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    Quote Originally Posted by LokiMeister View Post
    I generally don't have a problem getting in to see a doctor and don't have the problems with the insurance companies like that.

    Me either.
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    My wife works for a insurance company and just talked to a good friend of mines wife she is a nurse . They both say you havent seen nothing yet . and i believe them

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    Quote Originally Posted by murral stark View Post
    I just saw that the Republican candidate in NC has conceded the election in question. Let us know if it is true, that you actually don't have an all republican state govt.
    We will have a republican controled state house, state senate and Governor come January!!!

    The republican that conceded is for the federal house of representatives. It just means that our representation in the house in DC only flips from 7dems 6 republicans to 9 republicans 4 democrats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    Are you paying attention to the debate in Washington right now? Republicans demanding that entitlements be on the table for a deal on the "fiscal cliff." And they were ones scare mongering that Obama is cutting $700 billion out of medicare. What the hell do you think they mean by "entitlement reform" for crying out loud? Oh, I know! Lets make it a voucher system. Then look out trying to pay for dad's knee replacement. Guess what? Were going broke and a big part of the reason is the cost of medical care. Go ahead and blame it on Obama. The fact is we can't afford to pay 17% of GDP on medical care, and no one expects inflation in that market to end there. Why don't you tell us what YOUR solution is? Should we just continue until the house of cards comes down? Good grief...
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    When is the last time you tried to get into a specialist? I had to see a neurologist a few years ago. THREE month wait to get in. My mom recently had to see a nephrologist. Guess what? Two month wait!

    But no, we don't have any waiting lists in the good old USA!
    First of all, I'm glad to see no one took that bait the OP threw out. Buzz, did you watch the judge Judy video? Do you condone that type of misuse of the system? Don't you think we should take a look at how entitlements are being used for the sake of our financial situation? Secondly, a specialist is just that a specialist and there are a fraction of neurologists compared to a general practitioner. There has always been and always will be a wait to see such a specialist. Have you ever waited more than a day or two to see your family doctor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    When is the last time you tried to get into a specialist? I had to see a neurologist a few years ago. THREE month wait to get in. My mom recently had to see a nephrologist. Guess what? Two month wait!

    But no, we don't have any waiting lists in the good old USA!
    Come on Buzz. They are "Specialists," there aren't as many of them. This is probably the main reason for your wait.
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    I've never had trouble getting in to see the cardiologist, sometimes the day after I call for an appointment. Haven't had unacceptable waits to get my mom in to see the neurologist either, even my wife's rheumatologist is, pretty accessible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmylabs23139 View Post
    We will have a republican controled state house, state senate and Governor come January!!!

    The republican that conceded is for the federal house of representatives. It just means that our representation in the house in DC only flips from 7dems 6 republicans to 9 republicans 4 democrats.
    Thanks for the clarification. I interpreted your post as you saying there were no democrats representing NC

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    I have been in hospitals and at appts constantly in the last year--in multiple states. My family has had two kidney transplant surgeries, five cases of cancer between siblings and parents, two hip replacements in parents (had to get them done before the 2014 deadline because according to Obabmacare he would have been too old ) and an emergency bowel obstruction surgery, plus a few other odds and ends. We have amazing health care in America. After a year of this I am exhausted but we have always been able to get into doctors and specialists--sooner if it is an emergency situation--and everyone has always been able to get the health care they need. Yea, sometimes we jump through a few hoops etc. but our health care does an amazing job. So maybe we go to the real problem: the costs. Should people be able to afford health insurance even if it is not a benefit of their employment? Of course. So how do we lower the actual cost of our health care? just putting everyone on insurance does not do that--it loads the health care system without dealing with the true issue. Plus it adds burdens to small businesses that will now be required to provide that. I am not sure how it ever became an assumption that it is an employers responsibility to provide insurance. Why is it not the health care and insurance companies responsibility to make if feasible for everyone to purchase it?
    Just some ramblings and food for thought from someone who lives in both worlds--I work under a union but also own a small business with employees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff evans View Post
    First of all, I'm glad to see no one took that bait the OP threw out. Buzz, did you watch the judge Judy video? Do you condone that type of misuse of the system? Don't you think we should take a look at how entitlements are being used for the sake of our financial situation? Secondly, a specialist is just that a specialist and there are a fraction of neurologists compared to a general practitioner. There has always been and always will be a wait to see such a specialist. Have you ever waited more than a day or two to see your family doctor?

    Jeff, sorry for the slow reply. Yes I did watch the Judge Judy video. I can assure you that it ticked me off at least as much is it probably did everyone else. No, I do not condone that misuse of the system. And it really bugged me that they guy was getting so much cash to pay for a degree in music, although I don't know what to do about that. Countries like China dictate who goes to college and what they are suited to do for a living. I don't want to see us go that route.

    But I fail to see the connection to folks like those getting social security and medicare. That's what these guys are talking about when they mention entitlements. See the quote below:

    WASHINGTON—Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wanted changes to safety-net programs that focus on altering eligibility requirements, and suggested that if Democrats agreed both sides could move closer to a budget deal to avert the fiscal cliff.
    In an interview in his Capitol Hill office, Mr. McConnell (R., Ky.) said if the White House agrees to changes such as higher Medicare premiums for the wealthy, an increase in the Medicare eligibility age and a slowing of cost-of-living increases for programs like Social Security, Republicans would agree to include more tax revenue in the deal, though not from higher tax rates.
    I know that I'm going to get hit with higher taxes. I know I'm probably going to pay more in SS if the ceiling gets raised. I imagine I'll pay higher Medicare premiums. But what I really disagree with is raising the eligibility age for Medicare. I have had more than one of my cousins end up out of work in this economy and end up taking early retirement. But they were not eligible for Medicare, so they went without coverage and took a chance because they could not afford a personal policy at what they want for a 64 year old. If they follow through with that approach, we're going to see sixty somethings getting sick with no coverage and losing their homes and their retirement savings to medical expensed, mark my word.

    And I can see raising the SS eligibility age, but I already will have to work until 67. Working later is fine for guys who sit at a desk and punch keys on a computer and talk on the phone. But what about the guy who does hard labor for a living? By 65, those guy's bodies are wearing out. There has to be a better way...
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    Quote Originally Posted by menmon View Post
    Did anyone make note of GDP today 2.7% in the third quarter. Can't call that gloom and doom.
    You forgot to mention that Gov spending was up 9+ percent also. You think that kind of Gov. spending can continue given 2.7% growth in GDP? I have an idea, let't increase gov. spending 10 trillion and then GDP will increase to maybe 20%. Good plan--yep

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