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 on: Today at 09:26:45 AM 
Started by fistful - Last post by zxcvbob
Let's take a poll. I'm a curmudgeon, so I'm against it.

Horse Feathers!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4v3etuIw-aM

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 on: Today at 09:09:33 AM 
Started by MillCreek - Last post by MillCreek
A major factor in the cost of health care that DIDN'T get addressed by Obamacare is tort reform. From what I understand, a big chunk of the cost of doing business for doctors is professional malpractice insurance. The cost of such insurance is driven up by feel-good juries who award "pain and suffereing" damages for medical slip-ups that are far out of line with the actual damages suffered by the patients, and the rationale is that "the insurance will cover it." Well, yes, it will ... but that money has to come from somewhere.

Health care reform without tort reform is an oxymoron.

Speaking as the guy who does medical malpractice insurance, this is generally not nearly as big a factor as Big Liability would have you believe.  For the typical physician and looking at the nation as a whole, the cost of malpractice insurance works out to around 3% or so of total revenue and around 1% of their income.  The average physician spends way more as a percentage of total revenue/income on wages/salaries, taxes, rent and office supplies.  The cost of insurance has dropped significantly over the past decade primarily due to lower numbers of claims and better investment performance for the insurers. I am paying way less than I used to to buy malpractice insurance for my facilities and providers. 

The Republicans have talked a lot about tort reform over the years if they ever gained control of the Congress and White House, but I will be interested to see if they actually deliver anything meaningful.

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 on: Today at 08:58:56 AM 
Started by Monkeyleg - Last post by DittoHead
Devin Nunes is now the "embattled" House Intelligence Committee Chairman after Schiff and Pelosi called for him to step down but I doubt he's going anywhere. He apparently cancelled this weeks meetings though which is unfortunate because I'm sure they would have been interesting, or at the very least entertaining. Thankfully we have Trump keeping things interesting and at the same time helping us keep our eye on the really important stuff: Hillary Clinton!
This is by far my favorite news story of the year, new twists & turns everyday. Popcorn

 4 
 on: Today at 08:55:46 AM 
Started by Mike Irwin - Last post by Hawkmoon
If they would just pass a law prohibiting criminals from committing crimes, we wouldn't have to worry about guns.

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 on: Today at 08:52:16 AM 
Started by fistful - Last post by Hawkmoon
are we back to being ok with people altering the American flag? I thought we were against that. I can't keep up

Let's take a poll. I'm a curmudgeon, so I'm against it.

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 on: Today at 08:50:14 AM 
Started by MillCreek - Last post by Hawkmoon
A major factor in the cost of health care that DIDN'T get addressed by Obamacare is tort reform. From what I understand, a big chunk of the cost of doing business for doctors is professional malpractice insurance. The cost of such insurance is driven up by feel-good juries who award "pain and suffereing" damages for medical slip-ups that are far out of line with the actual damages suffered by the patients, and the rationale is that "the insurance will cover it." Well, yes, it will ... but that money has to come from somewhere.

Health care reform without tort reform is an oxymoron.

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 on: Today at 08:43:54 AM 
Started by Hawkmoon - Last post by Firethorn
I'm jinxed that way. A lot of people in my Jeep club (and on-line) have had good results buying from Rock Auto. When I tried them ... they sent me parts that didn't fit my Jeep or match the description on their web site, double charged me for shipping, and when I contacted them to point out that the parts they sent didn't fit the vehicle they basically wrote back, "*expletive deleted*ck you, we have your money."

That's when you dispute the charge with your credit card company, so, "*expletive deleted*ck you, you don't have my money"

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 on: Today at 08:43:19 AM 
Started by MillCreek - Last post by DittoHead
The state of healthcare BEFORE Obamacare was equally unacceptable as Obamacare, just in different ways.

I'm not sure about equally, but still this is something I'm amazed people forget. Obamacare didn't come out of nowhere - a large segment of the country felt something needed to be done to address lack of access & cost of medical care. I'm not saying Obamacare is what the country wanted at all, but they definitely wanted something to change. It would appear we're back in a similar state - no agreement on what to do but a widespread sentiment that what we have is not working great.

Turns out Boehner was pretty accurate in his predictions a month ago:
"In the 25 years that I served in the United States Congress, Republicans never, ever, one time agreed on what a health care proposal should look like. Not once,” Boehner said. “And all this happy talk that went on in November and December and January about repeal, repeal, repeal—yeah, we'll do replace, replace—I started laughing, because if you pass repeal without replace, first, anything that happens is your fault. You broke it.”

"And secondly, as I told some of the Republican leaders when they asked, I said, if you pass repeal without replace you'll never pass replace, because they will never ever agree on what the bill should be. Perfect always becomes the enemy of the good,” Boehner said.

"Most of the Affordable Care Act, in the framework, is going to stay there: coverage for kids up to age 26, covering those with preexisting conditions. All of that's going to be there. Subsidies for those who can't afford it, who aren't on Medicaid, who I call the working poor, subsidies for them will be there," Boehner said.
I'd be willing to bet he's enjoying not having his old job right now.

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 on: Today at 08:37:47 AM 
Started by Hawkmoon - Last post by Mike Irwin
What happens if I order a quill pen and parchment paper on Amazon and I print a letter?  grin

You get a refund of your school taxes?

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 on: Today at 08:36:47 AM 
Started by 230RN - Last post by Mike Irwin
GT3.

Richard Hammond (Top Gear) had one, and his co-hosts showered him with sympathy at his plight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fel_vSx5tj0

Exactly! That's what I was thinking of!

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