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Old 9th November 2020, 08:09 AM   #201
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Originally Posted by Mader Levap View Post
Healthcare in USA is designed to kill off poor people.
Not really, a better summary would be it is designed to make the most money.

That the poor don't have much money is why it seems skewed against the poor.
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Old 9th November 2020, 08:15 AM   #202
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Originally Posted by Meadmaker View Post
It is, in some ways, even stupider. Changing jobs, or becoming unemployed, while having health issues can wreak havoc on a families finances, even today. Our medical situation is tied to our employment situation, which is just crazy. However, the kind of scenarios you are describing are mostly a thing of the past. Obamacare helped a lot. Medical bankruptcies plummeted after it was put into effect. It may not be the best possible law, but it achieved some of its goals.
Your account is at variance with the facts

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/11/this...ankruptcy.html

And

https://www.thebalance.com/medical-b...istics-4154729
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Old 9th November 2020, 08:23 AM   #203
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Originally Posted by Darat View Post
Your links are not at variance with anything I said.
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Old 9th November 2020, 08:58 AM   #204
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Originally Posted by Darat View Post
Not really, a better summary would be it is designed to make the most money.

That the poor don't have much money is why it seems skewed against the poor.
I don't see any practical difference.
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Old 9th November 2020, 09:09 AM   #205
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Originally Posted by Mader Levap View Post
I don't see any practical difference.
Keeping the poor just about alive for long enough to keep taking their money is the difference.

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Old 9th November 2020, 09:12 AM   #206
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Originally Posted by Meadmaker View Post
Your links are not at variance with anything I said.
Yes they, are medical bankruptcies have not seen the changes you claimed because of the ACA (and that is just one example.)
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Old 9th November 2020, 11:27 AM   #207
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Originally Posted by Meadmaker View Post
It's per year, at least for every plan I've ever dealt with.

And, you're right. As a 57 year old man on an Obamacare plan, I was paying something like 600 dollars per month for a plan that had a 5,000 dollar deductible. That's right. I would pay 7,000 dollars if I didn't get sick, plus an additional 5,000 dollars if I did, before the insurance companies paid a cent. And why was I on Obamacare? Because I was unemployed.

And yet it was still better than what there was before Obamacare. Trump was, and still is, trying to get rid of Obamacare, but we were told we shouldn't worry, because he has a secret plan to replace it. Assuming his efforts fail in the Supreme Court, as they are expected to, at least we won't have to worry about that for the next four years, but the health care system is still horribly messed up in America, and we certainly are not going to see huge changes for at least two years.

ETA: And the figures I throw around are greatly simplified. In reality, most plans come with tables that take one or two pages to explain exactly how much you will pay for several different categories of health care expenses.
Thanks.
I never knew it worked like that in the US (not with these costs anyway).

Here I pay just shy of 400 euro's per month for the two of us. this is not too dissimilar to what you pay. The amount of 'out of pocket' per year though, is about the same as my monthly fee, namely 385 euro's. Several basic kinds of medical services, like a visit to the general practitioner, are not paid from that 'out of pocket' money.

Note that I have a very comprehensive insurance and that the average monthly fee, is, I believe, about half of ours (a bit more than a half).
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Old 9th November 2020, 11:47 AM   #208
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Old 9th November 2020, 11:50 AM   #209
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Originally Posted by Darat View Post
Not really, a better summary would be it is designed to make the most money.

That the poor don't have much money is why it seems skewed against the poor.
You say tomato.

It's also how it is designed to kill poor people.
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Old 9th November 2020, 02:28 PM   #210
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Originally Posted by erwinl View Post
Here I pay just shy of 400 euro's per month for the two of us. this is not too dissimilar to what you pay.
The price I quoted was for me alone. My wife, on a different plan, was more expensive. My 21 year old son, on a different plan, was much cheaper.
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Old 9th November 2020, 02:30 PM   #211
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Originally Posted by Mader Levap View Post
Healthcare in USA is designed to kill off poor people.
Originally Posted by acbytesla View Post
You say tomato.

It's also how it is designed to kill poor people.
I think “indifference” to the poor is more is more accurate. Insurance companies are in the business of making money not of orchestrating the Final Solution. The point is that if someone asked the insurance companies, “but how do these costs help the poor to afford or have access the healthcare?” The answer is “who cares? Not our problem! The business of business is business!” (Though maybe there will be some PR-inspired faux-CSR campaign for all I know which actually gives them some moral licensing cover - this last bit is just speculation.)
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Old 10th November 2020, 12:29 AM   #212
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Originally Posted by Meadmaker View Post
The price I quoted was for me alone. My wife, on a different plan, was more expensive. My 21 year old son, on a different plan, was much cheaper.
Oh.
That's truly expensive, if you put it like this.

Thanks for enlightening me.
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Old 10th November 2020, 04:46 AM   #213
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Originally Posted by acbytesla View Post
You say tomato.



It's also how it is designed to kill poor people.
No it's a very real and significant difference.
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Old 10th November 2020, 04:49 AM   #214
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Originally Posted by erwinl View Post
Oh.

That's truly expensive, if you put it like this.



Thanks for enlightening me.
Please don't go off Meadmaker's at best anecdotes, his view of the USA healthcare system is at odds with the facts. Look at the links to the articles I've posted and follow the links within those articles if you want to know the facts.
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Originally Posted by acbytesla View Post
You say tomato.

