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Bloggers PhotoRetired from the printing business in 2011...now happily living in Ponchatoula, LA close to my wonderful (and enormous) family. I have three beautiful daughters, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, who I spoil rotten because that's my job. The bio picture is me with my oldest grandaughter, Dixie.
My goal is to write a halfway decent poem sometime...My favorite poets are Robert Frost, Edward Arlington Robinson and Wallace Stevens...I have read everything John Steinbeck ever wrote at least three times

PRE-EXISTING CONDITION


Blog Posted:11/12/2013 12:09:00 PM
I decided to contact the Affordable (?) Healthcare website and to my utter and complete amazement and sheer delight, I got a recording by our Commander-in-Chief HIMSELF saying…
“This is your Commander-in-Chief, how may you assist me today? (I need all the assistance I can get) If this is a national emergency, please hang up and dial 911 immediately or you might try Hillary (Isn't she my Secretary of State?) OR that damn what’s-his-name Secretary of Defense (He’s a real pain in the ass! He gets so DEFENSIVE sometimes) They will return your call promptly as soon as they get back from a long underdo and well unearned vacation. As a matter of fact, I’M on vacation too so what the hell are you bothering ME for? Why do you think I made this freekin’ recording for god’s sake?”
“In closing, let me just say this about that… If this call is in reference to my somewhat unwieldy health care plan, please direct all future inquiries to Vice-President Biden (and yes, he DOES have quite a few vices which I will detail in my upcoming book) Now where the heck was I? Oh yeah…Anyway, he came up with the whole GD thing and it’s all his fault”…

***“Oops, did I say pain in the ass? (Ass, donkey, Democrat) Okay, let’s try this shall we? He’s a real pain in the Elephant’s hind quarters”....
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  1. Date: 11/17/2013 10:22:00 AM
    Tim's blog has demonstrated what free, thinking folk elsewhere admire most about the US namely its openness,hospitality and free speech.Its called democracy, a precious and often rare commodity in this world now. So I for one am confident you guys will work out this issue some time soon, afterall you have done it on many other issues and have a reputation for 'getting it done '.(Witness JFK's words to put a man on the moon by the end of the 60's decade). Rgds Brian

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  1. Date: 11/14/2013 10:19:00 PM
    I don't understand all the back and forth here...but I know people I care about on both sides are arguing and hurting one another.....I'm sad. Very very very sad. Then the 3rd world needs to get sold on democracy and this is what we see..... :'(........I understand that this touches home for all or you and there is nothing wrong with debating....just don't tear each other down. Perhaps the concept of a benevolent dictator doesn't sound TOO bad right now.

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 11/15/2013 8:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Couldn't agree more Eileen--that's why you will never see me initiate one but I will also never let one drown me. In other words I'm not only a lover but a fighter as well--I love that same spunky side of you if I'm not mistaken!
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 11/15/2013 1:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Tim....always speak your mind. Freedom of speech. Debate is great. We should discuss things but I've learned that politics and religion are such volatile subjects that perhaps it's best to just realize that people won't easily be swayed to accept opposing views. Here people kill and are killed in the name of religion and politics. Friendships can be killef too. Be careful everyone. Craig, I understand, but remember too that democtacy isn't a solution for everyone...
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 11/15/2013 8:23:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Dear Eileen, We pretty much have a benevolent dictator right now who ignores the constitution at will. For instance, the president has no constitutional power to change a written law at his or her whim. They are sworn to uphold the laws. For instance he just came out and said people can keep their plans which is against his own law (plans considered inferior). He does not have the constitutional power to do that. It's all rhetoric to save the party for next years elections. BTW hon, that's what a democracy is about. Even though there's dissension, it's far better than what has transpired for years in countries like Egypt and Libya and Iran et al.
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/15/2013 4:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Eileen - I agree! Your idea of benevelent dictator doesn't sound bad at all right now because what we have now sure isn't working. Also, if I am responsible for this debate starting to get personal, I apologize to everyone who has participated...
  1. Date: 11/14/2013 9:32:00 PM
    I'm sorry Craig but I'm not blinded by any definition. There simply is no compromise where health is concerned. We do not all pop out of the same pod, any civilized nation has a duty to provide for those not so well off in any form or favour, and the fairest way is to spread the cost amongst the whole. It is not as frightening as you may think.

