their policies, really knew what exactly they were paying for. These were low risk customers, they probably have had relatively few medical issues. Those are the ones these insurance companies make money on. I myself had never spent a night in the hospital until I was 44 or 45 years old, I had insurance since childhood. I would hate to learn that after dutifully paying my health insurance premiums for years, my wife or child gets sick and the first thing you hear is "I'm sorry thats not covered". You are now in an immediate dilemma, you need to have a procedure performed, but there's no way in hell you can afford it. I've seen this happen. With the old way, it gets passed on to other insurance customers. Not only that, but financially your ruined, at least until the bankruptcy. Then you only have about seven years or so of really old used cars and stuff to rely on...........
Five million cancellations. They were cancelled because they didn't meet the minimum requirements for health insurance. Much the same way sub standard auto insurance would be illegal to sell to consumers. That requirement is there to protect all of us, including those losing their policies. These people were paying monthly premiums for a product that wasn't worth the paper it was written on. when the time comes to pay the piper, who will pick up the cost of services not covered? I know there's no way to stop the right thinking idiotic claims of total melt down. I just feel it would bolster your argument if you tried using some factual information.
I happen to take health insurance very seriously. I know how important it is for everyone to have it, not just for their own medical treatment, but to prevent hospitals from being forced to pass on unpaid costs to other policy holders. We need to start somewhere, we also need to all work together. This constant immature ranting and raving by the Republicans, isn't helping anyone. By not assisting with the solution, they are just a great big part of the problem. I can't for the life of me, figure out how any human being could fight to deny another human being medical insurance. It's nothing short of inhumane behavior................
Yes you are correct, you are entitled to your opinion, however, when someone proclaims out and out falsehoods, when is it proper to call someone out on it? For the life of me I can't figure out where some of these claims are coming from. If you have read the goals and perspective outcomes. The reasons for the law, and the way it will eventually help everyone. These claims just don't make any logical sense. I just can't fathom the outrageous thirst for money, over helping your fellow man............
I must point out one comment I found to be wrong. To the people fighting to deny affordable health insurance to those seventy thousand people. They are just "faceless numbers", I feel the republicans are playing a political game with the lives of thousands. After all, some people find it easier to intentionally hurt someone if they think of them as nothing more than numbers on a piece of paper. As long as there is no possibility of having their own benefits taken away, they feel obligated to follow the wishes of their base. You can't have to much empathy for a statistic.
This mentality is rampant in many aspects of politics. As long as some politicians continue to remain out of touch with the real world around them, I don't see any chance of change.........................
Are you familiar with the mechanics of the ACA? I can tell by your concerns your missing something. How can you justify the many millions of taxpayer dollars not coming to this State? Why should my hard earned tax money go to all the other states who decided to expand Medicaid. That's right, I don't care about all your belly aching over what to cut. It's what's already been cut that infuriates me. You keep repeating the same old lame excuses, Maine having so many on welfare, Maine, has to many food stamps. You need to open your eyes as to who is actually on the so called welfare rolls. The elderly, the disabled, untold numbers of single mothers with children, working families with children, and yes even adults, unable to find work, are collecting some sort of assistance. Do we just ignore all these folks because you feel that you are paying to much in taxes.
Think about this, you are complaining about taxes being so high. Just for the sake of conversation, lets say that for some unforeseen reason, all our taxes from sales tax to income tax was suddenly tripled. Now all of a sudden, you are paying three quarters or more of your paycheck, or your taxes on investments, to the Government. Now what are you going to do? You can't even pay the rent. After missing a couple of insurance payments, you can't legally drive your car anymore, which is fine because you can't afford the gas. It's winter so you at least have electricity until spring, but the land lord will be screaming long before spring gets here. Your grocery supply is dwindalling, and you have no way to replenish them. What are you going to do. You suddenly find yourself hip deep in something that doesn't smell very nice. How did this happen?Why did this happen? you have no clue, it just hit you broadside out of nowhere.
Guess what? You never would have believed this, but you have just become one of those families that up until now you've pretty much thrown under the bus. You had no say in what happened, you had no warning this was coming, it just happened.
Now how do you feel about your fellow takers from society now? That's right, you need to apply for assistance or you lose what little you have left.
