Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 8:04pm

This is a real pain

As the debate rages on in Washington whether "ObamaCare" is the right way to go or even affordable, several frequent visitors to neighboring hospitals made unexpected visits.

Former vice president Dick Cheney, who has more frequent flyer miles racked up with all his hospital stays, had "chest pains" recently. He was admitted immediately to one of America's finest hospitals, receiving around-the-clock care. Who's picking up the tab so Mr. Cheney can "rest comfortably"? The American taxpayer — many of which have no health benefits.

For more than 40 percent of Americans who feel tighness or shortness of breath, they have to work through it. Unless they want a $1,500 emergency room bill for a false alarm.

Former Sen. Bob Dole, who's also on the dole, was admitted for complications from a prior knee surgery. The U.S. taxpayer paid for his new "knee," and all follow-up treatment.

All of Congress and their families have free access to world class health care. It's  available 24/7. Is that why they can't comprehend the plight of half of Americans who cannot see a doctor without the fear of filing bankruptcy?

Paul D'Argent, 37209

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269 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 3/4/10 at 6:53

Good morning.

Good letter Paul and you point out how the “Haves” have it all and the “Have not” pay for it. Chaney is a nice example of how someone that has it all and does not want to share in the bounty of this country. Instead he wants the poor to do without and pay for his lifestyle, so he does not have to give of anything.

Perhaps the best heath care for the country would be to do away with all health insurance all together. With out insurance companies paying the bill, the health industry and doctors would have to have completive prices.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/4/10 at 7:00

Bipartisanship GOP style

http://z.about.com/d/politicalhumor/1/0/u/E/3/Obama-Sisyphus.gif

By: idgaf on 3/4/10 at 7:08

Perhaps the best heath care for the country would be to do away with all health insurance all together. With out insurance companies paying the bill, the health industry and doctors would have to have completive prices.
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Perhaps you are right, then again why should peope be limited to what you and the government says we can or cannot have comrade?

By: idgaf on 3/4/10 at 7:15

We are guarenteed equal opportunity not equal results.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/4/10 at 7:41

By: idgaf on 3/4/10 at 6:08

Perhaps you are right, then again why should peope be limited to what you and the government says we can or cannot have comrade?

Who are you calling comrade, strange little man?

By: Captain Nemo on 3/4/10 at 7:53

By: idgaf on 3/4/10 at 6:15
We are guarenteed equal opportunity not equal results.
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That is right id, you have it now and you don't care if anyone else does. However if the time come when you are deprived of results, you will be the loudest to cry.

By: idgaf on 3/4/10 at 8:16

So you think its right to take the property from one to give to another? That makes you a comrade too.

By: Dragon on 3/4/10 at 8:20

I don't know where people get the idea that politicians get free healthcare.

By: idgaf on 3/4/10 at 8:31

Its part of the benifit package. Only 6% pay for their own, the others are paid by government/companys.

Aren't you retired military with free health care?

By: Dragon on 3/4/10 at 8:34

Nope, I'm non-veteren and working for a living (paying 30% of my premiums). If you have it, I'd like your source for the 6% and where the top politicians get their insurance. I believe that almost all have the same insurance options of all federal workers.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/4/10 at 8:36

Who said anything about taking someone’s prosperity? As usual you mouth off another subject.

I suppose that you a fool....id

By: Captain Nemo on 3/4/10 at 8:38

s/h/b Property

By: Funditto on 3/4/10 at 8:46

ID, are you on Medicare yet? Will you take it when you are eligible?

Even our own Metro Councilman get free health insurance coverage for life after serving terms as part time politicians.

D7: re yesterday (I am working all day and can only log on in morning). I suggest you read "If I am Missing or Dead" Janine Latus if you think battered women are not victims. Maybe that will open your eyes.

By: sidneyames on 3/4/10 at 8:49

Captain, you said "Instead he wants the poor to do without and pay for his lifestyle, so he does not have to give of anything"

I'm confused. I thought the "poor" were the ones with no money to pay for anything so we, the middle and upper class are taxed to pay for them, the poor">

I mean, correct me if I'm wrong. If a person is poor, no job, no means to pay for themselves, how do THEY pay for Dick Cheney's lifestyle?

I agree that gov=ment officials get "stufff " that we don't get. Did you know that the city council in Davidson Co gets medical insurance and we pay for it? OR do they pay for it? I'm not sure.