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 11/15/2013 8:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    that does not blow my mind at all, Tim. (from other things you have been saying) hahaha. I was actually a Republican up until Bush started the war with Iraq. Now I look back and see that this party represents big business and does nothing for the little guy. I am not a Democrat either. I am an Independent. Luv ya as a friend, but I think your politics are whacked, my friend.
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/15/2013 4:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    And please remember that I love you dearly Andrea...You have been a faithful friend to me from the beginning
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/15/2013 4:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm really gonna blow your mind here Andrea...I think that Richard Nixon was a great president...
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 11/14/2013 10:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    OMG, I LOVE YOU for this!!!!! So glad to see that you are forward thinking, Richard!!!!
  1. Date: 11/14/2013 8:52:00 PM
    Somewhere in the midst of this lies the truth but it seems the sides are so blindly divided with no sense of compromise for the best of the whole. I am certainly willing to admit that my passions can mask many flaws. I've heard too many older wise people talk about decisions that were compromises that were made for the general good and not for purely party purposes. Bending is not a weakness unless it is total capitulation. Bending for the common good is strength of character. The only way to ensure you can feel that your decisions are for the best is to study both sides with an as open a mind as possible and hear everything between the zealots that just trumpet one ideal.

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 11/15/2013 8:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    But they have come up with alternatives but the other side won't budge--they are starting to crumble now because of the abject failure of this plan. Remember--we won world war II in less time (3 1/2 yrs) than this whole failure since it was voted in. Take note of the Dems up for election running for the woods.
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/14/2013 9:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    As far as I know, the Republicans have not yet come up with any kind of sensible alternative either which I think is a shame and a disgrace...
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/14/2013 9:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I could not agree more Craig...Earlier I suggested a one year hold on the plan which would give time for everyone to calm down and think more clearly...I am sick to death of all this partisan bickering going on with both sides of the aisle...
  1. Date: 11/14/2013 8:00:00 PM
    Oddly enough Tim, having a health service empowers people more than you might imagine. When Margaret Thatcher announced her idea to do away with the health service in the UK, (coz she was privatization crazy) the country turned round and said, "Get stuffed". The very next day she shut her stupid face and left it alone. I also think you will find I am not a democrat and I am most certainly NOT a liberal.

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    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 11/14/2013 9:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I accept what you say Tim thank you. The point I was making was that the health service in the UK is considered such a sacred cow that not even the mighty can touch.
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/14/2013 9:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Richard - My last comment was never meant to imply that you were a democrat OR a liberal...It was made only to re-enforce my argument...I realize that there are many intelligent, independent thinkers in this country such as you who support this plan. However, I think that Margaret Thatcher was the greatest leader of the UK since Winston Churchill...
  1. Date: 11/14/2013 7:43:00 PM
    To my intelligent, well-spoken friends Debbie and Richard: About 10 years ago I saw an interview with a very bright, young black lady who also just happened to be a political conservative. The crux of what she said was: 'YOU are the true racists (liberal democrats) by drugging us with your welfare programs, trying to pacify and 'keep us in our place' so we won't riot and revolt again...ALL we want is equal opportunity, PERIOD. We are intelligent and strong enough to make it on our own just like everyone else. You are only trying to shut us up because you are afraid of us. Wow...

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  1. Date: 11/14/2013 7:05:00 PM
    More power to your elbow Craig, you're good man if a little harsh on the ladies. Protests, marches, pointing fingers and giving a voice to whatever the issue be, is the best way to go. Governments are only to happy to rely on people like you and charities to fill the holes in society, so they can ignore them. In the end it's the protests and voices that get things done by removing the need.