It's also how it is designed to kill poor people.
I don't know if it's designed to kill poor people or that's just a desirable (to Banana Republicans) side effect.
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Originally Posted by Darat View Post
Please don't go off Meadmaker's at best anecdotes, his view of the USA healthcare system is at odds with the facts. Look at the links to the articles I've posted and follow the links within those articles if you want to know the facts.

Meadmaker is stating the facts. Those are the costs for health insurance in the USA right now.

I’m on an employer plan and the monthly cost for a single employee on the basic HMO plan is $359 (of which our employer pays 65%). It’s double that for employee/spouse or employee/children or $718 (-$233.35). It’s $1436 (-$233.35) for employee family.
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My family plan at work, me wife and kids, is $350 per month and my employer pays $900 per month.
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My family plan at work, me wife and kids, is $350 per month and my employer pays $900 per month.

You are lucky that your employer pays so much of the cost. Most small businesses cover only a portion of the employee’s single rate.
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You are lucky that your employer pays so much of the cost. Most small businesses cover only a portion of the employee’s single rate.
Yeah it's alright. I work in manufacturing and I think it's about an average plan. But manufacturing tends to have better benefits than other industries also, so I don't know.
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Originally Posted by xjx388 View Post
Meadmaker is stating the facts. Those are the costs for health insurance in the USA right now.

I’m on an employer plan and the monthly cost for a single employee on the basic HMO plan is $359 (of which our employer pays 65%). It’s double that for employee/spouse or employee/children or $718 (-$233.35). It’s $1436 (-$233.35) for employee family.
Nope, read about the bankruptcies and so on. The articles I link to provide the references to actual data and so on.
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(Wasn't sure where to post this... the topic was discussed in several threads, including the Biden election threads, and it didn't deserve a thread of its own.)

Remember Hunter Biden's laptop? How it was proof of crime? Well, its time to come up with all new jokes about it.

From: The Verge
John Paul Mac Isaac was the owner of The Mac Shop...In October, the New York Post reported that The Mac Shop had been paid to recover data from a laptop belonging to Joe Biden’s son Hunter...After the Post’s sourcing and conclusions were disputed, Facebook and Twitter both restricted the article’s reach, and Twitter pointed to its ban on posting “hacked materials” as an explanation....Mac Isaac claims Twitter specifically made this decision to “communicate to the world that [Mac Isaac] is a hacker.” He says that his business began to receive threats and negative reviews after Twitter’s moderation decision...
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Mac Isaac is nonetheless demanding $500 million
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Update December 30th, 9AM ET: A Florida judge dismissed Mac Isaac’s complaint within a day of its filing, saying the state’s federal court did not have jurisdiction


So many things wrong...

- The claim that the bad reviews, etc. were because he was considered a "hacker" rather than a trump stooge.
- The rather... excessive amount of the claim
- His problem filing with the correct court
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Old 30th December 2020, 02:34 PM   #222
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Originally Posted by Segnosaur View Post
(Wasn't sure where to post this... the topic was discussed in several threads, including the Biden election threads, and it didn't deserve a thread of its own.)

Remember Hunter Biden's laptop? How it was proof of crime? Well, its time to come up with all new jokes about it.

From: The Verge
John Paul Mac Isaac was the owner of The Mac Shop...In October, the New York Post reported that The Mac Shop had been paid to recover data from a laptop belonging to Joe Biden’s son Hunter...After the Post’s sourcing and conclusions were disputed, Facebook and Twitter both restricted the article’s reach, and Twitter pointed to its ban on posting “hacked materials” as an explanation....Mac Isaac claims Twitter specifically made this decision to “communicate to the world that [Mac Isaac] is a hacker.” He says that his business began to receive threats and negative reviews after Twitter’s moderation decision...
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Mac Isaac is nonetheless demanding $500 million
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Update December 30th, 9AM ET: A Florida judge dismissed Mac Isaac’s complaint within a day of its filing, saying the state’s federal court did not have jurisdiction


So many things wrong...

- The claim that the bad reviews, etc. were because he was considered a "hacker" rather than a trump stooge.
- The rather... excessive amount of the claim
- His problem filing with the correct court
Seems to me that taking your client's abandoned property to the tabloid press is something that would rightfully ruin your reputation as a computer repairman. Hacking really has little to do with that element, the guy's a creep.
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Re: MacIssac suing Twitter over his "reputation"...
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Seems to me that taking your client's abandoned property to the tabloid press is something that would rightfully ruin your reputation as a computer repairman. Hacking really has little to do with that element, the guy's a creep.
And of course that's assuming the laptop (and the material that was on it) actually belonged to Hunter Biden in the first place. Looks just as bad (if not worse) to have a shop owner slander a customer with false accusations.
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Re: MacIssac suing Twitter over his "reputation"...

And of course that's assuming the laptop (and the material that was on it) actually belonged to Hunter Biden in the first place. Looks just as bad (if not worse) to have a shop owner slander a customer with false accusations.
I'm just playing devil's advocate.

Assume Biden really did leave the laptop there and the bill went overdue and the laptop became the shop's property...

Combing through your clients data and forwarding it to the tabloids and a partisan hack like Giuliani is horridly unprofessional.

A reasonable person would have just wiped the laptop and accepted it as free hardware without probing through the dirty laundry.

Is there really a defamation claim here? Seems to me that, by the repairman's own admission, he nuked his own reputation through his actions. Even the most charitable reading of events is that this guy was a huge creep.
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