But I don't want to start a fight. Just clarify that sentence. It's not clear how "poor" people actually dish out money to pay for something.

I mean, on T.V. if you're poor, you can get a free cell phone. FROM Who? YOu and me, of course.

By: sidneyames on 3/4/10 at 8:52

By: idgaf on 3/4/10 at 6:15
We are guarenteed equal opportunity not equal results.

Amen, idgaf. My sister and I both got a high school diploma. Gee, in 2008, her company grossed $10 million dollars. Mine only grossed $24,000.

I'm mad. Where's the equity in that? How come she gets to be rich and I, her only sister, gets to be middle class?

Oh, yeah; she works 18 hours a day, 6-7 days a week and busts her butt. I, on the other hand, work 3-4 hours a week and am lazy. Mother was right. Hard work, perserverence and dedication PAYS OFF.

By: idgaf on 3/4/10 at 8:52

Fun Medicare is mandatory.

The dems did that when they started it so they could collect premimums from everyone whether they needed it or not so the start up cost didn't appear to bad.

They predicted then what is happening now.

If you do have other benifits at 65 they become the secondary rather then the primary.

By: sidneyames on 3/4/10 at 8:57

Yeah, idgaf. My husband is 12 years younger than I. So when I'm 65, he'll be 53 and still working (we hope) and still getting insurance (we hope). BUT I am forced to be on Medicare. I"d rather not go on it till he's 65 (if we have to).

To me that would save the gov-ment money to use for others (such as poor people or illegals?). BUT the stupid gov-ment does not work that way. We are all just a number and they can't exclude me. Hope I can be well in my old age.

Thanks idgaf, this fact needs to be CLEAR to the complainers: "The dems did that when they started it so they could collect premimums from everyone whether they needed it or not so the start up cost didn't appear to bad."

By: bfra on 3/4/10 at 9:07

Congress also gets yearly cost of living salary increases, which they have the option of refusing, very few do. At a minimum salary of $174,000 they can surely pay for their own health care, which they do, but at discounted rates, not on the level of the working class.

As to pay increases, I remember when our Councilpeople voted themselves a raise, their salary was doubles. How many out there have the option of doubling your own salary?

By: dargent7 on 3/4/10 at 9:11

Fun: I do believe "battered women" exist.
I do not like or appreciate all the labels and names assigned to the "condition".
It therefore gives a sense of "entitlement", like shooting their batterers or having them killed.
And your prescription: "Castrate N' Kill 'Em" was brilliant.
The "battered men", physically, is nonsense. Emotionally, maybe, and it goes both ways.
Call it what it it has always been known as: emasculation. But, they don't have the right to smack anyone over it.
Anyway, today's topic is sex outside of marriage.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/4/10 at 9:14

id who is taking someone’s property?

By: Captain Nemo on 3/4/10 at 9:32

I suppose when they were handing out logic and truth idgaf was scratching his butt.

By: Dragon on 3/4/10 at 9:33

By: dargent7 on 3/4/10 at 8:11
Anyway, today's topic is sex outside of marriage.

And I thought we were discussing the LTE about politicians' health insurance. You know, the Paul somebody who keeps writing.

By: sidneyames on 3/4/10 at 9:35

D7 why was the caption "writer laments that back injury can lead to bankruptcy"? You didn't even mention the back. You said knee and chest pains. How did CP come up with you lamenting over a back injury?

Today's topic is off limits to me. I'll respectfully refrain from giving my ballistic opinion on that topic.

D7 did you notice that DustyU requested that you and I "be nice". I told him we were honoring his wishes.

See ya'll. Going to do 1 hour of work.

By: Dragon on 3/4/10 at 9:42

"All of Congress and their families have free access to world class health care. It's available 24/7."

I believe this is a false statement. I think Congress has the same federal insurance plans as the other 2 million non-military federal employees. Can you show your source of information?

By: Captain Nemo on 3/4/10 at 9:49

Anyway, today's topic is sex outside of marriage.

Mae West
Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?

Gloria Steinem
A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.

By: bfra on 3/4/10 at 9:55

And your prescription: "Castrate N' Kill 'Em" was brilliant.

d7 - Didn.t Funditto also add, with no pain medication?

By: Captain Nemo on 3/4/10 at 9:56

Dragon

http://thatotherpaper.com/files/dragonsandcars02_top.jpg

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/4/10 at 9:59

good morning, everyone.