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  1. Date: 11/14/2013 5:24:00 PM
    Not only that, but my guess is that you have never worked at a homeless kitchen, driven around town on Thanksgiving morning delivering turkey dinners your brother cooked for the poor or worked for the special olympics or for a community music school that teaches those what they can't afford. Too many go on marches, are filled with rhetoric and pointing fingers but when it comes to actually doing something--forget it. Also I have been there on the edge of homeless many years ago, I know how that feels but I also know never to give up.

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 11/14/2013 10:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Tim, I do not hate the plan as much as I hate having no plan at all. Also, the reason I mentioned Nixon was to show that it was HIS moronic kind of reasoning that got us into all this mess and his same kind of reasoning persists today in the minds of people who cannot see the need for universal health care. Thanks to that mindset, we are stuck with an inferior model of the plan that Obama actually wanted for us. His original plan could never pass Congress as long as insurance companies were bribing members to keep their interests alive and well. HE had to compromise the plan, he had to SETTLE.
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/14/2013 6:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Andrea at least hates the plan but she seemed to blame it entirely on the insurance companies and of all people, Richard Nixon! (Love you Andrea!)
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/14/2013 6:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I get a kick out of people who make assumptions about the South without even bothering to visit there...I have seen this on the news and in ariticles many times, all of course from the elite, liberal media...
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/14/2013 6:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Craig, I love both those ladies and consider them both good friends...I was VERY disappointed and a little offended with Deb's multi-ethnic remark... maybe I was mistaken but I took it to mean that I didn't like Obama only because he was black...we Southerners are VERY sensitive to any suggestion that we are racists
  1. Date: 11/14/2013 4:56:00 PM
    When Debbie has racked up half the continents in the world and is happy to tell you between whining about the rich. One thing I've noticed about the libs is that they are very happy to spend others money as long as they keep their own. Please spare me the tears!

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  1. Date: 11/14/2013 4:54:00 PM
    Sorry to leave you alone for so long Tim but when the inmates are running the asylum get the hell out of the place and let them be shown for the failures they are. I get a kick out of Deb who cries poverty but has traveled to more places than 99% of anyone ever will and Andrea, I luv you too, but your choice was to stay home and write poetry when you could have got a job that supplied health care. Two very capable humans that could contribute instead of sitting back and complaining and whining about a situation they had control over. My wife and I both worked for 40+ years and the first time I ever went to europe was 2 months ago and I am still worried about the expense. Continued

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 11/14/2013 11:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Craig, do you realize I work??? (outside the home??)
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 11/14/2013 10:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am going to soupmail you and tell you exactly WHY I cannot find the kind of work you are talking about.
  1. Date: 11/14/2013 7:17:00 AM
    Re OBAMA's Quote which I can't find in all our ballyhoo Tim. No one said he wasn't a politician, did they? I am PROUD America has matured enough to have a multi-ethnic President who is such a FINE MAN. Even fine men with good intent speak in error on occasion, speak wish hope & reassurance and then have everything go haywire. This is a COUNTRY of IMMIGRANTS.. NOT a country of RICH WHITE OLD MEN, they're just the ones with all the money STILL!

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    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/14/2013 3:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Deb - Although I did not vote for Mr. Obama, NO ONE was prouder than me to see a multi-ethnic American finally elected President than me! It boils down to this...I DISAGREE WITH HIS POLITICAL VIEWS...that's it! As I said before, I would proudly and enthusiastically cast my vote for Condalezza Rice if she ran for president
  1. Date: 11/13/2013 9:22:00 PM
    Hey we're free & we can get a cheap flight to India for heart surgery LOL and that's HOW good the US medical system is! Go on try to find some one anyone who can diagnosis ANYTHING any more ALL specialists now, can't find an arsehole unless its their specialty!

