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Marcia Zarley Taylor DTN Executive Editor

Tuesday 01/21/14

More Punishment for Small Employers
Family businesses often stretch themselves to offer at least some of their employees insurance coverage. For example, one Mississippi Delta operation I know pays 100% of the premiums for eight full-time employees (family members and key managers), but the remaining eight employees must pay coverage on their own.Their separate but family owned trucking firm provides its drivers no insurance.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:52PM CST 01/21/14 by Marcia Zarley Taylor | Post a Comment
Comments (10)
This is America, not East Sudan. Health care is a right not a privilege.
Posted by Unknown at 8:48PM CST 01/21/14
Just where does say healthcare is a right only in Obama world does anything like that show up.
Posted by GORDON KEYES at 1:52PM CST 01/22/14
I would add it is also a right not a privilege to have among other things (I dont think this is too much to ask for in America): 1. New Home w/ AC 2. Cable TV / Internet 3 New Cadillac in the garage 4. One "Free fill in the blank" of your hearts desire 5. Gov pay for min of 2 vacations every yr 6. Food! After all, greedy farmers should not make money off a basic need. This should be free for all! 7. Dental Insurance (including making teeth look movie star) that too is just basic human right 8. Base salary. I am sure the Gov has many studies and guidelines of how much money we need to live on. That amount should be direct deposited monthly into ones account. Dont make us beg, it is so humiliating. 9. Retirement account. Lots and lots of money to have no restraints on what / where I want to go. 10. Everyone should get free Obama phones and I would also include the latest lap top or pad. Make sure they never go "out of date" as that could significantly damage their self esteem to be seen w/not the latest and greatest. But what did Margaret Thacher mean when she said "The problem with spending other peoples money is that sooner or later you run out of other peoples money)? And I might add, the desire to make more. Makes you laugh when you realize how clueless she was...We just can print more once we taken away all the money from the "evil capitalist pigs". Once thing should be sooooooooooo obvious...socialism has worked out soooooo well everywhere and every time its been tried. Why hasn't the world switch to 100% communism already? Well the good thing, we are getting closer each day with our current Imperial President. Go Big Government! Or / but why do I have these words going thru my mind "a Government that is big enough to give you everything is also big enough to take everything". P.S. The closest around these parts that I have seen to Big Government Run City / Lifestyle would be Detroit. Fully run by Big Government Big Spenders Anti-Capitalist. Must be they just didnt spend enough money...next time they have to spend more and then Big Government will finally work. Ah but ya know, its just so much more fun spending everyone else's money ..all done with "good intentions" and so the results really dont mater. It's the thought that counts!
Posted by dick suwyn at 7:51AM CST 01/27/14
Right or privilege? What's the difference? In the USA today, healthcare distribution is a problem that needs a solution. Richest country in the world spends twice the money as any other comparable country, socialist or not, for much less effective results. Healthcare spending is the largest cause of personal bankruptcy and is the largest growing cost for the DODefense. Lack of a secure healthcare sources impact the upward mobility of our workforce daily. As you imply, I do not have a concern for you personally, but the impact of such an inefficient system costs me money and impacts my life daily. Therefore, I believe as have national leaders since George Washington that we need a national solution.
Posted by Don Thompson at 8:20AM CST 01/27/14
I am all in favor of fixing some problems..such as preexisting conditions etc. But lets not "throw out the baby with the bathwater". To have Big Gov take over 1/6 of economy and the IRS now being the enforcer should give pause to anyone but those who live off taxpayers backs (except anyone who gets their payck from Government or do I say..Government is their payck). When you sum it all up...do you see a lot in Big Gov that makes you want to surrender more power /control to them? Lets hear which gov agencies you are so thrilled with you want them to take over your life?
Posted by dick suwyn at 9:39AM CST 01/27/14
Have you considered, Don, the inefficiency's and expense you reference are the result of too many mandates and over protectionism already. Many acceptable treatments, which may be affordable in other countries are not approved in the USA. Also, If the medical profession tries and does not perform to an individuals satisfaction, the lawyers and court system has a hayday.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 4:53PM CST 01/27/14
Staying on the internet in the rural country can be a pain. Had to climb the holding bin this AM at -12 degrees to get the antenna on our "Rube Goldberg internets" lined up so I could say "Hey" to Bonnie. Regarding the health issue, lots of problems, real and imagined out there to be addressed. We live in a big country and it will require a big solution to fix and it can be done incrementally. ACA is the first increment and it will require fine tuning. I am not afraid of that. Government does have histories of great success and failures, just as humans and business have. We are the government so if you have serious problems with it, start fixing it with the guy looking at you from the mirror.
Posted by Don Thompson at 2:39PM CST 01/28/14
ACA/poor people; crop insurance/farmers Both outrageous
Posted by Unknown at 7:01PM CST 01/28/14
I agree, Don. If you read my statement. Overregulation and mandates did not generate the successes and are not the answer.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 5:52AM CST 01/31/14
Did some read todays news? "Health Care Fallout" After again reading, I need to amend my earlier statement on agreement, Don. Obammacare is not an increment. Much more like a Rim, Ram and Rod Program. The test now is, can increments now fix the belly flop?
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 9:14AM CST 01/31/14
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