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Question for the old geezers on here regarding health insurance - HailHailtoMichigan!
Did your family have insurance when you were a kid, or did y'all just pay doctors out of pocket? Sometimes I long for the days when the doc came to the house and you paid him there. ...


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Husker coach Bo Pelini implies that Ole Miss has a "bagman" - HailHailtoMichigan!
[quote]Nebraska scored a big recruiting get at the start of the summer with wide receiver transfer Damore'ea Stringfellow. Stringfellow officially visited Nebraska after committing, but then took visits to Alabama and Ole Miss before flipping to Mississippi. Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini was aske...


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Obama at 39 percent % approval, 55% disapprove, Gallup shows. - HailHailtoMichigan!
RCP average shows him at -13.5, which is only slightly better than Bush levels at this time. For some reason, the economic recovery (which has been happening for over a year, really) is not helping the president. I think it's because it has taken so long, that reasonable Americans know it is hap...


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What should be done about workers who get displaced by technology? - HailHailtoMichigan!
First, let me say that I absolutely support automation, efficiency, and technological improvements, as long they increase productivity and reduce costs, but even though there is a net benefit for the economy, workers in certain trades are displaced. They'll be forced to go into a new field, which re...


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Hillary Clinton: Hamas hides weapons in civilian areas because "Gaza is small" - HailHailtoMichigan!
[link=(http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3gul4GmpG08#t=51)]LINK[/link]...


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The South has the highest percentage of adults in debt collection - HailHailtoMichigan!
This is odd to me, for I always picture your typical southerner as someone who is very frugal and prudent with money. [img]http://i2.cdn.turner.com/money/dam/assets/140725145416-debt-in-collection-map-620xa.png[/img]...


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Lessons from Australia's Carbon Tax Disaster - HailHailtoMichigan!
[quote]Environmentalists had a global meltdown last week after Australia scrapped its carbon tax. They denounced the move as "retrograde" and "environmental vandalism." They can fume all they want, but Australia's action, combined with Europe's floundering cap-and-trade program, signals that "mit...


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What if Bielema's "system" continues to be a disaster in the SEC? - HailHailtoMichigan!
His offensive system of a big, fat running back getting 50 carries a game behind a big, fat offensive line worked in the Big ten because that conference is plagued by slow, non-agile defenses that did not cause the "big uglies" any trouble. SEC defenses, while still being big, have that agility and ...


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What would the homeless rate be if America did not have section8? - HailHailtoMichigan!
So about a year ago, low income housing for people eligible for section 8 was built in my area. There was a bit of protest, as the region is already overcrowded, and it would probably "taint" a really nice golf club that is right next to it. Already, I have noticed a general decline in the area ...


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Former Ohio Gov. Strickland tried living on Min. Wage- here is his story - HailHailtoMichigan!
[quote]For all of last week, I worked hard to live on the budget of a minimum wage worker. That meant I had $77 to spend on food, transportation, activities and other personal expenses for the week. I didn’t make it. Most mornings started with eggs and toast, bought last Sunday during a grocery t...


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which SEC team has the most boring offensive system? - HailHailtoMichigan!
By boring, I mean very little creativity, predictable, etc. ...


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Why doesn't medicaid provide dental coverage for adults? - HailHailtoMichigan!
This seems odd to me, considering the ER will not perform dental service. Last I checked, only about four states offer dental overage for adults on medicaid. The reason I am asking this is because I recently volunteered at a clinic providing free dental care for people. 99% of the people the...


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Pitbull attacks Toddler in California - HailHailtoMichigan!
[link=(http://www.kesq.com/news/pitbull-attacks-toddler/27159660)]LINK[/link] [quote] The 3-year-old dog was surrendered to authorities to be euthanized[/quote] Thank god the beast will be no more. ...


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It should be illegal for health insurance to be connected to employment - HailHailtoMichigan!
Government created the mess, government must fix it. Mandate that employers stop offering insurance as a benefit, and instead must raise the salary of the worker by the amount the insurance was worth. The effects would be two-fold: 1) Being laid off would not nearly be as catastrophic 2) P...


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Mike Ditka: killer of peacocks? - HailHailtoMichigan!
[quote]The sketch comes by way of NBC Los Angeles, who reports that a man, believed to be between 56 and 60 years old, in Rolling Estates — an LA suburb — stopped his Mercedes Benz and shot and killed a peacock with a pellet gun. [/quote] [img]http://usatthebiglead.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/dit...