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    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/14/2013 3:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I would LOVE to see Condoleeza Rice run against Hillary Clinton in the next election...Talk about making HISTORY! Guess who would get my vote Deb? She would be by far the most intelligent president we have had in many decades, she was Secretary of State so that takes care of foreign policy...She was a Washington insider and I think she would bring Congress AND this country together...
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/14/2013 2:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You have stated your case very well cher, we shall have to agree to disagree....One question: What do you think of the direct quote by our president that I posted below?
  1. Date: 11/13/2013 9:09:00 PM
    Hey you encouraged me to talk LOL you should have left it with a bit of tongue ;) :P

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  1. Date: 11/13/2013 9:06:00 PM
    Well, cher I stuck out my tongue at you :P because as well as making a raspberry there are many most pleasant things to do with a tongue ;) I LOVE O'BAMA sure he hasn't been as liberal as I'd like him to be [now you can stick your tongue out at me, any time ;) ;)] Let the whole thing re: the healthcare program play before you judge it! The states you took the handling of their own programs [a MUCH smaller job] into their own hands are doing OK. This country should have been ASHAMED of itself NOT making sure its own citizens were taken care of health & education wise before spending MEGABUCKS on foreign WARS or Foreign Aid - here were I leave the liberal front - screw the rest of the world

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    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/14/2013 2:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    The statement below I mean...NOT the one above!
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/14/2013 2:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I DEFINITELY agree with that statement Cher!
    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 11/13/2013 9:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    first you take care of YOURSELF [very libertarian aye!] then you take care of YOUR FAMILY!! then you take care of your TOWN, then your state, THEN if someone sets foot in the USA and tries to kill any of the aforementioned I'll get a gun, until then feed the hungry here, aid the sick HERE, educate the children HERE
  1. Date: 11/13/2013 8:59:00 PM
    One more thing and then I'll shut the hell up...This is a little off the subject so please indulge me. I took SS early (age 62-1/2) The difference is not that much and what the heck, I might not even BE here at age 67 (yes, they keep pushing the age up) and besides, SS might not EXIST by then anyway. Most likely, the baby-boomers will bankrupt the system (sorry!) So I decided to get it while the gettin's good...Selfish? Nope, I've worked my ass off to get a few bucks once a month...

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    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 11/13/2013 9:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ditto and my medicare is 1/3 the cost of what my state assisted [since I have no group & preexsisting condition ie:I'm occasionally nuts LOL] healthcare? was and covers MORE
  1. Date: 11/13/2013 3:59:00 PM
    sorry, I went off. I have a lot more I want to say but no time or space to say it. Our country has got to wake up and smell the coffee and this should have taken place years ago, Tim! I'm very sad today because the new health care is an abomination under the control of our insurance companies.

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    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 11/13/2013 9:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It WILL be OK Andie you know computer software when it's new has tons of glitches it will work its way out & 90% of those applying will have either BETTER insurance for a wee bit more OR ..way cheaper insurance with a lot MORE coverage!
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/13/2013 8:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You go girl! Interesting little fact...Blue Cross coverage varies from state to state, at least here in the South. I had them in Louisiana and the coverage was decent but when I accepted a job offer in MS, it was TERRIBLE. My wife had to wait a YEAR because of her pre-existing condition. How does a 5,000 deductable for a hospital stay strike you? Outrageous...
  1. Date: 11/13/2013 3:57:00 PM
    Our system is broken and has been broken for AGES. And now people are all complaining because they now understand what it means to suffer without insurance, which has happened for YEARS now to people like me and Joe, since joe was denied coverage and could not afford the obnoxiously high premiums of Utah's stupid state insurance. My desire is that everyone realizes how ridiculous it is to let the greedy bastard insurance companies control us ANY MORE. Give them a shove out the door. WHy do we tolerate them??? WEll, one reason is because they are paying bribes to certain members of congress to keep them alive!! It's been documented. as for our wonderful doctors, sorry, I've not ever had one!

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  1. Date: 11/13/2013 3:53:00 PM
    I can't keep quiet any longer. This whole damn mess started back in the early 70's when one of our worst republican presidents, Nixon, made our insurance go through our jobs in a way that insurance companies would benefit. since then, it has gotten worse and worse and worse. what obama has done is "too little too late." also. the original intent of the democrats was "universal health care" like that of other civilized nations such as Denmark, france and Australia, etc. Heck, even my Mexican and Brazilian students would rather go back to their own countries for health care rather than stay here and pay out the nose!!! I'll continue this ......