It's really quite humbling actually, you wouldn't believe how fast things start falling apart. If you really lucky, you have some contingency plan in place. That might give you a few months. Unless the cause of your demise is medical in nature. Then you lose whatever savings you started with, in weeks.
It's amazing how fast everything moves in slow motion. Yes that is what I said, fast in slow motion. I have no other way to describe watching everything you ever worked for slide down the drain.
In my case, a medical emergency, I went from earning pretty close to six figures to receiving a disability check in about four to six weeks. Tell me that wouldn't make your head spin.
What I'm trying to point out is how easy it is for anyone, doing anything regardless of your social status, can find themselves destitute in a mere month. Just try and figure out what you would do in that situation if all the safety nets are removed? Don't tell me it would never happen to you, trust me, I knew it would never happen to me, but hey, s*#t happens.................
Mr. Timberlake is evidently privy to a lot more information than the rest of us. Where did he get his numbers on who will be eligible for expanded Medicaid, or MaineCare? I never take the words of "Political Puppets" seriously. Mr. Timberlake fails to understand that thousands of working poor families will benefit from the expansion. With the economy we have now, there are a lot of abled bodied adults not working. Do we ignore their needs, just for being single? Even if they were able to snag one of the few low paying jobs we hear about out there, they still wouldn't be able to afford insurance on their own.
Mr. Timberlake needs to set his priorities on helping the people of Maine, and quit listening to our delusional Governor..............
Not to be rude, but I need to say this. Your comments regarding the Affordable Care Act, indicate to me, you really just don't want this kind of blanket help for everyone. I can't bring myself to any other conclusions. Everything your saying is purely speculation. No one knows what will happen until it happens. Given the fact that you just couldn't be bothered with helping others, your just jumping on the band wagon with your own versions of how the ACA will literally destroy the world.
You are bombarding the readers out there, in the hopes that you can make them actually believe what you believe is going to happen, is in fact, going to happen. You hope that by instilling these false interpretations of the ACA, you might just stop it from happening.
Even with all your attempts to kill this law, I have to wonder, what are your ideas for a back-up plan? There has to be a back-up plan. People are getting sick, more and more people are losing their ability to afford insurance. These people have only two choices, live or die. If they live we all end up paying for it, if they die, we are all responsible for that death. What we need is a program that satisfies two things, provide affordable insurance to more people, and maintain sufficient health insurance for the rest of us. That would mean that all these trash plans be abolished. They defeat the purpose of the ACA. These new affective policies cost more, but they will actually help in a medical emergency.
The ACA is the program that will accomplish what this Country needs. It's not going to be a walk in the park at first, not everything it's supposed to do will happen at first. If we all stand behind this plan and have some input to improve things, it might just become a smooth running machine. It is going to work eventually, even with the likes of Carol, Mike, and Ernest. All they can do is needlessly slow it down, or they could help speed it up. That's a decision we all have to make............................
In this economy, you are lucky to just have a job. With huge corporations like Walmart, taking advantage of this situation, things will never change. I wonder if this is what Sam Walton had in mind when he started this company? I seem to remember these very folksy commercials on TV. I remember the Paul Harvey plugs for Walmart, indicating that when a Walmart came into town, you couldn't ask for a better neighbor. Paul Harvey's livelihood depended on his honesty, when endorsing a product or company. I can't believe he would support the Walmart of today.
It almost seems that, like a lot of family run corporations, when the elder CEO finally retires and a much younger, much more money orientated person takes over. Be it a son or daughter, it doesn't matter, The emphasis changes from good neighbor, friendly kind of enviroment, to how much money will we clear this quarter. What you end up with after that? Walmart of today.
Earning the share holders billions of dollars of the backs of the employees who aren't paid enough to scrape together a living. I've seen their corporate headquarters, I delivered many loads there as a truck driver years ago. I can tell you this. Not every employee at Walmart is under paid. It seems they do have their favorite levels of associates, and some of them are very well paid.
No, the intentional low wages at Walmart is a business decision. As for the employee's, they can take it or leave it, management doesn't care. with an unemployment level of 7 or 8 percent, the sky's the limit...............