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Stupid law hampers medical charity - HailHailtoMichigan!
Not sure if any of you know about Stan Brock and Remote Area Medical (RAM), but they travel around the country, set up clinics for the weekend (on fairgrounds, college gyms, etc), and give free medical care for people that need it. It used to be a charity that operated in the third world, but since ...


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New story on Virginia medicaid expansion battle - HailHailtoMichigan!
[quote]Gov. Terry McAuliffe renewed his pitch for expanding health care to the poor Friday by touring a field hospital set up at a county fairgrounds, where people had camped out for days for the chance to see a dentist or doctor. McAuliffe flew to the Remote Area Medical expedition in far southw...


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Rand Paul introduces the FAIR Act (fifth amendment integrity restoration act) - HailHailtoMichigan!
[quote]Sen. Rand Paul yesterday introduced S. 2644, the FAIR (Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration) Act, which would protect the rights of citizens and restore the Fifth Amendment's role in seizing property without due process of law. Under current law, law enforcement agencies may take property su...


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If the European welfare state had started way earleir than it did, would there - HailHailtoMichigan!
have been significantly less European immigration to American in the 19th and early 20th centuries? I say yes. ...


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Michael Moore owns 9 homes - HailHailtoMichigan!
[quote]According to the Detroit News, anti-capitalism "everyman" filmmaker Michael Moore owns 9 homes. On top of a $2 million, 10,000 square foot lakefront mansion in Torch Lake, Michigan, there is a Manhattan condo that was once 3 condos, and 7 other properties. Moore's secret role as a land baron ...


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Why Texas won't go blue anytime soon (this likely applies to other states too) - HailHailtoMichigan!
First off,people have to stop viewing the Obama coalition has permanent. As the first black man to occupy the office, Obama had something going for him that no one had or will have in the future, ever. Every single article I read on "OMGZ LAITNOS MAKING EVERY STATE BLUE, RABBLE RABBLE" seems to acce...


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Kansas tax cuts have been an unmitigated disaster - HailHailtoMichigan!
So says the NY times [quote]There was a windstorm of hasty excuses in recent weeks after Kansas reported that it took in $338 million less than expected in the 2014 fiscal year and would have to dip heavily into a reserve fund. Spending wasn’t cut enough, said conservatives. Too many rich people...


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Psychiatric care for poor people - HailHailtoMichigan!
Do you think gang violence and other violence would decrease among the poor population if low income people had access to psychiatric care subsidies? As of now, I don't think the market price for a psychologist allows for poor people to seek care ...


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New challenge for Obamacare: Enrollees who don’t understand their insurance plan - HailHailtoMichigan!
[quote]Nonprofit organizations across the country are being swamped by consumers with questions. Many are low-income, have never had insurance and have little knowledge of the health-care system. The rampant confusion poses a potential hurdle for the success of the health law: If many Americans don’...


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Which of the following is better for the economy? - HailHailtoMichigan!
First, let's assume that the government is pondering a 1 cent tax on all tax-paying Americans (that's around 165 million people). These are the options A) the tax is not enacted, which means everyone keeps that penny. B) the state enacts the penny tax, and gains a little more than one million ...


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Things the average American doesn't know about Louisiana - HailHailtoMichigan!
I'll start: No counties; the state is organized in parishes...


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Will we ever get serious about the debt? - HailHailtoMichigan!
Tax revenue is at record highs adjusted for inflation. Once side has gotten what they wanted (more taxes), will the other side fulfill the compormise and agree to entitlement reform? Entitlements are the single biggest drivers of US debt. Medicare and medicaid are the biggest drivers of the deficit ...


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Rand Paul hits Obama on minimum wage in San Francisco - HailHailtoMichigan!
[quote]Sen. Rand Paul mocked President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama on Saturday over the reasons they recently gave for wanting their daughters to work minimum wage jobs. Speaking at a downtown conference for libertarian and conservative technology types, the Kentucky Republican and prospectiv...


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Obama border bill divides the democrat party - HailHailtoMichigan!
[quote]Centrist and liberal Democrats are battling one another over the emergency spending package for child immigrants at the southern border. Worried about voter anger over illegal immigration in a midterm election year, centrists want Congress to examine changes to special legal protections gr...


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Health Insurance tied to employment really is a terrible system - HailHailtoMichigan!
Not only does it add a large overhead to American companies that are now in a global market (where many foreign companies don't have that overhead), but it makes layoffs and firings even more stressful than they already are. With the employer mandate, this system is here to stay, and it will cont...


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