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    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/14/2013 4:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Charma - I don't know about the rest of the country, but here in Louisiana we have charity hospitals, supported by taxpayers of course, patients have been assaulted amd robbed in the one in New Orleans, however, in by-gone days it was one of the best hospitals in the state...It was closed after Hurricane Katrina...
    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 11/13/2013 10:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

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    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 11/13/2013 10:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    In Malta where I live we pay taxes ..but cause We pay taxes during the year We have free hospital services..no matter how much money one earns..Then if some people are comfortable enough they pay private insurance which is expensive ..yet by paying one can go to a private hospital which has more luxuries..but its good to have an option for free healthcare..but I don't know exactly how things are there.Is there a free healthcare hospital for citizens who cant afford to pay
    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 11/13/2013 9:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    yeah YOU tell TIM, my son went to one year of school in Denmark & lived with a girl friend after 6 months he was covered as common law married to her! YES Scandinavian ahhh the Nordic Code NON-Christian heathens all who care for the health & wealfare of each other as one human being to another GO VIKINGS
  1. Date: 11/13/2013 2:53:00 PM
    This was copied and pasted directly off the internet ('Nuff said)---- On June 15, 2009, Obama said this: "We will keep this promise to the American people. If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period.”In 2012, he echoed that sentiment, saying, "If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.”

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    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/14/2013 3:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Richard Nixon was forced to resign for lying...Hmmm
  1. Date: 11/13/2013 10:52:00 AM
    The government could have passed a law saying the insurance companies couldn't exclude people for pre- existing conditions... Oh Wait... They did in 2010... but refused to enforce it until 2014... In the mean time half this country lost their jobs and insurance, TONS with pre- existing conditions were un insurable... How many died because of that... And Obama was proud of himself in 2010 when he allowed it to wait til 2014... He turned a blind eye to us, then and is forcing a badly thoughtout plan now... so he can have his legacy say he did health care, now before he's out of office... There's no health CARE in that.

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    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 11/13/2013 9:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    She's NOT agreeing with You cher, she's mad he wasn't MORE LIBERAL and didn't find some way to stick it to the REPUBLICAN's who OWN the country, the oil companies the pharmaceutical companies, the banking industries!
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/13/2013 3:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Carol for your intelligent and well thought out input!...I think by the time Mr. Obama is out of office the care we will be most in need of is mental health care...
  1. Date: 11/13/2013 10:19:00 AM
    It's the result of the unrelenting greed of insurance companies (and banks and government, etc) who have been profiting from sick people for decades, while denying claim after claim because some smart dimwit came up with pre-exisiting condition so the insurance companies could get even richer. Taxpayers have been paying the healthcare costs of the uninsured for just as many decades. This is just one more step to an earlier financial grave.

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    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/13/2013 2:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My bad! Pre-EXISTING conditions...
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/13/2013 2:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You have absolutely nailed it here Karen! My late wife was an expert on pre-consiting conditions! When I changed jobs AND insurance companies, she had to wait one YEAR before she was covered by anything related to her condition...I nearly went bankrupt because of medical expenses, mostly for prescription meds...
  1. Date: 11/13/2013 4:01:00 AM
    Germany, France, UK, Greece, in fact most of western europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, there's lots have it Tim. I'm well aware which one you are reffering about. Don't forget that Sweden also enjoys one the highest standards of living on the planet per person. There's no comparison between America and them. Cost should always be weighed against income. America is the richest country in the world with a very poor health services record.

