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    Most un-reported story

    Recently, Medicare running out of funds faster each year. For a couple of reasons. First, medical costs have been climbing at an extraordinary rate. Second, because more and more people are being put on Medicare.

    And to think, there have been persons here on ARP who have said we should adopt Medicare for everyone. LOL. Then it would be bankrupt in what, two years instead of eight? Thank you, you Bernie Sanders socialists.

    Jeez, give me a break.
    I do a triple evac with nitro to remove non condensables.

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    Like everything else in Washington, DC, it will not be fixed until there is a crisis.

    Man, I gotta get rid of that avatar with the donuts. It just makes me hungry all the time, and I'm Type II diabetic. I should not be eating that stuff.
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    The only thing that can make some badly needed changes is a convention of the states. Most heavy changes Trump would like to make will never go through congress. We need a balanced budget amendment that absolutely prevents gutting the military in favor of entitlements. We also need to know and present the public with unredacted information as to why medical expenses are escalating disproportionately to most everything else.

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    In all fairness, several months ago I found out one factor to California's escalating costs . . . It's because they need to tear down every hospital and re-build it. Due to legislation regarding earthquake hazards. The idea is that the hospital is the one building you do not want to collapse during an act of God.

    Small hospitals can be retrofitted, but the big ones . . . It's cheaper to start over.

    The thing that bugs me is, they've been doing these cost analysis' for quite some time. So why is the date of 'bankruptcy' approaching faster than anticipated? Especially in just the past few years? Are people getting older faster? No.

    Does obummer care have anything to do with it? I really don't know, but I wouldn't doubt it.

    Are they robbing Medicare funds to pay for Medicaid? Because I know they are paying through the nose for all the non-earners they are putting on Medicaid due to obummer care.

    In the same recent report, Social Security system is sliding downhill faster than anticipated.


    Quote Originally Posted by WAYNE3298 View Post
    The only thing that can make some badly needed changes is a convention of the states. Most heavy changes Trump would like to make will never go through congress. We need a balanced budget amendment that absolutely prevents gutting the military in favor of entitlements. We also need to know and present the public with unredacted information as to why medical expenses are escalating disproportionately to most everything else.
    I do a triple evac with nitro to remove non condensables.

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    Beer, that may be why CA costs are going up by a marginal amount more than other states, but it is and has been going up for many many years across the whole country. I don't know for sure, but my gut says to blame our liability legal system as the #1 cause. But of course there are other reasons nationally, and some more regional or local ones such as you describe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by exreo View Post
    Like everything else in Washington, DC, it will not be fixed until there is a crisis.

    Man, I gotta get rid of that avatar with the donuts. It just makes me hungry all the time, and I'm Type II diabetic. I should not be eating that stuff.
    This post is meant in a positive sense:

    Yeah, it would be smart to get that sugar and high carbs out of your diet... well lower it significantly!

    I went through H*LL over the last year (and was cranky as h*ll) changing my diet and lifestyle to live without the sugar and carbs... still working on it!
    Thankfully, my body co-operated and adjusted to a different (and more healthy) diet... and I am loosing weight (almost 20# since Easter).

    Each of us has to take care of our bodies... or we will pay the consequences...

    Hey REO... How about a basket of fresh fruit for an avatar... a good reminder... grin!
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    Another factor to California's rising costs is that 70% of the population is not on 'private' health care.

    Blows my mind that there are that many people on state or fed health care. Seriously, just look at the population of Calfornia.


    Quote Originally Posted by davidadavis View Post
    Beer, that may be why CA costs are going up by a marginal amount more than other states, but it is and has been going up for many many years across the whole country. I don't know for sure, but my gut says to blame our liability legal system as the #1 cause. But of course there are other reasons nationally, and some more regional or local ones such as you describe.
    I do a triple evac with nitro to remove non condensables.

