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W.Va. to expand Medicaid, cover 92K uninsured

May 3, 2013

CHARLESTON — Medicaid is expanding in West Virginia. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin was joined Thursday by U.S. Sen. Rockefeller, D-W.Va....

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AaronS

May-05-13 11:44 AM

I’m curious denver, do you somehow think that having the last post augments your status, even if it’s an asinine remark or snide comment? If that’s the case then you’re ultimate commenter on this site.

But if the object is intelligence and relevance, well…..

On this subject, there is room for improvement. President Obama was sent to Washington in 2009 with a mandate to pass comprehensive healthcare that covers all citizens while reducing the cost. He failed miserably as ACA does neither. It’s a boom for the insurance industry that guarantees 20 million plus new customers with payment assured by the US government while at the same time, leaving the same amount, 20 million plus, uninsured.

How is that a good start?

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denver

May-05-13 9:36 AM

LOl.:)

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AaronS

May-04-13 10:27 PM

You should read down denvet and see where I support universal health care instead of making asinine comments that show who you really are.

Had you took the time to educate yourself instead of remaining ignorant on the subject (there's a shocker) you would have found a majority of Americans are unhappy with the bill as it stands, including many democrats who are now publicaly questioning the bill as it does nothing to reduce the cost of healthcare and cedes too much power to the insurance industry.

Heaven forbid you educate yourself though...

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denver

May-04-13 3:55 PM

So says my little buddy "AaronS"

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AaronS

May-04-13 3:10 PM

"maybe Obamacare isn't the answer, but it's a start, and can be improved."

It's not really a good start as its simply a bad bill. Even Democrats are starting to publicaly acknowledge that. The problem is that too many share the sentiment that at least it's a start which when coupled with this Presidents arrogance thus needed changes to improve the bill will not be made.

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Rebecca26346

May-04-13 12:18 PM

who do you think is going to ultimately end-up paying for obummercare? we are. the ones who are working and have insurance. our cost will go up. instead of 300 a month for ins. it will be more like 500. we can't keep robbing peter to pay paul. nor can we just keep printing money. the government wants us all on assistance. starting at the state levels. soon, we will be a third world country. maybe not in the next 20 years...but if we keep going at this rate, about 50 to 75. long enough for this generation to be gone.

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Remington

May-04-13 10:49 AM

Even the Libs never read the entire manifest, "Lets just pass this then we will read what's in it" that is what the idiot Pelosi said.

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denver

May-04-13 9:15 AM

Well said "stinkbomb"

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stinkbomb

May-04-13 12:47 AM

I've worked ALL my life, and still, most of it I didn't have insurance. So, to the IDIOTS, who say "just work", you don't get out much, do you?

When an MRI scan costs $2000, get real. The whole medical field, and insurance industry is out of control, and maybe Obamacare isn't the answer, but it's a start, and can be improved.

To the Rush Limbaugh rubes: I hope when you're eighty ,or disabled, or a veteran with no legs, or just unemployed with kids, someone who thinks just like you walks by and spits on you. Your day will come.

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slingblade

May-04-13 12:04 AM

"do you not realize we are the almost literally the only western nation that does not provide for its people in terms of healthcare?" OK, and if you need a cutting edge procedure done, are you going to run to France or Canada, nope. If anybody in the world needs top medical attention, where do they come? Here!

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Privatized

May-03-13 11:39 PM

I know one thing... The naysayers haven't had their lives ruined by a treatable illness just because they didn't have insurance.

"Free market" hospitals can and do limit care if you're uninsured.

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AaronS

May-03-13 10:20 PM

“a positive aspect that obamacare is trying to provide is freeing the chains that the healthcare industry has placed on society” “you are missing the goals of obamacare. it is an effort to level the playing field. ACA is not something where we have poor people demanding to see top-notch elite surgeons.”

I support universal health care because economically it improves production and increases GDP. Saying that, those comments are wrong. Obamacare does nothing to free us from the chains of the healthcare industry. If anything it strengthens the grip the insurance industry has on our country as there is nothing in the ACA that reigns in the cost of healthcare. All it does is subsidize payments for those who cannot afford employee health care nor have no care provided them at taxpayers expense. Everyone will have access to similar care and you can bet, everyone will demand the best care taxpayers can afford. That’s why it’s the largest tax increase in American history.

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pkrsbrgh

May-03-13 3:44 PM

disturbed - i have to disagree with your exaggerated and literal claim: "Regulating healthcare by dictating everyone is entitled to equal care"

you are missing the goals of obamacare. it is an effort to level the playing field. ACA is not something where we have poor people demanding to see top-notch elite surgeons.

more like entitled to some form of care. not an absolute equal. again, ACA is not perfect by any means - obama would fully admit this. it is, however, a step in the right direction.

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DisturbedAgain

May-03-13 3:30 PM

I just saw things that I wanted and had morals given to me that gave me the ambition to go after what I wanted.