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    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 11/13/2013 2:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Craig, yes we have great hospitals, brilliant doctors, that only the well off can afford, or at best others struggle to afford, and at worst those that can't afford. All of which ironically, makes them, not the best hospitals.
    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 11/13/2013 2:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Craig, On your recent visit to France, did it really look as though that country was about to go down the pan? I've been working in UK for the past few months and things are getting better here. Unemployment going down, house prices slowly moving up. Everywhere was hit by the recession and the effects will go on for a long time yet. The signs across Europe are that things are improving.
    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 11/13/2013 1:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes nothing is free but i can assure you the payments made into similar schemes across the world are much less, for much more, than the average american private medical insurance.
    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 11/13/2013 1:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I agree with some of what you say Tim, It is being made complicated by politicians trying to gain points off each other and fear of the pre-existing condition, unless this is included, the ideal of a universal medical service is lost.
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 11/13/2013 8:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yet we in the US have the best hospitals and doctors at the highest levels. That will end soon. Greece is ready to go bankrupt and the rest of europe isn't far behind and we will shortly join them, but if everyone's happy what's the worry--give your kids the credit card and they will smile until dad gets his car repo'd.
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/13/2013 4:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Well said Richard...Nonetheless,THIS paricular plan is a botched, chaotic and confusing mess...You cannot even successfuly log on to the website!...I am also wary of 'Big Brother' taking care of our needs...NOTHING is free and we are already over-loaded with taxes, some for idiotic and needless programs...
  1. Date: 11/13/2013 2:35:00 AM
    Tim I can't say I am following the detail of this story from 'across the pond' but the objective if achieved will be a lasting legacy for good.In the UK, in my seventy plus years there have been only two positive significant acts by parliament,our free at use National Health Service(1947) and the free at use Education Act (1944) both of which made a significant difference to the majority of my generation compared to that of my parents.Both of these changes made a level playing field for all and are what my parents generation came back from WW2 to achieve in the UK. Politicians usually do little but 'talk' but these two acts are 'the basis' of a society governed by consent.Rgds Brian

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    Eastman Avatar Carol Eastman Date: 11/13/2013 10:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Brian our Health Care Act was not well thought out... online security was none. No Doctors or insurance companies were allowed to make suggestions. Nothing was ready to be rolled out. Glitches and problems everywhere... It will hurt more than it helps. If they had taken their time to present it, it would have been beautiful. Unfortunately it is a total mess. I'm on disability and my husband is a diabetic. We will be hurt by this because my hubby has a minimum wage job. Our cost Will go up A LOT with high deductables. We won't be able to afford it. We had great insurance before. The government did not help us at our house.
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/13/2013 4:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hello my friend - Of course I respect and value you and your opinions immensely...I just think that in a country as large and diverse as the USA, such a plan would be impractical and nearly impossible to implement...Thank you so much for your input sir!
  1. Date: 11/12/2013 9:30:00 PM
    How come then, the countries that have successful health services run by their governments are still able to be properous, many of which are presently run by conservative governments, and not in the slightest way being on the brink of becoming communist countries.

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    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/13/2013 1:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for the comment Richard - Which countries? True, countries such as Sweden have successful health care programs but they also have the highest tax rates in the world...Also I am referring to THIS SPECIFIC health care plan which is a complete disaster and will eventually bankrupt our country...
  1. Date: 11/12/2013 7:38:00 PM
    :P :P :P :P :)

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    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/12/2013 9:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Cher! - Does this code mean 'pleased-pleased' etc. or 'pissed-pissed' etc??... I kinda thought my most favorite liberal lady in the world might be somewhat interested... (maybe pretty-please-put-your freekin pinky up?...)
  1. Date: 11/12/2013 6:40:00 PM
    Loved this blog... Very origional and lets us laugh at a worrisome situation.

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 11/12/2013 7:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Carol, It is a very worrisome situation that will shortly turn from a dream of hope to a nightmare.
  1. Date: 11/12/2013 3:17:00 PM
    Thanks for the comment Craig...I guess what I meant was that the ideas in themselves were good (in a perfect world) I also realize that providing insurance for those who cannot afford would probably bankrupt the country and if not that, it would push us futher down the path to Socialism which is what Obama wants...I wish he'd at least be honest and come out and admit that he's a Socialist, and I'm sure you know what the next step to THAT is....