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    Tort reform has been desperately needed for years but as long as we elect lawyers to congress it will never happen. I know there are other reasons but ridiculous law suit settlements is among the top problems. As for earthquake resistant structures that problem has been known for ever. The liberals would rather get behind meaningless BS environmental issues and get in the way of something needed that is supported by need and solid logic. They can then jump up and down and scream when an earthquake destroys a hospital. Remember their statement along the lines of never let a crises go to waste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ga-hvac-tech View Post
    This post is meant in a positive sense:

    Yeah, it would be smart to get that sugar and high carbs out of your diet... well lower it significantly!

    I went through H*LL over the last year (and was cranky as h*ll) changing my diet and lifestyle to live without the sugar and carbs... still working on it!
    Thankfully, my body co-operated and adjusted to a different (and more healthy) diet... and I am loosing weight (almost 20# since Easter).

    Each of us has to take care of our bodies... or we will pay the consequences...

    Hey REO... How about a basket of fresh fruit for an avatar... a good reminder... grin!
    Ga-, .... Are Yo Sure that You weren't just "Born Cranky"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WAYNE3298 View Post
    Tort reform has been desperately needed for years but as long as we elect lawyers to congress it will never happen. I know there are other reasons but ridiculous law suit settlements is among the top problems. As for earthquake resistant structures that problem has been known for ever. The liberals would rather get behind meaningless BS environmental issues and get in the way of something needed that is supported by need and solid logic. They can then jump up and down and scream when an earthquake destroys a hospital. Remember their statement along the lines of never let a crises go to waste.
    Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you may be no priest to me. Because you have forgotten your God’s law, I will also forget your children.


    "You've got to Stand for Something or You'll fall for anything" (A. Tippin)


    Mat_15:24 But he answered, “I wasn’t sent to anyone but the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

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    Ya'll, the Social Security/Medicare Problem is far more Serious than what even Big Brother thought:

    "A MESSAGE TO THE PUBLIC:

    Each year the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds report on the current and projected financial status of the two programs. This message summarizes the 2018 Annual Reports.

    Both Social Security and Medicare face long-term financing shortfalls under currently scheduled benefits and financing. Lawmakers have a broad continuum of policy options that would close or reduce the long-term financing shortfall of both programs. The Trustees recommend that lawmakers take action sooner rather than later to address these shortfalls, so that a broader range of solutions can be considered and more time will be available to phase in changes while giving the public adequate time to prepare. Earlier action will also help elected officials minimize adverse impacts on vulnerable populations, including lower-income workers and people already dependent on program benefits."

    "Social Security’s total cost is projected to exceed its total income (including interest) in 2018 for the first time since 1982, and to remain higher throughout the projection period. Social Security’s cost will be financed with a combination of non-interest income, interest income, and net redemptions of trust fund asset reserves from the General Fund of the Treasury until 2034 when the OASDI reserves will be depleted. "

    https://www.ssa.gov/oact/trsum/
    Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you may be no priest to me. Because you have forgotten your God’s law, I will also forget your children.


    "You've got to Stand for Something or You'll fall for anything" (A. Tippin)


    Mat_15:24 But he answered, “I wasn’t sent to anyone but the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

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    I want all the money I paid into it, and I will invest it on my own.

    The Constitution clearly says that the Feds’ role is only to provide for the common defense, manage foreign relations, protect citizens’ constitutional rights, establish federal courts; apply and explain federal law (in the judiciary’s case); and a few other minor issues. No branch of the Federal Government is authorized to handle any other issues. So the federal establishment should be strictly limited to these tasks; all others should be reassigned to the states, local governments, and individual Americans.

    Bastards have been using as a slush fund.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidDeBord View Post
    Ga-, .... Are Yo Sure that You weren't just "Born Cranky"?




    Now iffin' GA was born cranky...

    Then David DB was born long winded...
    And if the latter is so... I need a clothes pin for my nose...
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    *The duct system keeps the house comfortable; the equipment only heats and cools (and dehumidifies)
    *Cheap is not good, good is not cheap; however expensive is not a guarantee of quality!
    Choose your contractor wisely!

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