Published: Sunday, March 2 2014 12:00 a.m. MST
This in contrast to Linquist's story of a gentlemen who had a part time job
(working full time hours) who had health insurance but was now going to have to
get a another part time job to fill his hours (hours he was all ready working).
Yes -- The Conservatives see you are a lazy "Taker" Paul.Corporate Welfare is not, and is highly encouraged to Wall Street,
Defense contactors, Banks and Corporations.As a tax payer, I
feel blessed to have contributed is some small way.I feel our Nation is
also blessed for it.
Yes -- The GOP labels you as a lazy taker.I feel blessed - and our
Nation as a whole has been blessed - to have contributed in some small way.
Who pays for Medicaid? It is paid from taxes levied on citizens. The
government does not pay one dime. It is funded through the taxes earned from
the toil of those who work. Yes, Medicaid pays for medical help
that some individuals cannot pay themselves, but the thanks for that service
should be to the workers who paid for it, not to the Governor nor to the
President. The Governor pays taxes into the system. The President pays taxes
into the system, but their share represents almost nothing compared to the share
that they require from those of us who work.Who should pay for
medical expenses for family members who are need medical help? Shouldn't
the family, including the extended family, pay for everything that they can?
The letter writer said that 10% of his medical expenses were paid by family and
friends. How much has he repaid after having the transplant? How much has his
family paid after his life was saved? Does he have any intention of working
part-time at that hospital and to "gift" his wages to Medicaid?
Thanks, Paul, for giving us a real-life example of why Medicare is so needed. Of
course, the best solution is still to provide health-care to all through a
single-payer system, but as long as the GOP can gerrymander its way to a
majority in the House, that will never happen.
@LDS LiberalIt is not a "contribution" it is tax.It is
money taken from another person by the power of government.If you
"contributing" that way you are not living true religion, you are not
charitable.Didn't scrooge claim he paid taxes for workhouses
and prisons and so forth?And in long run you run out of money that
you take from anther person. NONE of that is beneficial.The right.
the "conservative" understand there are those that truly need help. But
taking from another person is not the solution nor the answer. We can do
better.The founding fathers warned us about voting ourselves other
people money and bad that leads to.A warning we all should
understands and take head.Not even Jesus took from others.Dependence is not a good thing, nor coveting and taking another person's
money or property for your or other benefit. It is just wrong, and the wrong
Paul,Great letter. Hang in there.
@mike richards. I don't understand you are concerned that this person who
received medical attention is not pulling his weight, but in another post you
think it is unfair for larger families to pull their weight and pay more for
their children's education.This gentlemen and the large
families are both receiving a government subsidize but one subsidize is okay and
the other is not okay. Why?
"How much has he repaid after having the transplant? How much has his family
paid after his life was saved? "What you're suppose to
re-pay your insurance company now (private or public)? Sometimes
this whole individual thing really goes off the rails. We are in
this together Mike, like it or not. Here's a person who did everything in
their power and still..You do realize that a kidney transplant is at
least hundreds of thousands of dollars. So let's say his parents take all
of their life/retirement savings and help him pay for the procedure. Now what
for the parents? Or is a bus driver suppose to be able to save for their own
retirement plus save for any and all emergencies that may arise not only in
their own lives but in the lives of all their children? Most of us
here disagree with you most of the time, but this is pure nonsense. "If you "contributing" that way (taxes) you are not living true
religion, you are not charitable." Truth this is not a lick
Why is it that if you take advantage of a tax break and you're a
corporation, you're a smart businessman, but if you take advantage of
something you need to not be hungry, you're a moocher?-Jon Stewart
Great Letter Paul! Like yourself, my wife has been diagnosed with end
stage renal failure, unfortunately her condition and age leaves her unqualified
for transplant! I for one am more than pleased that my tax dollars contributed
to your recovery. As previous poster LDS Liberal states "The Conservatives
see you are a lazy "Taker" Paul" and Poster Mike Richards asks
"Shouldn't the family, including the extended family, pay for
everything that they can? The letter writer said that 10% of his medical
expenses were paid by family and friends. How much has he repaid after having
the transplant? How much has his family paid after his life was saved?" I ask another question, who cares who gets thanked? Who cares who gets
repaid? The fact remains that a life was saved that otherwise would have been
lost, a family will be raised by a both a mother and a father and a human being
will live on to be a contributor and productive member of society! One last
question, Why is it that in the posts of the nay sayers I never see the
quote" If I were in Paul's shoes I would pay my share?
One last question, Why is it that in the posts of the nay sayers I never see the
quote" If I were in Paul's shoes I would pay my share?Actually, the appropriate question would be: "If I were in Paul's
shoes, would I just sit there and quietly die a painful death?"
Perhaps Mike R. has never had to use his insurance for a large operation or had
a dependent have to go into the hospital for some serious illness.Maybe he doesn't realize that the insurance company is taking money from
the healthy insured and paying for the sick ones (after taking a hefty profit!).
It is always a "share the pay" program to pay for the wellness of the
population, whether by insurance companies or the government.
@Shaun -- Don't you know that entitlements that benefit ME are always ok.
It's entitlements that benefit other people that are socialistic. Tea
Partiers are good at mental gymnastics.
I simply cannot believe that there are actually people like Mike R and a few
others who are as cruel and unfeeling as they seem to be. What's even more
disturbing is that I have to sit beside some just like that at church on Sunday.
Don't they even make an effort to understand the Scriptures?I
guess all we can do is keep hoping that someday they will see the light and
repent. But will they need to be struck blind before they will even try?
MR's letter yesterday is just oozing compassion. How Ironic... or not!?
Well Put "GZE and one old man"!
The expansion has nothing to do with reducing the Federal Debt. It is 100%
politics. Two reports including one from BYU state the best option if for Utah
to accept the full expansion and not try to coe up with some make shift plan to
cover some or to have insurance companies do it. The rules and knowledge is
already there it is not need to reinvent the wheel. We take Federal money for
Hill AFB, highways, schools, unemployment insurance, drought assistance, fire
assistance and many more but not to help the working poor and don't get me
wrong this is for the working poor, they have jobs, some two and three, it
increases the number of people who can got it up to 138% of poverty. Remember
the legislature all have taxpayer supported health care and they will have the
vote, but not one is willing to give up their coverage.
People complain about Obamacare and medicaid and they think that they will never
use it? I have decent insurance from work, but as soon as I leave work, it is
gone. when I reach retirement, I am on my own! That is when people need it the
most. So, without an affordable way to get insurance, elderly people suffer!
Without medicaid, it would be bad! good people, like my dad, who had to work so
hard that his back is all crippled! Benefits go away when you leave work! So,
what, he should have to go without help? nobody can pay what it costs! The room
I was in the hospital cost over $18,000 for four days! Is there something wrong?
It is all about money! Who cares about human life? People like that Lockhart are
elected to serve her fellow man and she walks all over the people who need her
most! Why shouldn't we use the taxes we pay to help others, it will be our
turn someday! They would rather worry about giving all to the rich! Last year,
the government dished out 4 billion dollars in subsidies to the rich oil
@Mike RichardsSouth Jordan, UtahHow much has he repaid after
having the transplant? How much has his family paid after his life was saved?
Does he have any intention of working part-time at that hospital and to
"gift" his wages to Medicaid?11:47 a.m. March 2, 2014========== I think you have sunk to an all-time low with
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