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  1. Date: 11/12/2013 1:54:00 PM
    Only a couple major problems Tim, they're already backpedalling on the preexisting part and to pay for those who "can't afford it" Mary middle class will pay 2-3 times what she's paying now---nothing is free and most of what government says is a lie.

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    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 11/12/2013 4:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Where have you gone Ronnie Reagan? A nation holds its lonely eyes to you (Woo-woo-woo)
  1. Date: 11/12/2013 12:17:00 PM
    I sure do hope that none of my liberal leaning or Democrat friends on the Soup take offense here, just poking fun... SOME of the presidents plan I think are great ideas, such as the pre-existing condition exemption and providing insurance for those who cannot afford it. Why not put a hold on the whole thing for a year until a reasonable compromise can be hammered out?

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8/19/2014Occasional SnowNarrativenostalgia,snow,
8/19/2014Footles for the Birds and the BeastsFootleanimal,funny,
8/17/2014Comments By the Sonnet Queen of the Soup:Chokafor her,friendship,
8/16/2014HolocaustNarrativededication,hero,
8/16/2014Love is a BattlefieldVerseromance,
8/12/2014Hey Hank, Did You Just -Senryufunny,writing,
8/11/2014WRITE A FOOTLEFootleanimal,funny,
8/9/2014Finding GodRhymegod,prayer,
8/4/2014When Carolyn Sent Me a Christmas CardKyriellefriendship,
8/4/2014Where DOES The Time GoHaikuspace,
7/29/2014Gonna Charma CharmaLight Poetryfriend,
7/29/2014And She's Not Bad Lookin EitherLimerickfriend,funny,
7/27/2014TIPPY-TOE-TULIP-TUNE-TIMELight Poetrygarden,gender,
7/25/2014Wally Needs to Lighten Up a LittleLimerickfunny,vacation,
7/1/2014The Game, Playing the GameNarrativeloss,son,
6/24/2014In Full BloomTankaapril,memory,
6/24/2014Tanka You But No Tanka YouTankafunny,writing,
6/13/2014He's BAAACK - Rhymehurt,
6/10/2014I Fear That Pinocchio -Limerickfunny,
6/10/2014Pure GoldCoupletinspiration,
5/24/2014After the LiberationNarrativehistory,war,
5/21/2014Charlotte Gets Tough with Miss MuffetClerihewfunny,nursery,
4/21/2014Queen of the Hollywood ScreenCoupletangst,
4/21/2014The MothFree verseanimal,
4/19/2014Poetry Is:List writing,
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The Sowing Free versedevotion,
A "Brush" with HorrorLimerickfunny
The Ice EnchantressBlank versefantasy,sea,seasons
Kiss MeLight Poetrypassion
DearestRhymedevotion,faith,mother,upl
He's Their Grandpa Free versededication,husband,
Causalities of WarElegydeath,war,
Christmas Miracle in the Ghetto (Co-written with John Moses Freeman)Narrativefamily,holiday,hope,uplif
Philidelphia Free verseheart,music,
A Boston Tea Party PreludeFree verselost lovehusband,husband,
Alliums Cloud My HeartLanterneintrospection
I want your SEEDSFree verseadventure,funny,old,
Sleeves of the SoulFree versedepression,imagination,
ON THE ROCKSRhymehumorous,
Tissue BoxFree versedaughter,grief,loss,words
Before I go homeFree verseday,family,leaving,life,
ButterfliesRhymeloss,love,
Once a Goddess of EveningFree versechange,color,fantasy,worl
Sleepless NightDramatic Verse (Verse Drama)anger,death,farewell,memo
When Madness Rides on Moonlight Sestinagod,life,
Summer's SnowFree verselost love,love,
A House On the Cliff's EdgeBalladallegory,art,beach,beauti
Indian InkDramatic Verse (Verse Drama)abuse,autumn,death,deep,f
Darling, you dragged me in too deepVillanellelove,
WillowPersonificationtree,
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