By: Loner on 3/4/10 at 9:59

Good morning, Nashville!

Great LTE, Paul. I couldn't agree more. I get a kick out of guys like Boehner dissing "government", as if he personally isn't a major part of "government". All the Republican politicians try to pose as "outsiders", no matter how long they have been living off the taxpayer's generosity, the GOP voters fall for that old line every time.

Junior Bush and Bush the Elder also enjoy full medical coverage, courtesy of the US taxpayer. All the retired Republican lawmakers enjoy a generous retirement package; I have not read or heard about any of themever refusing the entitlements and benefits.

I read where Rep. Stupak now claims to have 11 fellow Democrats ready to torpedo "Obamacare", because of the possibility of "state-sponsored abortions". That could be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

I agree with the president, enough talk, let's vote up or down. If genuine reform efforts fail the Insurance-lobby-loving GOP should get the blame, if it passes, the Democrats will get the "blame", Rush Limbaugh et al. will see to that.....24/7...fair and balanced.

By: bfra on 3/4/10 at 10:02

Dragon - You need to check out Nemo's 8:59 message!

Cute Nemo.

By: Loner on 3/4/10 at 10:05

When I first logged in, the LTE was not up, so I left a comment on the Viewpoint piece by Brad Harrington, which shares City Voices space with this LTE. Those who want a more serious and somewhat more cerebral discussion might consider posting on that board...just a suggestion.

By: DustyU on 3/4/10 at 10:07

Good morning everybody - Brian here

http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscongress/a/congresspay.htm
I wish I could get full retirement benefits after working only 5 years!

By: Captain Nemo on 3/4/10 at 10:08

Well now that bfra Blanket and Loner are here I can go to work.

The music starts
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iteRKvRKFA

By: Captain Nemo on 3/4/10 at 10:09

Good morning Brian.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/4/10 at 10:10

Thanks bfra

By: DustyU on 3/4/10 at 10:11

good morning captain
grandpa hasn't been awake much since yesterday but Joey said he is resting comfortably

By: Loner on 3/4/10 at 10:13

"Work shall set you free", Captain Nemo......that's the English translation of "Arbeit Macht Frei", which wason the infamous sign over the entrace gate to Auschwitz. Just thought I'd throw that in.....as a motivational aid.

By: dargent7 on 3/4/10 at 10:14

Sid: When I called the phone number you posted yesterday, the receptionist said, "House of Wing, Wang, and Wong's". You were'nt available.
What is it you do do, anyway?

By: dargent7 on 3/4/10 at 10:14

Loner: You couldn't get it up? Wasn't that yesterday's topic?

By: house_of_pain on 3/4/10 at 10:17

Good morning, Brian. Good to hear that Dusty is as well as can be expected.
I hope Jimmy & family are okay.

By: dargent7 on 3/4/10 at 10:17

bfra: Fund-O thinks "chemical castration" is being too kind. She's more of the "sword and dagger" kind of gal's approach to Men's sexual dysfunctionality.

By: DustyU on 3/4/10 at 10:19

Good morning house
no word from Uncle Jimmy or his family

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/4/10 at 10:22

Hi, Brian. good to hear from you.

By: DustyU on 3/4/10 at 10:25

Hi blanket
how are you doing today?

By: bfra on 3/4/10 at 10:27

Brian - Goodmorning! Good to hear that Dusty is resting comfortably. Does Jimmy normally go long periods with no word or is this unusual? Jimmy said he lived in or near Faya, interesting to note, that is the largest Oasis City in the World. Be sure to keep us informed on both. Thanks!

By: bfra on 3/4/10 at 10:29

Loner - Your analysis of Harrington is right on and probably why not to many people read his articles. I only checked it after your message.

By: DustyU on 3/4/10 at 10:29

bfra thank you
no Uncle Jimmy was checking in with my cousin Joey in DC almost every day to check on grandpa so we are really worried about him

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/4/10 at 10:30

i'm fine, thanks. i'm really worried about Jimmy too.

By: Loner on 3/4/10 at 10:33

Yesterday's topics? Sorry, Darge I musta missed it in the flurry of fluff, flakes and inflammatory flagitiousness and flapdoodle. Flaccid flagpoles? Musta missed it.

By: bfra on 3/4/10 at 10:33

Blanket - I'd be worried about anyone that lives that close to Kadafi (the nut case).