I volunteer literally thousands of hours annually to help those who need assistance so my desire to help those less fortunate is easily recognized. Who I am or what I do is not important, it's that I do something.

By enforcing ObamaCare, we are only telling the masses that it is ok to be average because those with determination will take care of you.

ObamaCare has a great theory, just a horrible strategy. Just wait until our healthcare system is totally destroyed and your waiting 3 days in the emergency room to get sinus medicine and then tell me it was a success.

Great initiative, bad judgement.

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DisturbedAgain

May-03-13 3:25 PM

@pkrsbrgh - YES, I most definitely live in the real world. I think maybe you should take the blinders off and see it for yourself. Regulating healthcare by dictating everyone is entitled to equal care is ridiculous. You said it yourself, the big insurance corporations are the guilty parties. Instead of infringing on how I live, regulate the insurance industry. You have the right idea in mind but the wrong approach. I actually came from a family setting where the health insurance was unheard of but with a little drive and determination, my family has not known and will not know what that hardship is like. I did not have education opportunity at my disposal. I may not be a highly educated man at least where degrees are shown, but I am by no means stupid. I did what I needed to do to reach a goal. Just because you live in a poor society or grow up in a poor family does not mean you have to keep that lifestyle. My mother did her best but I was a welfare kid. cont.

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pkrsbrgh

May-03-13 3:21 PM

@slingblade - in my response to phoenix, my point was that there are many more human rights than just being able to be born or die. want an example? women should be able to vote in a free and open society (which was not always the case in our nation's history).

i do not look at providing avenues of resources for healthcare as "making decisions for us". get off the false logic of 'death-panel mentality'. a positive aspect that obamacare is trying to provide is freeing the chains that the healthcare industry has placed on society.

do you not realize we are the almost literally the only western nation that does not provide for its people in terms of healthcare? greed is a good word to describe a lot of people's views.

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pkrsbrgh

May-03-13 3:13 PM

mamabear - it is called living together in a society. we share resources. for example let's say you lead an unhealthy lifestyle and are fat... that is your choice. but you would be proportionally taking up more resources than a healthy person. people share consequences of our behaviors. are you going to legislate how much you can binge on fast food? i think not.

and i don't see how you get government is "legislating kindness" by providing resources for healthcare - seems like something palin would say.

we are all individuals yes, however we all live together on one planet and historically (literally all of history) we get stuff done when we come together.

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Rebecca26346

May-03-13 3:10 PM

AMEN!!! Phoenix!!! GREAT call. agree entirely. "The only things people "deserve" are to be born & to die. Everything else they need to work for." Couldn't have said it better myself. So people...get off your butts. I bust mine every day! I got out there and beat the pavement and found a job. I didn't sit on my hind-end and and get on face book to state, "Is anyone hiring?" stop your whining. no one owes you anything.*****it up.

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mamabear71

May-03-13 2:56 PM

Why is anyone required to take care of anyone else? Seriously. It may sound mean, but why is it my PROBLEM if somebody needs something? Why is the government legislating "kindness"? Sure, it's nice to help people out (be it through tax-dollars or donations), but this is America. For those who say people have a "right" to healthcare: don't you think folks have a "right" to keep the money they have earned?

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slingblade

May-03-13 2:46 PM

@pkrsbrgh: define free? The government making decisions and providing for us "in our best interest" is not a definition of free in my book. Open up insurace across state lines and let the free market business model work itself out via competition.

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pkrsbrgh

May-03-13 12:15 PM

@phoenix - do you believe that people have the right to be born free or do you desire a possible slave-owning society?

i mean... thank god the south lost the war ;)

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Phoenix

May-03-13 11:55 AM

The only things people "deserve" are to be born & to die. Everything else they need to work for. It is not everyone else's responsibility to subsidize the bad decisions and lack of personal responsibility of these lazy, entitled slugs. They should be allowed to go extinct through natural selection. They should be ashamed that welfare and SNAP are all they ever aspired to. Total wastes of oxygen!

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Phoenix

May-03-13 11:55 AM

The only things people "deserve" are to be born & to die. Everything else they need to work for. It is not everyone else's responsibility to subsidize the bad decisions and lack of personal responsibility of these lazy, entitled slugs. They should be allowed to go extinct through natural selection. They should be ashamed that welfare and SNAP are all they ever aspired to. Total wastes of oxygen!

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Phoenix

May-03-13 11:55 AM

The only things people "deserve" are to be born & to die. Everything else they need to work for. It is not everyone else's responsibility to subsidize the bad decisions and lack of personal responsibility of these lazy, entitled slugs. They should be allowed to go extinct through natural selection. They should be ashamed that welfare and SNAP are all they ever aspired to. Total wastes of oxygen!

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KeninVa

May-03-13 11:46 AM

Noble cause. Poorly executed.

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